ASCENT TO POWDER – TALE OF A SKI TOWN is a story about a genuine mountain town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains known as a powder skiing and snowboarding destination with a cool vibe.

Shot on location in Fernie, British Columbia at Fernie Alpine Resort, FWA Powder Catskiing and Island Lake Catskiing, the film highlights epic turns along side local characters who speak of their passion for Fernie’s powder skiing, big mountains, people and historic town.

Film length: 22 minutes
Film release date: October 13th
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This is your chance to win a trip in Fernie to experience this great ski destination this winter season! The contest winner and a friend will receive:

  • 4 nights ski-in ski-out lodging at Slopeside Lodge
  • 2 days skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort
  • 1 day cat skiing at FWA Powder Catskiing
  • $100 dining or shopping gift certificate in Historic Downtown Fernie

Deadline to Enter Contest is December 15, 2016

Contest is now closed. Winner to be announced shortly.



If you don’t want to wait and see if you won, you can book a trip to Fernie anytime!

  • Ski & Stay at Fernie Alpine Resort from $75 Cdn per night per person!
  • Book an epic day with FWA Catskiing from $400 Cdn
  • Book a luxury 3-day cat skiing and lodging package at Island Lake Catskiing from $2,346 Cdn

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Historic Fernie, BC

Small Town Charm. Big Mountain Adventure.

Fernie is a historic mining town where locals passionate about playing in the surrounding mountains built the foundation of what is now the birthplace of the Powder Highway. Fernie’s epic ski resorts offer visitors from around the world a unique resort and mountain town ski experience with over 30 feet of snow each season, yet without the mass tourists or crowded slopes.

This hidden corner of British Columbia will capture your heart and renew your soul. After a day filled with powder thrills a crackling fire awaits along with friendly smiles, après delicacies and a locally brewed beer or two. Adventure and activities are as plentiful as the mountains here, where first timers become life-long visitors. Where locals become close friends. Where experiences turn into legends.

Join Sage McBride, Fernie Video Tour Guide & Lead Singer of Shred Kelly


Fernie Alpine Resort

Most Runs. Most Vertical. Most Snow in the Canadian Rockies.

An international ski resort destination with a genuine mountain town culture. Fernie Alpine Resort features epic snow, over 142 runs for all abilities, 5 alpine bowls, extensive glade skiing, steep and deep terrain and virtually no lift lines. The ski-in ski-out village is fun and laid-back while the historic town of Fernie is just a few minutes down the road with a hip vibe and friendly welcome.

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More about Fernie Alpine Resort


FWA Powder Catskiing

Waist Deep in Snow & History

Fernie Wilderness Adventures Snow Cat Skiing has been providing exceptional day and multi-day cat skiing excursions since 1986, with a focus on professional guiding and powder turns within a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Over 5,000 acres with a variety of ridges to begin descents from, FWA guides have vast terrain to choose from.


Island Lake Catskiing

Powder Therapy Since 1989

For 27 years Island Lake Catskiing has been at the top of the list of must ski destinations for every serious skier or boarder. Vast, spectacular terrain topped with 12 metres (40 feet) of snow that consistently makes for some of the best skiing in the world. Island Lake is the ultimate destination for luxury catskiing, spacious rooms with soaker tubs, five star cuisine, full service spa and guest service second to none. There is good reason as to why it’s challenging to get a booking at this world class resort.