The Griz Festival, Fernie
Concierge.com's insider take:
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.