Via Fairy Meadows/Mt. Fernie’s drainage.
Start at Fernie’s visitor centre or, if feeling rebellious and lazy, Alpine Trails subdivision and through the ominously signed water treatment facility. Feeling defiant, I chose the latter. Skin up Fairy Creek past the water treatment facility and switch-back up a 30* NE facing slope at approximately 49°32’33”, -115°06’03”. Stick to the skier’s left drainage on your way up, since there is less bushwacking.
FALL 2018 UPDATE: A low-impact ski access trail has been cut up this slope. Keep an eye out for it – it will make your life much easier!!
View looking SW after reaching the colloquially named “Fairy Meadows” towards some big-boy/girl lines coming off fake Mt. Fernie (fun fact: the real Mt. Fernie is the taller peak in the back on the right, but you can’t see it from town). In keeping with local tradition, I am sure someone has also taken the liberty of naming these lines, just not sure what they are! Such beautiful terrain!!
Mt. Fernie West Bowl
A closer look at Mt. Fernie’s West Bowl, above, on a foggy day. Some good steep skiing to be had here.
After topping out on a high point below Mt. Fernie, I decided to explore the drainage to the east of the one I ascended. I Wouldn’t recommend this east drainage as it felt flatter and more densely treed than the west drainage. You can also drop off the ridge and ski the south-facing chutes above town to a waiting car, or skin back along the powerline at the bottom.