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Several locations around Fernie offer some cross-country ski gear to rent. Most are open 7 days a week during the season.
Gear Hub Sports
401 1st Avenue, Fernie
From highway 3, take 4th Street into downtown. Store is located on left before the railway crossing. The daily rental rate is $25 per day as of December 2018.
It is recommended to call ahead as it gets busy on weekends.
GearHub Adventure Rentals GearHub has expanded! We are now operating a second, rentals-focused location in Fernie called GearHub Adventure Rentals. This new rental location is operating out of the Fernie Stanford Hotel. This means there is now a place to rent XC ski equipment at the intersection of Hwy 3 and Mount Fernie Park Road, just 2.5 km from the West Fernie bridge.
Open 8:30am – 11am and 3pm – 8pm from Thursday to Sunday
Located at the Fernie Alpine Resort
5258 Highline Drive click here for map
Go 5 km west of Fernie on highway 3, turn north at the Fernie Alpine Resort sign. Turn right after 1 km on Highline Drive. Keep your left for 350 m until you reach the Snow Creek Lodge where the rental shop is located.
Contact the FAR rental shop for details or to reserve your equipment 250-423-2409
To keep everyone safe and healthy for the upcoming winter season we’re taking our Great Pumpkin Hunt VIRTUAL!
Purchase your tickets, each ticket is a pumpkin, using the “Stash my pumpkin!” button below. Please feel free to grab several! Drive through at 3132 Anderson Road and turn at the sign into Three Sisters Farm and Greenshouse on Tuesday, October 12 between 6pm-8pm or Saturday, October 16 9am-11am to get your pumpkin.
Take your pumpkin with you while doing your pre-season nordic warm-ups. Take a selfie with your pumpkin and tag us on social media #fernienordic or email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every unique image is an entry into a nordic ski super prize pack! Warm-ups include hiking, biking, waxing skis, roller skiing, stretching and more … show us your pre-season prep! All photos must be submitted by November 5 to be entered into the draw, but feel free to keep posting! We will draw a winner for a nordic prize pack full of awesome winter kit for your ski season!
Cost is $7 for Nordic Society members and $10 non-members per pumpkin.
Interview with Head Coach John Shaw
It’s a classic Fernie fall day and I am sitting at one of the picnic tables in front of the Nordic hut enjoying the view, the changing colours, and crisp air. This mid-day break from zoom calls is welcome as I wave to Johnny Shaw, who is hauling wood in preparation for winter bon-fires. The Fernie Nordic Society’s Race Team Head Coach has agreed to join me for a chat about how he and his family came to be among the founding members of the Society. As a newbie to both the Nordic sport and Fernie Club, there is no better way to immerse myself in both than a chat with Johnny.
Johnny never left Fernie after arriving for a one season visit in 1996. He came to learn to snowboard and quickly settled into seasonal residency with the purchase of a house. Sound familiar? Snowboarding morphed into telemark skiing and then alpine. He loved it, but when he and Virginia (a Doctor in Fernie’s healthcare community) welcomed baby Wes. Fatherhood required a pivot to accommodate paternity leave and napping schedules. A pair of classic fish scale skis and a Nordic chariot allowed for a daily rhythm of afternoon glides around the Nordic track near the Aquatic Centre (now the home of Fernie’s infamous jump park) and the Island Lake Lodge road. An interest initially piqued during a university cross country ski course while pursuing his Kinesiology degree at Lakehead University crystalized into a new found passion as Johnny realized the physical benefits of the sport. The fun of alpine skiing had some physical consequences that Johnny now saw healing as he benefited from the all body work out of Nordic skiing. “Why do Nordic Skiers chew gum” he asked me? So that they are using every single muscle while skiing! And for many, that can mean fitness with the curative effect of a balanced workout. Johnny was hooked! He could see now why Virginia had settled into the sport at McGill, while pursuing her PhD – one hour on skis had huge physical benefit and was easily accessible almost anywhere. In a mountain town, on a university campus or in the middle of the city.
As Johnny continued to look for family time with baby Marley and 3 year old Wes, and with a nudge to coach from Clark Weber, his role in the Jackrabbit program was born. Johnny & Virginia continued to love the Nordic family scene, and though they pulled back a bit from lessons until the kids were 5 or 6, they remained active and committed to getting outdoors together during Fernie’s long winters. The kids were generally keen to head to lessons, and Mom and Dad got fresh air and fitness.
