Griz Days Winter Carnival

The 41st 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.

The carnival also includes an annual Snow Ball:  a dance party featuring several local and visiting bands at the Fernie Community Centre.

Read more


Latitude: 49.510296 Longitude: -115.062065 Elevation: 3295 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Rhea Wilson

Event Dates

3/2/2018 – 3/4/2018

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.

2017 Event Schedule

Driving Directions

The City of Fernie 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.

Leave a Comment