Trail Conditions – December 1, 2022

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IT IS OFFICIAL! The nordic trails at both Fernie Golf Course and Elk Valley Nordic Centre are now open for skiing.
Thanks to Mother Nature, there is enough snow for our groomers to do their magic every day.
Subscribe to our occasional emails showing the latest grooming report.

Elk Valley Nordic Centre

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

Cedar & Lizard Lookoutgreen easyGroomed. Thin snow cover on CedarNov 30
From Hut to bridgegreen easyGroomed and track setNov 30
Runt & Gruntblue challengingGroomed and track setNov 30
Galloway loopblue challengingGroomed and track setNov 30
Lizard Creek loopblack more difficultSnow is packedNov 28
FAR connector & Boomeranggreen easyGroomedNov 30

Trails were not groomed this morning since Wednesday – mechanical issues. The trackset may be not present in places. More grooming is planned on Thursday morning. Trails may still be soft in places. Please ski with care. Snowcat groomed planned on Thursday evening.

Fernie Golf Course

The trails are groomed daily in the morning and occasionally agin later in the afternoon.
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

Skiers are enjoying the trails. The trails are now groomed regularly although the FAR grooming report has not been updated yet.

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

The dyke was groomed on Nov 27 starting from the North bridge and along the golf course. No visible trackset.
Level of difficulty: Easy green easy


Trail grooming has started and it is good skiing already.

Find map and directions to trails here
Watch for updated info about the trail system on this page

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

Get your skis waxed

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It’s time to give your skis the love and respect they deserve.

The Fernie Nordic Racers will be waxing XC skis to raise money to attend the Kootenay Cups, BC Cups, and BC championships this upcoming season.

Get your skis cleaned and hot waxed by our Cross Country BC certified wax technicians and help our athletes compete with the best in the province.

  • $25 for cleaning and basic hot wax
  • $40 for full race ready service

Note: Waxless skis and skin skis still need to be glide waxed!!

Drop off at the warming hut of the Nordic Centre:

  • Friday Nov 25  4pm-6:30pm (pickup on Saturday 10am – noon), or
  • Saturday Nov 26  10am – 4pm (pickup on Sunday 9am – noon)

Payment via cash or card

*** Skis should be clearly marked with name and phone # ***
*** If using ski sleeves, these should be labelled. ***

FNS ski sleeves, buffs and toques will also be available for purchase!
Membership renewal stickers will be available throughout the weekend during both pick-up and drop off times
Thank you for supporting our local youth nordic ski team! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ski Training Sessions for Adults

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Coaches Tarah and Emily will be offering adult classic and skate lessons for beginner and intermediate skiers through private, semi-private and group lessons starting just as soon as there is enough snow to groom the staging area of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.

All lessons will take place at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Meet in the staging area outside the Warming Hut.


  • 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. Contact Tarah for questions about equipment and rentals BEFORE your lesson.
  • Please ensure that you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson. Day passes are available online HERE.

More information about lesson fees and times to be added here later

Check the available times on our calendar

Please contact us to book a session HERE.

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

Option 2: pay by credit card using the Payment button below

Your Instructors

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Tarah Leggott
CANSI Level 2
Emily DeFreitas
CANSI Level 1
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.Emily has been cross country skiing for over 20 years. She grew up as a competitive racer for Foothills Nordic in Calgary. She has coached in adult and youth programs in both Calgary and Whistler. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the Fernie ski community and helping you reach your nordic goals!”
Contact Tarah
Any questions? Get in touch with Tarah

The Fernie Great Pumpkin Hunt

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pumpkin hunt

This popular event is open to children and it is appropriate to kids up to 9 year old. Only a small entry fee for each pumpkin hunter. Participants are not required to be a club member. The Great Pumpkin Hunt is usually held each year on the third Saturday in October at the Warming Hut of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Come and have a look at the trails before the snow falls! Full details will be announced early in the Fall. Tickets are sold in advance of the event.

The hunt is followed by marshmallows by the fire pits as well as hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs for the participants – by donation. There is also a photo booth – also by donation – which proves to be very popular with the pumpkin hunters. The event is one of the club fundraiser events.

Previous events

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. Children from age 3 may enroll in the program.
Please register at and get your season membership at the same time!

