Fernie Alpine Resort
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|Fernie Alpine Resort|
|Location||British Columbia, Canada|
|Vertical||1,082 m (3,550 ft)|
|Top elevation||2,149 m (7,051 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,068 m (3,504 ft)|
|Skiable area||2,500 acres (10.1 km2)|
|Longest run||5 km|
|Lift system||7 chairlifts
3 surface lifts
|Web site||Ski Fernie|
Fernie Alpine Resort is a ski resort, located on Lizard Range, near the town of Fernie, British Columbia in Canada. It is known particularly for its high annual snowfall, reportedly the highest of any resort in the Canadian Rockies, and for its powder skiing. The resort also operates a mountain bike park in the summer months.
The resort has 10 lifts servicing 142 named runs plus 5 alpine bowls and tree skiing with a vertical drop of 1,082 meters (3,550 ft). The resort has over 10.1 square kilometres (2,500 acres) of skiable terrain. The average annual snowfall is 875 centimetres (28.71 ft).
Fernie Alpine Resort was originally called "Fernie Snow Valley" before being sold in 1997 to RCR (Resort of the Canadian Rockies). RCR saw some financial trouble under owner Charlie Locke, and after a period in bankruptcy protection, was bailed out by Alberta billionaire N. Murray Edwards.
During spring 2009, Fernie Alpine Resort was temporarily transformed into the fictional Kodiak Valley ski resort, circa 1986, for exterior location shots for the Hollywood film Hot Tub Time Machine. The film was released in March 2010.
Fernie Alpine Resort has 5 legendary bowls along the Lizard Range. Siberia Bowl, Cedar Bowl, Timber Bowl, Currie Bowl, and the Lizard bowl. Fernie is known for its amazing powder and as such it is rated one of the top 5 resorts in Canada.
Fernie alpine resort has 10 ski lifts, on the old side of the mountain there are 5 ski lifts, the Deer Chair which is a 3 person chair, the Elk chair is a four person chair, the great bear chair is a high speed quad, the boomerang is a 3 person chair, and the haulback is a t-bar. On the new side of the mountain there are two chairs The Timber Express Chair which is a high speed quad, and the White Pass chair which takes you to the highest. New in the 2011-2012 Ski Season, Fernie Alpine Resort added a lift to the Summit in Currie Bowl called the NEW Polar Peak lift.
- Bethel, Greig (8 March 2001). "Powder Trip". SEE Magazine (379).