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Fernie Alpine Resort See And Do

Cross-Country and Snowshoeing
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada

The resort has a ten-kilometer network of groomed trails. Another ten-kilometer trail loops around town (both free). Three-hour ski or snowshoe tours are available Thursdays and Sundays, 1–4 ($29 per person, with a two-person minimum). You'll hardly notice what a great workout you're getting, because the guide will keep you entertained with local lore (if you haven't heard the legend of the "Griz" yet, you will now). Call 877 333 2339 for reservations. Note that equipment is not included.

Downhill Skiing
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada

The ski area has an average annual snowfall of ten meters, five magnificent alpine bowls, and a total of 107 runs. For new arrivals, a complimentary Mountain Host Tour departs at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily from the base area. First timers: Head to the Mini Moose and Mighty Moose lifts. Intermediate skiers: the Deer and Elk lifts access groomed, rolling slopes. Or take the Boomerang to the Cedar Bowl, where most runs are intermediate. Diehards: The high-speed Timber Bowl Express and White Pass Quad will sweep you to higher, more challenging terrain. Lift day pass: approximately $53.

The Griz Festival
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada

Held in February, this festival is a tribute to the "Griz"—the hero responsible for Fernie's spectacular powder, according to legend. As local lore has it, the Griz wrestled with a grizzly bear as a child, and now roams the mountains eternally, clad in a bearskin coat and cap, shooting his musket into the clouds in order to trigger a snowfall. The festival includes sporting events, competitions, and parades. The citizen who best embodies the spirit of the festival's namesake during the week becomes honorary Griz for the rest of the year.

Snowboarding
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada

Fernie has some of the best snowboarding in North America. Snowboarders have unlimited access to the main ski area, and there are also a half-pipe and an excellent terrain park, open when snow conditions permit, on the Upper Falling Star run, with hip jumps, six new rails, a wall jump, bank turns, and assorted rollers. The natural terrain, however, is the biggest draw to serious snowboarders. Be prepared to slog up some lengthy traverses to get to the best-kept secrets, but when you get there, you'll be glad you made the effort.

Summer Sports
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada

The alpine trails, lakes, and summits around the Elk Valley are spectacular hiking terrain. The Elk lift is open June 1 to September 5 to take outdoor enthusiasts up the mountain. Other pastimes include mountain biking and white-water rafting. Both can be booked through the resort's Mountain Adventure Center (250 423 4655, open daily 9–5, Jul. 1–Sept. 5). Thrill seekers will love the all-day Bull River raft trip ($78), a progressively more exciting ride climaxing in three knuckle-whitening rapids: "Bubblicious," "The Sandwich Maker," and "The Toilet Bowl."

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.