fernie survival guide

Welcome to Fernie

You’ve finally made it. The legendary pow you’ve heard so much about from all those traveling friends (who used to rub your nose in it) is finally within your reach.

fernie alpine resort

The first and most impressive thing you’ll see is the Lizard Range. Visible from every part of Fernie, the Lizard Range and within it, Fernie Alpine Resort, dominate this historic ski town. With five beautiful alpine bowls, acres of glades, and unparalleled steeps, it’s easy to see why Fernie’s legend has spread around the world.

But there is another side to Fernie; one that’s just as important to its identity as the ski hill. Fernie locals pride themselves on not being another Whistler – this town is the real deal, a working mountain town with a great history and lots of stories to tell. From the bootlegging of the early part of the 19th century, to the history of miners slogging it out underground, Fernie was built on blood, sweat and pride from way back. You can feel that when you’ve spent some time here.

Fernie Mine Rescue

All that adds up to a pretty unique local flavour – and one that demands respect, i.e., have a good time, get to know people, express yourself – but understand that people are sensitive about seasonal workers who act like they own the place. Respecting the local community will earn you serious brownie points on a daily basis at your job, on the ski hill, and when you’re partying.


Getting a Job

First off, don’t expect to be earning for the first month you are here. In some cases you could get a job within the first few days…

Read more

Getting a Place

The ideal time to find a place to live is in spring or early fall – basically until about mid October.

Read more

Getting Around

In Fernie there is no public transit system. If you don’t have a car, your options are pretty limited, but eventually (it might take a while) you will get there.

Read more

Summer in Fernie

With all the activities and events going on each winter in Fernie, it’s sometimes easy to forget that summer in Fernie is just as amazing.

Read more

Things to do

The best sources for events and activities listings is Fernie.com, and the multitude of posters you’ll see put up around town.

Read more

Related Stories

Fernie Network Blogs

Locals Report
Locals Report

A locals update on snow, trails, powder and more.

Read More
Fernie Bike Events
Fernie Bike Events

Fernie's destination biking events organized locally.

Read More
Mary Giuliano
Mary Giuliano

Mary writes about the town she has loved since moving here in May of 1953.

Read More
Fernie Alpine Resort
Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort offers world-class winter and summer activities.

Read More
Backcountry Powder
Backcountry Powder

Fernie's backcountry is where the powder lasts for weeks whether you're touring or riding!

Read More
Elk River Alliance
Elk River Alliance

A community-based water group protecting the Elk River watershed.

Read More
Wildsight
Wildsight

Working to protect wildlife, water and wild spaces.

Read More
Fernie Chamber
Fernie Chamber

A service organization dedicated to enhancing the economic future of Fernie and the quality of life.

Read More
Council Connection
Council Connection

Fernie Council Meeting updates and news is available here in the latest edition of Council Connection.

Read More
Regional District of East Kootenay
Regional District of East Kootenay

Local rural area government dedicated to providing quality service to residents and property owners.

Read More
Off Camber in Fernie
Off Camber in Fernie

Keith Liggett follows the goings and comings in Fernie—in town and on the hill—but not in the normal fall line.

Read More
Fernie Ski & Board Fim Fest
Fernie Ski & Board Fim Fest

Hundreds of skiers and boarders celebrate the coming season with the seasons top ski and board films.

Read More
Project Heli
Project Heli

Grace set her goal to become the first physically disabled woman tandem sit skier to Heliski in Canada!

Read More
Fernie Ghostriders
Fernie Ghostriders

Fernie's Junior B Hockey Club, a proud member of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Read More