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!
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.
Fernie Alpine Resort Difficulty Level
65.5out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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.
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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 Airport||YYC||Calgary, AB||198 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 Airport||YXC||Cranbrook, BC||53 km|
|Glacier Park International Airport||FCA||Kalispell, MT||142 km|
|Lethbridge County Airport||YQL||Lethbridge, AB||166 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.
|Castle Mountain||Pincher Creek, AB||7,463 ft||79%||23 km|
|Pass Powderkeg||Blairmore, AB||5,183 ft||31%||48 km|
|Kimberley||Kimberly, BC||6,500 ft||60%||71 km|
|Whitefish Mountain||Whitefish, MT||6,817 ft||65%||86 km|
|Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area||Fairmont Hot Springs, BC||5,200 ft||42%||111 km|
|Turner Mountain||Libby, MT||5,952 ft||68%||117 km|
|Silver Mountain||Kellogg, ID||6,300 ft||58%||133 km|
|Panorama Mountain Village||Panorama, BC||7,875 ft||71%||138 km|
|Fortress Mountain Resort||Kananaskis, AB||8,400 ft||55%||152 km|
|Whitewater||Nelson, BC||6,567 ft||62%||152 km|
Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||7,050 ft|
|Base Elevation||3,500 ft|
|Vertical Drop||3,550 ft|
(30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||376 inches|