Why take the chairlift if you’ve got an e-mountain bike! New this summer, we now allow uphill bike traffic (e-mountain bikes* or regular mountain bikes) on our specified uphill route at the Fernie Alpine Resort Bike Park.
E-mountain bikers will love the convenience of quick laps on this uphill only route, which accesses the Elk Side downhill trails as well as Lower TNT (from Rock Landing only) on the Timber side. Your laps can be short – deke off at access point A to rip down Honeybee, Eville, Holo Bike and Phat Larry’s – or take the longer pedal on up to access point B or C to access the rest of the DH trails in the bike park. Of course, those who like to pedal under their own power are also welcome! It’s a great way to stay and get fit, and enjoy the adrenaline of our DH trails too!
Uphill riders MUST have a valid Uphill E-Bike/Enduro ticket, or mountain bike season pass/day ticket in order to access our bike park trails. Please visit Guest Services to purchase your ticket.
Please note that the uphill route is open only during regular bike park hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:30am to 4:30pm (to 7pm on Thursdays)
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Please visit our website’s bike park trail map to see the new uphill route.
6 breathtaking views and awesome adventures you won’t believe are less than a days drive from Calgary
If you live in Calgary, you’re actually pretty lucky to! Being able to live in a beautiful urban area surrounded by gorgeous mountains is certainly something to be thankful for. On top of the views, being so close to seemingly endless outdoor adventure and activities are an accolade many cities don’t have to brag about. If you’re looking for outdoor fun while maintaining social distance, here are a few suggested short staycations to consider.
Views from town and the top of the mountain
Our first location is one that is already many Calgarians’ favourite short trip to make, Fernie, B.C. An easy 2.5/3 hour drive from the south end of Calgary along the Cowboy Trail you’ll drive right into Fernie’s town site, where you are literally surrounded by mountains on all sides. Continue through the town to Fernie Alpine Resort and you will not be disappointed. The views of the Lizard Range from the base of Fernie Alpine Resort are breathtaking enough, but by taking a ride on the Elk Chairlift you’ll get a view of the valley of Fernie, B.C that can’t be matched.
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Whether you take a hike or go by bike, be sure to stop, take a moment and soak up those views 👀 #HiFernie 👋 📸 on 07.06.20 . . . . . . . . . . #lovefernie #ferniealpineresort #fernie #bikefernie #hikefernie #ferniebikepark #ferniestoke #kootrocks #canadianrockies #photooftheday #hellobc #getoutside #kootenay #explorebc #explorekr
Hiking & Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse
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Continuing on, let’s go to Golden, B.C, home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and just a 2.5 hour drive from Calgary’s north side. One of the unique aspects of Kicking Horse is the view of 6 National Parks from the peak of the mountain. And guess what, the peak of the mountain is easily within your reach! Kicking Horse has gondola accessed hiking and dining that offer some of the most stunning views you’ll find. And if you’re looking for something a little more to get the adrenaline pumping, the views from Via Ferrata are intense not just due to the views but due to the fact that you’re dangling off the side of a mountain or the suspension bridge (all while harnessed in of course).
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Hiking & Biking
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People love to describe Kimberley as a hidden gem in the rockies – and that’s exactly what it is. You’ll need to turn off the main highway to find this town but trust us, it’s worth the time. Not only can you hike up the ski hill at the resort to take in some of the gorgeous views of the town from the top of the mountain, but Kimberley, like the others above have an array of trail networks in and around the towns. One of the places that is a must do while in Kimberley is the short walk to the Marysville waterfalls, it’s another one of those hidden gems you don’t expect to find so easily and is definitely worth the short trek out to it!
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Places to stay along the way
Even though you can easily visit any one of these towns and get back to Calgary in a day, staying overnight is always a nice option to have!
✅ Gorgeous slopeside mountain views
✅ Outdoor patios & in hotel restaurants offering take out
✅ Outdoor pools & hot tubs
✅ Close to all activities & adventures
✅ Convenient and safe – all our suites have full kitchens
Both of our feature properties at Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort feature all of the above, making either location a great basecamp for your quick getaway or longer staycation.
