Almanac: Fernie, B.C.

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Ski Towns Fernie F 1100

Population 4,877

Town Elevation 3,365 feet

Price Of A Median Single-Family Home In Town $80,730; In County ("Regional District" in Canada): $77,702

Property Tax $12.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. In County: $7.45 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Main Businesses Coal mining, Tourism

School Population 1,104

Local Ski Area Fernie Alpine Resort; 2,811 vertical feet; 2,504 skiable acres; 348 annual inches; lift ticket, $37; season pass, $434.

Best Local Event Powder-Pedal-Paddle, an annual ski, bike, kayak and running relay race held mid-April.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants The Royal Pub (animal heads on the wall; steak and beer at the bar); Rip 'n Richard's (pizza); Jamocha's (coffee, breakfast, light lunch); The Grill Next Door (casual dining); Lizard Creek Lodge Restaurant (fancy fish and gourmet game).

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Fernie Aquatic Center (swimming and waterslide); Vogue Theatre (first-run and art films); Eldorado Lounge (DJ, microbrews, martinis); Kelsey's (for après or lunch); The Grizzly Bar (upstairs in the Day Lodge, for après)

Best Places to Stay At Fernie Alpine Resort: Lizard Creek Lodge (full-service, ski-in/ski-out hotel; from $110; 250-423-2057 or 877-228-1948; www.lizardcreek.com); Olympic gold medalist Kerrin Lee Gartner's Snow Creek Lodge (expansive, well-appointed slopeside condos from $104; 800-667-9911 or 250-423-6878; www.snowcreeklodge.com); Polar Peak Townhouses (townhomes sleep 8-12; from $196; 800-667-9911 or 250- 423-6878; www.fernieproperties.com); The Griz Inn Sport Hotel (moderate price; slopeside; clean and nice; indoor pool; from $58 per night; 800-661-0118).

Information Chamber of Commerce, 250-423-6868; www.chamber.fernie.-bc.ca/; email fernie@elkvalley.net.