Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Fernie, BC. We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Fernie Alpine Resort stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Fernie Alpine Resort is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Fernie Alpine Resort.

Fernie Alpine Resort Lodging:

Fernie Alpine Resort Terrain Overview

Fernie Alpine Resort has a total of 142 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,504 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,013 hectares, 4 square miles, or 10 square kilometers.

Fernie Alpine Resort's slopes see on average 376 inches (148 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 31 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,504(10 km2)
Annual Snowfall
376"(148 cm)

Fernie Alpine Resort Elevation

Fernie Alpine Resort has a summit elevation of 7,050 feet, or 2,149 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 3,500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,550 feet (1,082 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Fernie Alpine Resort's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,050'(2,149 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
3,550'(1,082 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
3,500'(1,067 m)

Fernie Alpine Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
65.5out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Fernie Alpine Resort's difficulty level of 65.5 is above average. 70% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Fernie Alpine Resort has 2,504 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Fernie Alpine Resort's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 40% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 30% as expert.
30%(751 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(1,002 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(751 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Fernie Alpine Resort good for beginners?

Fernie Alpine Resort is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 70% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Fernie Alpine Resort Location

Fernie Alpine Resort is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearby the town of Fernie, BC.

Fernie, BC V0B Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
49.46400, -115.08200

Getting to Fernie Alpine Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Fernie Alpine Resort), its coordinates of 49.46400, -115.08200 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Fernie, BC to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Fernie Alpine Resort.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB198 km

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Fernie Alpine Resort.

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC53 km
Glacier Park International AirportFCAKalispell, MT142 km
Lethbridge County AirportYQLLethbridge, AB166 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Fernie Alpine Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Fernie Alpine Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Castle MountainPincher Creek, AB7,463 ft79%23 km
Pass PowderkegBlairmore, AB5,183 ft31%48 km
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%71 km
Whitefish MountainWhitefish, MT6,817 ft65%86 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%111 km
Turner MountainLibby, MT5,952 ft68%117 km
Silver MountainKellogg, ID6,300 ft58%133 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%138 km
Fortress Mountain ResortKananaskis, AB8,400 ft55%152 km
WhitewaterNelson, BC6,567 ft62%152 km

Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,050 ft
Base Elevation3,500 ft
Vertical Drop3,550 ft
(30% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,504
Avg. Annual Snowfall376 inches
Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Stats