Monday, February 11, 2019

Mountain Living in a Tiny Home! Fernie's Newest Accommodations

You know you've always wanted to stay in a tiny home, to check one out, and to find out just how tiny these properties really are. If not, I'm sure you can honestly still say you're "intrigued" by the Tiny Home movement and are curious about how much stuff you can squeeze into a small space.

Mountain Living in a Tiny Home in Fernie

My family had the opportunity to check out the brand new tiny homes with Snow Valley Lodging in Fernie, British Columbia, and it was an incredibly unique set of accommodations for a ski weekend.

Snow Valley Lodging has 6 tiny homes for rent

Close to Everything at Snow Valley Lodging 

The mountain town of Fernie is located 3 hours south of Calgary, and is easy to reach after work on a Friday for a power ski trip. We spend a couple of days skiing, and then drive back home Sunday afternoon. 

In the past we've always stayed right on the ski hill in Fernie in ski in/ski out accommodations, but this year we wanted to spend a longer amount of time in town and wanted lodging that was more centrally located.

The Snow Valley Lodging property is located just a few blocks away from the river, a short 5 minute walk from the multi-use main town loop pathway system, and a short drive away from the Fernie Nordic Centre. We were also able to drive to the nearby Montane Trailhead for cross-country skiing or fat biking, and we were not very far away from the town aquatic centre. 

We also loved that we were a 5 minute walk from the best ice-cream in town at the Happy Cow, close to several other restaurants (if you don't feel like cooking at the end of the day,) and that we were able to rent fat bikes to enjoy during our stay (for free!!) - note that the bikes all had a medium frame and so you'd have to rent youth sized bikes in Calgary if this is something you want to try as a family.

Follow this link to see the Snow Valley Lodging Property on Google Maps. 

FREE BIKE RENTALS INCLUDED! I rode right out the front door of the Snow Valley Lodging Office

The Tiny Home Experience 

Snow Valley Lodging has recently built 6 tiny homes on their property and we got to try one out for a few nights. 

What's included in your tiny home

  • A basic kitchen with stove, oven, dishes, cooking supplies, a toaster, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge. - note that there is no microwave.

  • A queen sized bed in the loft with a double sofa bed on the main floor

  • A  bathroom with shower and basic amenities

  • A very small kitchen table with two stools. Extra family members have to eat from the sofa

  • Free on site parking

  • Two wall mounted televisions (one per floor)
Tiny Home Kitchen with everything we needed for a weekend

Questions you might have: 

1. Is there enough room for a family? - Yes, but it's cozy. The tiny homes would be ideal for a couple, but it's very doable for a family of 3 or 4. 

We joked that every evening we'd convert our tiny home to sleep mode (folding out the sofa bed and putting the table up for the night) and that every morning we'd convert the home back into day mode (table back down, bed converted back to a sofa.)

We just have one child and so it worked for us for a few nights. Two kids would have to be able to sleep well together in a double bed.

Loft bedroom in our tiny home

2. Are pets allowed in the tiny home? - Yes, some of the tiny homes allow pets.

3. Did you have enough space for your ski gear, clothing, outerwear, etc? - Again, it was tight, but we found space for everything, stored backpacks in the shower, shoved our huge hockey bag under the stairs, and loved the storage shelves at the foot of the bed upstairs. 
Looking down on the living area in our tiny home

Because it was winter, we had a lot of wet clothing to dry each day, but we managed to find space to hang everything and loved how fast stuff would dry if you hung it over the main heater.

4. Were you comfortable in your tiny home? - Yes, but you want to make sure you use the ceiling fan, and don't let it get too warm on the main floor. Heat rises and we accidentally turned the loft into a sauna the first night. We learned to live with a  cooler temperature on the main floor after that. - and note, bring slippers. The floor was chilly on the feet.

5. Would you stay here again? - Definitely yes. We loved the cute little home and found it to be so much more personal than a motel room. The art work was unique and the house was very well decorated so that you did not feel like you were in a trailer once you stepped inside.

We loved being able to cook our own meals, to prepare breakfast before hitting the ski trails, and enjoyed being close to everything in town. 

My son especially loved the loft and spent hours upstairs reading books in the cozy bed. He wanted to sleep in the loft as well so we let him fall asleep there each evening (allowing us to continue using the main floor while he slept) and then we moved him downstairs when we went to bed later.

Hanging out in our Snow Valley Lodging Tiny Home  in Fernie

Other Perks Included: 

  • There is an indoor hot tub next to the office

  • There are two adult sized fat bikes available for free rental and they also had these funky HOK skis available to borrow as well (think downhill skis with bindings that fit a normal snow boot.) We never tried the skis but did enjoy taking a short spin along the river on the  bikes. 

Tiny Homes in Fernie 

We enjoyed our Tiny Home stay with Snow Valley Lodging and I highly recommend the experience. Visit the Snow Valley Lodging website for more information or to make a reservation.

I think these Tiny Homes would be amazing in the summer as well because you can bike right out the front door of your house, down to the river, and boom - you're on the Main Town Pathway Loop. From there you can connect to the multi-use trail system, access the aquatic centre, ride to the town bike park, visit restaurants, and even check out the spray park in town - all from your bike! - read more about biking around Fernie here.

Disclaimer: Our stay in Fernie was hosted in partnership with Tourism Fernie. As always, all words and opinions are my own and we were not compensated beyond the stay. 


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