Fernie is nature’s ultimate playground. We have world-class skiing and snowboarding mere minutes from our door, but they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting your fun on.
The concept of ‘Play’ is not lost on this adventurous mountain town. I recently asked the question to a group of girlfriends, “In Fernie, what do you do in winter to play?” I wanted them to think beyond skiing and snowboarding, and I loved the answers I got back. Everything from yoga and disc golf to fat biking and cross country skiing, and some even said one of my favourites - drinking cocktails. See, we know how to have fun!
This winter I encourage you to try something new. There is something for everyone, from low intensity to high, and we’re lucky to have a great selection of stores that can supply you with the right gear to make it happen. Here are some suggestions as to what to wear when you’re out having fun so that whether it’s yoga, cross country skiing or fat biking, you can get yourself kitted up and ready to PLAY!
Soar Studios not only has the best selection of yoga/spin/barre classes in town but they also have a great range of Lululemon activewear. I love the Align Pants, which are specifically designed for yoga. Their lightweight, sweat-wicking, high-rise features will help you move freely without distractions. We won’t blame you if you chose to stay in them all day. So comfy! They also have a selection of Lulu sports bras that are sure to match your desired support and coverage. I love the Energy Bra for its medium support and four-way stretch.
Cross-country skiing is one of the most popular winter activities in town. It’s the perfect way to walk your dog, catch up with friends or just get a good sweat on. It can also be as easy, or hard, as you want. Your clothing needs to protect you from the elements while allowing sweat to ventilate away quickly. Always start with your base layers. You can’t go wrong with merino wool for breathability and warmth. Next, add a wind-proof pant. Insulation in the front, stretchy fabric on the back is the Nordic skier’s go-to. They’ll give you protection while releasing body heat and wicking moisture. Ski Base has some great ones. While you’re there, pick up a lightweight mid-layer. The Salomon Agile Softshell jacket is a great multi-function option. You’ll get so much use out of it! Amazingly soft and comfortable, it will block wind but breathe well. It also has reflective details to offer visibility on those (boozy) nighttime missions.
The last layer is a water-resistant down jacket for the added warmth, lightness and ease of storage. The Columbia Lake 22 Down Jacket has 650-fill to warm you up but, when needed, will pack down tight.
Ahh, Fat Biking, the latest winter activity to sweep Fernie. It’s hard to leave the house without seeing a gang of fat bikers heading up towards Montane. Rent a bike and find out what all of the fuss is about. It’s so fun! I spoke to the knowledgeable staff at Straight Line and found out that they even make specific winter biking pants, but get in quick; they only have a few pairs left. While you’re in there, you can find a 45Nrth Nooken Merino Wool Cap that is a perfect fit for under your helmet. 45Nrth is THE brand for Fat Biking. Their Wölvhammer boot is a must for those planning to be on their bike all winter long. Durable, waterproof and insulated with an option to click in, or use flat pedals. If you’re into it, you won’t regret the investment. As with any winter sport, layer up! Thermals, mid layer, and a lightweight, wind and waterproof jacket will keep you happy.
As we grow up the mentality of playing can be sometimes forgotten… but not in this town.