If you like skiing steep slopes covered in deep powder, then Fernie could well be your perfect ski holiday destination...
Fernie Alpine Resort is a small, mountainside resort a few miles away from the town of Fernie.
Often blissfully quiet, it is a great choice for expert skiers and snowboarders who enjoy heading off-piste.
You'll need to know where you're going to get the most out of it, though - a lot of runs are difficult to find and involve long traverses - so a guided tour is a good idea.
Snowboarders in particular will also suffer on the traverses, which are heavy going in fresh snow and bumpy if there hasn't been a dump of snow for a while.
But then who cares if you get a breathtaking powder face at the end of it?
Fernie is not just for amazing skiers and boarders, of course. Over the last few years, the resort has upped its game for beginners and has become a reasonable choice for novice skiers and boarders as a result.
There's a good nursery area served by two lifts (a moving carpet and a drag), and the lower part of the ski area has lots of wide, smooth trails.
Keen but cautious intermediates unhappy about giving the powder a go, however, may want to look elsewhere, as there is not a huge amount of groomed cruising to do - despite the resort increasing the number of pisted runs in recent years.
Resort height: 1,065m
Other downsides to Fernie include that its relatively low altitude means rain can sometimes affect the lower slopes (although there is, apparently, less chance of rain than there is at Whistler).
The sheer volume of snow that falls here can also be a problem. The high bowls are prone to closure after heavy snowfall due to avalanche risk.
There is also no proper terrain park (although there is a dedicated rail park for which you need a special pass). And the lift system in Fernie still leaves a lot to be desired.
Back on the plus side, however, night skiing is available at the weekends throughout the season and every day at peak times.
By car or transfer bus, Fernie is around three to three and a half hours from Calgary airport...
Domestic flights can also be taken to Cranbrook airport, which is about an hour and a half away.
Anyone who enjoys off-piste skiing or boarding - otherwise known as freeriding - will love Fernie...
Total beginners should also enjoy the resort's nursery area, but intermediates are likely to find the number of groomed slopes rather small.
Down to earth rather than charming, Fernie is no great beauty. But it has lots of options for non-skiers...
There's not much happening in the resort of Fernie, but the nearby town of the same name is livelier. It has a very different atmosphere to your average European resort, but there are some decent bars and restaurants to be found. On your stay, why not check out Griz bar for après-ski and Kelsey's Bar & Grill or Lizard Creek Lodge Fine Dining restaurant for food?
In Fernie, non-skiers can try a variety of activities such as snow-shoeing, ice skating, curling and indoor climbing, or relax and unwind in the swimming pool complex or one of the resort's several spas. There is also a museum for anyone interested in learning about the history of the resort and an adventure park for little ones who are too young to ski all day.
Cost of living 6/10
Accommodation in Fernie is on the more expensive side for Canada, but will come as no big shock to those used to skiing in the French Alps, for example. But the cost of the flight out there is also fairly high.
Attractiveness of the resort 5/10
Fernie is blessed with an impressive, rocky backdrop and some great views. However, the town itself has few historical buildings due to a fire in 1908. There is also a highway running through the middle of it, which does not make it the most peaceful place to spend time.