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

Events planned for 2021-2022 season

flying viking

We all hope that many of our traditional events will be back despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

The Great Fernie Pumkin Challenge

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.

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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 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.

No kids ski on Saturday

Hello everyone,

We had planned a fun group ski on Saturday in place of a formal SDP lesson. But we have decided to cancel it in view of the frigid temperatures that are expected in the morning.

We hope that you will have a good weekend. The Flying Viking Challenge on Sunday morning is our last event of the season. The temps should be milder and you are welcome to come for a ski and to cheer for your favorite Viking! It all starts at 10:30 am on Sunday ending around 3 pm.

Coaches Nancy and Sam

Ski Lesson on Saturday

skill program

Hello to all parents!

It’s been a wonderful season and we’d like to thank you, your kids, and all the volunteers who make the Fernie Nordic Society Skill Development Program such a success.

Saturday March 7th is the last official lesson of the Saturday program! Traditionally we have a dress up day, so open your tickle trunks! The following Saturday we will have an informal lesson for those who are in town from 10:30 to 11:30 like usual. It’s also the Fernie Flying Viking Challenge, so those who are around can also cheer on the viking participants – and please check it out and register at https://www.fernienordic.com/vikingchallenge/

dressup SDP

Tuesday March 10th is the last official lesson of the Tuesday program and we will dress up as well!

Saturday April 4th @ 10:30 am we invite the entire club to come out for a season finale and another chance to dress up. We will have games to play and fun to be had regardless of the weather! There will also be a BBQ by donation.

BBQ

Stay tuned for information on ski rental returns and in the meantime, Happy Griz Days! and don’t forget about the Snow-to-Icecream challenge at https://www.fernienordic.com/the-snow-to-icecream-challenge-at-griz-days-2020

from Sam & Nancy and all the volunteer coaches