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Fernie Slopeside Lodge
Ranked #15 of 22 Hotels in Fernie
Reviewed 27 May 2010

We stayed at the Wolfs Den Lodge in March for a ski trip - very well located for the ski lifts, and could ski right back to the door. Also turned out handy that the first-aid post was next door. Good for the bus-stop into town too.
Rooms were basic but comfortable, with fridge and table & chairs so you could make your own breakfast (none served). Ski lockers, hot tubs, microwave and internet also available. Reception staff friendly and helpful (like everyone in Fernie).
Could have been cleaner, but it was fine for us.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

My boyfriend and I have just returned from 2 weeks at Wolf's Den. We had read the other reviews on here and were a bit concerned by some of the comments.......we were pleasantly surprised though. It is in a great location (ski in, no ski out but very close to the chair lifts and the resort, near the local supermarket and the shuttle bus to town picks you up from the back of Wolf's Den on an evening), the staff are really friendly and willing to help with anything and the accomodation is clean and comfortable. The only negatives were that you can hear people having showers in the morning in nearby rooms, but luckily no-one seemed to get up too early and we were always ready to get up anyway to go and snowboard, and the room would have been quite cramped if 4 people had been staying in it. The rooms are nothing fancy, but are clean and fresh towels are delivered daily and the TV had some good channels on it! The bathroom was a good size and the shower was really powerful, which was nice on the aching muscles! There was sometimes a whiff of chlorine in the halls, which I think was from the hot tubs, which we used a couple of times and thought were great.
We had a great holiday (although we could have done with a bit more snow!) and loved being able to go in to Fernie town. There are plenty of great places to eat and it didn't seems as expensive as some ski resorts I've been to. Would particularly recommend Yamagoya (Japanese) and Picnic in town, the restaurant at Stanford (for curry) and Kelsey's on the hill for a cheap and chearful burger and a bit of atmosphere on a weekend. My boyfriend and I are in our late 20s, like to go somewhere with some atmosphere but prefer not to go anywhere that's really noisy or busy and usually stay in mid range accomodation - Wolf's Den and Fernie Alpine Resort was perfect for this. Would definitely recommend it!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 3 November 2010

Thank you very much for your kind note! We look forward to your return! We have great snowstorms already and it is only November 3rd! Should be an epic winter with La Nina weather pattern! This means huge snow- last La Nina winter we had 37 feet of snow!

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Reviewed 2 March 2010

Spent 11 nights at the Wolf's Den Lodge in January / February 2010; this is the second season staying here and our third season in Fernie.
Having stayed both in town and on the hill, on the hill is much better if you have gone to ski and not for the nightlife which can be limited and usually finishes quite early in comparison to other resorts both in the US / Canada and Europe.
As a party we have stayed at the Wolf's Den before so we knew what to expect and contacted Wolf's Den direct when we booked with our tour operator to request our room so we had great views of the mountain. Top floor is also better as you have less 'guest' noise when for some reason people still want to walk around in their ski boots; each room has its own ski / boot locker which is big enough t fit four full sets of skis, poles and boots in.
Yes the rooms are very basic and can be quite crampt if there are four people sharing. Having listened into 'staff briefings' I think there may have been a few staffing issues which resulted in a number of housekeeping issues; staff this season appeared to be very young which may explain the reason they required guidance in basic housekeeping. However all you need to do is talk to the staff and they are more than willing to help and will try their best to sort out any problems you have.
The hot tubs are basic but very welcoming after a hard days skiing, fresh clean towels are provided along with shower facilities but it is just as easy to walk to your room and shower.
The bathrooms are small but functional and yes could be said to be looking a little bit tired; however new soap was left daily and the water was always very hot. The shower, which is quite powerful, however does sound like a jet taking off when turned on but this was used as a wake up call for our party. Wolf's Den has adopted the same policy that may of the big chains have with regard to laundry and helping the environment; if you hand your towels up they think you dont want them changing - dump them in the bathtub if you do.
For a basic no frills holiday where the most important factor is your skiing I would recommend Wolf's Den.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

Was excited to spend the end of the Christmas holidays going to Fernie. Staying on the hill sounded like a perfect idea until we got there and saw the hotel....When we walked in we were slammed by a strong smell of chlorine from the hot tub. The staff was friendly enough and checking in was okay. When we got to the room it was sheer disappointment. The rooms are tiny and the curtain was hanging half off, luckily it was only 2 of us. The room was not clean at all. You could tell that it had not been vacuumed before our arrival because there was debris all over the carpet. The bathroom was dirty. Spackles of God knows what on the mirror and the calking was coming off in chunks around the shower and the sink. I was super grossed out because I laid down and put my head on a pillow and then relized that it had no pillow case, just a pillow cover that was not fresh just for me. The bedspreads were dirty with what I hope was pizza sauce or something. The beds were super uncomfortable and had the carpet been clean I may have slept on them instead. Even if I had I may not have been able to sleep though because it was so noisy. The snow equiptment ran all night and all you could hear was dieseI engines and back up beeping. I was just super disapointed and will never stay there again! The only thing it had going for it was that it was on the hill.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

The Wolf's Den Lodge is a ski-in, ski-out location at the bottom of the hill at Fernie, BC. It is the most economical facility on the hill. There is less expensive in the town of Fernie but to be on the hill is great. The rooms are simple and clean. They seem to be rented primarily by people that are budget oriented and for short stays (2 or 3 days). There are no kichenettes. The Sauna is small and clean with large lockers for skis. There is front desk service from 7AM to 8PM and internet is available for a nominal fee. A couple of restaurants and bars are very close to the lodge (100 meters) with many available in town.
There is some noise from the adjoining room showers but it was not an issue with us as everyone gets up at the same time to ski.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Fernie Slopeside Lodge

Address: 5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd, Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M6, Canada (Formerly The Wolfs Den Lodge)
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Fernie
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Fernie
Price Range: £60 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Fernie Slopeside Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fernie Slopeside Lodge, located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, is a comfortable ski in/ski out hotel- style accommodation. Relax in your room, complete with cable television, coffee maker and fridge. The Lodge features two indoor hot tubs, lockers for ski and board storage and laundry facilities. Located steps from the village plaza, including Kelsey's Restaurant and the Slopeside Deli, and 5km from the City of Fernie, the Fernie Slopeside Lodge offers convenience for guests to enjoy all that the Elk Valley has to offer in the winter and summer. ... more   less 
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