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GUIDED HIKING TOURS

HIKING AT FERNIE ALPINE RESORT

OUR GUIDED HIKING PROGRAM IS BACK!

The lift-accessed hiking at Fernie Alpine Resort offers a variety of gorgeous trails throughout our local mountain ranges, for various abilities with views that will make you want to whip out your camera at every corner. Hikes ranging from easy (great for the whole family including children) to advanced, for experienced hikers ready for an all-day adventure. All provide great opportunities to see a variety of native flora, wildlife and fossils.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

To register, call 250-423-2435 or email the booking form to [email protected]

OLD GROWTH MAGICAL FOREST

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half Day (3 hrs)
Price (includes guided hike):
Small Group (1-2 guests) - $149 / Medium Group (3-4 guests) - $169 / Large Group (5-6 guests) - $199
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Please book at least 48 hours in advance - limited availability.

Description: This tour traverses the mountain to end up in an Old Growth Forest of Western Red Cedar. The terrain is all relatively downhill terrain and will pass some spectacular views.

GRIZ FACE

Difficulty: Moderate – uneven & rugged terrain
Duration: Full Day (5 hours)
Price (includes guided hike):
Small Group (1-2 guests) - $219 / Medium Group (3-4 guests) - $239 / Large Group (5-6 guests) - $269
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Please book at least 48 hours in advance - limited availability.

Description: This hike is an ascent of Lizard Bowl. The spectacular vistas of the Elk Valley will be unobscured, and the opportunities to view wildlife will increase as you get higher. On the trip, you will pass two or three areas where the alpine wildflowers are numerous, and the scree slopes will provide abundant habitat for seldom seen Pika’s and Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. The fossils are everywhere in the limestone as this was at one time ancient shallow seabeds. The view from the top of Facelift will fill you with a sense of the magnitude of the mountains. Bring food/snacks, water, camera and wear sturdy footwear.

MEGASAURUS / BIKE THIEF LOOP

Difficulty: Moderate – Advanced
Duration: Half Day (2.5 - 3 hours)
Price (includes guided hike):
Small Group (1-2 guests) - $149 / Medium Group (3-4 guests) - $169 / Large Group (5-6 guests) - $199
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Please book at least 48 hours in advance - limited availability.

Description: From the top of the Elk Chair, the trail begins as an ascent up through the lower Lizard Bowl. The trail then traverses across the ‘three fingers’ (ski runs) that are visible from town before crossing through Currie Bowl and descending back down to the base area via the “Bike Thief” single track trail. Bring your buckets to collect wild huckleberries and raspberries!

SPECIALTY GUIDED HIKES

Specialty hikes are offered on certain Sundays throughout the summer, so please check the date for each hike prior to booking.

Explore and discover more about the mountain and the secrets it has to offer and enjoy the beautiful scenery on one of these special hikes! Our specialty hikes are fully guided by our experienced, professional staff.

There are 3 Specialty Guided Hike Tours to experience this summer - learn about fossils, wildflowers, birds & wildlife, berries & other delicious plants and trees!

POLAR PEAK - JULY 15th & 30th

Difficulty: Difficult. Rocky terrain with significant elevation changes. Some scrambling is necessary.
Duration: Full Day (5-6 hours)
Price (includes guided hike & lift ticket):
$105 + GST per person
Dates: Two Dates Only
July 15th and 30th
Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Open to guests 17 years of age and older
• Minimum of 6 guests needed to run the hike

Description: At over 2100 meters, Polar Peak provides stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding area. The group will start from the top of the Timber Express chair (single ride lift ticket included) and climb up through Lost Boys Pass to the top of Elephant Head. From there, we will walk the Timber Bowl and Currie Bowl ridgeline to Polar Peak. The trail offers spectacular views of Fernie, the Alberta border, and Lake Koocanusa. Please note that this hike is for adventurous and experienced hikers. The route has a short section with a feeling of exposure (there is a steep section with a wire cable to hold on to), and the route is on uneven & rugged terrain. Hiking footwear is required. This is your chance to experience Polar Peak this summer, as the route is not open to the public for hiking outside of this guided hiking experience.

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022

Fossils & Geology: A 380 Million Year Old History Lesson
Difficulty: Moderate difficulty
Duration: 3 Hours
Price (includes guided hike & lift ticket): $39 + GST per person
Dates: July 10th
Time: 11am – 2pm

Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Open to guests 17 years of age and older
• Minimum of 6 guests needed to run the hike

Description: Why are the rocks in the Lizard range upside down? And how does Polar Peak tell the story of a mass extinction event 360 million years ago? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we traverse ancient sea beds, uncovering the remnants of the sea creatures that lived in ancient times.

SUNDAY JULY 24, 2022

Wildflowers & Wildlife: Take A Walk On The “Wild” Side
Difficulty: Moderate difficulty
Duration: 3 Hours
Price (includes guided hike & lift ticket): $39 + GST per person
Dates: July 24th
Time: 11am – 2pm

Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Open to guests 17 years of age and older
• Minimum of 6 guests needed to run the hike

Description: Take a stroll through our colourful sub-alpine meadows and discover why wildflowers are not only beautiful but also an interesting and important part of the natural landscape & ecosystem. Along the way, find out what wild creatures call Fernie home, such as deer, cougars, moose and bears. Join our guide as they educate you about the vibrant array of creatures found here, how to identify tracks and scat, and what to do if you run into a bear.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2022

The all-natural foodie tour: Berries & Other Useful Plants
Difficulty: Moderate difficulty
Duration: 3 Hours
Price (includes guided hike & lift ticket): $39 + GST per person
Dates: August 21st
Time: 11am – 2pm

Other details:
• Hike must be pre-booked.
• Open to guests 17 years of age and older
• Minimum of 6 guests needed to run the hike

Description: On this hike, we show you how nature is not only tasty but useful as medicine, material and even for cleaning your dishes! Plus, explore Explore the mystical, 800-year-old Old Growth Grove and discover how it gives away the secret of Fernie’s incredible amounts of powder snow in the winter.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Daypack
  • Lunch / Snacks / Water
  • Additional clothing (mountain weather & temperature can change quickly)
  • Be sure to wear sturdy footwear
  • Camera/phone for photos (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)

REGISTRATION

$39 + GST per person (includes lift ticket)
• Open to guests 17 years of age and older*
• Minimum of 6 guests are needed to run the hike (maximum number 10 guests)
• Families with youth or younger children looking to book a hiking experience can book one of our private bubble group hikes here: https://skifernie.com/purchase/guided-hiking-tours/

To register, call 250-423-2435  or email the booking form to [email protected]

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