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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

What’s happening on the Galloway Lands? UPDATED

What’s happening on the Galloway Lands? UPDATED

Visit the website for the latest Q & A from the developer’s team. There is also a recent article published on

New Update from FNS Board of Directors re: Galloway Lands Application

Hello members! We have received a lot of questions, concerns and requests for information regarding the Galloway Lands proposal put forward by Handshake Holdings. The purpose of this update is to provide you with all the information we have and encourage you to participate in the formal processes outline below. Consider this a round-up of everything we know to date, and what opportunities exist for you to participate directly. We represent the nordic community, but recognize that our members will have a variety of perspectives and opinions, so please read to find out how you can get involved.

Context and recent activity

As a follow up to our previous newsletter and blog post (see here), we are providing our members with an update on the Galloway Lands development proposal (full application also linked from our blog post).

First and foremost, as we stated in November, this is private land and we are incredibly grateful for the relationship we have with the current landowner and the privilege we have to continue to access and operate on his property. Bud Nelson has supported our club’s use of the land for over 6 years and we have worked hard to be responsible and respectful users of the land. We intend to continue to work in partnership with landowners currently and into the future for the benefit of our nordic skiing community in a way that reflects our core values.

In a recent Free Press article, it was indicated that FNS had a number of concerns regarding the development application. We have been engaging with the consultant for the Galloway Lands application and are maintaining an open dialogue about the primary concerns related to the trails which are also summarized in our blog post and include: road crossings, safe public access/amenities, trail connectivity and environmental stewardship. In addition, we have communicated concerns raised by members around the process, specifically regarding some of the more complex elements of covenants and their design and enforcement.

We are also aware of concerns that have been raised by different groups that represent broader perspectives beyond nordic skiing, and reflect some of the values we know our members hold, such as environmental stewardship. Their concerns and a list of ways for the public to remain engaged in the formal process are summarized at We expand on the formal process in the section below.

Recently, all of these issues were discussed with the Galloway Lands consultant and further information was provided regarding process, concerns that have been raised to date, and plans for public engagement. The FAQs section on the site has been updated to include clarification on some of the concerns that have been raised by our Board and the broader public. FNS will be submitting additional requests for clarification in advance of the Open House, specifically with regards to the conditions under which some of the commitments would be compromised (e.g., what financial implications would make additional elements such as tunnels or the proposed non-profit not feasible?), what enforcement mechanisms exist to support them, and what, if any, interruption to trail access would occur during construction should the application be approved.

Open House – Proponent-led

We have received information regarding an online Open House taking place this week (pivot from previously scheduled in-person events due to covid restrictions). Note that this engagement is facilitated by the applicant, while the public input period (written submissions and Public Hearing) indicated in the process outlined below will be facilitated by the RDEK. It is at that point that any comments from the public would become part of the formal record.

This event will provide an overview of the plans, as well as question and answer. Please see the detailed information and ensure you register in advance to participate:

Handshake Holdings Inc. invites you to attend a virtual open house regarding our proposal for the Galloway Lands.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday 6 January 2022 at 6:00pm via Zoom. The open house will include an overview of the proposed development and answers to questions from community members.

To submit a question for the open house, please send to:  We will also accept questions on the night of the open house as time permits.  

Advance Registration for this webinar is required. To register go to:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please share this email with anyone in the community that may be interested in our proposal.

RDEK Application Process

In response to concerns and confusion regarding the application and review process, the following detailed list has been provided by the Galloway Lands consultant and verified by the RDEK. Dates for the specific events will be communicated to our members as they are confirmed.

