Trail Conditions – March 28, 2023

lizard creek loop

 THE LATEST … The Golf Course personnel has closed the trails on Sunday morning due to the icy conditions and the lack of snow. The grooming of the dyke has also ended.

Elk Valley Nordic Centre

No dogs, snowshoes, biking or walkers on the trails please.

Cedar & Lizard Lookoutgreen easyGroomed and tracksetMar 27
From Hut to bridgegreen easyGroomed and tracksetMar 27
Runt & Gruntblue challengingGroomed and tracksetMar 27
Galloway loopblue challengingGroomed and tracksetMar 27
Lizard Creek loopblack more difficultGroomed but not tracksetMar 23
FAR connector & Boomeranggreen easyGroomed and tracksetMar 27

All trails except for the Lizard Creek Loop were groomed and track set with the snowcat on Monday evening.

Fernie Golf Course

The last day of skiing was on Saturday March 25. The trails are now closed due to poor conditions.
Level of difficulty: Easy green easy

No dogs, snowshoes or walkers on the golf course please.

Maps and directions are shown here

Other locations where one can ski in the Fernie area are listed below. Please note that these trails are dog-friendly and operated by other organizations.

Fernie Alpine Resort

The Silk, Scandia and Manchuria trails were groomed and track set on Tuesday morning. The Timber Landing trail was also groomed.

Off-leash dogs are now allowed on the trails if they are still under ‘vocal control’. A map and directions to trails are found here
The FAR snow report is here

Fernie Dyke

It is a multi-use trail for walking, snowshoeing, snow biking and skiing with your dog. Grooming of the dyke ends as of Saturday March 25.
Level of difficulty: Easy green easy


Trail grooming is happening regularly. Green trails are for nordic skiers only. Walkers, dogs and snowshoers on blue trails only.

Find map and directions to trails here

Anyone may text updates to 250-430-2719 at any time.

4th Annual Fernie Flying Viking Challenge

flying viking

Watch a few scenes from the 2023 event:

video from the 2023 Flying Viking Challengr
Video from event (13 mins)

A few photos

Flying Viking 2023

Looking for a challenge? This is 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!

When: Sunday morning March 26, 2023
                    Participants meet at 10:15 am
                    Flying Vikings start at 10:30 am
                    Mini-Vikings start at 11:00 am

Where: at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre located next to the Mt Fernie Provincial Park

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. Three age categories to choose from: Adult Open, U17 and L56 (or age 56 and up). You can classic or skate ski as you wish … let’s go for No Rules!

Mini-Viking Challenge: New this year are categories with 3 shorter distances for our Mini-Vikings. Choose 1.3 km to Teck bridge, 3.4 km to top of Runt/Grunt or 7.5 km around Galloway Loop, and back to hut. Optional costumes are highly recommended here too!

Fee:       $25 for 25 km & 50 km – lift ticket included
               $15 for Mini-Viking distances – no lift ticket required – includes optional guardian

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

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2023 Fernie Flying Viking Challenge Results

The results can be found at or click the button below:

Click here for 2023 results

The results of our previous 2020 Fernie Flying Viking Challenge are found here:

Click here for 2020 results

Route and course profile

** NEW ** A more detailed course map may be found on this page

fernie viking challenge
from the 2018 event

Previous Events

Coaches Corner

sdp volunteers

Meet our coaches for the 2023 season of our Skill Development Program. All lessons are happening at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

First Full Moon Ski of 2023

full moon social

Several groups and families enjoyed a peaceful evening ski at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Friday evening. The full moon appeared from behind the clouds for a perfect outing for about twenty-five or so skiers.

The warming hut was open and the area around the hut were lit for this occasion.

The next full moon will happen during the February 4-5 weekend. We’ll see you then!

Skill Development Program

sdp session

The ski lessons of the SDP program are going ahead for the 2022 – 2023 season. Lessons are expected to start in early January. Our program is now fully booked (December 2022)

Meet our team of volunteer coaches
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The Skill Development Program offered to our young skiers by the Fernie Nordic Society was actually developed by the nation-wide organization Nordiq Canada. The program is standardized across the country. All our volunteer coaches are trained according to the established structure to provide a consistent level of training to our skiers.

The levels in the program are aimed at the various age groups:

  • Bunnyrabbit Program for children 5 years and younger
  • Jackrabbit Program for children from 6 to 9 years old
  • Track Attack Program for children 10 years and older

The Fernie Nordic Society provides training at these levels at our weekly Saturday morning and Tuesday or Thrursday after school sessions. Lessons run from January to March all at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. We also have additional training at other times of the year such as dry-land training during summer and autumn. Events may combine the efforts of other clubs nearby. This is a great opportunity for young skiers to improve their skills in a fun atmosphere and to challenge themselves.

Saturday Lessons

10:30 – 11:30 am

Tuesday After School
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday After School
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Cost of lessons

Bunnyrabbit     $60 for either the Saturday, Tuesday or Thursday sessions
Jackrabbit         $70 for either the Saturday, Tuesday or Thursday sessions
TrackAttack      $80 for either the Saturday or Tuesday sessions
TrackAttack     $140 for both Saturday and Tuesday sessions

Please note that enrollment into the program is done ONLINE for the 2022-2023 season. Please visit the online page to register your child. Ski rentals can also be reserved online at the same time. For more information about our program, or to register your child, you may also use our Contact Us page.

Any questions? Get in touch with a volunteer.

Important Documents

The documents attached below are our basic guidelines for running a fair training program for our young skiers. They are aimed at our parents and our volunteer coaches. We ask all parents and coaches of the 2021-2022 season to read them, to sign the relevant release forms and return to the coaches at the first ski lesson.
Documents  (click to open and/or save):
Coaching Code of Conduct
Parents Responsibilities
Parents Fair Play & Photo Release

Kal-Tire sponsor

KALTIRE has sponsored the province-wide SDP program for the last few years

Warming Hut at the Nordic Centre

hut interior

The warming hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre is once again available for your private activities. Use the link below to send us a request. Updated on October 18, 2022

hut pumpkin

The warming hut is located next to a large flat area perfect for outdoor activities. The interior of the hut is about 4 x 9 metres in size. Another wide area located a short distance south from the hut may be used for gatherings near the Lizard Creek.

Please download and view the rental policy and application form. It includes the hourly rental rates.

For more information, please get in touch with us

More Information

Check the hut availability below:

Select the WEEK display option for a more detailed view