Fernie draws people for a few reasons, foremost among these being the snowfall. Relentless storms, coupled with stellar inbounds, side and backcountry terrain in the Lizard Range are Fernie’s stand-out assets. Fernie has a terrain park, but the focus here is on big mountain. Still a bit off the radar, mellow, ripping locals abound, and attitude is best left in other ski towns. The sense of community in Fernie is strong, although there is a transient element, many skiers who grew up here stay, as well as those who arrived in search of powder.
Yet, for a lot of long-time Fernie denizens, summer beats winter. Fishing, beautiful weather, mountain and dirt biking, kayaking, bbqs, and hiking keep people busy, and draw a big crowd for whom summer sports are tops. Fernie-based pro telemarker Martha Burley sums that part up, saying,“In the end this makes more people want to move here for the winters because there is so much powder still and no one to ski it!”
Fernie also holds the Smith Optics Fernie Freeskiing competition and a plethora of other local ski comps.