Become a Volunteer!

Become a Volunteer!

Our activities are only possible because of the involvement of many volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome for activities happening at different times of the year. A volunteer may help for a specific activity once or a few times during the season, or she/he may take over an activity spanning the entire season. It all depends on each person”s interest and his/her desired level of involvement.

Please note that each volunteer should also be a club member.

If you are interested in helping out, just drop us a line through the Contact Us page of this website.

Yes, I want to volunteer!
timing crew

One group of volunteers is timing races in Fernie: our own ski races in winter and bike races in the summer as a fundraising $$ event. See our Fundraising page.


Volunteer Coach
Volunteer coaches are needed for the Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon lessons. Standardized and free training sessions are provided early in the season for new coaches. Volunteers are expected to be available for most of the planned ten 60-minutes lessons during the season. The head coach oversees the scheduling and the training of coaches. We plan to have one coach for every five kids at the lessons. So the more coaches are available, the more kids may be enrolled in the program.

Junior Reporter / Writer

The club is looking for a young person with an interest in writing about activities of the club from their own point of view. Stories could include winter or summer activities, a report on a recent ski race or participation in a local event. The short articles or stories will be published on the website or through Facebook. The reporter may choose a topic for any article. To volunteer, please contact us through this website.

Trail Ambassador

The role of the Trail Ambassadors is to support and enhance the experience of the members and guests who visit the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Responsibilities include opening and readying the hut, greeting guests at the hut or on the trails, providing them with the information they need to have a safe and enjoyable ski experience, and closing up at the end of the day. The Ambassadors are in the hut or on the trails Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as during Christmas and Spring Breaks and there are two shifts available each day from 10 AM – 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. It is up to you to decide how much time you would like to commit. We would be really happy to have you join the team!

Fundraising Leader

Organize activities to raise funds for the Society with the help of board members. This may include the design and production of materials such as flyers and online promotional messages.

Trail Maintenance and Work Party Volunteers
work party

In the Fall and Spring, volunteers are needed to support the Director of Trails in preparing and maintaining trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Work Parties are organized in advance and announced on Facebook and through the website mailing lists. Volunteers are asked to respond when available and assist in tasks identified by the Director of Trails. Typically two outings per season.

Signage Artiste

One volunteer to oversee the design and production of signage along the trails and at the warming hut. Directional signs and other useful signage are updated and/or replaced when needed under the direction of one board member.

Gear Manager

Assists in the recruitment of inventory helpers and manages the distribution and collection of ski gear. This task includes a few hours before the ski season starts and a few more later in the Spring.

Gear Distribution Helper

Helping with allocating ski equipment to jackrabbit skiers. This involves two or three sessions in early November. The first session is for fitting of gear. The serial numbers of the equipment are recorded on individual cards when it is picked up. Total time commitment: 2-3 hours.

Inventory Helper

All boots, skis and poles are listed on a spreadsheet. The list is updated at the beginning of the season, at the end of the season and also whenever new equipment is purchased. This volunteer is also involved in assigning the gear to young skiers using the records from the gear fitting session. This task is for someone familiar with simple spreadsheets. Total time commitment: 2-3 hours.

Website manager

This task consists of updating the website with new content and doing the regular security maintenance of the website which is based on WordPress. Most of the work is done through the web browser. Some basic knowledge of FTP and HTML is useful. During the ski season, the volunteer will update the website several times a week with event information and trail condition updates. Time commitment: 1 to 2 hours weekly during the season.

Saturday Morning Helper – Den Parent

This is a non-coaching task. The role of a Den Parent is to be available during JackRabbits lessons to ensure that young skiers are monitored and kept safe. At least two Den Parents must be present at each Saturday lesson.
Time commitment: Saturdays during winter for 1 hour (not including a short training session prior to season)

Master Den Parent

Recruits and organizes Den Parents, assigning weekly roles such as parking/traffic control. Time commitment: 1-2 hours each Saturday during the season.

Event Volunteer Positions

The Coordinator plans the few events during the ski season, typically three or four. This is done in cooperation with the board of directors and also with assistance from volunteer helpers.

