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Our recent 5th Annual Fernie Flying Viking Challenge event was well attended. Our volunteers would like to make it even better next year. We ask you to spare a couple of minutes to tell us how we can improve your experience. Thank you in advance.

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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.

Coaches Corner

sdp volunteers

Meet our dedicated coaches for the 2024 season of our Skill Development Program. All lessons are happening at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Volunteer Seasonal Opportunities


Welcome! You will find on this page several rewarding opportunities to lend the club a hand. Or would you prefer to choose a single or short-term task ?

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Volunteer Coach

Volunteer coaches are needed for the popular children’s SDP ski lessons on Saturday mornings, Thursday and Tuesday afternoons. Standardized and free training sessions are provided early in the season for new coaches. Volunteers are expected to be available for most of the planned ten 60-minutes lessons during the season. The head coach oversees the scheduling and the training of coaches. We plan to have one coach for every five kids at the lessons. So the more coaches are available, the more kids may be enrolled in the program.

Trail Ambassador

The role of the Trail Ambassadors is to support and enhance the experience of the members and guests who visit the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Responsibilities include opening and readying the hut, greeting guests at the hut or on the trails, providing them with the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable ski experience, and closing up at the end of the day. The Ambassadors are in the hut or on the trails Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as during Christmas and Spring Breaks and there are two shifts available each day from 10 AM – 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. It is up to you to decide how much time you would like to commit. We would be really happy to have you join the team!

Fundraising Leader

Organize activities to raise funds for the Society with the help of board members. This may include the design and production of materials such as flyers and online promotional messages.

Events Coordinator

The Coordinator plans the few events during the ski season, typically three or four. This is done in cooperation with the board of directors and also with assistance from volunteer helpers.

Gear Manager

(This position is now occupied) Assists in the recruitment of inventory helpers and manages the distribution and collection of ski gear. This task includes a few hours before the ski season starts and a few more later in the Spring.

Website manager

This task consists of updating the website with new content and doing the regular security maintenance of the website which is based on WordPress. Most of the work is done through the web browser. Some basic knowledge of FTP and HTML is useful. During the ski season, the volunteer will update the website several times a week with event information and trail condition updates. Time commitment: 1 to 2 hours weekly during the season.

Master Den Parent

Recruits and organizes Den Parents, assigning weekly roles such as parking/traffic control. Time commitment: 1-2 hours each Saturday during the season.


This volunteer position is for someone with basic accounting skills and who can dedicate some time each month to this task. The volunteer will enter all receipts and expenses online in order to generate reports useful to the treasurer and the rest of the board of directors. This person is not expected to attend any board meeting. Total time commitment: 2 hours per month.


(This position is now occupied) Would you like to have a say in the decisions that will guide the club during the next twelve months? This is your chance! The board meets once a month for a quick meeting to take care of business. Your suggestions and input will be much appreciated and you will see the improvements to our activities and infrastructure as a result.

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