Griz Days Winter Carnival | Fernie, British Columbia

The 42nd annual winter carnival honours the legendary Griz Mountain Man and celebrates the season's snow. Events include a parade, hockey tournament, skiing, a craft fair and other festive events in historic downtown Fernie and at Fernie Alpine Resort. Held each winter since 1978, the festival celebrates the community's connection to winter and the legendary mountain man, the Griz - a hero in these parts - who with the help of his musket helps coax snow from the sky, gracing the region with an astounding annual snowfall averaging more than 29 feet annually. A highlight of Fernie's winter Griz Days festival is the Dummy Downhill Race. This competition is strictly for fun, featuring imaginative and hilarious 'dummies' on skis launching themselves off a gigantic jump.

Additional highlights include:

  • Annual Snow Ball: A dance party featuring several local and visiting bands
  • Pub Crawl Friday (Sign up)
  • Downtown Celebrations including Griz Parade, live music on outdoor stage and fireworks on Saturday
  • Raging Elk Dummy Dowhill
  • Cask Night at Fernie Brewing Co.
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Extreme Griz Competition - great for participants and spectators alike
  • Rocky Mountain Lumberjack Show
  • Nordic Club Snow to Ice Challenge
  • Baby Griz Crawl
  • Griz Days Craft Fair
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Latitude: 49.510296 Longitude: -115.062065 Elevation: 3295 ft
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Event Dates

3/1/2019 – 3/3/2019

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

Type of Festival

Town Celebration or Festival

Event Setting

The Griz Days festival is celebrated throughout downtown Fernie and also at the Fernie Alpine Resort.

2019 Event Schedule

Driving Directions

The City of Fernie, British Columbia is located on the Crowsnest Highway #3. The Resort is 5 km (3 mi) south from the City of Fernie and only 1.5km up the hill from the highway intersection.

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