Had 3 days at this place. However, the spa and pool were out of order the whole time. Nice rooms, we...more
We stayed at the Super 8 in Fernie back in Jan 2010 for 4 nights for a ski trip. I was a bit...more
We stayed there for five days. It's a beautiful building with three units, this being the smallest...more
The big Boston Pizza chain, but do fantastic pizza and pastas, almost something for everyone. The resturant was pleasant, and pizza's well priced. Service was good and just an all around good experience. Had the sports bar next door, which we went to on game night, but no flames games were on, which was a shame! Pasta Tuesday....all pasta reduced...more
This was a place I went with an old travelling friend who highly recommended the place. Its a small(seats about 20) cajun restaurant in Fernie, BC. Yes, the ski town. It was so great! One waitress, one chef, great antiques, great artwork on the walls, all adds to great ambiance and a suburb dining experience. I had a sausage/pasta/veggie dish,...more
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Likely you will have to fly to Calgary and then rent a car to get to Fernie. It is about a 3-hour drive. Going through the Crow's Nest Pass can be a little hairy during the winter if there is snow and ice. The roads can be extremely slippery, as the temperature will hover just around the freezing point, which is the most dangerous for freezing rain and black ice. Do not speed and do not pass snow removal trucks and equipment on the highway. Take your time and arrive safe.
A quaint shop with squeeky floorboards and hundreds of pieces or art on display, at reasonable prices. All the artists ban together to pay for the shop and I spent quite a while looking at various pieces before i decided what I wanted to buy. Very well worth a visit if staying in fernie or just passing through!
What to buy: Any of your normal art painting, but i chose an unusual piece. Painted on slate, its a mountain scene using the natural curves and the shape of the slate to make an unusual, but gorgeous piece of work!
What to pay: Anything from $50 to $1000
I try to take a ski lesson everytime I am at Fernie even though I am a ski instructor myself. However, I do most of my skiing in Europe and we do not have the steep and deep stuff like in Fernie. Therefore, the local instructors can really bring you up to speed on powder skiing technique. I think it is good in any case to get feedback to improve. Also, the ski instructors know all the hidden powder stashes and I have done some great tree skiing with them that first entailed a hike in to where I would have never found on my own. Well worth the price of a half day lesson to been shown around the mountain by a local.
Don't let your vacation end in tragedy.
Stay on marked trails.
Do not ski out of bounds.
Test a new slope for snow pack stability before cutting fresh tracks. If no one else has skied it, it may not be safe.
Look for typical avalanche signs, like strewn boulders and broken trees. This may be a good indication whether this particular slope has avalanched before.
Do not ski perpendicular to the slope, across uncut powder, as this sets the slope up for an avalanche for the next skiers.
Do not grab air unless you can see where you are going to land, and you know there is no one below you.
Use common sense.
If you press your luck once too often you may find out too late that it is no fun to be buried under a tonne of snow, after being churned like a meat grinder for a few hundred meters, and then pressed though a siv of rocks, trees and anything else that gets between you and the avalanche.
And yes, it can happen to you, too.
The World's Biggest Truck is an old mining truck, now retired and on display in Sparwood, BC. Sparwood is about a 15 minute drive east of Fernie, near the Alberta border.This truck is just huge, take a look at my 6' 2" hubby next to the tire in the photo, to give you a little perspective on the proportions of this truck.The truck is right along the...more
This photo was taken in August 1986 when my UBC Mining Engineering class went on a field trip through B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan.As Sparwood isn't in the VT system, I chose the neighbouring town of Fernie instead.I believe that many of the mines offer tours, especially in the summer. If you've never been in an open pit mine before then it's...more