The awards for Fernie, Canada's fastest growing ski resort, are piling up fast, from "top ten in North America" to "most improved and best lifts". 29 feet of natural snow falls annually at Fernie, blanketing the ski resort's 5 alpine bowls spanning over 2,500 skiable acres of mountain for an incredibly wide variety of skiable terrain to tackle, from the easiest starter ski slopes to the most challenging black diamonds. After an exciting day of skiing, the quaint city of Fernie welcomes you with open arms, rich history, and turn-of-the-century architecture. Only Fernie offers this delectable blend of skiing and apres-ski festivities, a combination you don't want to miss!
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol and drugs.
You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safety load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
KNOW THE CODE
-BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
Fernie Alpine Resort is a mountain with some very steep terrain. Snow storms deposit huge amounts of fresh snow on the Lizard Ridge. Avalanche conditions within the ski area can become extreme. During hazardous periods, areas within the ski area are closed until avalanche control work is complete work is complete and the skiing is safe. Be aware of closures and stay out of closed areas so that avalanche control teams can do their work. Lift pass suspensions may result.
-OUT OF BOUNDS SKIING
The Lizard Mountains surrounding Fernie Alpine Resort offer exciting and challenging terrain to the experienced traveler. There is a real danger of avalanches outside the ski boundaries. Skiers must be prepared to travel on their terms; there is no avalanche control or ski patrol rescue. The slopes are steep and the snow deep, traveling outside the boundary is recommended only for those people experienced and equipped to deal with serious avalanche dangers.