This is the first time our family has stayed at Cornerstone....normally we stay at The Griz Inn but they were all booked up. There are pros and cons to both places. The positive points for Cornerstone are: washer and dryer in suite; ski-in ski-out; detergent is supplied for the washing machine; rooms are more spacious than most at the Griz (although you can rent some large rooms at the Griz); there is a second bathroom in the 2 bedroom suites; electric fireplace; underground parking lot. Cons for Cornerstone: ski lockers in underground parking lot are too small to accomodate a family of 3... some equipment had to be left in the vehicle; hot tub is indoors and small; the one elevator is slow and so one often is waiting for a long time, however the exits are available if not wearing ski boots!; main entrance doors are always locked which means everyone has to be sure to take a key with them and it is hard for visitors to get into the building...they can buzz up to the room but you then have to go to the main level to open the door for them; being so close to chair lifts, be prepared to hear the groomers out early in the morning around 6:30-7am.
Griz Inn positive points: Top Shelf ski rental is in the basement; easier to get in and out of hotel as entrance doors are not locked (hotel staff are on duty wherease there isn't at Cornerstone); indoor swimming pool, 2 outdoor hot tubs..both good size; washer and dryer available in basement (might have to wait your turn); bar/restaurant on main level; ski-in, ski-out....15 steps out front door put your skis on and away you go. Cons for Griz: living room area can be narrow and small; rooms are privately owned, so the suites are all different and some decorated better than others
While both hotels are right at the base of the ski hill (Deer chair was right outside our kitchen window at Cornerstone) and are true ski-in ski-outs, I prefer the Griz Inn for the positive points listed above.
If you book at Cornerstone, request top floor (vaulted ceilings) as well as ski-hill side, not 'village' side. If you book at the Griz, request ski hill view.
I agree with another Cornerstone review about the beds and pillows....I found both very uncomfortable yet my husband didn't so to each their own I guess. The kitchen supplies could be a bit better stocked but that can also occur at the Griz. And yes, you do need to check in at the Griz but we didn't find that to be a problem...just drove up to the front door at Griz...checked-in, then drove 1 minute to the underground parking lot at Cornerstone. There are carts available there to load up all your luggage.
Both places are right on the mountain, but if you have kids, they might enjoy the indoor swimming pool at the Griz.
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- Cornerstone Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort offers an ideal ski-in, ski-out location and exceptional comfort in our fully-equipped 1 and 2 bedroom condominium suites. Unit features include full kitchens, gas fireplaces, air-conditioning, free wireless high-speed internet access, cable TV and balconies. Facility amenities include a licensed restaurant (Kelsey's) and Slopeside Cafe on the main level, Fernie Alpine Resort Daycare on the main level, indoor whirlpool, fitness room, and underground parking. ... more less
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