In 1992 I came to Fernie for the first time and my trip was primarily to cat ski. Fernie had emerged on the North American powder scene as a cat ski destination and I was keen for my first snowcat experience. In those days Island Lake was in its infancy and had a rustic mountain lodge and open seats for day skiers. Island Lake has since been upgraded to the highest standard of mountain luxury and a booked schedule.

The local ski hill has good skiing however no ski vacation to Fernie is guaranteed powder unless you book cat skiing.

Fortunately along can Fernie Wilderness Adventures(FWA) and they quicky became the day-cat-ski option as Island Lake focused on multiday trips. Over the years FWA has grown their terrain and upgraded their cats and their multiday business is growing, however you can still book for a day or two.

FWA now competes with Island Lake and offers an exceptional ski and snowboard experience. With over 5,000 acres with a variety of 7000 ft ridges to begin your descents from, they rock for all ability levels. The guides have a vast terrain variety to choose from—steep ridges to spectacular gladed meadows. With the high elevation you can expect the legendary dry Kootenay powder.

Don’t play the odds on your Fernie vacation experience, book meow!

Here are few current shots from this year:

photo Matt Noseworthy

photo Leslie Prentice

photo Leslie Prentice

photo Leslie Prentice

photo Leslie Prentice

photo Courtney Haeusler

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