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Master the Mountain Off Piste Ski CourseFernie, Canada - 4-6 Weeks

Big Mountain Off Piste Training

Our "Master the Mountain" off piste ski course is the ultimate in big mountain ski training. Run from Fernie, Canada's powder capital, there is no better mountain to develop your thirst for untamed terrain and improve your skills in the soft stuff.

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Bring your snorkel! You might think that Fernie's 'Legendary Powder' slogan is a big claim, but seeing is believing! Fernie regularly tops the snow charts in Western Canada and, with its inland location, the snow is cold, light and a dream to blast through!


Fernie boasts five large bowls and you’ll get to explore every corner. With almost nothing off-limits, you're imagination will be able to run wild. You'll pick your line through the bowls, among the trees, through the gullies and off the many natural hits.


Fernie really does offer big mountain skiing at its best and all within the safety of excellent avalanche controlled areas. Fernie averages 48cm of snow per week while the resort is open, so you can expect more than a few powder days!


Fernie is the sort of resort where the most powder-hungry instructors want to live, so over the years since 2002 we have been able to form a team of the best high-level ski instructors in the industry.


You'll love skiing alongside them, as they polish your technique and give you the tools you need to enjoy such an amazing mountain. Before you know it you'll be shredding the best parts of the mountain with confidence and style. Your skiing experience will be changed forever!


With such an enviable amount of time on snow, we'll help you develop your skills across the whole mountain, tackling terrain you never thought possible, as well as perfecting those stylish turns in glorious untouched powder.


We'll teach you how to ski-tour and take you into the backcountry wilderness. You'll feel closer to the mountain than ever before, while enjoying conditions that very few skiers ever get to experience.


Saving the best till last! The course works its way up to an epic finale. At the end of the course, you'll go on a four day wilderness adventure! You'll take a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Kootenay mountain range, before landing at the Boulder Hut, a backcountry lodge retreat.


You'll then spend four days experiencing an authentic backcountry lifestyle, touring into the great unknown and skiing amazing untouched bottomless powder!

Weekends & Activities
Heli Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Ice Hockey
Tech Sessions
Apres Ski

A good night's sleep to match a great day on the hill, this is an ideal base for your time in Fernie. Back in 2007 we purchased our very own hotel and set about making it the best ski accommodation possible by focusing on comfort and excellent facilities.


All rooms have queen sized beds and facilities include a sauna and hot tub, ski storage and tuning room, movie room, full kitchen facilities and our on-site restaurant and bar, where all of your course meals are served. 

Course Milestones It will be an action-packed 6 weeks... here's how it'll go down!
Week 1
Explore Fernie and the five alpine bowls that will become your home. You’ll have a tech talk on backcountry and ski touring equipment. Finish with a New Year’s Eve party!
Week 2
Coaching will focus on your ski performance and ironing out bad habits. Experience ‘First Trax’ as you are get access to the mountain before the public. Learn about avalanche safety theory.
Week 3
You’ll be exploring more challenging terrain, finding the steeps, gulleys and powder. Go to Kimberly for the day. Continue with your avalanche safety qualification. Snowshoe around Fernie’s trails.
Week 4
Continue to develop your skiing, working on your technique in off piste and powder. Chance to go cat skiing. Go ski touring at the weekend in preparation for your backcountry adventure.
Week 5
The first group will get helicoptered into the Boulder Hut for the ultimate backcountry touring trip while the rest continue with coaching. Enjoy the wilderness and experience the freshest turns of your life.
Week 6
The second group will be flown into the Boulder Hut to hunt down more deep powder. Option to go heli skiing at the end of the week. Farewell party as you say goodbye to Fernie, for now.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Professional Coaching +

You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends for free skiing, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 7 people per pro but typically they are 6 or even smaller.

Accommodation +

The Red Tree Lodge will be your home for the duration of your course. You'll have access to all the lodge's facilities, including:

Breakfasts - Seven Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge seven days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.

Dinners - Three Nights Per Week +

Enjoy a nutritionally balanced & fiilling three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge three evenings a week.

Season Lift Pass +

You'll be given a season lift pass so you can ski as much as you please. Come out early or stay on after, your lift pass will cover you.

Airport Transfers & Resort Transport +

If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear.

24 Hour Hosting +

Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.

Touring Day in Fernie +

Head into Fernie's awesome sidecountry and get a taste of what ski touring is all about.

4-Day Backcountry Touring Trip +

You'll head to the Boulder Hut for the culmination of your trip and enjoy 4 days of backcountry touring. All meals will be provided here.

Helicopter To and From Backcountry Lodge +

You'll be dropped off at the Boulder Hut and return via helicopter. It's weather dependent so we allow a window to fly.

Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 +

Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.

Video Analysis +

Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.

Weekly Technical Sessions +

Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

Weekly Socials +

Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.

Optional Extra Activities +

You'll be able to get involved many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey.

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We can give you advice on the best flights to get.
Travel Insurance +
We can point you to insurance policies that previous clients have rated. Some offer discounts to Nonstop participants.
Ski Equipment +
We provide you with specialist touring equipment but not normal ski equipment. It's best to buy your gear when in resort, if you don't already have it. Our coaches will give you advice on the best skis to get, and you can get a Nonstop discount at some local shops.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
Make your own or try out some of the local restaurants or resort options.
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