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New to the sport: If you’re just learning the ropes, or whatever the alpine equivalent of ‘ropes’ is, you might not want to spend a full day on the mountain. Luckily, the Town of Fernie is worth the trip from Calgary. The charming downtown is a destination in and of itself. There’s a new distillery on Main Street, some genuinely unique dining options and a tonne of one-of-a-kind retail, as well as two Nordic skiing areas, snowshoeing and much more.
SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN RESORT
Adult lift ticket:$106
Opening Date:Nov. 28
Sure, it’s the alpine runs that made Silver Star famous, but in recent years the resort has dramatically expanded its offerings. For those who prefer to avoid the steepest slopes, Silver Star has a massive 105-km cross-country skiing track, 16 km of snowshoeing trails, fatbiking, tubing and snow bike and snowmobiling tours, too.
Something for everyone: Silver Star is the type of place where skiers and snowboarders tend to return over and over. The POW Pass is perfect for that. You can buy three- or five-day POW passes that offer major savings on the price of getting on the mountain.