Mt. Fernie

Fernie Backcountry Ski Tour

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.



Author: SeeThenSki

4 thoughts on “Mt. Fernie”

    1. Hi Felicia thanks for the comment. It takes about 3-5 hours to top out on Mt. Fernie Ridge, longer if you want to ski some of the terrain along the way. Maybe an hour back to Alpine Trails parking area if you skate ski the road at the bottom? It took me just under 4 hours total in fast, spring conditions, solo with no breaks. The skin track going up was in rough shape this week so bring ski crampons if you’re going today. Should be much better after a dump of new snow.


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