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Occupy your Ski Vaction - Today!

Fernie, British Columbia welcomes old man winter with a contest!

While we applaud the Occupy movements, between work and family this holiday season, the only thing we want to occupy in January is a vacation. A ski vacation - especially a free one - in the Canadian Rockies would be perfect. Right?

Main Street, Fernie, BCMain Street, Fernie, BCFernie, British Columbia epitomizes a Rocky Mountain town - picturesque, quaint and beautiful in a quiet mining-town-kind-of-way. Summers drench the valley in lush greenness but winters are measured in inches ... of snowfall.  There's no such thing as too much of the white stuff.

Fair weather skiers, pay attention

A Skiers ParadiseA Skiers ParadiseMile high cliffs that empty into linked bowls mark Fernie a place for serious skiers. We love that intermediates can safely traverse the entire resort and every lift at Fernie accesses an intermediate trail at some point. As in most resorts, level of skills needed advance as you move up the mountain.

With more 12,000 acres of ski terrain stretched across three ski areas, take your pick of descents:  cruisers and cliffs, steep and deep or chutes and trees. Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Catskiing and FWA Powder Catskiing have turned Fernie into one of the most sought after ski locations in the world (there's even talk of another ski resort in Fernie...).

Enter the ski contest

Vacation with friendsVacation with friendsIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort and the 25th season of catskiing at FWA Powder Catskiing, a contest has been launched that will provide the dream ski or snowboard vacation to a winner and his or her guest.

Whether you're on the hunt for an active getaway with the family or a girl's weekend filled with fun days and wine-induced evenings, Fernie is offering you a chance at it for free. The good news is that no special skills are required to enter and occupy the winning ticket. Tents also not needed.

Contest prize package includes for two people:

  • Juniper Lodge, Fernie, BCJuniper Lodge, Fernie, BC 5 nights' accommodation with Fernie Lodging Company, on-mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort
  • 1 day Catskiing with Fernie Wilderness Adventures Powder Catskiing
  • 3 days skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort
  • $200 gift certificate towards a Tourism Fernie member of your choice
  • Return shuttle from the Canadian Rockies International Airport* (if applicable)

To enter visit www.tourismfernie.com/contest. Deadline for entries is December 31, 2011. The winning ticket will be announced on January 3rd. The only requirement to enter, other than being at least 19 years of age is you should be of intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability. Or plan to spend the vacation in the chalet - which is a fairly decent second prize if you ask us.

Beanpod chocolate tapBeanpod chocolate tapIf you opt to park yourself instead of skiing, check out Beanpod Chocolate. They make chocolate from pods shipped from Ecuador and if the reviews on Yelp are correct, prepare for a chocolate coma from their chocolate 'tap'.

About Fernie, BC, Canada

Located in the southeast corner of BC, it's an hour's drive from the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) with daily flights to Calgary (YYC) and Vancouver (YVR). If driving, it's a half hour from the Alberta border and an hour from the US border. During prime ski months (January to March) temperatures range from 20F (-6C) to 35F (2C), which are ideal for skiing. Keep abreast of avalanche warnings and forecasts with the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Need more info? Download the Fernie Vacation Planner or call Fernie Tourism: 877-933-7634 (toll free in North America).

Ever skied at Fernie? Planning to enter the contest? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook and let's start talking!

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