You'd be forgiven if you've always thought of Fernie as just a place to ski.
Published in Parents Canada in January 2014
You'd be forgiven if you've always thought of Fernie as just a place to ski. While Fernie Alpine Resort has a world class reputation for legendary powder (the average annual snowfall is 37 feet) and the highest number of runs in the Canadian Rockies, this mining town of 5,000 in the East Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia is also famous for its down-to-earth mountain culture.
Rolling Stone has called it the "Coolest Town in North America," Ski Canada named it "The Best Ski Town in Canada" and National Geographic gave it the nod for being one of the "Best Winter Trips."
Families looking for more than perfect ski conditions on their winter vacation will find it all in Fernie - snowshoeing, nature tours, dog sledding, a plethora of parks, a quaint downtown that has the distinction of being the only town completely encircled by the Rockies, unique boutiques and a range of restaurants to appease the fussiest of foodies - as well as a rich local history steeped in legend and lore.
But first, the skiing.