A sportive morning at the Nordic Centre

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Wonderful weather was on hand for the Community Fun Races and its participants last Saturday. The trails had just been groomed and the overcast sky cleared enough for the sun to peek out during the event.

The Hot Chocolate Run was underway by 10:45 as planned and twenty-nine kids crowded the start line, each with an adult as their partner. The kids stopped near the bridge for hot chocolate while the adults completed the Lizard Lookout and Cedar loops before returning to the hut with their young partner. It was all over in thirty minutes. A selection of prizes awaited the young ones at the finish line.

This was followed by a 12 km race done as a relay race or solo. Five relay teams drawn from available youth and adult participants plus ten solo skiers took part. Loud cheers from the crowd greeted the skiers at the end of each 3 km lap. The fastest participant completed the full course in a fast 42 minutes while others finished it in 73 minutes or less!

The event ended with ten 300 m sprints by groups of kids, youth or adults. This fast skiing by seventeen racers included a few falls but ended with smiles at the finish.

Sam and Johnny organized the event and many volunteers lended a hand at grooming, stadium preparation, food preparation, hot chocolate station and safety patrol. The young Fernie Racers helped in the kids races as well. More photos in our gallery page.

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The Hot Chocolate Run starts
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Skiers heading back
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On the way to the finish
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Finn skiing the 12 km
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Coming in for a relay
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One sprint
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End of one sprint
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Older kids in a sprint

Fernie Flying Viking Challenge

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This page shows our last event in March 2020. We are hoping
to have it again this year in 2022.

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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 Viking 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 Sunday morning March 15, 2020 at 10:30 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre located next to the Mt Fernie Provincial Park. The start time is set for 10:30 am. Wishing lots of fun to all!

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Thank you to Fernie Alpine Resort for supporting this amazing event!

Flying Viking Challenge Results

Click here for results

Register here

Pre-registration at Webscorer is mandatory for less stress on our volunteers and our partner RCR. Complete your mandatory RCR Waivers online here (click this link). Registration closes at 3 pm on Saturday March 14, so do not delay!

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Route and course profile

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from the 2018 event

Previous Events

This Saturday, an event for skiers of all ages

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The club invites all skiers, young, adult, families, to our annual Fernie Community Fun race event on Saturday Feb 22 at the Nordic Centre. It is open to club members and non-members alike. The fun starts at 10:30 with the Hot Chocolate Run followed by relay and solo races plus short sprints to finish. It is totally FREE to participate. Read the details on our page (click to open).

Weekend highlights

Ella cornering at Kimberley sprints

Fernie skiers were very active in the past weekend of February 8-9 with a few events.

Full Moon Ski on Saturday

On Saturday twenty skiers gathered in the hut before starting on the trails under a very bright moon. The evening ended back at the hut for snacks, refreshments and a good time.

Morrisey Ridge at full moon
Morrisey Ridge seen from the Runt trail

Kootenay Cup races in Kimberley

The race weekend in Kimberley was the Teck Kootenay Championships, a tier 2 points qualifying race, so it was a higher level event than usual races for the team. The Fernie racers competed against other racers from several clubs, including Telemark, Sovereign Lake, Revelstoke, Canmore, Foothills, the Kootenay teams – Nelson, Kimberley, Black Jack and Toby Creek – plus Montana teams, Glacier Nordic and Seeley Lake. The weather was perfect and excellent snow conditions.

Eleven young skiers from the Fernie Nordic Racers team took part in the two-day event together with nine adult skiers from Fernie. Our team is coached by Jeff Williams. Overall the team had 28 starts in the classic and skate races. Race results may be found HERE. The current cup standings are HERE.

Ella cornering at Kimberley sprints
Ella (247) taking a fast corner in a sprint race

Meanwhile in Edmonton

Saturday was also the day of the 2020 Canadian Birkebeiner in Edmonton. Two skiers from Fernie completed the challenging course. Ron Lentz finished the 31 km tour race while Naomi Lentz did the 55 km race with a 12 lbs pack (5.4 kg) on her back. Congratulations to both!

Naomi at the 2020 Birkebeiner in Edmonton
A second place in her category for Naomi

More photos

from the Full Moon Ski:

Ski hill in the moonlight
On the lighted kids loop



from the Kootenay Cup races:

Kai on start line Kimberley sprint
Classic 1350 m sprint with Kai Fait – 5th from left
Makaela and Adele at Kimberley sprints
Makaela Burt and Adele Stahl (U14 girls) in a classic sprint heat together
Anouk double poling
Anouk Burt (U14 girls) powering her double-poling for a strong sprint heat
Ella on start line Kimberley sprint
Ella trying to stay warm before the start of the mass start Freestyle technique event
Johnny Kimberley Sprint
Coach Johnny showing perfect pacing through 15km of the skate race
Dave Kimberley sprint
Dave Fuller at the start of the 15km skate event
Johnny at Kimberley sprints
Johnny and racers watching the sprints

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!