The Canadian Rockies of western British Columbia cut a skyline that is at once imposing and picturesque—these mountains are more jagged and rugged than their American counterparts. Tucked away in the Lizard Range of these peaks, right at the base of the Fernie Alpine Resort, is Fernie Slopeside Lodge. In the colder months, the resort is a winter-sports hot spot with ski-in/ski-out access to some of British Columbia’s best slopes. Come summer, the mountain transforms into a destination for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting.
Pedal along the trails: Bring your own bike or rent one from the resort.
Recommended excursion: Go on a guided alpine hike with Bob, an expert who’s been with the resort for 11 years.
Varied onsite dining: Enjoy casual grill grub at Kelsey’s, fine dining at Lizard Creek Lodge, and deli eats at Slopeside Coffee & Deli.
Comfy accommodationsfeature flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini refrigerators.
Most scenic spot to enjoy a meal: Lost Boys Café, located at the top of the Timber Express Chairlift, offers panoramic views of Elk Valley.
Take a dip in the two indoor hot tubs.
Fernie, British Columbia: Stellar Outdoor Recreation in Historical Mountain Town
Fernie began as a coal-mining boomtown in the 1870s and reinvented itself in the 1960s with its namesake ski resort. The town’s western-facing location in the Canadian Rockies’ Lizard Range makes it a popular spot for skiing—the slopes are blanketed with more than 30 feet of snowfall annually. National Geographic named Fernie 1 of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns, noting it has “more consistent powder than Whistler and warmer temperatures than Banff.”
Even in the warmer months, the chairlift is up and running at Fernie Alpine Resort. After the snow melts, you can go mountain biking and hiking amid alpine meadows. The fishing is also superb in this region; cast a line at the Elk, St. Mary, or Kootenay River.
You can get a good idea of what life was like in Fernie at the turn of the century in the downtown area, which has a number of historical buildings. For more context, pop into the Fernie Museum to see ski artifacts and photos of the city through the years.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a standard room with two chairlift-ride tickets per stay
Option 1: $69 for a 1-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday; not valid for Thursday–Saturday stays (up to a $170 value)
Option 2: $79 for a 1-night stay, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday; not valid for Sunday–Wednesday stays (up to a $179 value)
Option 3: $119 for a 2-night stay, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday; not valid for Friday or Saturday stays (up to a $294 value)
Option 4: $129 for a 2-night stay, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday; not valid for Monday–Wednesday stays (up to a $313 value)
Option 5: $189 for a 3-night stay, valid for check-in any day (up to a $446 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 8/14/15
Blackout dates: 6/28–7/1 and 8/30–9/2
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations must be in writing and subject to $15 fee per guest 15 or older; 31-day cancellation notice required or fee up to the Groupon price applies.