Event Helpers

Several volunteers will be needed to help the Events Coordinator with the events. This could be lending a hand in organizing and fundraising for events, or assisting with event details like set up and day-of tasks. Total time commitment: a few hours per event.


This volunteer position is for someone with basic accounting skills and who can dedicate some time each month to this task. The volunteer will enter all receipts and expenses online in order to generate reports useful to the treasurer and the rest of the board of directors. This person is not expected to attend any board meeting. Total time commitment: 2 hours per month.

Director at large

Would you like to have a say in the decisions that will guide the club during the next twelve months? This is your chance! The board meets once a month for a quick meeting to take care of business. Your suggestions and input will be much appreciated and you will see the improvements to our activities and infrastructure as a result.

Trail Conditions in Fernie

groomed trails
Please protect the track set

Trail Conditions – April 18, 2022


Elk Valley Nordic Centre

Cedar & Lizard Lookoutgreen easyGrooming has stoppedApr 18
From Hut to bridgegreen easyGrooming has stoppedApr 18
Runt & Gruntblue challengingGrooming has stoppedApr 18
Galloway loopblue challengingGrooming has stoppedApr 18
Lizard Creek loopblack more difficultGrooming has stoppedApr 18
FAR connector & Boomeranggreen easyGrooming has stoppedApr 18

Grooming is terminated. The trails are still open and free to use. Be respectful as we use the trails with the land owners’ permission.

Fernie Golf Course

The trails are now CLOSED.
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 last groomed and track set on Sunday April 17. Daily grooming happening usually in early morning.

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 is no longer being groomed.
Level of difficulty: Easy green easy


No recent report received.

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.

Welcome our snowcat home!



Today we are launching our “Welcome Home” campaign for our new (to us) snow cat. Anyone can contribute to it by visiting This campaign will run to the beginning of November.

Since 2015 the Fernie Nordic Society have been renting a snowcat to augment grooming done by our snowmobile groomer? Last year we were the only facility renting the snowcat and the opportunity to use it more often meant some truly fabulous grooming for the 2017-2018 season. We had arranged to rent the snow cat for one more year, but…

In September we learned that we would not have access to the snow cat that we have been using over the last number of years. While it added some unexpected pressure to find an alternative, we are happy to announce that the Fernie Nordic Society and you, our members and trails users, are about to be proud new owners of our very own snowcat! She’s a beauty and is almost ready to help us achieve the quality of trails we all dream of. This purchase is one step in a long-term vision that you have helped create and we were fortunate that all things aligned to make it a reality just in time for the 2018/19 season!

Both the groomer and related costs were not accounted for at the 2018 Annual General Meeting and we have always been committed to ensuring our fees stay as low as possible while providing the best quality nordic skiing possible. Through our surveys and strategic planning processes, we’ve also heard that members would be willing to pay more to improve the club. We are asking that our members help us now with donations to support this additional cost. Already having an amazing volunteer crew of groomers and mechanics means that full-time access to our own groomer, with no additional monthly cost, will result in the best grooming program we have seen at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre to date.

Our long term vision sees us offering more programs and facilities in a venue that is sustainable, welcoming and secure for long-term access. Achieving our goals will require a series of exciting campaigns over the coming years, but we are confident that working together, we can see our nordic community of 850+ members become even stronger. We want you, as members, to feel ownership in the club because we truly couldn’t do this without you!

Our ultimate goal for this campaign is $85,000. This will cover purchasing the cat, shipping and initial upgrades ($50,000) as well as the start of our shelter and operational costs for the winter. That means that if all of our members contributed $100 we could raise $85,000 that quickly! It’s really that simple. We welcome contributions of any size, and all contributions $1000+ will be recognized with their name on the shelter once completed.

The nature of the purchase and our goal to groom this fall gives us an element of urgency, so we’d like to see how far we can get by November 1st. Please share the campaign far and wide. We encourage participation from the entire nordic and trails community!

If you are part of an
organization or company that would like to contribute a more
significant donation, we will be recognizing game changer partners by
applying their logo on the machine. Minimum game changer level is

We are SO excited about the future of this club and are so pleased you’re with us for the ride. Let’s Welcome Home our new cat!

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