Ski Lessons for Adults

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked out what adults lessons would look like under the current BC COVID-19 restrictions. As restrictions change we will continue to keep you informed on this page. Please read all the information below before you contact Tarah to book a lesson.

A few changes have been made to our pricing and lesson offerings this year. Under the current restrictions we will not be offering adult group programs until further notice. Private (1 person – 1hr lessons) and semi-private (up to 3 people in the same household – 1.5hr lessons) are available for booking.

There are several dates available for lessons in January and February. Priority for these dates will be given to those that have already expressed an interest and were placed on a wait list in November and December. The scheduled availability is what works best for Tarah, but there may be very limited weekend and afternoon options available by request. Please email Tarah for available dates.

Private, Semi-Private Classic / Skate Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are available on request. Please email Tarah to request a lesson and she will try to fit your schedule.
Please note that semi-private lessons are for household members only.

Pricing for the lessons is as follows:

private lesson        semi-private lesson

Lesson Location:
All lessons will take place at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Meet in the staging area outside the Warming Hut. Please ensure that you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson. Day passes are available online HERE.

Lesson Times/Dates:
Set lesson times are scheduled for mornings starting at 9am in January and February. Please email Tarah for these dates or to schedule a date outside the set lesson times.

Preparedness:
• You will need to sign the online waiver (LINK) to confirm that you have read and understood the FNS COVID-19 protocols BEFORE you have your lesson.
• Payment for your lesson must be made BEFORE your lesson starts.
• Please come prepared for all types of weather (cold, wet, snowy, windy, sunny, etc) as your comfort is your responsibility and we will not have access to the hut to warm up cold toes. Lessons may be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather.
• Please make sure you have the right equipment properly sized for your weight/ability. We do not have rentals. Please contact Tarah for questions about equipment and rentals BEFORE your lesson.

Make your online payment

Once your lesson has been confirmed, you will be requested to make an online payment:

Option 1: send an e-transfer to info@fernienordic.com

Option 2: pay by credit card using the Pay Now button below

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Finally please ensure you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson.

Your Instructor
tarah leggott
Tarah Leggott
CANSI Level 2
tarah@leggott.me
Tarah Leggott is a CANSI Level 2 instructor that is passionate about cross country skiing as a lifelong, family-oriented sport that can be pursued competitively or as recreation in our beautiful, little corner of BC.
Any questions? Get in touch with Tarah

Results of Flying Viking Challenge

flying viking 2020

Sunday March 15 was a perfect day to run the event. Three team members of Fernie Nordic Racers took part together with 34 adult skiers – 17 women and 17 men – how is this for equality? Everyone rushed from the start at 10:40 am to follow the course along the trails of the Nordic Centre and the Fernie Alpine Resort. A short chair lift ride was also included!

Five adult skiers completed two loops for a total of 50 km. The fastest 50K adult skiers were Naomi Lentz in 4:22 hours and Mike Bragg in 4:13 hours.
Thirty-two skiers did one loop of 25 km. The fastest 25K adult skiers were Virginia Robinson in 2:22 hours and Aaron Glover in 2:49 hours. In the Under 16 – 25K category, Wes Robinson-Shaw was the fastest with 2:20 hours. Click the icon below for the full results.

Click here for results

Photos of the event are posted on our page here.

A big Thank You! to the event organizer Sam Sedlowsky who was also participating in the 25 km category. Volunteers were on hand at a food station at the ski hill and at the warming hut where there was more hot food, snacks and beverages for the skiers. Fancy wooden medals and prizes were waiting for participants at the finish. Thank you also to our generous sponsors of this event: RCR, GearHub, Heaven Boutique, Elevation Showcase and the City of Fernie.

The Fernie Flying Viking Challenge on March 15

fernie viking challenge

Important Change: The event has been rescheduled to Sunday March 15 at 10:30 am. Registration now closes at 3 pm on Saturday, March 14. The event returns to Fernie for the third time. It takes place on Sunday morning March 15, 2020 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. The start time is set for 10:30 am. Looking for a challenge? This is the one, a long one but very casual. Excellent prizes, ride(s) on the Deer chair, a lot of yummy food and drinks. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and then as door prizes! You have the option to do either the full 50 km yourself (2 loops to the ski hill trails and back) or you can choose to do a single loop of 25 km. More details on our event page HERE

Click here to register

The Snow•to•Ice(cream) challenge at Griz Days 2020

The Snow•to•Ice(cream) challenge at Griz Days 2020

The popular spring time event is back for its third annual edition! It is open to anyone club members and non-members alike.

We have placed four (4) sign posts in different locations on the trails around town. Prove you’ve completed each leg by taking a selfie at each of the four SNOW TO ICE signs within 72 hours! Bonus prize entries for multisport use! The Fernie Nordic Society trails will be free for non-members on Friday March 6, Saturday and Sunday March 8 to 7 pm. Join us at the Griz Days Full Moon ski at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 7 pm on Sunday for your ice cream prize. More chances for prizes for multi-sports while following the trail rules!

snow to ice banner

Trails (complete in any order)

1. Elk Valley Nordic Centre – sign is located at intersection of the Galloway loop and Grunt/Runt connector. This is a cross-country skiing only trail (no dogs).
2. Montane – sign is located at the Montane Hut. Snow bike, cross-country ski, run, or snowshoe (dogs allowed)
3. Great Northern Trail Extension – sign is located by the fire pit. Snow bike, cross-country ski, run, or snowshoe (dogs allowed), or connect through the Fernie Golf and Country Club trails (cross country ski only, no dogs). See the map HERE – the fire pit is at the top right hand of the map.
4. West Fernie Riverside Dike Trail – sign is located on the park bench (roughly across from the boat launch). Bike, run, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for the more adventurous (dogs allowed)

Rules

  1. Obey all trail rules and closures
  2. Photos must include the “Snow to Ice” sign and each participant with a time stamp
  3. Have fun and bring a friend

More prizes are up for grabs by sharing on Facebook, using
the social media hashtags #loveFernie #grizdays #fernienordic
The Fernie Nordic Society trails will be free for non-members Friday March 6th to Sunday March 8th. Good luck to all and enjoy Griz Days!

Disclaimer: The Fernie Nordic Society assumes no liability for individuals participating in the Snow to Ice event. Participate at your own risk, always check the trail conditions, and be prepared. We recommend you do this with a friend, but if you’re going solo, always let a friend know where you’re going and when you’re expected to be back.

Visit the website of Tourism Fernie for more info about activities in Fernie during Griz Days.