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All Mountain Ski Improvement CourseFernie, Canada - 2 Weeks

Amazing Powder, Epic Terrain

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.


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Who's it for?
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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.

Weekends & Activities

A selection of activities for more mountain fun...


  • First Tracks: head out onto the slopes before the lifts are open to the public - your own private mountain!
  • Cat skiing: like heli-skiing, but a fraction of the cost. A day skiing untracked powder in the company of guides, with a piste basher taking you to the top. Possibly the highlight of your year.
  • Socials: experience a slice of Canadian mountain life in Fernie with activities like curling and ice hockey.
  • Technical sessions: get the most out of your skiing with weekly sessions covering topics such as ski tuning, stretching & injury prevention, the history of skiing, equipment advice and nutrition.
First Tracks
Cat Skiing
Avalanche Training
Tech Sessions
Ice Hockey
Apres Ski

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!

Typical Day Here's what a typical day in Fernie will involve. Now... imagine two weeks of this!
Wake up to the sound of the ski patrol bombing the mountain because there's been a fresh dump of snow. Energise with breakfast.
Ride up Timber Chair, pick your favourite line and lay down some fresh turns or cordruoy arcs. Ski freely as you warm up ahead of a big day.
Meet your group and discuss the day's objectives. Your coach will find the best snow. Be prepared to learn, progress and have fun.
You'll need to stop at some point. Reflect on a great morning and the wipe outs over lunch. Maybe try some Canadian poutine.
Ski some more until your legs give up. Consolidate the skills you were working on in the morning with more mileage and drills.
Share a jug of beer in the Griz with friends. Head back to the lodge for a hot tub. There might be a tech talk on ski maintenance or biomechanics.
Relax over a well earned dinner as you swap stories from the day's adventures. Lots of chatter in anticipation of the next day.
Head into downtown Fernie for a drink. Embrace Canadian life and cheer on the local ice hockey team. Or just kick back in the movie room.
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.


*Please note during 2019/20 coaching days may vary slightly.

Accommodation +

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.

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.

Lift Pass +

You'll be given a lift pass for the duration of your course.

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.

Video Analysis +

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

Technical Sessions +

You'll receive technical talks on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.

First Tracks +

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!

Weekly Socials +

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

Optional Cat Skiing +

Hop into your own private snow cat in the backcountry and experience powder like never before.

Optional Avalanche Safety Training +

Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.

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 +
It's best to buy your ski equipment 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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Which airport should I fly into? +

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.

Who will be on this course? +

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.

Do I need to bring an avalanche transceiver? +

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!

Do I need my own equipment? +

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!

How good do I need to be? +

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.

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