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Where should I stay for a ski holiday in Fernie?

Fernie lodging

With a legendary amount of snow every winter (8-12m depending on your sources), great scenery and some serious steep terrain, the reputation of Fernie has gone sky-high in recent years.  

The Coda team know all of our resorts intimately and can advise on whatever your particular requirements are.  Here’s our round-up of the best options.

Why do so many people choose Fernie?

Unlike purpose-built ski resorts Fernie has retained a lot of its charm. Towards the end of the 19th Century, it was founded as a coal-mining town and many of the locals still work in mining. 

The fact that the town is not 100% dependent on tourism, plus its reputation as a ‘cool’ destination (the “Coolest Town in North America” according to Rolling Stone magazine) make it a vibrant and charming place, rather than a ‘manufactured’ resort.

Its own unique microclimate...

The large snowfall is in part due to the fact that the town is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains – creating its own snowy microclimate. 

Fernie Alpine Resort is located above the actual town. There are only 10 lifts, but they serve five superb bowls and a vertical drop of over 1000m. Temperatures stay low in winter and snow stays light and fluffy.

Which lodging?

There are a number of options for lodging in Fernie. Accommodation is available both in town and at the foot of the lifts.


Lizard Creek Lodge and Condominiums

This is a unique ‘mountain chic’ property, located in a private setting actually on the mountain, with a ski run passing the front door.  There is an outdoor pool and hot tub, from which you can relax at the end of the day and gaze on the mountains all around you. Try out this 4.5 star property for the ultimate Fernie experience.



Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge

A short walk from the centre of town, the 95 rooms offer a choice of accommodation from good quality rooms and suites. The spa offers a soothing massage at the end of the day, plus ‘location, location, location’ – the lodge is only 100m from the skier shuttle to the Fernie Mountain Resort.


The Fernie Slopeside Lodge

Also a ski-in, ski-out property, the Fernie Slopeside Lodge offers comfortable well-located accommodation. The lodge is very close to the village plaza as well as the lifts.

Lodging in Fernie

For more details of any lodging and/or lift tickets in Fernie, please contact the Coda team.


By Iain Martin

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