poutanen, how long in advance would you suggest? 3 days before when i'm over there, 1 month? 2 months?
Would anyone like to advocate that fernie is worth the few extra hours on a bus?
TBH i'm running out of time and money on my trip but i want to do it while i'm there if it's worth it
Fernie is 100% worth the trip as long as the snow is decent. I prefer it to all other mountains I've hit around here.
Depends on what time of year your trip is in. Non-peak season you should be able to book the hostels a few days before you go, peak season you'll want to book at least a week in advance, if not more. If people see a big snow dump heading for Fernie things book up.