Ascent to Powder – Tale of a Ski Town

Ascent to Powder is a ski film about Fernie, British Columbia, an internationally renowned powder skiing and snowboarding destination in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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.


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.


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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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 1988

For over 30 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 over 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. Fortunatly you can still come up for lunch in the winter and experience the lodge.