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.
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.
The popular spring time event is back for its third annual edition! It is open to anyone club members and non-members alike.
We have placed four (4) sign posts in different locations on the trails around town. Prove you’ve completed each leg by taking a selfie at each of the four SNOW TO ICE signs within 72 hours! Bonus prize entries for multisport use! The Fernie Nordic Society trails will be free for non-members on Friday March 6, Saturday and Sunday March 8 to 7 pm. Join us at the Griz Days Full Moon ski at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 7 pm on Sunday for your ice cream prize. More chances for prizes for multi-sports while following the trail rules!
Trails (complete in any order)
1. Elk Valley Nordic Centre – sign is located at intersection of the Galloway loop and Grunt/Runt connector. This is a cross-country skiing only trail (no dogs). 2. Montane – sign is located at the Montane Hut. Snow bike, cross-country ski, run, or snowshoe (dogs allowed) 3. Great Northern Trail Extension – sign is located by the fire pit. Snow bike, cross-country ski, run, or snowshoe (dogs allowed), or connect through the Fernie Golf and Country Club trails (cross country ski only, no dogs). See the map HERE – the fire pit is at the top right hand of the map. 4. West Fernie Riverside Dike Trail – sign is located on the park bench (roughly across from the boat launch). Bike, run, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for the more adventurous (dogs allowed)
Obey all trail rules and closures
Photos must include the “Snow to Ice” sign and each participant with a time stamp
Have fun and bring a friend
More prizes are up for grabs by sharing on Facebook, using the social media hashtags #loveFernie#grizdays#fernienordic The Fernie Nordic Society trails will be free for non-members Friday March 6th to Sunday March 8th. Good luck to all and enjoy Griz Days!
Disclaimer: The Fernie Nordic Society assumes no liability for individuals participating in the Snow to Ice event. Participate at your own risk, always check the trail conditions, and be prepared. We recommend you do this with a friend, but if you’re going solo, always let a friend know where you’re going and when you’re expected to be back.
Visit the website of Tourism Fernie for more info about activities in Fernie during Griz Days.
All Fernie welcomes the Griz from March 6 to 8. Among the local activities, the SNOW-TO-ICE(cream) challenge is back again this year. Take a selfie at four different locations on the trails around Fernie inside of 72 hours from Friday to Sunday 7 pm. More details HERE. A special Griz Days Full Moon Ski & Social event closes the weekend. Meet at 7 pm at the Nordic Centre.
Our next event is planned for Saturday January 11 at 19:00 at the Fernie Golf Course. The trails on the golf course should be open with some cooperation from the weather gods. This event is open to ALL ages. Come and ski under the stars and the full moon – bring a headlamp! The Cast Iron Grill will be open and a special menu will be offered for this occasion.