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We realize this can be a difficult time to consider travelling, before heading out on your trip check on the Alberta & British Columbia government website for any guidelines or restrictions at your time of travel. To see what safety procedures and routines we have put in place visit our resort or hotel websites.
Fernie Alpine Resort COVID information.
Feature Photo by Powder Matt
Paint a beautiful mountain scene!
Gather up some friends and join us for a Sunday afternoon on the patio at Cirque Restaurant, painting a beautiful mountain scene and enjoying a glass of wine (or beer).
Artist, Sue Hanlon will walk you through with step-by-step instructions to have you on the way to your very own masterpiece!
Cost: $52 + GST per person
Guided lesson by a local artist, all necessary paint supplies and a glass of wine or draft beer.
Don’t wait! Limited tickets are available.
Things may look a little different, but we are working hard to bring you a great outdoor experience.
• Opening Day – Saturday, June 27th
• Closing Day – Monday, September 7th
• Elk Quad Chairlift
• Open Daily for mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides
• 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Summer season pass sale is happening now!
• Lift ticket pricing
Restaurants will have reduced capacity and a new table layout to allow for appropriate social distancing.
Legends Mountain Eatery – Open Daily from 10:30 am to 5 pm (to 8 pm on Thursdays)
Cirque Restaurant @ Lizard Creek Lodge – Open Thursday-Saturday from 4-9 pm
For our Summer COVID-19 Policy and Procedures please click here.
ALL RESORT GUESTS MUST MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 2 METERS AT ALL TIMES AND FOLLOW ALL PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS AS SET OUT BY THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER.
Our Sports Alpine Rental Shops offer a variety of High-Performance and Mid-Performance skis and snowboards from Rossignol, Dynastar, Head and Burton.
We also have a selection of snowshoes, cross-country skis, telemark skis, and winter fat bikes for rent.
Check out the video below to see what our Rental Shop has to offer for your next adventure!
Due to the ongoing concern regarding COVID-19, the Kokanee Retro Party event will be cancelled. Please visit skifernie.com for further updates.
Bust out your one-piece snowsuit, your spandex neon leggings and leg warmers, tease your hair over your headband, grab your homegirls/boys and get ready for, like, the most totally legit full of ’80s cliché times at Fernie Alpine Resort.
Listen to non-stop ’80s tunes by DJ Rocswell, live in the Kokanee Beer Garden on Saturday afternoon.
The fun continues into the night where the party moves into the legendary Griz Bar. Come and celebrate Hot Tub Time Machine’s 10th Anniversary, where the tunes will have you busting a move!
“You gotta embrace the chaos. You have to. That way, life might just astonish you.” – April, Hot Tub Time Machine
No cover to get into the Griz Bar but you do have to be 19yrs+
What else is happening this weekend?
Dirty Dancer Banked Slalom – A popular event for our snowboarders, held in the Dancer Gully in Lizard Bowl. Head to the Bears Den during the day to watch all the action unfold. The beer garden will be open and we will have local DJ’s playing from 12-4pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Due to the ongoing concern regarding COVID-19, the Griz Kids Winter Canival event will be cancelled. Please visit skifernie.com for further updates.
Family fun is coming to Fernie Alpine Resort for our annual Griz Kids Winter Carnival!
The plaza will be abuzz with FREE games and activities for kids 12 and under.
The best part is that all the activities are free of charge!
The annual Brushing Program for the Fernie Ski Resort is having a very successful summer. The cooler weather and lower Fire Danger ratings have allowed the crew to keep working through the dog days of summer without restrictions due to Fire Danger. The crew this summer has also been doubled to allow us to catch up a little on the past couple seasons where High Fire Danger has shut us down or limited our progress. The crews have been hard at work in many areas across the mountain.
There has been a new line cut down Snake Ridge as well as cleaning a new line down the North Boundary for those that are looking for the Steep and Deep that Fernie is famous for.
