Spring Break Kids Bingo is back!!!

bingo card

From March 18 to April 2, 2023

Our friends over at Stag Leap have just announced an awesome opportunity for kids over spring break! Wondering how to keep those kids busy and active for 2 weeks – fret not! Simply grab a copy of the March Fernie Fix, (or download your card via the link below), and bag as many lines as you can, between March 18 and April 2!

bingo card

Sweet prizing from loads of great stores and Fernie organizations, plus the big ticket item – a night in a @snowvalleylodging Tiny Home!

Bingo can be completed from anywhere, it’s not Fernie specific! Open to all ages of kids.

GET YOUR DIGITAL BINGO CARD, HERE: http://www.stagleaprunning.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Spring-Break-Bingo_2023_FINAL.pdf

This years Bingo is supported by: @ferniefix @fernietrailsalliance @fernienordicsociety @upliftassociation @stagleaprunningco

Here are the rules …

Coaches Corner

sdp volunteers

Meet our coaches for the 2023 season of our Skill Development Program. All lessons are happening at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Events planned for 2022-2023 season

flying viking

This page will be updated soon when the events are confirmed (August 24, 2023)

The 6th Annual Great Fernie Pumpkin Hunt

pumpkin challenge 2021

The Fernie Nordic Society is excited to be hosting one of our community’s favourite events of the year! This popular event is open to the general public and is aimed at children up to 9 year old and their family.

When: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre next to Mt Fernie Provincial park
Cost: $20 per pumpkin. Tickets can be purchased at The Guides Hut in Fernie. (Exact cash only please)
Choose a Time Slot: 11am-12pm, 12:30pm-1:30pm or 2:00pm-3:00pm

What to expect?

  • Fun searching for your favourite pumpkin!
  • Fernie Roasting Co. Coffee, hot chocolate and food by donation
  • Emily Park Photography & more!

More events

Several of our group events should return this season:

  • Full Moon Skis at the golf course or at the Nordic Centre
  • Griz Days event
  • Community Fun Race
  • Fernie Flying Viking Challenge
  • Illuminated ski loop on Saturday evenings from 6 to 8 pm at the Nordic Centre

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.

9th Annual Community Fun Event

Previous event in February 2020

The Community Fun Event is returning on Sunday February 12, 2023 on the trails of the Fernie Golf Course. The event is open to everyone, club members and non-members alike.

Read all the details HERE

3rd Annual Fernie Flying Viking Challenge

How about a fun challenge for yourself and your friends? Ski on the 25 km circuit of trails from the warming hut of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and the trails of the Fernie Alpine Resort. There is a prize for best costume! A short ride on the chairlift is included in the fun. Do the loop twice to complete the event. Or a partner and you may ski the circuit together once, adding up to 50 km.

Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre

When: Sunday, March 26, 2023

More details to come

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