Fast forward to today and a 15 year old Wes and 14 year old Marley are active in the race program and Dad is Head Coach. Mom enjoys balancing a busy career with her favorite winter sport and loves being a member of the support and cheering squad (and avid masters racer). I asked Johnny how Nordic skiing still works for them despite different goals, life stages and interest for a family of four.
Here is what I intuitively knew, but Johnny confirmed: Skiing with the Fernie Nordic club is accessible and flexible. You want to improve your skills – great? You want to compete – yep – let’s do it! You want a community for lifelong fitness and friendships – this is your place. You create your track and that is why it works. Each child and club member gets to personalize their goal.
Oh – and there are some benefits to being a smaller club – all ages in the race programs train together. This develops coaching and mentorship skills for the older kids and is inspiration for the younger ones. It also works across a variety of ages and skill levels because Johnny encourages them to compete against themselves and not each other. Words to live by!
Accessible, confidence building, fitness supporting and family fun – thanks for the inspiration Robinson-Shaw family. We’re in!
Article by Melanie Jeannotte
The Fernie Nordic Society and its volunteers aim to promote crosscountry skiing as a healthy winter activity for all ages. You will support our network of groomed cross country ski trails in Fernie by purchasing a membership for 2021-2022 or a day pass. You can also make a donation. Your membership makes it possible for us to professionally groom and track set the trails all winter season long as well as to provide porta-potties at our trailheads.
Our 2021-2022 membership drive is now open.
Click here to obtain yours at Zone4.ca
Get your membership quickly online:
• Purchase your membership now.
• The cost of kids lessons and gear rentals is unchanged from previous season.
• Senior membership for those 65+ passionate skiers. NEW low cost fee for 80+
• Corporate memberships may be obtained online
• Enrollment into the Race Team is also done online
The membership options for the 2021-2022 season are as follows
$240 Family (2 adults + 2 children) and $19 per additional child
$110 Adult Individual
$75 Senior 65-79
$20 Senior 80+
$370 Corporate (up to 6 members)
$15 Day Pass (or $25 Family)
Note that the early-bird membership pricing applies until September 30 for a discount of about $10 per person from the amounts listed above only when purchased online.
Club Memberships are obtained online:
Registration and payment at Zone4.ca website – Click here to join now
At this time Race Team registrations and Corporate Membership applications are also done through the same link.
Get your membership online and register
in the Race Team at the same time
For those who prefer to use the traditional paper form and cheque for payment, download the form – Right-Click HERE then Save and send it to us by mail.
For more info, click here to contact us through this website and our volunteers will be in touch.
Day Passes are required to use the trails of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and Fernie Golf Course only. Fees for the Day Passes may be left in the locked box at the kiosks at the trail heads, or next to the clubhouse at the Golf Course. Day passes may also be purchased from a volunteer at the warming hut or online by credit card or by etransfer to email@example.com
Kids Lessons or Skill Development Program (Jackrabbit, Bunnyrabbit, TrackAttack)
Our program has been running since 2007 with great popularity. It is aimed at improving the skills of young skiers aged 3 to 16, all within a fun environment. All coaches are volunteers and trained to CrosscountryBC standards. The enrollment into the program is limited by the number of coaches, so enroll early and/or consider becoming a coach. See the Kids Lessons page on this site for more details.
Ski Gear Rental
The club has several sets of skis/boots/poles available for skiers enrolled in the Skill Development Program. If required, a set of ski gear may be rented for the duration of the ski season at a very affordable cost. Any skier in the Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit and TrackAttack groups may get one classic set for $50 to take home for the season. In addition, the TrackAttack skiers have the possibility of learning the skate ski technique; for these skiers, one set of skate skis and poles may be rented for $25.
If a young skier is interested in joining our new racing team Fernie Nordic Racers, see more details on our Race Team page. The racing team fee is in addition to the membership fee.Any questions? Get in touch with a volunteer.
The draw of four entries from the nordic survey was completed during the board meeting on Monday. The following people are entiltled to an adult club membership for the next season:
Adele Minto, Bernie Pulsifer, Kristy Falconer and Fiona Fait.
The Fernie Nordic Society wishes to thank everyone for a great season. We hope to see you all in the fall.
Yes, this was one with several records, few events, no kids lessons, no races for our competitive skiers and much less snow than usual.
But nordic skiing in Fernie was great. Our volunteer groomers spent many hours out on the trails. The feedback about the trail grooming from all of you was vetu positive. Thank you to everyone who spent a few minutes to complete our annual survey. Read all the details of the survey on this page. The winning entries of our survey will be announced at the end of April.
One record was the number of club members this season … 1,607 members ! Please find a summary of our 2020-2021 activities in our year-end report to the City.