Awesome ski on Wednesday evening with brief moments of full moon.
Please follow the BC guidelinesto prevent the spread of COVID-19 Good practices start at the Parking Lot Stay home if you are sick. Keep your distance from others or wear a mask. Hand sanitizer is available at each kiosk.
Returning members may pick up a renewal sticker for their card at any of our kiosks. Their location is shown on this page.
A Membership or Day Pass required to ski at the Nordic Centre and the Golf Course. No dogs on groomed trails please. Maps and directions are shown here
Elk Valley Nordic Centre
ALERT: A moose was seen wandering on the staging area near the hut on Tuesday afternoon. Ski with care.
All young skiers! Here is a fun challenge to do during the month of January
How to do it
There are 8 checkpoints throughout the trails of the Nordic Centre, each with an animal. Find the checkpoint and write down the animal on the answer sheet. Send a photo of your answer sheet with contact information to email@example.com to enter for a draw prize. Hint: all of the checkpoints are on this side of the bridge
This month’s full moon was on December 29th. Unfortunately the evening sky was cloudy on that night but the trails were firm and not icy. Several skiers took this opportunity this week to go to the golf course and the Nordic Centre in the evenings to give this a try.
The sky was clear and the moon shined brightly on Monday evening so a headlamp was not even necessary at the Nordic Centre. Here are a few photos.
The next full moons will be on Jan 28, Feb 27 and March 28. Mark your calendar and let’s hope for clear skies.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked out what adults lessons would look like under the current BC COVID-19 restrictions. As restrictions change we will continue to keep you informed on this page. Please read all the information below before you contact Tarah to book a lesson.
A few changes have been made to our pricing and lesson offerings this year. Under the current restrictions we will not be offering adult group programs until further notice. Private (1 person – 1hr lessons) and semi-private (up to 3 people in the same household – 1.5hr lessons) are available for booking.
There are several dates available for lessons in January and February. Priority for these dates will be given to those that have already expressed an interest and were placed on a wait list in November and December. The scheduled availability is what works best for Tarah, but there may be very limited weekend and afternoon options available by request. Please email Tarah for available dates.
Private, Semi-Private Classic / Skate Lessons
Private and semi-private lessons are available on request. Please email Tarah to request a lesson and she will try to fit your schedule. Please note that semi-private lessons are for household members only.
Pricing for the lessons is as follows:
Lesson Location: All lessons will take place at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Meet in the staging area outside the Warming Hut. Please ensure that you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson. Day passes are available online HERE.
Lesson Times/Dates: Set lesson times are scheduled for mornings starting at 9am in January and February. Please email Tarah for these dates or to schedule a date outside the set lesson times.
Preparedness: • You will need to sign the online waiver (LINK) to confirm that you have read and understood the FNS COVID-19 protocols BEFORE you have your lesson. • 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. Please contact Tarah for questions about equipment and rentals BEFORE your lesson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2: pay by credit card using the Pay Now button below
Finally please ensure you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson.
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.
The Fernie Nordic Society maintains the trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and at the Golf Course in partnership with the Fernie Golf & Country Club. The crosscountry ski trails in the region are made possible by the involvement of several land owners, the Fernie Alpine and Island Lake resorts, the Golf Club and the City of Fernie. During the ski season, look for a ski trail map at local sports shops. Visit the great Fernie Tourism website here for more activities to do in Fernie.
Ski in any of these locations within 10 minutes drive from Fernie:
About 10 kilometres of groomed trails are now available for the 2020-2021 ski season. The first trails of the Nordic Centre were set during the fall of 2013. A bridge across the Lizard Creek was installed in November 2014 to give access to additional trails (in purple and yellow on the map). The bypass trail ”The Runt” (in red) was added in the fall of 2015. The Lizard Creek loop is a new short trail running along the Galloway loop trail. Curious about our interpretive kiosks? Check this page for the surprising details.
How to get there: To reach the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, go west from Fernie on highway 3. At 3 km from the bridge, turn right at the Island Lake Lodge sign. Follow the road for 0.9 km to the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park sign. Turn left into the overflow parking lot at 0.2 km. The trail head is located on your left about 50 m before the parking lot and it is indicated by a sign. A trail map is posted at the kiosk located in the clearing. Please NO DOGS ON THE TRAILS at any time. Note that more walking trails are located at the far end of the parking lot. Enjoy!
