Break through barriers in your ski technique, whilst exploring the very best terrain. Don't waste precious time hunting down the best areas of the mountain, let our highly qualified team of coaches take you there from the first day.
Fernie Alpine Resort's consistent snow record and exciting terrain make it the perfect place to spend a one week vacation. Although you may not want to leave!
Rolling Stone magazine called it "North America's Coolest Town" and that infectious vibe spreads onto the slopes.
On average 48cm of snow falls in Fernie per week, which means there are a ridiculous amount of powder days. The sheer size and availability of terrain to suit all standards of skiers is breathtaking. There are more trails and a higher vertical than anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies.
Exploring a resort on your own is fun, and so is joining the resort's ski school, but there's so much more to experience. Our pros aren't your typical ski school instructors. They are only the most experienced and highly qualified skiers who will boost your confidence around the whole mountain.
They train every skill level and spend a lot of their time actually teaching other instructors! There really isn’t anyone better prepared to guide you around this sensational alpine resort.
As well as taking you straight to the sweetest spots on the mountain from day one, they will also share tips, drills and feedback that will boost your technique and broaden your horizons.
The best way to learn and progress is with people of similar ability with similar goals. For intermediate skiers who enjoy cruising on groomed runs, our improvement courses will take your skiing to the next level. Our coaches will tighten up all aspects of your technique on groomed trails, before transitioning onto more advanced terrain to test your skills.
Experienced skiers may wish to challenge themselves in more difficult terrain. Our coaches won’t waste any time in showing you the best powder stashes. The course will push you, developing your technique and confidence in Fernie’s legendary terrain and powder.
A selection of activities for more mountain fun...
Our own hotel, the Red Tree Lodge, acts as the official hub of the course. When the Red Tree gets fully booked we accommodate people at the nearby Best Western; it’s a 5 minute walk away. This causes the overall cost to be more expensive due to the Best Western’s higher rates – so booking early is recommended!
There is the choice of shared or private rooms - regardless of whether you are travelling alone. Rooms are spacious with queen sized beds, en suite bathrooms and widescreen TVs. Breakfats will be served at your hotel & inclusive evening meals are served at the Smokehouse, on site at the Red Tree Lodge. There are plenty more bars, restaurants and shops within a short walk.
Each morning we'll take you on a short bus ride to the mountain, where your skis are stored overnight, ready for an epic day on the slopes!
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.
*Please note during 2019/20 coaching days may vary slightly.
You'll stay in the Red Tree Lodge and be able to enjoy all its facilities, including:
Note: When the Red Tree gets fully booked we accommodate people at the Best Western; a 5 minute walk away. This causes the overall cost to be more expensive due to the Best Western’s higher rates.
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.
Enjoy a nutritionally balanced & fiilling three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge three evenings a week.
You'll be given a lift pass for the duration of your course.
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.
Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.
Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.
You'll receive technical talks on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.
Head out onto the slopes before the lifts are open to the public - your own private mountain. Could be cancelled in adverse weather. No one wants to rise early for poor conditions!
Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.
Hop into your own private snow cat in the backcountry and experience powder like never before.
Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.
These things are not included in the package:
We provide inclusive airport transfers at set departure times from Calgary airport; these are available on the advertised start & end date of the course. Fernie is not that well serviced by public transfers, so we strongly recommend you plan your flights around our inclusive service.
The average age of participants on these courses is much older than people usually expect; over the last 4 years the average has been 42. That being said, we typically have clients in their 20s, 30s, 50s and even 60s! These trips typically attract solo travellers that are passionate about skiing; we promote a laid back but super social atmosphere, so we foster good times on & off the snow.
No! Whilst Fernie regularly tops the snowfall charts in Canada and boasts steep terrain, everything within the resort boundary is managed by the ski patrol team. It’s common to wake up in Fernie to the sound of explosions from the resort; this is the patrollers having fun with dynamite and making sure if something is going to slide, it slides!
We would recommend you own your own skis & boots, but of course rental options are available. If you’re staying with us for over 2-weeks, then it starts to become more economical to own your own gear. There are lots of great stores in Fernie, all offering a super friendly and professional service, so if you’re in the market to buy gear, wait until you get here!
We can cater for a broad range of skiers on these trips; we plan for a ration of 6 skiers: 1 instructor and the vary maximum group size would be 7. Groups are based on previous experience & fitness, so you can be confident of skiing terrain and working on technique suitable to your level. As a general guideline, we can cater from early intermediates right through to expert. If you’re in doubt, give us a call and we can discuss your options.
We look forward to speaking with you.