Additionally, we have been working on core areas on the Lizard Side that focusses on terrain that is open at 9 am on most big snow days. The Sunny Side has had a new haircut that extends down onto the China Wall and old Griz Lift line that will provide some early deep turns on those Pow Days.
Boomerang and Boom Ridge has received another mow and will be prime for early season riding providing steep turns right out of the gate.
New Side lovers will also see some changes to the lines in the Alpha Centauries and Currie Chutes areas as well as the lower elevations of the Big Three as we cleaned up the exits from those thigh-burning runs. In addition, core areas around the Timber Bowl, Surprise, Black Cloud have all been touched.
Our Summer Mower Cat was rebuilt from a repurposed Snowcat this Spring and will be out in anger this fall to mow many of our main runs including all our beginner terrain on the lower mountain and runs where all the rocks and obstacles have been removed such as Bear, North Ridge, Kodiak, and many others.
It is a giant mountain, and we have excellent growing conditions. People ask why don’t you just cut it all? Sounds like a good idea but when you are standing at the bottom of Cedar Ridge looking up at acres of 12 foot high Alder, you start to feel pretty small. When you dive into Cedar Ridge early season and have that perfect line top to bottom down the King Fir don’t forget to think about that person that has spent their summer on the end of a saw making that possible.
We are looking forward to an awesome season.
After the great success of last years Griz Kidz Halloween Party & Haunted House, it’s back!
Dress up your little monsters and join us for the 2nd Annual Griz Kidz Halloween Party & Haunted House on Sunday, October 27 from 12 pm – 4 pm in the Day Lodge.
Join us on the main floor of the Day Lodge for ghoulish games, creepy-crawly crafts, enchanting activities and decorate a Halloween treat. Come dressed in your costume and take a family photo in our spooktacular photo booth. If you get hungry, we’ll have other twisted treats available for purchase.
Finally, take a walk downstairs and enter our haunted basement… if you dare (Mwahahaha).
Admission at the door:
$5/person (ages 2+)
$15/family (up to 2 adults & 3 children)
Free for children 1 yrs old and younger.
Why not make October 27th a full day of kids Halloween fun! Before coming up to the Griz Kidz Halloween Party head to the Vogue Theatre for the annual Trick or Treat at the Movies! This year’s special spooky screening will be “Hotel Transylvania 3” with the movie starting at 10am! (perfect timing to go to the movie then head up to the resort once it’s finished). Tickets to the screening are $5 with all proceeds going towards the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre Emergency Fund. Tickets are available at Rockies Law (above Scotia Bank), Grow and the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre. For more details and the movie poster click here
WHEN: Saturday, September 7th @ 9 AM
ABOUT: One mountain town, two mountain girls, with a mutual love for trails, races, sweat & exhilaration. And so was born Fernie’s First Annual Mountain Duathlon in 2010. This year, to mark our race’s 10th Anniversary, we’re planning another fantastically fun race for all the family, celebrating the amazing terrain and trails available in Fernie.
START & FINISH: Fernie Alpine Resort
RACE INFO: Trail Running & Mountain Biking Duathlon.
CATEGORIES: Classic Solo (Run then Bike), or find a Teammate and go Classic Team. Under 14, then take part in the Youth Race, as a Soloist or Team. Ages 12+ also welcome to take part in the Classic Race. *Please note: Due to the logistics of this race, there is no option to Run or Bike only – you must find a teammate or go for it Solo!*
ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: On top of a great race day, you also get…a special 10th Anniversary Hoodie, Post-Race BBQ and Beer (kid-friendly version), Aid Station, Draw Prizes, Cash Purse & Podium Prizes galore.
PRICING: Classic $70 (suitable for 12+, discounts for under 16yrs applied in cart), Youth (7-14yrs) $30. No early bird, no late. First entered first-served, on your choice of shirt sizing!
REGISTRATION: Registration closes Monday, September 2nd, at midnight. No entries after this date. Merch ordering deadline Monday, August 19th – don’t miss out!!