Photos + video by Jackson Lebsack

With an average annual snowfall of 29 feet, Fernie Alpine Resort is what powder lover’s dream of. Adventurous skiers and riders will think they’ve died and gone to heaven with Fernie’s 2,500-plus acres of terrain and 2,800-plus-foot vertical, five spectacular open bowls, ridges and glades. A wide variety of brand new on-mountain ski in ski out condo-style accommodations have been developed, as well as improved base area facilities. Despite its repute as a snowy destination, the weather is quite manageable, making it a great ski vacation for cold-sensitive skiers. If it’s not snowing, it’s sunny in Fernie. Skiing Magazine put it best when they said, “Fernie Alpine Resort is another magical place where temperatures are mild and snowfalls massive!”

Fernie joined the Epic Pass this summer, just in time for 2018-19 passholders to enjoy 7 days of access.

Earlier this week,’s Epic Dream Job hire, Jackson Lebsack, spent a couple days exploring Fernie, along with Buddy Ticket recipients Aaron and Matt of The Rolling Van.

Jackson’s List of the Best Things About Fernie:

  1. Getting early ups with the Fernie ski patrollers

  2. Meeting Fernie’s canine patrollers

  3. Cool drinks at the Stoli Ice Bar in Lizard Creek Lodge

  4. Fat biking with great views of the Kootenay Rockies

  5. An unforgettable dinner at Cirque Restaurant

  6. Sampling local suds at Fernie Brewing Co.

Next stop → Lake Tahoe, California

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