Weekend highlights

Fernie skiers were very active in the past weekend of February 8-9 with a few events.

Full Moon Ski on Saturday

On Saturday twenty skiers gathered in the hut before starting on the trails under a very bright moon. The evening ended back at the hut for snacks, refreshments and a good time.

Morrisey Ridge at full moon
Morrisey Ridge seen from the Runt trail

Kootenay Cup races in Kimberley

The race weekend in Kimberley was the Teck Kootenay Championships, a tier 2 points qualifying race, so it was a higher level event than usual races for the team. The Fernie racers competed against other racers from several clubs, including Telemark, Sovereign Lake, Revelstoke, Canmore, Foothills, the Kootenay teams – Nelson, Kimberley, Black Jack and Toby Creek – plus Montana teams, Glacier Nordic and Seeley Lake. The weather was perfect and excellent snow conditions.

Eleven young skiers from the Fernie Nordic Racers team took part in the two-day event together with nine adult skiers from Fernie. Our team is coached by Jeff Williams. Overall the team had 28 starts in the classic and skate races. Race results may be found HERE. The current cup standings are HERE.

Ella cornering at Kimberley sprints
Ella (247) taking a fast corner in a sprint race

Meanwhile in Edmonton

Saturday was also the day of the 2020 Canadian Birkebeiner in Edmonton. Two skiers from Fernie completed the challenging course. Ron Lentz finished the 31 km tour race while Naomi Lentz did the 55 km race with a 12 lbs pack (5.4 kg) on her back. Congratulations to both!

Naomi at the 2020 Birkebeiner in Edmonton
A second place in her category for Naomi

More photos

from the Full Moon Ski:

Ski hill in the moonlight
On the lighted kids loop

from the Kootenay Cup races:

Kai on start line Kimberley sprint
Classic 1350 m sprint with Kai Fait – 5th from left
Makaela and Adele at Kimberley sprints
Makaela Burt and Adele Stahl (U14 girls) in a classic sprint heat together
Anouk double poling
Anouk Burt (U14 girls) powering her double-poling for a strong sprint heat
Ella on start line Kimberley sprint
Ella trying to stay warm before the start of the mass start Freestyle technique event
Johnny Kimberley Sprint
Coach Johnny showing perfect pacing through 15km of the skate race
Dave Kimberley sprint
Dave Fuller at the start of the 15km skate event
Johnny at Kimberley sprints
Johnny and racers watching the sprints