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Is nelson better than fernie?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
I spent last season in Whistler, and I really need to get out to a smaller resort with a great vibe, great pow, and less whistlerness!
Im tossing up between fernie and nelson
I really like the sound of nelson, it sounds like a really nice town and whitewater sounds good too
Ive also heard good things about fernie

Personally Id rather nelson, the town itself sounds really chilled out and the mountain sounds good
my friend wants to go to fernie though for better job opportunities
Im just concerned fernie is just a mini whistler

Can somebody please let me know what they think of each if you have been to or even lived in both?
What you think of how the mountains compare, and how the living compares

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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Been to both, not lived in both. Nelson is cool in a hippy hangover, bit art decoey type way. Fernie is a bit more traditional Canadian mining town that's been partially taken over by Aussies and Non Stop Ski. Fernie ski hill is closer to town and has more lifts than WH20 but WH20 has great road laps and is a day trip from some of the best tree skiing in the world at Red plus other big terrain like Kootenay Pass/ Kootenay Park etc
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I've not ridden in the ski areas, but having lived in Whistler and sympathising with you about Whistlerness I can certainly recommend Nelson. As Fatbob says, its a hippy town, but in a good way. I would have stayed a lot longer if I could. Loads of music and art going on, friendly locals who have spent more than 4 months living there and aren't on a BUNAC visa (not knocking it as that's how I got there!). Pow is going to be good in either place, but I think the terrain around Nelson might just pip it. Either way, you'll have an epic season!
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