Saturday February 6 will be the start of a virtual adventure for the many cross-country ski enthusiasts who have registered for the 55th edition of the Canadian Ski Marathon – read the press release. This year, the Canadian Ski Marathon is being held exclusively in virtual mode and with more than 1,200 people registered to date. There is still time to register, as this year skiers can do so until the last day of the virtual event, March 7, 2021.
The organizing committee has created a virtual event that allows participants to meet their challenge close to home, allowing everyone to participate in our event, which is meant to be a celebration of winter. Despite the health restrictions, with the financial support of our partners, skiers and all levels of government, we have worked hard to make this virtual event a reality and keep the legend alive.
Several options have been put in place to facilitate participation, improve the skier experience and make the event even more accessible to everyone.
A group of board members is hard at work planning the new season while we continue to deal with the pandemic conditions. A detailed protocol will come out shortly to address the kids program, adult lessons and other activities. For a general preview, please visit the CrosscountryBC website and look at its Return To Sport Plan.
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.
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.
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
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!
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)
Obey all trail rules and closures
Photos must include the “Snow to Ice” sign and each participant with a time stamp
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.