Apres Ski in Fernie
Fernie village grew out of the mining community that emerged in 1897 named after prospector William Fernie. Fernie’s discovery of coal here led to a mining boom and the establishment of the industrial town at Fernie. Now the locals mine white gold instead of coal.
Fernie Ski Resort Village
Fernie ski resort village has ski in, ski out accommodations, eight restaurants, one après ski bar, shopping, and daycare. The resort is three miles (4.8 km) from the town of Fernie, which has accommodations, bars, restaurants, shopping, and services. New hotels at the base village and in the town have increased the number of rooms available in recent years and more development is planned.
Although it is identifiably Victorian, the town is not yet what you would call charming or pretty, but it is improving and as each year passes, more of the old buildings are renovated and new restaurants, bars, and stores are opened. But if you are coming here for the skiing -and there are good reasons why you should – then you’d be better off staying at Fernie Alpine Resort, a quiet, mainly residential village located at the base of the mountain.
A shuttle run by Kootenay Taxi is available from the town to the resort 14 times daily and on an on-call basis in the evenings. A taxi service between the two is also available.
Apres Ski Bars & Restaurants in Fernie
Fernie ski resort has only one après ski bar, the Grizzly Bar in the Daylodge, with live music at weekends.
You can also choose from over 20 restaurants and numerous bars in downtown Fernie, five minutes’ drive away. Several new restaurants have opened, including The Curry Bowl and the award-winning The Wood Restaurant, which was awarded the 2003 Resort Restaurant of the Year.
Bars tend to close at around 2:00 am. El Dorado, the only dance bar in the town, is located below The Wood Restaurant.
The minimum age for consuming alcohol is 19 and children cannot accompany parents in bars and other places serving alcohol.
Other Activities in Fernie
The Fernie Mountain Adventure Center offers a variety of day or evening activities to supplement skiing and riding.
You can take moonlight snowmobile tours, go dogsledding, take a sleigh ride with a cowboy dinner option, go cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing, and/or ski by torchlight. In Fernie there’s an ice-skating rink, a curling rink, an aquatic center, a fitness center, and a bowling alley.