Events planned for 2022-2023 season

flying viking

Watch this page for an update on our planned events – coming soon!

The Great Fernie Pumkin Challenge

This event was last held virtually in October 2021. Stay tuned for an actual in-person event this year!

pumpkin challenge 2021

To keep everyone safe and healthy for the upcoming winter season we’re taking our Great Pumpkin Hunt VIRTUAL!

Purchase your tickets, each ticket is a pumpkin, using the “Stash my pumpkin!” button below. Please feel free to grab several! Drive through at 3132 Anderson Road and turn at the sign into Three Sisters Farm and Greenhouse on Tuesday, October 12 between 6pm-8pm or Saturday, October 16 9am-11am to get your pumpkin.

Take your pumpkin with you while doing your pre-season nordic warm-ups. Take a selfie with your pumpkin and tag us on social media #fernienordic or email your image to admin@fernienordic.com

Every unique image is an entry into a nordic ski super prize pack! Warm-ups include hiking, biking, waxing skis, roller skiing, stretching and more … show us your pre-season prep! All photos must be submitted by November 5 to be entered into the draw, but feel free to keep posting! We will draw a winner for a nordic prize pack full of awesome winter kit for your ski season!

Cost is $7 for Nordic Society members and $10 non-members per pumpkin.

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More events

Several of our group events should return this season:

  • Full Moon Skis at the golf course or at the Nordic Centre
  • Family Friendly Skis
  • Community Fun Race
  • Flying Viking Challenge
  • Illuminated Kids Loop on Saturday evenings

Make sure that you are on our email list so you do not miss anything.

P.S. the club is still looking for an energetic person to take the lead on some of these events. Give us a shout! It will be much rewarding.

The Racers at Winter Training Camp

racers in Nelson

The Fernie Nordic Racers recently participated in a training camp coached by Graham Maclean and the Fernie Nordic Racers coaches. Graham Maclean is a professional national coach and technical waxing consultant from Golden. He came to Fernie to help us improve our skills.

On Friday January 29th, we worked on our classic technique for 1 hour and a half. Graham taught us some drills we can use to improve our double poling and diagonal stride technique. We practiced changing from different gears and going up and down a flat hill. We also had fun playing Dodgeball at the end of practice!

racers in Nelson
Fernie Nordic Racers in Nelson

On Saturday morning, we separated into groups by level, the first group went with Graham, Helen, and Rob to do some time trials around the 1.2 km Cedar Loop. Graham filmed our classic technique to give us some feedback after the time trial. Coach Johnny took the second group to ski and do some drills to improve their classic technique. The third group went with Megan Lohmann to practice downhill skills. Then we switched, so everyone could do all the activities. The time trial was adapted depending on skill levels.

After the morning session, we went home to rest, eat, and hydrate. During the afternoon, we went to the cross-country ski trails at Fernie Alpine Resort, and we separated into two groups. The younger athletes went with coach Johnny to work on their one skate on a flat section while the older athletes worked on their offset with Graham. After an hour we switched to practice all the techniques. When we went down, we did a human slalom and went down a big hill which was super fun. Then we went home to rest for Sunday’s big day.

On Sunday morning, we went for a long easy ski and we stopped to do some sprints on the way. They were around 10 seconds sprints with 2,3 or more people. Then we skied up to Boomerang chair and went back to the hut to eat some good soup, chili and bread. We watched our videos from Saturday’s time trial with Graham. He gave us some advice and tips on our techniques and then we played a big game of manhunter during the afternoon.

In conclusion, we thank Graham for all the coaching he did, the tips and advice he gave us and mostly all the fun we had! We are very grateful for this experience, and we hope to get more opportunities like this one.

article by Aurélie Smithson and Louison Dubief

Fernie Racers at the last Kootenay Cup race

kootenay cup nelson

A few photos from the race event in Nelson on February 5 & 6. The Fernie Nordic Racers and several parents joined the fun and earned more points toward the 2022 Teck Kootenay Cup. This was the last event of the season in this series.

Several Fernie racers ended with podium finishes and all had a good time. Well done!

The result of the races in Nelson are on the website of the Nelson Ski Club. The Fernie Nordic Racers finished in 4th place out of eight clubs in the Teck Kootenay Cup series – see the rankings at CrosscountryBC.

Our young Nordic Racers are full of energy

fernie nordic racers fall 2021

Aurélie and Louison from the Fernie Nordic Racers team are inviting more young racers to join this dynamic group of young athletes. They explain that the key benefit of the club is having fun while training for races.

“If you enjoy Nordic skiing, racing, and the outdoors, you should join the Fernie Nordic Racers. We are a very encouraging group of people, and we all support each other. Each athlete has their own goals to reach. You should join us and reach yours” say the girls.

The girls outline two good reasons for joining the club. They explain the first reason is “Fernie Nordic Racers is a wonderful group of athletes and coaches, that are always enthusiastic, and ready to train. Our coaches: John Shaw, Jeff Williams, Naomi Lentz, and Helen McAlister, coach a group of athletes ranging between the age 9 and 18 years old”, with coaching targeted to two age groups — under 12 and over 12.

The second reason is the comprehensive fall training program. Both groups meet on Tuesday with the under 12 group going for a 45-minute run on the trails around the Aquatic Centre while the older group trains with the Fernie Secondary School cross country running team. In addition, the older group also trains with the running team on Thursdays. “Our workout (as older athletes) is formed of a warmup (10-minute run + A’s, B’s, C’s), a running workout (hills, tempo runs, intervals, etc.…), and a cool down (5-minute jog, and dynamic stretching). On Fridays we have a dryland training with the whole team for 1 hour. We start with a 20-minute fitness game then we roller ski for 40 minutes. Sometimes the older athletes have a long and slow run, on Saturdays or Sundays. Some older athletes also use Training Peaks to keep track of training outside of practices. We also go training camps, which are fun and instructive,” say the girls.

Article by Aurélie Smithson and Louison Dubief

The Great Pumpkin Challenge 2021

pumpkin challenge 2021
pumpkin challenge 2021

To keep everyone safe and healthy for the upcoming winter season we’re taking our Great Pumpkin Hunt VIRTUAL!

Purchase your tickets, each ticket is a pumpkin, using the “Stash my pumpkin!” button below. Please feel free to grab several! Drive through at 3132 Anderson Road and turn at the sign into Three Sisters Farm and Greenshouse on Tuesday, October 12 between 6pm-8pm or Saturday, October 16 9am-11am to get your pumpkin.

Take your pumpkin with you while doing your pre-season nordic warm-ups. Take a selfie with your pumpkin and tag us on social media #fernienordic or email your image to admin@fernienordic.com

Every unique image is an entry into a nordic ski super prize pack! Warm-ups include hiking, biking, waxing skis, roller skiing, stretching and more … show us your pre-season prep! All photos must be submitted by November 5 to be entered into the draw, but feel free to keep posting! We will draw a winner for a nordic prize pack full of awesome winter kit for your ski season!

Cost is $7 for Nordic Society members and $10 non-members per pumpkin.

Great Pumpkin Challenge

Great Pumpkin Challenge

Stash my Pumpkin!

Rental Ski Gear for Kids

young skier at start gate

Please send us a note if you need any information about the ski gear available to the children registered in the Skill Development Program. One of our volunteers will be in touch with you shortly.

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