Now that we’ve covered a few hardcore resort Hidden Gems that cater mostly to skiing purists who prefer the quiet, small mountain vibe, let’s investigate a great all-around resort that checks all the boxes for all mountain adventure enthusiasts: Fernie!

Located in the gorgeous southeastern British Columbia Canadian Rockies, Fernie Alpine Resort is our pick for the most family-friendly Hidden Gem resort. On 2504 acres, Fernie averages a respectable 444 inches of snow annually and offers 142 runs plus five alpine bowls and tree skiing in many glades and chutes. Basically, you can expect great conditions at peak season and plenty of varied terrain for all skill levels to enjoy. And while it shares snowfall statistics with other resorts, the snow often has the excellent dryness of “Rockies Powder”, and even more of it than you might find at nearby resorts outside of the “Powder Triangle”. To no one’s surprise, Fernie is a great destination for the powder skier.

What makes Fernie a Hidden Gem though is that it’s set back from major cities, which helps keep the crowds in check. The other overarching reason is that it does actually check all of the boxes for what we look for in a full mountain resort experience. No one area here is completely spectacular, but this means that there isn’t much to compromise on in any one area either. When you’re done skiing for the day, the village offers a handful of attractive amenities, ranging from apres bars, to several nice restaurants, and a modest ski shop. The hotels are not only quite nice and reasonably priced (for a mountain resort), but they also have the desired practicality with easy ski-in-ski-out options.

We think you’ll agree that Fernie is a great all-around ski resort, and because it is gaining popularity with international adventurers, we urge you to experience this exceptional mountain before its Hidden Gem status is revoked. If you couldn’t tell by now, we like short lift-lines!

But for now, we wholeheartedly recommend this Hidden Gem and we hope that the Fernie culture remains pure for years to come!

Have you been to Fernie? If so, comment below with a standout memory of your experience! We’d love to hear it!

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