Concierge.com's insider take:
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.