Ski Touring Cabins in Fernie, BC

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In recent years ski touring has grown multitudes in popularity, and Fernie and the surrounding area offers many opportunity for the backcountry enthusiast. The area includes five awesome mountain ranges – the Monashees, Rockies, Selkirks, Purells and Valhallas. Although low in elevation compared to other ranges, Fernie is situated within an area in the Rockies where moist air systems from the Pacific and colder air masses from the Rockies meet, combining to produce great powder snow in high quantities throughout the winter.

One of the most popular trips is booking the Thunder Meadows Cabin, run by the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club . This cabin can be booked by calling The Guides Hut (250-423-3650) and is located between Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake Lodge, providing access to the bowls and slopes of Cedar Valley and the Lizard Rang including Fish Bowl, Liverwurst Bowl, and Big Steep Mother Bowl. 

Alternatively, Tunnel Creek and its new cabin south of Fernie Alpine Resort is a popular destination. This is also a Fernie Trails and Ski Touring run cabin, and you can book through its site here.

The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club's recent addition includes a cabin on the Montane Trail network and a proposal for a cabin in Harvey Pass. The Montane Trail located off Coal Creek Rd covers a three-by-one kilometre area between Coal Creek and along River Road Extension and is entirely non-motorized. 

Safety is fundamental to ski touring. Without the proper equipment and knowledge, skiers in the backcountry endanger the lives themselves as well as others. Your first order of business when considering getting into ski touring is avalanche training. Courses are available through many private companies, as well as through the College of the Rockies (250-423-4691). It’s also important to include all the appropriate equipment including an avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, proper clothing, and survival k.it. Make sure you always inform people where you are headed and when you should be back and that you have an understanding of the terrain. And always, always visit www.avalanche.ca to check the conditions. Regular bulletins are posted here daily.

Safety equipment can be rented or purchased at The Gear Hub (250-423-555) or The Guide’s Hut (250-423-3650), and purchased at Ski Base (250-423-6464) and Straightline (250-423-3532).