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Fernie is an excellent skiing destination, with a long season and high snowfall, there are many options for most of late fall to late spring. There are several huts in the area and many excellent tours into high alpine terrain. Weather tends to be fairly predictable and is quite pleasant especially later in the season. Fernie alpine resort offers several excellent options for lift assisted backcountry skiing, just keep in mind that once you cross a boundary the resort patrol is no longer responsible for anything you do, you are on your own. Due to the nature of the microclimate in Fernie, it is a good idea to get information on the snowpack from locals or ski patrol as it can vary quite significantly locally.

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Mongolia Ridge can be viewed on your right when skiing Falling Star in Siberia Bowl at Fernie Alpine Resort. The up track is typically already set with numerous switchbacks to make the going easier. Make sure to avoid any exposure to avalanche hazard by staying on the inside edge of the trees. Climb to the saddle and then to the ridge on your left and drop in anywhere in the trees on the northwest facing slope. This route will dump you back out right on Falling Star. You can also drop in heading away from the resort and you will eventually end up on the lower cross country trail loop. From here it is an easy ski-skate northwest back to Fernie Alpine Resort. 

Fernie Mongolia Ridge

ROUTE: Mongolia Ridge
Access it by cutting all the way across Falling Star from the top of the Timber Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. There will be a Ski Area Boundary sign where you can start climbing.
MAP: 82 G/06
TIME: 1.5 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 400m / 1,312ft
Challenging (2)



A quick boot pack up Lost boys Pass about 10 minutes and you can put your skis back on and make a short traverse down the S/SE facing slope. You will cross one main north facing avalanche path once you are at the bottom of the first traverse. From here the skin track leads up making switch backs through the well covered trees. Once the trees start to thin out you will crest onto the main ridgeline. The rest then becomes a relatively easy skin to the top with only a few easy switch backs. Excellent 360 views await at the top.

Once at the top there are a few options, you can ski the north facing trees back down to where the skin track started or you can go for the bigger lines on the NW facing slope. You can also ski the ridge along the NW slope which is full of interesting wind features.

Fernie Mammoth Head

ROUTE: Mammoths Head
At the top of the White Pass chair at Fernie, head to your left down Falling Star until you see Lost Boys Pass on your right, there is a big sign warning you that you are leaving the patrolled area.
MAP: 82 G/06
TIME: 3-4 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 500m/1,640’
ATES RATING: Challenging (2)