Fernie Not What It Used To Be

by: peterbr52 - Mar 16, 2009

  • Overall Rating 1
  • Family Friendly 1
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 1
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: Nice town and Nice People

    Cons: Pool Avalanche control. Very poor grooming for intermediate after any major snow fall

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2009

Full review

Visited Fernie again, only to leave very frustrated once again. We arrived to snow falling however after a few centimeters fell, most of the hill was closed. We tried to get a rain check for our very EXPENSIVE day pass ($80), only to be told we had skied more than one hour. The second day was no better than our first. We had some intermediate skiers with us that were most upset due to runs not being groomed after the snow fall the previous day. On hill facilities are mainly out houses, (which have not be cleaned out), no warming places to speak of and very poor communications on what is groomed and what runs are open. Getting on the chairs are now a challenge due to the fact that each time you try to get on, you need to be scanned which makes it a very confusing situation for all and many chairs go up empty and lines begin to form (mid-mountain). On hill accommodations are very expensive compared to other resorts.

The terrain is a challenge to get to, since you spend most of your time traversing. Very few lifts. One of the major bowls (Cedar) is only services by a old T-Bar. For the $80 one would expect better lifts, facilities, avalanche control and much better grooming.