What’s better then a Christmas Festival? How about a Christmas festival that runs for almost the whole month of December – and it’s in one of Canada’s premiere ski resorts?! Welcome to Fernie’s What the Dickens festival. From Dec 3rd - Dec 23rd head to downtown Fernie, BC to experience the magic of the holidays. Live music, local art, carollers, holiday window displays and more!
Not sure where to get started? Every Saturday during December, the coffee shops in downtown Fernie will play host to carollers, holiday arts & crafts, free shows & films, and of course – the shortbread showdown. You definitely won’t want to miss the shortbread showdown – unless of course taste testing some of the best homemade shortbread in the area and voting on which was your favourite is something you wouldn’t like….
Other festival events are geared for people of all ages. For kids be sure to check out the Clawhammer card making (Dec 8th) and the felted ornament making (ages 5-10yrs. Dec 13th,). For a much more mature crowd, check out the R-rated Finnish film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on Dec 10th. This bizarre deconstruction of the Santa Claus tale will leave you feeling oddly jolly (warning – contains mature content).
There’s plenty more events lined up for the holidays, and remember – all of this is on top of world-class skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies. Come stay with use at our Fernie Resort and enjoy one of the best Christmas holidays you'll ever have!
For those unfamiliar with the sport, wake surfing is a growing sport where participants literally “surf” the wake of a boat with specialized surfboards. Using the Centurion Enzo 244, a large-wake boat driven at a slower speed, wake surfers are able to pull themselves into the boat’s wake and then drop the rope and surf – just like an ocean wave! Athletes are judged on their tricks and style, with the winners qualifying for the World Series.
The event will be held in Gold Bay on Lake Koocanusa, just an hour drive south of our Fernie Hotel. This is a great day trip from Fernie and promises to be an action packed day on the lake!
With only a few weeks left for summer activities at Fernie Alpine Resort, you’ll want to be sure to make the trip! Come enjoy world class mountain biking, zip lining, aerial park, hiking, and more! Fernie’s epic winter activities are offset by incredible sunny summers, making it truly paradise for the outdoorsy.
Love mountain biking? Think your tough? How about a 3, 4, or 7 day mountain bike race from Fernie, BC to Canmore, AB?! The Trans Rockies race series is a set of races designed to push you to the limits. If you think you’ve got what it takes (or just want to witness) this epic 330km race along some of the best singletrack in the Canadian Rockies, then you won’t want to miss this.
The race is broken down into three main categories, the TR3, TR4, and TR7 - with each number representing the number of riding days. The TR3 is a 3-day race in Fernie, BC. The TR4 is a 4 day race in Kananaskis, AB ending in Canmore. While these races are shorter then the TR7, they are still very challenging in their own right and provide plenty of adventure for participants. The main event, however, is undoubtedly the TR7 – considered a world-class mountain biking event alongside the Transalp, Cape Epic and La Ruta. It can be done in teams or as a solo participant for the truly hardcore. The course is over 330km long, with 12,000m of climb – so be prepared for one tough ride!
The route has been improved in recent years so that nearly 70% of the race takes place on pristine trails high in the alpine, providing one of the most incredible ways to experience the Canadian Rockies. To keep the event’s appeal to a wider range of riders, the shorter routes (TR3 and TR4) are considered “difficult but doable”, so that the race is enjoyable for all participants. Add to that a later start time (aka: much needed extra rest for riders), shuttles to accommodations between race days, and one of the best rider support systems and you’ve got all the things needed for a great race!
Riders have camping and meals looked after during the race, but you’ll want to check into one of our comfortable rooms for a great rest before you head out!
--a lighthearted look at some of our amenities
The Fernie Stanford Resort is perfectly set up to accommodate most wishes of its treasured guests. Wherever practical and possible, the Resort’s staff will eagerly bend over backwards to satisfy their needs. The majority of requests by visitors will be honoured, providing they do not impinge on the enjoyment of other guests. As a famous author once said, “discretion is the better part of valor.” So, it behooves us here to facetiously describe three activities the Resort must forbid to protect the majority of its guests.
Zoo animals in the shape of crocodiles, or the size of elephants are not allowed.
The housekeeping staff may have helped develop this rule! However, the Resort is pleased to inform guests of their “pet-friendly” policy. Small dogs will most certainly be accommodated. They will be offered amenities which ensure they are treated as well as other members of their family. Bowser’s comfort is ensured.
Full-dress hockey and lacrosse games in the dining room are forbidden.
This rule was developed when management feared that hungry players could be distracted by the exceptional food and service offered at the Tandoor & Grill Restaurant. Who knows what mayhem might occur when stick-swinging athletes storm the entrance trying to be first in line for some of the most delectable Indian cuisine found anywhere. Naturally, teams are most welcome to indulge in Chef Keshab Sapka’s fantastic culinary delights once they have shed their equipment and adopted an acceptable code of dining room behaviour.
Aside from safety issues, the possibility of excessive noise led to this rule. Great pains have been taken to assure all guests of the complete privacy of their rooms, regardless if they are Standard Rooms, Theme Rooms, or Family Dream Suites. Besides, Fernie is located within driving distance of three major airports. Guests from around the world will appreciate knowing they can reach us after landing in Cranbrook, BC, or the international airports at Calgary, Alberta or Kalispell, Montana.
We hope that readers of today’s blog have enjoyed this farcical look at some inane rules. Guests are invited to take a second glance at them to notice some of the prime amenities offered at the Fernie Stanford Resort: Please contact the lodge when you wish to stay at our Fernie hotel and take advantage of our great, pet-friendly accommodation, superb dining prepared by a world-class chef, and a choice of several airports to reach us!