Day 1 – Calgary to Fernie
Leave Calgary and drive south via Highway 2, connecting to Highway 22 before turning west on Highway 3 for Fernie. For a rest break, stop in at the Frank Slide Historic Site as you pass through the Crowsnest Pass where there is an Interpretive Centre open year-round. Here you can learn all about Canada’s deadliest rockslide which buried an entire town (admission fees apply). The drive without stops is approximately 3 hours (288 km from downtown Calgary.)
Arrive in Fernie and check in to your hotel or resort. See a list of accommodation options on the Tourism Fernie website. For ski in-ski out accommodations consider staying at Fernie Alpine Resort where you can access groomed Nordic trails without driving to a trailhead.
If you’ve arrived early enough, you can head out for a short afternoon ski on the Montane Nordic and multi-use trail network near downtown Fernie. Here you’ll find trails groomed for classic or skate skiing along with multi-use trails for snowshoeing, walking, or fat biking. Follow the groomed Montane Green Trail which leads to a scenic warming hut overlooking the Elk Valley in a pleasant 8 km round trip outing.
Enjoy dinner at one of Fernie’s diverse restaurants before winding down at your hotel and resting up for a big day of skiing tomorrow. One of my personal favourite choices for dining is Nevados, a fun Latin inspired restaurant in downtown Fernie. And if you’re staying on-mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort, make sure you visit Cirque Restaurant & Bar (located in Lizard Creek Lodge) for one of your dinners. At Cirque you’ll find decadent gourmet cuisine along with the Ice Bar for an exciting Vodka tasting experience.