Bikes replace skis at Fernie

During winter British Columbia’s Fernie Alpine Resort is known for its fine powdery snow.  Fernie Alpine Resort is a world-class, destination ski resort with an authentic ski town atmosphere and tonnes of history including the legends of the Griz, Ghostrider, and Sasquatch.  The slopes come alive with skiers testing their skills on some fine downhill runs.

Many ski resorts become quiet during the summer months, but not Fernie; for when the snow begins to disappear, this is the cue for another type of thrill seeker to appear to dominate the hills.

When Fernie Alpine Resort’s powder snow melts and the mountain becomes awash with wild grasses and flowers, guests begin to explore the beautiful natural landscape of the 5 Bowls not on skis, but by Mountain Bikes, on foot and or from the Scenic Chairlift ride.  From around June 25th each year Fernie Alpine Resort offers lift-served Mountain Biking, hiking and Scenic Chairlift rides.

With 37 trails for Mountain Biking, the most in the Canadian Rockies, Fernie Alpine Resort offers something for all riding abilities.  It boasts a variety of trails that is un-matched in the Canadian Rockies.  For those who prefer feet to wheels, hikers get to enjoy views that are simply out of this world.

To better cater for the mountain bikers, Fernie has introduced some new bike trail enhancements, which includes: new bridgework feature on Aggravated Assault; trail upgrades to Top Gun; a new Advanced Level Women’s Bike Camp and upgrades to the Mountain Bike Skills Park.     

For those who don’t have their own bikes, you can hire new Scott Voltage FR 20’s state of the art mountain bikes for the Demo Fleet.  If you are not an experienced mountain biker you can brush up on your technical skills with help from their professional coaches. Fernie has fun, action packed, skill development clinics for the beginner or intermediate rider where you can learn the basics and boost your confidence for climbing, downhill, x-country, obstacles, single track or regular bike handling on their chairlift accessible trails.

Fernie Alpine Resort is located in the south-east corner of the B.C. Rockies on Highway No.3 approximately 60 km (40 miles) from the Alberta and U.S. borders. It is 5 km (3 miles) from the City of Fernie and only 1.5km up the hill from the highway intersection.

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