Great spring day for the Flying Vikings!

2024 viking challenge

The Fernie Nordic Society held its last skiing event of the season on Sunday March 24 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Mother Nature granted us a beautiful spring day for the occasion.

Participants in costume skied the course in large numbers. A group of 57 skiers took up the challenge of going 25 or 50 km on the trails of the Nordic Centre and the Fernie Alpine Resort. In addition thirteen Mini-Vikings completed the shorter courses. Food, beverages and coaster or cookie medals were waiting for finishers back at the Nordic Centre. Other prizes included one for best costume. One participant did complete the 25 km course on his wooden skis! Good for you, Thomas!

It was a record number of participants for our fifth edition of the event. Our first edition in 2018 attracted just 11 participants!

Thank you to the groomers and the many volunteers who prepared the course, patrolled it and planned the event.

Check out the results below:

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A big Thank You! to
Fernie Alpine Resort and
Save-on-Foods Fernie
for supporting this event

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2024 viking challenge
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Great Fun at a Local Race

cookie medal

The Fernie Nordic Society held its 10th Annual Community Fun Races at the Nordic Centre on Saturday February 24. Fun, costumes, baked goods and keen participants of all ages were all part of the action! Forty-five skiers hit the trails and many more spectators and volunteers cheered them on.

Volunteers had set up a playground area near the warming hut. It offered fun challenges to the younger skiers. Older skiers, teens and adults, chose either the 3 km or 7.5 km course to ski or race with their friends. The staging area was busy with quite a crowd of skiers, spectators and volunteers enjoying some hot chocolate, crepes and other goodies. Cookie medals and prizes were awarded to the participants. Big smiles all around.

Big thanks to everyone involved!

A few photos from the event

a big Thank You! to Alex Trkulja for these great photos

Timing results from our informal races

Thank you to our sponsors who helped with prizes and supplies

  • Mugshots
  • City of Fernie
  • Starbucks for hot chocolate and coffee
  • Vogue Theatre
  • Island Lake Lodge
  • Fernie Chiropractic
  • Le Bon Pain
  • Giv’er Shirt Works
  • Fernie Brewing Co.