The Fernie Nordic Society maintains the trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and at the Golf Course in partnership with the Fernie Golf & Country Club. The crosscountry ski trails in the region are made possible by the involvement of several land owners, the Fernie Alpine and Island Lake resorts, the Golf Club and the City of Fernie. During the ski season, look for a ski trail map at local sports shops. Visit the great Fernie Tourism website here for more activities to do in Fernie.
Ski in any of these locations within 10 minutes drive from Fernie:
|Nordic Ski Area||Difficulty||Length (km)||Cost||Directions|
|Elk Valley Nordic Centre||Intermediate||10||$||see map|
|Fernie Golf Course||Easy||8||$||see map|
|Fernie RV Resort and Dyke||Easy||4||Free||see map|
|Island Lake Resort||Intermediate||25||Free||see map|
|Fernie Alpine Resort||Easy||9||Free||see map|
Elk Valley Nordic Centre
About 10 kilometres of groomed trails are now available for the 2020-2021 ski season. The first trails of the Nordic Centre were set during the fall of 2013. A bridge across the Lizard Creek was installed in November 2014 to give access to additional trails (in purple and yellow on the map). The bypass trail ”The Runt” (in red) was added in the fall of 2015.
Curious about our interpretive kiosks? Check this page for the surprising details.
How to get there: To reach the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, go west from Fernie on highway 3. At 3 km from the bridge, turn right at the Island Lake Lodge sign. Follow the road for 0.9 km to the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park sign. Turn left into the overflow parking lot at 0.2 km. The trail head is located on your left about 50 m before the parking lot and it is indicated by a sign. A trail map is posted at the kiosk located in the clearing. Please NO DOGS ON THE TRAILS at any time. Note that more walking trails are located at the far end of the parking lot. Enjoy!
The starting point is the Warming Hut (49.485633 N, 115.090980 W) More trail and elevation info on this page
Access from the Fernie Alpine Resort side: Park in the main parking area. Ski between the Deer chair and the Day Lodge, go past the Mighty Moose and Elk chairs. (You can also start from the stairs beside the Griz Inn) Continue up the wide path and cross the Highline Drive. The path toward the Elk Valley Nordic Centre trails (1km away) is between the houses at 5311 and 5305. There is no parking anywhere along the street.
At 300 m from Highline Drive, you may also take the fork on the left to reach the Boomerang chair. This is a beautiful 1.3 km long hike through the trees. The trail is wide and well packed by snowmobiles. This is a good trail to walk dogs, snowshoeing, skiing and the like. The trail ends at the chair lift and only paying FAR customers can continue of course.
Fernie Golf Course
About 8 km of groomed tracks are available on the golf course. There is little change of elevation on these trails so it is optimal for beginner skiers. The start of the trails is at the Clubhouse of the golf course where you will find ample free parking. The trails are jointly groomed by the Golf Course and by the Nordic Society volunteers on a regular basis.
How to get there: To reach it from the highway 3, turn south at the 13th Street light, then turn left again on 6th Avenue for 400 metres, then right again on Fairway Drive for 800 metres to the parking area.
There is a kiosk next to the Clubhouse for signing up and to deposit your fee for the $15 daily pass or $25 per family, or you may purchase a pass online here. Show your support for our volunteers! You may consider getting a Nordic Society season pass for $100/adult or $220/family here.
The management of the golf course has specified that NO DOGS be allowed on these trails.
The starting point is at the clubhouse ( 49.516403 N, 115.047922 W )
More Cross Country ski trails near Fernie
Several easy skiing trails can be found in Fernie and also within a short distance of the city. Just bring some water and snacks for a wonderful time out on the trail. Be aware that other skiers like to enjoy the trails and the great outdoors without having to encounter doggy leftovers. Skiers with dogs are welcome on several trails.
The Fernie RV Resort and Dyke trails – dog-friendly trails
The path on the dyke follows the scenic Elk River. It is groomed regularly and is well used by hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Outdoor enthusiasts with dogs are welcome here. It extends to the east and also to the west around the Annex neighbourhood. Part of the trail is groomed by Nordic Society volunteers. There is also access to the ski loop on the Fernie RV Resort from the dyke trail.
Parking and access from the large parking lot next to the Marks-Canadian Tire building on the North side of town, or the 6th Avenue along the RV Resort area. Maps are displayed on kiosks in the area.
Fernie Alpine Resort
The FAR resort grooms two skiing loops on the southwest side of the resort. The entire course is about 9 km long but it has a bypass at the half-way point. A map of the trail is displayed at the parking lot. This trail is easy but the short section to reach it from the parking lot is steep and a little challenging. Beginners may carry their skis to the start of the loop. Dogs on a leash are permitted on these trails.
How to get there: From highway 3 west from Fernie, turn right at the FAR sign, about 8 km. Follow the main road keeping to your left at the ski hill buildings until you reach the parking lot #4. The trail starts straight ahead.
The resort does not charge for the use of their trails, but support of the resort businesses is appreciated.
Island Lake Resort
For a taste of the winter wilderness, this is it! The Island Lake Lodge has several kilometres of trails groomed for their guests. The trails at the lower level follow a stream in the forested area so the change in its elevation is slight and it is a pleasant outing. The steep road to the main lodge may be done on skis for a good 90 minutes workout but you may encounter one of the frequent CatSki vehicles ferrying guests, a snowmobile or even the occasional moose. There are also a few kilometres of groomed trails around the Lodge at the higher elevation. There may be about 25 km of trails in all.
Important Wildlife Info:
Dogs must be under control at all times and must not be left unattended. Wildlife forced to run from a chasing dog will expend precious energy in order to avoid the perceived predator. In the winter, this flight can be life threatening, as many species need to conserve energy reserves just to make it through the winter.
Owners must pick up after their dog. Besides being unsightly and smelly, animal waste can be hazardous to the health of wildlife. In addition, one of the most common forms of disease transmission between dogs is through fecal matter.
Uncontrolled dogs and owners will be asked to leave the Island Lake property.
How to get there: To reach the site, head west from Fernie on highway 3 and turn right at the Island Lake sign – about 3 km. Follow this road for 7 km through the Mount Fernie Provincial Park until you reach the Island Lake Lodge parking lot. The road to the lodge is closed to cars during the winter.
There is no fee for parking but it often gets busy on Sundays. Webcam
The starting point is at the lower parking lot located at 49.491604 N , 115.113241 W
Montane Nordic and Multi-use Trails
The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is doing the trail management and snow grooming on the Montane Property. The trails are now signed and color-coded as follows: all of the road system on Montane Green trail (about 10km) is snowcat groomed and snowmobile groomed for Nordic Skiing Only. For non-motorized multi-use, all of the Montane Blue trail (20 km), Uprooted and Resurrection are available for walkers, dogs, bikers, snowshoers. Also the trail along Coal Creek and the trails close to the Montane housing development are being groomed for multi-use. We have put up one hundred signs showing the routes and are putting out a map in January.
This private land is 3 kilometers long and one kilometer wide, covering the area from Coal Creek to Cokato (Roots Trail Powerline) and below the River Road Extension to Cokato Road. The entire property is signed as non-motorized use. Please follow the signage to respect the trails groomed for nordic skiers.
How to get there: One access route is to start from the Fernie Aquatic Centre, follow Pine Street and turn left on the entrance of the Montane Development road just past the Coal Creek. Go past the houses and park along the road. The trailhead for both the Green Nordic trails is nearby. Another starting point is the Old Barn located at 49.496467 N, 115.05497 W. More trail and elevation info on this page. The entire Montane property below River Road Extension is non-motorized.