Fernie Flying Viking Challenge

Fernie Flying Viking Challenge
fernie viking challenge

Looking for a challenge? This is a the one, a long one but very casual – unless you don’t want it to be casual, and then feel free to ski like mad! 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. You can classic or skate ski as you wish … let’s go for No Rules!

This year the event takes place on Saturday morning March 14, 2020 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre located next to the Mt Fernie Provincial Park. The start time is set for 9:30 am. Wishing lots of fun to all!

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Pre-registration at Webscorer is recommended for less stress on our volunteers but doing it on the morning of the event is OK too.

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Route and course profile

fernie viking challenge
from the 2018 event

Previous Events

A good weekend on the trails!

A good weekend on the trails!

Last Saturday was another Skill Development Program lesson for 46 young skiers at the Nordic Centre.

The new Family Friendly Ski event followed on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. We inaugurated the new and very long string of lights along the kids loop by the staging area. A fun place to ski after dark! About twenty adult skiers participated in the event as well as a few children either on dad’s back or in a chariot. The trails were well groomed and the skiing was great!

The January 25-26 weekend was also the time for our Fernie Nordic Racers to shine at the Teck Kootenay Cup in Nipika.

Twenty racers from Fernie completed the classic races on Saturday and 17 did the skate races on Sunday. In total the racers received 9 podium positions. Three young racers did amazingly well in their first cross country ski race ever. The trails were well groomed and track set although hard and very icy. Good participation by our young racing team and several adults from Fernie.

The results of the classic races are HERE and the ones from the skate races are HERE. The current standings in the Kootenay Cup are on this page. Go Fernie Racers!

Our first event of the season was great!

full moon ski poster

Several club members joined in for the first Full Moon Ski and Social of the season on Saturday evening at the Fernie golf course. About sixteen skiers took to the trails at 7 pm from the clubhouse – perhaps even a few more participants coming in late.

full moon participants
Several of the participants back at the clubhouse

The evening was cool and the sky was overcast with no visible moon or stars. The grooming of the trails had just been completed so skiing was excellent for both skate and classic skiers. A big Thank You! to groomer Jason who worked late on Saturday at the golf course as well as on the dyke and the RV Resort loop. The evening ended with a chat and drinks at the Cast Iron Grill restaurant after the ski.

The next event is the Friendly Family Ski on Sunday Jan 26. The next Full Moon Ski will be on Feb 8. Both events will happen at the Nordic Centre.

Club Events

Club Events
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OCTOBER

Saturday Oct 19:   5th Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt
Join us at the Elk Valley Nordic centre for the Great Pumpkin hunt! The event begins at 11:00 and is intended for children 9 and under. Tickets will be sold in advance. For complete details, check our page and join the event on Facebook!

NOVEMBER

Saturday Nov 30:   the Early Bird Membership pricing ends
Up to Nov 30, our membership fees are lower than the regular cost by about $10 per person. They go up tomorrow. Act fast! Other fees for SDP program and gear rentals are unchanged. Register at Zone4.ca NOW.

DECEMBER

Saturday Dec 13:   Full Moon Ski & Social
Adults only. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon and enjoy the fire and food with friends! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Sunday Dec 22:   First Family Friendly Ski
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 4 pm for a group ski for all ages. Headlamps may be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Nordic Centre: The hut will be open daily during the Holidays from Friday Dec 20 to Sunday Jan 5

JANUARY

Saturday Jan 4:   SDP lessons start
Lessons start at 10:30 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre every Saturday.

Tuesday Jan 7:   Afterschool SDP lessons start
Lessons start at 4:00 pm at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre every Tuesday — note change of venue from last season.

Saturday Jan 11:   Full Moon Ski & Social at the Fernie Golf Course
For ALL ages!. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Fernie Golf Course 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon. The Cast Iron Grill will have an inexpensive meal for this event. Day ticket required for non-members.

Sunday Jan 26:   Family Friendly Ski
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 4 pm for a group ski for all ages. Headlamps may be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

FEBRUARY

Saturday Feb 8:   Full Moon Ski & Social
Adults only. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon and enjoy the fire and food with friends! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Sunday Feb 16:   Family Friendly Ski
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 4 pm for a group ski for all ages. Headlamps may be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Saturday Feb 22:   8th Annual Community Fun Race
For everyone. Save the date for a fun event for everyone, all ages, members and non-members alike! A short ski course will be used for three styles of competition: the Hot Chocolate Run for a duo adult/child, the 4-person relay with skiers drawn at random or a solo 12 km race ending with short sprints. Visit our page for more details.

MARCH

March 6 to 8   GRIZ DAYS “SNOW TO ICE(cream)”
Complete all 4 challenges within 72 hours. Prove you’ve completed each leg by taking a time-stamped selfie at each of the four (4) SNOW TO ICE signs! Bonus prize entries for multisport use! The Fernie Nordic Society trails will be free for non-members between 7 p.m. on Thursday March 5th to Sunday March 8th at 7 p.m. More chances for prizes for multi-sports while following the trail rules!

Sunday Mar 8:   Griz Days Full Moon Ski & Social
Adults only. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon and enjoy the fire and food with friends! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Saturday Mar 14:   3nd Annual Fernie Flying Viking Challenge & Feast
This event is back for more thrills under a new name but with even more fun! Starts from the warming hut of the Nordic Centre to the trails of the Fernie Alpine Resort via the ski lift, then back to the hut … and once more for a total of 50 km! Do it solo or in team. See the Fernie Fix article written by coach Jeff Williams to learn more about this epic race:  http://www.ferniefix.com/article/outdoors/grateful-birkebieners Stay tuned for more details and check our Facebook page.

APRIL

Nothing yet but there may be something to go with the last gasp of the winter fairy.

Any questions? Get in touch with a volunteer.