  1. Submission of application for zoning / OCP amendment submitted to RDEK.
  1. RDEK send application for referral to required agencies and affected parties.
  1. RDEK staff review application and work with applicant to refine application and determine what covenants and other commitments are required to support the application. These additional covenants and other commitments become part of the Request for Decision prepared by RDEK staff and provided to the Board for consideration at 1st reading of the bylaws. The Request for Decision includes the options available to the Board, an overview of the OCP and zoning policies applicable to the application and all covenants and other commitments offered by the proponent. These covenants then form part of the requirement for approval of the application by the RDEK Board.
  1. RDEK – 1st and 2nd Reading of proposed bylaws. Application is either approved to proceed to public hearing or is defeated by the Board.
  1. RDEK – The RDEK collects written submissions from the public which comment on the application (either in favour, or in opposition, or just stating concerns). 
  1. RDEK – Public Hearing to obtain formal feedback from public about the application.
  1. RDEK Staff prepare a Public Hearing Report that is provided to RDEK Board for consideration at 3rd reading of the bylaws. Public Hearing Report includes copies of letters submitted by the public as well as a summary of verbal statements made at the public hearing.
  1. RDEK – 3rd Reading of proposed bylaws. Application is defeated or approved by RDEK Board.
  1. Applicant registers Development Agreement / Covenants on title to the lands. Certain covenants can be registered at this stage of the process and others are registered at subdivision. Where possible covenants are registered at this stage. If a covenant cannot be registered at this stage, the development agreement is a legal requirement to register these covenants at the subdivision stage of the project.
  1. MOTI approval of bylaws.
  1. RDEK – Adoption of bylaws. Note that this step does not proceed until the development agreement / covenants are registered on title and the proponent provides confirmation of registration to the RDEK (i.e., updated titles showing covenant has been registered).
  1. The RDEK will again review the covenants and development agreement registered on title at subdivision of the lands to ensure that all commitments are being upheld. Failure to abide by the covenants and development agreement will result in refusal to approve the subdivision. RDEK sign-off is required by MOTI for all subdivisions.

Next Steps

The FNS Board will continue to represent its members through the RDEK review process and in discussions with the developer. Individual FNS members are encouraged to review the developer’s application and the comments from other community groups, present their own concerns, and participate in engagement opportunities as they arise.

Previous Update issued on November 12

As committed to at our Annual General Meeting this summer, we are providing an update on the application for the proposed development of the Galloway property.

Last year, the FNS Board was informed by the Galloway property landowner that a conditional offer had been received for the Galloway property. We were then contacted by Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings confirming his intent to apply for rezoning and apply for a residential development on the property. Note that the ‘Galloway Lands’ referred to include the land on which the Grunt/partial Runt and Galloway Loop exist as well as the connecting trails to the Fernie Alpine Resort.

At the AGM we:

  • Provided Mr. Barrington’s letter assuring no change or interruption to the 2021/2022 ski season;
  • Committed to continued engagement and partnership with the landowner;
  • Committed to providing formal application information to our members once released by the Regional District of East Kootenay.

Last month, we received a package from Development Services at the RDEK with the attached application for the ‘Galloway Lands’ development and were encouraged by the RDEK to share the application and process with our membership.

The RDEK also provided us with the following general timeline for the formal process to be communicated to our members:

  • RDEK sends referral packages out to other agencies for comment – October.
  • Public “open house” or some sort of similar consultation event hosted by the applicant – late November, early December.
  • Bylaws presented to the RDEK Board of Directors for the first time – January 2022, and if advanced, a public hearing to be held late January.
  • If the bylaw is advanced to a public hearing, the RDEK will collect formal public comments on the proposal at that time.

Any changes to these timelines or formal dates established for Open Houses, etc. will be communicated to our membership.

The FNS Board of Directors wishes to reiterate the role we play in this process, and the role/opportunity of our greater membership in reviewing and participating.

  1. These lands are private. FNS continues to work with Bud Nelson as the current landowner for our continued access, which is also supported and confirmed by Mr. Barrington as per his letter provided at our AGM. It is a privilege, not a right, to have access to this property and we are very grateful for the ongoing partnership with the landowner. We are thankful also for the partnership with The Cedars and Mount Fernie Provincial Park for the access via the Mount Fernie Provincial Park corridor.
  1. The FNS Board are reviewing and discussing the application with a focus on compatibility with the experience we aim to provide our members and visitors. It is our understanding that it is the intent of the Galloway Lands developer to retain public access for nordic skiing as part of the development, with a covenant to be placed on those trails for continued public access.
  1. Our primary concern is to ensure that trails in which we invest public and membership funds for maintenance, grooming and programming are compatible with our primary mission of the FNS, which is: Providing exceptional cross country skiing opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages. Through this lens we are seeking to understand how an exceptional experience can be maintained from an operational, programming and user perspective. This includes considerations of road crossings, maintaining safe public access, trail connectivity and environmental stewardship.
  1. We have met with the consultant for the Galloway Lands application for a preliminary discussion on some of the considerations regarding continued trail access for FNS members and the general public, and will continue to engage as additional information is released by the developer. We will participate in the Open House to be hosted in the near future and encourage our members to participate through that process.

Read the Application for Land Use Amendment from Handshake Holdings Inc.

You can open THIS LINK or click on the image above to read the document. Or right-click to save it to your device.