The starting point is the Warming Hut (49.485633 N, 115.090980 W) More trail and elevation info on this page
Access from the Fernie Alpine Resort side: Park in the main parking area. Ski between the Deer chair and the Day Lodge, go past the Mighty Moose and Elk chairs. (You can also start from the stairs beside the Griz Inn) Continue up the wide path and cross the Highline Drive. The path toward the Elk Valley Nordic Centre trails (1km away) is between the houses at 5311 and 5305. There is no parking anywhere along the street. At 300 m from Highline Drive, you may also take the fork on the left to reach the Boomerang chair. This is a beautiful 1.3 km long hike through the trees. The trail is wide and well packed by snowmobiles. This is a good trail to walk dogs, snowshoeing, skiing and the like. The trail ends at the chair lift and only paying FAR customers can continue of course.
Fernie Golf Course
About 8 km of groomed tracks are available on the golf course. There is little change of elevation on these trails so it is optimal for beginner skiers. The start of the trails is at the Clubhouse of the golf course where you will find ample free parking. The trails are jointly groomed by the Golf Course and by the Nordic Society volunteers on a regular basis. How to get there: To reach it from the highway 3, turn south at the 13th Street light, then turn left again on 6th Avenue for 400 metres, then right again on Fairway Drive for 800 metres to the parking area. There is a kiosk next to the Clubhouse for signing up and to deposit your fee for the $15 daily pass or $25 per family, or you may purchase a pass online here. Show your support for our volunteers! You may consider getting a Nordic Society season pass for $100/adult or $220/family here. The management of the golf course has specified that NO DOGS be allowed on these trails. The starting point is at the clubhouse ( 49.516403 N, 115.047922 W )
More Cross Country ski trails near Fernie
Several easy skiing trails can be found in Fernie and also within a short distance of the city. Just bring some water and snacks for a wonderful time out on the trail. Be aware that other skiers like to enjoy the trails and the great outdoors without having to encounter doggy leftovers. Skiers with dogs are welcome on several trails.
The Fernie RV Resort and Dyke trails – dog-friendly trails
The path on the dyke follows the scenic Elk River. It is groomed regularly and is well used by hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Outdoor enthusiasts with dogs are welcome here. It extends to the east and also to the west around the Annex neighbourhood. Part of the trail is groomed by Nordic Society volunteers. There is also access to the ski loop on the Fernie RV Resort from the dyke trail. Parking and access from the large parking lot next to the Marks-Canadian Tire building on the North side of town, or the 6th Avenue along the RV Resort area. Maps are displayed on kiosks in the area.
Fernie Alpine Resort
The FAR resort grooms two skiing loops on the southwest side of the resort. The entire course is about 9 km long but it has a bypass at the half-way point. A map of the trail is displayed at the parking lot. This trail is easy but the short section to reach it from the parking lot is steep and a little challenging. Beginners may carry their skis to the start of the loop. Dogs are permitted off-leash on these trails if they are still under ‘vocal command’.
How to get there: From highway 3 west from Fernie, turn right at the FAR sign, about 8 km. Follow the main road keeping to your left at the ski hill buildings until you reach the parking lot #4. The trail starts straight ahead. The resort does not charge for the use of their trails, but support of the resort businesses is appreciated.
Island Lake Resort
For a taste of the winter wilderness, this is it! The Island Lake Lodge has several kilometres of trails groomed for their guests. The trails at the lower level follow a stream in the forested area so the change in its elevation is slight and it is a pleasant outing. The steep road to the main lodge may be done on skis for a good 90 minutes workout but you may encounter one of the frequent CatSki vehicles ferrying guests, a snowmobile or even the occasional moose. There are also a few kilometres of groomed trails around the Lodge at the higher elevation. There may be about 25 km of trails in all.
IMPORTANT INFO The entire Island Lake Resort property is now closed to the public. All trails and parking areas are closed and no trail grooming is planned for this 2020-2021 season due to pandemic concerns.
Montane Nordic and Multi-use Trails
The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is doing the trail management and snow grooming on the Montane Property. The trails are now signed and color-coded as follows: all of the road system on Montane Green trail (about 10km) is snowcat groomed and snowmobile groomed for Nordic Skiing Only. For non-motorized multi-use, all of the Montane Blue trail (20 km), Uprooted and Resurrection are available for walkers, dogs, bikers, snowshoers. Also the trail along Coal Creek and the trails close to the Montane housing development are being groomed for multi-use. We have put up one hundred signs showing the routes and are putting out a map in January.
This private land is 3 kilometers long and one kilometer wide, covering the area from Coal Creek to Cokato (Roots Trail Powerline) and below the River Road Extension to Cokato Road. The entire property is signed as non-motorized use. Please follow the signage to respect the trails groomed for nordic skiers.
How to get there: One access route is to start from the Fernie Aquatic Centre, follow Pine Street and turn left on the entrance of the Montane Development road just past the Coal Creek. Go past the houses and park along the road. The trailhead for both the Green Nordic trails is nearby. Another starting point is the Old Barn located at 49.496467 N, 115.05497 W. More trail and elevation info on this page. The entire Montane property below River Road Extension is non-motorized.