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“A nice ski weekend”
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Cornerstone Lodge
Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Fernie
Saskatchewan
1 review
“A nice ski weekend”
Reviewed 3 April 2009

We chose to stay at Cornerstone Lodge for it's location and $. It was nice to be so close to the lifts. We could walk our 2nd floor corner room and were at the ski stands. That was convenient. The condo was good for 5 of us (3 kids) as it had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a hide-a-bed, a washer and dryer and a full kitchen. It was nice to come back and make a sandwich throughout the day if someone was hungry. The couch and chair were not very comfortable. Starting to get worn. The only real negative thing, is that the beds were hard as rocks, and the pillows were flat as pancakes. My back and neck were very stiff and sore after 3 nites. (and not from skiing). My husband and I have been to Fernie before and stayed at the Lizard Creek Lodge. That was a much nicer place. We wanted to try something different, plus the cost for the Lizard was quite a bit more for a family. The weather was decent, 0 to +6, except that made the snow soft and slushy, but it was better than -30. Overall it was a pretty good trip.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Osoyoos, BC
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Reviewed 3 March 2009

This was our first trip to Fernie and I must admint, this review will be very much coloured by the fact that it poured rain from the moment we arrived. Booked to stay 3 nights and ski 2 days, I got just one run in before deciding not to risk my limbs. While there was rain in the village, very heavy snow was falling higher up and was impossible to ski in. When we booked we were told that if we needed to make a change that the hotel would likely let us move our dates to another time. Well, we tried and they would not. Essentially, we spent $900 for 1 run.
We also had trouble with getting ice (one of my pet peeves). When you are paying a couple of hundred dollars a night you shouldn't have to run around town trying to find ice.
I don't think the management company really cares about the folks staying at Cornerstone -- the Griz Inn folks manage it. I think we would have gotten much more flexability if we had been staying at the Griz
The room was alright -- not particularly comfortable, by our standards. Quite noisey outside, and the bed was too small and hard.
We tried on a couple of occasions to have a hot tub but the water was cold (we were told that it was changed that morning and it would be hot by 1:00 but at 3:00 this was still not the case)
I would not come back to the Cornerstone Lodge but will defintely try Fernie again and stay elsewhere. Wish I could afford the Lizard Creek Lodge -- it's fantastic.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 May 2008

We stayed at the Cornerstone Lodge for a week in February and could highly recommend it mostly for it's location. This is the closest accomodation to the main part of the village and there were 3 chair lifts all within 100 metres of the front door.

There is no reception here and the entrance to the lift lobby is hard to find but fortunately we had a bus transfer down from Calgary and the driver gave us good intructions on how and where to check in (but not how to get into the building itself). If you were driving yourself though and weren't told to go to the Griz Inn to check in then you would have a frustrating time. As the previous poster mentioned, there is only a small piece of paper taped to the front door (when you find it) explaining where to go. The staff at Kelsey's must get asked for directions all the time as they were really helpful when we asked for help.

Once inside though, all this was forgotten about as the rooms (we had a one bedroom) are a good size with a well layed out kitchen, reasonable storage space for boots and ski clothing, and a great fireplace. Whilst the furniture wasn't spectacular it was comfortable enough not to complain.

Ski storage is in the car park on the lower ground level and is secure and dry. Right outside the car park door, you just slap on the ski's and slide a short distance down to the Elk chair and your on you way. Coming in at the end of the day is just as easy.

The only other complaint was that the Slopeside cafe which is in the same building opens pretty early in the morning and the first thing they do is to start the music playing which is piped outside on the deck, right below where our room was. No need for an alarm clock but if you want to sleep in it can be a little annoying.

Overall we were pretty happy with our stay there and would definitely book there again. Second time around will be much easier !

As far as the resort and skiing is concerned, this place has shot straight to the top of our list of favourite skiing destinations. Amazing quality of snow, a broad range of terrain to suite all skill levels (there was much more intermediate terrain than were expecting) and the short hop down to town meant you had a brilliant range of bars and restaurants to choose from.

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  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2008

We stayed for 12 nights in January (we= myself and my wife). My opinion is probably coloured by the brilliant snow conditions. First of all it was sunny cold and there was lots of lovely groomed snow. Then it was very very cold (-30C) then it snowed and could not stop snowing but we could ski. Great holiday.
I have been to Fernie before but not this Lodge. I like Fernie. Lots.
So I knew where to go when we got there, which was lucky cos the signs for Cornerstone Lodge......don't exist. So we parked and walked up to the Lodge. No way in that I could see. So we went into Kelseys the restaurant and asked - they thought we maybe had to go to The Griz Inn to check in. This true. And indeed on an A4 piece of paper taped to an inner door is a little sign saying this. IT SHOULD BE MORE OBVIOUS! However the people in Kelseys were very helpful keeping the kitchen open so we could order food (they had been about to shut, it was 10pm, Fernie is quite quiet in late January.) And we did get to our room which was fine. Odd design - the TV was big but an afterthought, pictures missing from the wall. But good bed, much room, good kitchen, good housekeeping. Nice fireplace, good heating. As we were slopeside the pistebashers were inclined to wake us early and they do like some loud music early in the day sometimes. But we were there to ski!! Food in Kelseys is above average formula. It was a great shame that The Wood - the restaurant previously attached to the Griz Inn had shut. New tennants desperately needed. It was also a shame about the large American shouting at the check in clerk. Some people really do need to learn politeness. Generally I was very impressed all round with helpfulness and politeness in Fernie. Recommended. Situation is ski-in, ski-out. There is an indoor garage (or Parkade), the ski room is there too so your skis are nice and warm in the morning!
Overall the place needs a little brightening up but its a great place to stay. Oh and it needs some signs.

  • Liked — Ski-in, ski-out
  • Disliked — Small choice of restaurants
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Cornerstone Lodge
Address: 5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd | PO Box 2560, Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Fernie
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Fernie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Cornerstone Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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