WHEN TO GO
The ski season runs from early December to mid-April. While the December snow is often great, more terrain opens up later in the season, with January and February being the prime powder months.
HOW TO GET THERE
Calgary International airport is about 180 miles from Fernie. Rent a car in Calgary for the drive, or take a shuttle, such as the Rocky Mountain Sky Shuttle, with two return trips daily to Fernie (888 762 8574 or 403 762 5200, www.rockymountainskyshuttle.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Because much of Fernie's in-bounds ski terrain is very steep, some areas are prone to avalanches. Pay close attention to posted warning signs. On outstanding powder days, slopes tend to open in stages while avalanche control is completed. About 60 patrollers, trained in avalanche safety and explosives, police the slopes.
Fernie Alpine Resort information: 866 633 7643 or 250 423 4655; email@example.com; www.skifernie.com
If you are staying in town, the ski hill is about a five-minute drive away, so you will need to take the shuttle if you do not have a car. Kootenay Taxi has half-hourly service to and from the hill during peak season, daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fare is $3 or get a four- or ten-ride pass for a slight savings. Tickets can be purchased on the bus. www.kootenaytaxi.comView Canada Factsheet