Nowadays huge number of tourists spends ski vacations in Canada. Canada has a wide variety of ski terrains across the country with the Rocky Mountains in BC and Alberta, and the Laurentian mountains in Ontario and Quebec. In Canada the winters are long and we like to take advantage of them in any way possible so there are smaller ski hills everywhere, even on the flat prairies of Saskatchewan. You will find river valleys and large hills turned into ski hills if there are no mountains available.
Fernie is renowned for its 'steep and deep' and excellent natural snow conditions and is perfect for all levels of skier/boarder. The uncrowned slopes make it an ideal environment for families and first time skiers. An Alpine resort at the base of the mountain provides a selection of bars, restaurants and shops, whilst the historic mining town of Fernie with its unique atmosphere is 4 miles from the ski hill, connected by a regular bus service.
In the early days, snow shoeing, tobogganing and skating were the winter sports most enjoyed by Fernie residents. Skiing as a sport gained popularity in the depression when with the mines closed people had time on their hands. Though Fernie had lost the 1968 Olympics, it gained something far more valuable. Again driven by local citizens, the Snow Valley Ski Hill opened for business on January 17, 1963. The rest they say is history.
The rest there offers a huge variety of day or evening activities to supplement downhill skiing and riding during ski vacations in Canada. Choices include snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, and torchlight run... the choice is yours.
Some hills are designed for experienced skiers while others are more for the beginners. During ski vacations in Canada they provide hill statistics on most of the ski resorts that includes the percentage of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, total elevation gain, etc.
Most of the mountains around Fernie are upside down. They look like right side up mountains, with broad bases rooted firmly in the valley floor and pointy peaks reaching skyward. But to a geologist, they are upside down. These mountains are composed of sedimentary rocks, which form as sediment collects in shallow seas or in inland basins. The majestic beauty of the mountains is awe inspiring to almost anyone.
Once you know how many people will be joining you on your ski vacations in Canada, you can search through the rental accommodations to determine which one best suits your needs. Most ski accommodations and Canadian ski resort have an availability calendar online so you can see if it is available or already booked.
The pursuit of virgin powder and the challenge of the mountains are what drives the backcountry skier. The qualitative equipment enables the skier to experience the freedom of the mountains with no lifts, no noise, no crowds.
However, the discipline is not without its risks. Backcountry skiing occurs in remote and uncontrolled mountain settings. Avalanches and severe weather are some of the hazards. If you are looking for just such a challenge, choosing a ski trip at a backcountry lodge offers a chance to experience this world apart. Backcountry lodging has wide variety of accommodation and terrain. You can stay right on the mountain in comfort and have the added insurance of skiing with certified mountain guides.