A sportive morning at the Nordic Centre

community kids sprint

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.

The Hot Chocolate Run starts
Skiers heading back
On the way to the finish
Finn skiing the 12 km
Coming in for a relay
One sprint
community kids sprint
End of one sprint
Older kids in a sprint

Weekend highlights

Ella cornering at Kimberley sprints

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

A good weekend on the trails!

A good weekend on the trails!

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!

Our first event of the season was great!

full moon ski poster

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.

full moon participants
Several of the participants back at the clubhouse

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.

Winter Programs for Adults

adult skier

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.

The following pages show all the details.

For the Adult Ski Program: https://www.fernienordic.com/adult-lessons/
For the Masters Program: https://www.fernienordic.com/masters-training/

Finally, the continuing physical training program for our 50+ members returns on December 1st. Coach Jeff supervises the program. Read more about it at https://www.fernienordic.com/mmr50plus/

Punch Passes for the 2019 – 2020 season

punch pass

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!

BC punch pass 2020

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