Mellow Mountain Rangers 50+ Training

In the mean time, what about some pre-ski physical training to get you ready for the trails as soon as the snow flies?

Participants on a hike

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This program is continuing in the 2022-2023 season. If you are interested to join our group, please contact us today! Make sure you also subscribe to our email list.

Primary focus

The main goal of the 50+ Training Group is to stay active and provide skills to increase skiing efficiency in a social group setting. The training program encourages group participation to help motivate people through a social and friendly setting. We also encourage the members to enter some fun races in the Kootenays as a way to motivate your training participation. While it is encouraged, it is not mandatory to attend any races.

Past and Planned Hikes for the 2022-2023 season

  • May 18: Fernie Main Loop   Old Stumpy, following around to ax tracks to go past golf course, then towards Canadian Tire. I then cut across through high school and back to Aquatic Centre. There was a downpour so this hike was cancelled.
  • May 25: Coal Discovery Trail (Road) Heritage Trail from The Barn that then becomes Coal Discovery Trail. Walked to the Rifle range which took almost two hours. Returned along Coal Creek road.
  • May 27: Fairy Creek Falls (It rained so it was postponed to the next week.)
  • June 1: Fairy Creek Falls
  • June 10:  Montane 
  • June 15 & 17: Nothing planned due to rain
  • June 22: Let’s meet at the Cemetery Trailhead at 2 o’clock. There are lots of options.
  • June 24: Let’s head to Parking Lot 4 at the ski hill for 2 0’clock and check out the Nordic Trails; Silk, Manchuria and or Scandia.
  • July 6: We’ll meet at the Provincial Parking Lot at 2:00 and hike Gorby.
  • July 8: We can meet at Island Lake Lodge Lower Parking Lot and walk along the Rail Trail. This is a one way, returning along the same trail. If some wish to include Old Growth Trail you’ll need to add a few more hours due to the limited Lodge Road access and parking.
  • July 13: Last week just as we arrived at the Gorby Trailhead, the rain and thunder also arrived. None of us was too keen on walking in the rain so we’ll give Gorby hike another try this week.
  • July 20:  Lazy Lizard Trail  We’ll begin at the Lower Island Lake Parking lot at 10:30.  
  • July 27: This week’s plan is to meet at the parking for Lizard Creek Bridge at 10:30. We’ll do some of Gorby then turn off onto Old Goat which takes us to Happy Gilmar. We’ll follow Happy Gilmar to Sherwoody.
  • Aug 3: Hiking to the mid-way point (or any other point you choose) on Mt. Fernie should keep us in the shade. Let’s meet at the end of Canyon Trail at 10:30

Upcoming Hike

Aug 17: Because hot weather is forecast I’d like to suggest we redo Gorby or the Gorby, Old Goat, Sherwoody hike. They’re both nice and shady. We’ll meet at the parking for Lizard Creek Bridge at 10:30 and decide then which we’d prefer.

Any questions? Get in touch with a volunteer.
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