Performance & Development Camps in Fernie
Come and experience the very best that Canada has to offer. With three weeks of Nonstop tuition and guidance, your ski or snowboard skills will improve massively, allowing you to truly enjoy every corner of one of the world’s best powder-heavy resorts.
Three weeks of progression will take you to whole new levels
It’s very hard to make progress when you only ski or snowboard for one week at a time. You spend most of the week getting your stamina and skill back, then by the time you begin to make some progress it’s time to head home again! With our three week courses, our focussed instruction will ensure that you push through the boundaries that have always stood in your way. We are experts at taking skiers and snowboarders to new levels, and we love showing you how to enjoy your newly refined skills!
Join a group to suit your standard
We know that the best way to learn is to ski or ride with people of similar ability to you. You can then move at the same speed and take on terrain that provides a challenge for you all. Being one of our most popular camps means we have the ability to split our camps into several groups of varying ability. There are broadly two groups in our camps:
These are for those who are relatively confident on the piste, but want to tighten up their technique and learn how to handle powder and bumps.
These are for those who already have off-piste experience and want to hit the best parts of the mountain from the beginning, while tightening up their higher-end technique.
Become comfortable with your surroundings
All too often people miss the best areas a mountain has to offer because they either don’t have enough time to explore, or don’t have the confidence to venture too far from the beaten path. Our coaches love to explore and show you their favourite spots on the mountain – yes they have the best job in the world! Over the course of this three week camp you’ll surprise yourself by hitting challenging terrain with a whole new level of confidence.
Go one-on-one with the pros
New to the New Year 3 week program, you will now benefit from two one-on-one private lessons with a top level instructor. Getting undivided attention from a coach can really help you crack even the toughest of bad habits and we have seen some real 'eureka' moments since introducing these sessions in 2009.
Fernie is a dream resort
Fernie has the largest ski area and the longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies and is famed for its powder and consistently good conditions. Combine that with exciting freeride terrain and there's no doubt that this is a dream ski and snowboard destination. On top of that, downtown Fernie is an amazing old Canadian mining town, with a fun and friendly vibe. There are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants to keep you entertained.
Great accommodation and facilities
Back in 2007 we acquired our very own hotel and quickly set about a full refurbishment and design change. The Red Tree Lodge is now the perfect home and operational centre for our instructor courses and camps, with comfortable, spacious rooms and great facilities, including a games room, bar, restaurant, sauna and hot tub. For those looking for a little more personal space we even have houses available located close to the lodge.
For our 2013/14 course we will be providing 10 days of group coaching - with a maximum of just 6 per instructor - and then you will also benefit from two 1.5 hour private sessions (over two separate days).
Season lift pass
Great if you're extending your stay!
Lift queue priority during lessons
Ski or snowboard maintenance tuition
Choose between staying in our lodge or a house. Full details can be found on the Fernie pages in our "resort section"
Continental breakfasts are served seven days a week at the Red Tree Lodge and provide you with the perfect start to a day on the mountains. Our breakfasts include a selection of cereals, porridge, fruit salad, yogurts, toasts, muffins, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
Our three course dinners are provided 3 nights per week in our own restaurant at the Red Tree Lodge. This enables you to explore Fernie's other restaurants or use the self catering facilities on the other nights.
Airport transfers (Coinciding with the group flight times)
We run an airport shuttle service between Calgary and Fernie on the course dates which coincides with our selected group flight option. If you're making your own way to Canada you're welcome to join our transfer if it's convenient for you. Alternatively there is a public bus that you'll need to book in advance. Further details will be included in the Info Packs we provide before the course.
7 day shuttle to resort
The town of Fernie is where the buzz is - where all the shops, bars, restaurants and most hotels are located, and the ski town is just an 8-10 minute drive away. Our fleet of buses will take you up after breakfast and bring you back to the lodge each evening. We are the only group in town to have a storage facility on the mountain for skis and snowboards so travel is made easy!
New Year's Eve Party
Weekly social events
24 hour staffing
10% Discount on ski or snowboard equipment
Flights (from £600)
We arrange return flights on Air Canada for those traveling between the UK and Canada. Flights cost from £600 (flights over the New Year period may be more expensive - please contact the office for more details). You can opt for a flight on your booking form. If you arrange your own flight you can meet us at the airport for the group transfer bus to the resort. Please contact us with any questions.
The day cat-skiing is a highlight of most people's trip to Fernie. Somewhat similar to heli-skiing, it involves a whole day of skiing fresh powder in the backcountry getting rides to the top of the mountain in a cat (aka 'piste basher'). Good times guaranteed!
Avalanche safety course($100/£60)
Over the New Year course we offer a one day introduction to mountain safety helping you understand safe route finding decisions, avalanches, search and rescue and avalanche equipment.
Ski or snowboard kit
If you don't yet own ski equipment you can rent a 20 day "high performance" rental package for approx. $50/day. Alternatively you could take advantage of the great equipment advice from our instructors and invest in your own skis and boots. Skis, bindings, poles and ski boots range from $1,100 (£700 approx) - $2,800 (£1,800 approx). Snowboard, boots and bindings will cost slightly less.
Lunches and non-inclusive meals
Typical costs: Lunch: $15, Dinner: $15-35. Pint of beer: $5.50. Glass of wine: $7.