Went to Fernie in both Feb 2005 and Feb 2006. Both trips proved to be great holidays.
The terrain on the mountain is excellent and some really challenging stuff to be found, the bowls are fantanstic providing a great back country experience for those who want to stay in bounds. If you like groomed corderouy Fernie is not the place for you, grooming is not what this place is about, the mountain can get quite choppy and bumpy and watch out for those death cookies. The bottom of the mountain is a little low and does tend to catch a little rain if you are unlucky. But get above the mid station and the rain turns to snow and lots of it. Which is great if you are not a novice and are comfortable on quite challenging intermediate terrain. On a good day you can get a foot or two of top to bottom powder, the lightest you have every experienced
The people you meet are all really friendly and good fun. Travelled with my kids 10 and 4. Child care and lessons are great, the kids loved it. The tuition for the young ones was brilliant and both the children have come on very quickly in the ski and board school
I am from the UK and found Fernie good value for money although did notice the prices had gone up on the second trip, but still great value. Locals feel that it is very expensive in comparison to a few years ago.
Fernie has never really reached its potential as the next Whistler, but that is a good thing, it remains pretty uncrowded and lift lines are never big.
Lizard Creek lodge is the place to stay, but there are lots of condos and houses to rent in the resort resort, mostly ski in and out. Accomodation is cheaper in town,it is about 3 or 4 miles to the mountain from there.
Fernie is not pretentious, you don't go there to pose, just let your riding (or skiing if that way inclined) do the talking, and fill your boots with first tracks afterwards.
I will definitley being going back.