Wonderful weather was on hand for the Community Fun Races and its participants last Saturday. The trails had just been groomed and the overcast sky cleared enough for the sun to peek out during the event.
The Hot Chocolate Run was underway by 10:45 as planned and twenty-nine kids crowded the start line, each with an adult as their partner. The kids stopped near the bridge for hot chocolate while the adults completed the Lizard Lookout and Cedar loops before returning to the hut with their young partner. It was all over in thirty minutes. A selection of prizes awaited the young ones at the finish line.
This was followed by
a 12 km race done as a relay race or solo. Five relay teams drawn
from available youth and adult participants plus ten solo skiers took
part. Loud cheers from the crowd greeted the skiers at the end of
each 3 km lap. The fastest participant completed the full course in a
fast 42 minutes while others finished it in 73 minutes or less!
The event ended with
ten 300 m sprints by groups of kids, youth or adults. This fast
skiing by seventeen racers included a few falls but ended with smiles
at the finish.
Sam and Johnny organized the event and many volunteers lended a hand at grooming, stadium preparation, food preparation, hot chocolate station and safety patrol. The young Fernie Racers helped in the kids races as well. More photos in our gallery page.
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.
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.
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!
Last Saturday was another Skill Development Program lesson for 46 young skiers at the Nordic Centre.
The new Family Friendly Ski event followed on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. We inaugurated the new and very long string of lights along the kids loop by the staging area. A fun place to ski after dark! About twenty adult skiers participated in the event as well as a few children either on dad’s back or in a chariot. The trails were well groomed and the skiing was great!
The January 25-26 weekend was also the time for our Fernie Nordic Racers to shine at the Teck Kootenay Cup in Nipika.
Twenty racers from Fernie completed the classic races on Saturday and 17 did the skate races on Sunday. In total the racers received 9 podium positions. Three young racers did amazingly well in their first cross country ski race ever. The trails were well groomed and track set although hard and very icy. Good participation by our young racing team and several adults from Fernie.
The results of the classic races are HERE and the ones from the skate races are HERE. The current standings in the Kootenay Cup are on this page. Go Fernie Racers!
Several club members joined in for the first Full Moon Ski and Social of the season on Saturday evening at the Fernie golf course. About sixteen skiers took to the trails at 7 pm from the clubhouse – perhaps even a few more participants coming in late.
The evening was cool and the sky was overcast with no visible moon or stars. The grooming of the trails had just been completed so skiing was excellent for both skate and classic skiers. A big Thank You! to groomer Jason who worked late on Saturday at the golf course as well as on the dyke and the RV Resort loop. The evening ended with a chat and drinks at the Cast Iron Grill restaurant after the ski.
The next event is the Friendly Family Ski on Sunday Jan 26. The next Full Moon Ski will be on Feb 8. Both events will happen at the Nordic Centre.
The club has expanded its winter programs aimed at adult skiers. Coach Amy returns with her ski program of group and private lessons for adult skiers starting in January 2020. Coach Tarah has set up a Masters program for more experienced skiers and it starts in December.
Again this year: A group of 25 nordic clubs in British Columbia have partnered with CrosscountryBC to offer exciting passes to ski on their trails this winter. For a low flat cost, choose to ski once at 7 clubs, twice at 7 clubs, or twice at any of the 25 clubs. This pass is even transferable!
Purchase a pass for yourself or a friend in one of three ways:
(1) online with a credit card using the Donation button on this page (2) online through the Zone4 website (3) or on weekends at the warming hut of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre