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:

Click here for results
Fernie alpine resort logo

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

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2024 viking challenge
Video Event Start (1 min)

New ski gear for our young skiers

sdp ski gear

Our club is working on getting new gear to replace the rental gear used by the kids in the Skill Development Program. Some of the gear is already ten years old. Here is another opportunity to help the club.
First the club is starting a fundraiser through Nordiq Canada toward this goal. And locally, The Guide’s Hut right here in Fernie has donated $2,000 worth of ski equipment with some additional amount related to the sales during February.

The Guide’s Hut

Supporting local businesses is supporting your community!! 

The Guide’s Hut has so graciously donated $2,000 worth of junior nordic ski equipment to the children & youth’s programming junior rental fleet! Additionally, they will be donating a portion of the total sales of Nordic equipment sold in February up to a total of $2,000.

Looking for Nordic equipment & the opportunity to support FNS? 

Visit our friends over at The Guide’s Hut & check out their awesome selection of inventory in store! The team can usually have skis set up & ready to go same day!

THANK YOU   The Guide’s Hut

And thank you members, community & guests for supporting local small businesses & non-profit organizations!

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Nordiq Canada Fundraiser

nordiq canada fundraiser

Give toward our goal of updating our fleet of ski gear for our young skiers. A fundraiser page is up at 

A tax receipt will be issued for your generous donation.

Use the button below to visit the page today.

I want to make a donation

Trail Conditions – April 4, 2024 – FINAL

lizard creek loop
nice trails fernie

Elk Valley Nordic Centre

The grooming team is advising us that all grooming has now stopped at the Nordic Centre because of the current conditions. Trails are very icy in several locations. They are thanking all skiers for your support.

No dogs, snowshoes, biking or walkers on the trails please.

Cedar & Lizard Lookoutgreen easyLizard only Groomed & tracksetApr 2
From Hut to bridgegreen easyGroomed & tracksetApr 2
Runt & Gruntblue challengingGroomed & tracksetApr 1
Galloway loopblue challengingGroomed & tracksetApr 1
Lizard Creek loopblack more difficultGroomedMar 31
FAR connector & Boomeranggreen easyGroomed & tracksetMar 31

Poor skiing conditions from hut to bridge – very icy. Skiing is not recommended unless snowy conditions return.

Fernie Golf Course

The trails are now CLOSED to skiing.
Level of difficulty: Easy green easy

No dogs, snowshoes or walkers on the golf course please.

Maps and directions are shown here

Other locations where one can ski in the Fernie area are listed below. Please note that these trails are dog-friendly and operated by other organizations.

Fernie Alpine Resort

The Silk, Scandia and Manchuria trails were last groomed and trackset on Saturday morning. The Scandia trail is not recommended due to poor snow cover.

Off-leash dogs are now allowed on the trails if they are still under ‘vocal control’. A map and directions to trails are found here
The FAR snow report is here

Fernie Dyke and City Trails

The trails from the backcountry north of the golf course to James White park are very icy and not recommended for skiing.

It is a multi-use trail for walking, snowshoeing, snow biking and skiing with your dog. Grooming of the dyke to the north bridge will start at the same time as the grooming on the golf course. Additionally the dyke from the north bridge to the boat launch will be groomed and trackset after a sufficient new snow fall.
Level of difficulty: Easy green easy


The trails were groomed on Monday afternoon. The trails are groomed regularly.

Find map and directions to trails here

Anyone may send text updates to 250-430-2719 at any time.

Two popular events are back this winter!

community race 2024

The Community Fun R***s are on Saturday February 24 on the trails of the Nordic Centre. The fifth edition of the epic Fernie Flying Viking Challenge returns on Sunday March 24 also at the Nordic Centre. Both events promise lots of fun and excitement. They are open to local skiers and visitors as well. Bring a friend for some good competition.

10th Annual Community Fun R***s

community race 2024

Choose between two different courses: a 3 km loop and the 7.5 km one. Classic or skate, whatever! Go for it! Costumes are suggested to race. Chariots with a passenger are welcome on the 3km loop. It is all about FUN … 

On the morning of the event, registration and meeting will begin at 10 am followed by the race start at 10:30 am. The event is free for FNS members. Non-members require a $15 trail pass which included in the registration below. More details on the main event page.

LATEST: Pre-race waxing of skis $25 will be available on the morning of the races. Come early to get it done. After race waxing $40 will also be offered for more performance.

Take part in the Community Fun R***s on Saturday Feb 24 here:

Click here to register

5th Annual Fernie Flying Viking Challenge

The Flying Viking Challenge takes skiers on a 25 km course on the trails of the Nordic Centre then crossing over the trails of the Fernie Alpine Resort and back. Skiers may do the course twice for the full 50 km challenge! A ride on the Deer chair at the resort is included – this is the flying part of the challenge.

Wear your best costume. Read all about it on our page.

Take part in the Fernie Flying Viking Challenge on Sunday March 24 here:

Click here to register