2020 Fernie Community Fun Races

race poster
race poster

The Fernie Nordic Society is holding its 8th Annual Community Fun Race day on Saturday, February 22. All skiers are invited to participate, club members and non-members alike. The overall theme will be FUN and CHEERS for all.

There will be hot food available by donation – bring a bowl and a mug to help us go green(er).

The event will consist of three types of competitions:

  1. Hot Chocolate Run – Adult-Child duo Course length: 1 km for child and 3 km for adult PLANNED START at 10:45
  2. Relay races (random draw) or Solo race Course length: 3 km for each leg – total 12 km PLANNED START at 11:45
  3. Sprint races Course length: 300 m (kids) or 750 m (adults) to be repeated a few times PLANNED START at 12:45

WHEN – Saturday, February 22 from 10:30 am Please arrive by 10:00 to prepare for event

WHERE – Elk Valley Nordic Centre located 4 km SW from Fernie along highway 3. See map here.

AGE REQUIREMENT: None – all ages are welcome

Entry Fee: $0.00 or totally FREE for all participants

REGISTRATION – Online at Webscorer.com HERE or on the morning of event. One may participate in more than one event. Registration will be open until event start time.

Click here to register

PARKING Please use the lower parking lot. Parking is also available along the park road on the side of the entrance gate without blocking the gate. See our parking map.

COURSE MAP is available  HERE

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Course map

Community Fun Race

Community Fun Race

Come to ski, come to race, or come to cheer! Compete against your friends and enjoy the great trails. This is an annual community event that is really a fun race open to everyone. Participation is free for all skiers, club members or non-members alike, all ages and abilities. We have a short course for fun and quick events: one adult with young skier duos, four skier relays and longer solo multiple loops.

community race

In previous years, there were several categories to choose from, short ones for the young skiers and longer distances for the older kids and adults and even a ‘team’ category with an adult pulling a chariot and a passenger – if teams dare to enter, of course! The keyword here is FUN, so wear a funny hat or costume if you dare!

The event is held at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre near the Mount Fernie Provincial Park. No trail pass required when you enter one of these events. Our goal to make it a fun event for young skiers as well as older ones. Our volunteers are organizing the event and it is FREE to participate.

Details of the event will be announced during the season. Make sure to subscribe to our occasional emails.

Previous Events

Teck Kootenay Cup Races

Teck Kootenay Cup Races

The Teck Regional Cup series offer affordable, accessible competitive opportunities for developing athletes and are sponsored by Teck throughout B.C. All Regional Cup races offer age-appropriate categories for children 14 years of age and younger, and most offer the full spectrum of categories for skiers of all ages from the CCBC website.

Skiers of the Fernie Nordic Society have participated in the Teck Kootenay Cup series of races every year. Our club has won the Cup in the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018 seasons and again in 2018-2019 in part due to the large participation by the young Fernie Nordic Racers of our own race team as well as by many adult skiers from Fernie. Any FNS club member who participates in these races contributes points for our team. So join in! All dates are posted on our calendar.

Previous events

Second Annual Flying Viking Challenge

Second Annual Flying Viking Challenge

March 11, 2019
Again this year, the Fernie Birkie Flying Viking Challenge was held under some beautiful weather. The event got underway at 9:50 am and all skiers were back at 3:06 pm. Thirty-three participants – two from Calgary and all others from Fernie – took part in this challenge. Six of them skied the entire 50 km with an extra 12 lbs (5.4 kg) in their pack. The young Wes Robinson Shaw completed the 50 km in the Lite category. Others skied 25 km either solo or as part of a team. Prizes, medals and cheers waited for them at the end of the challenge. Wes won the best costume award for his furry outfit topped with an impressive set of antlers.

birkie participants
Happy participants

The results of this event are at Webscorer.com HERE

We wish to thank our great sponsors in Fernie: GearHub, StraightLine, Beanpod Chocolate, Heaven Boutique and The Guides Hut

A Viking themed challenge

A Viking themed challenge

Sunday March 10 is our last major event of the season. It is the return of the Fernie Birkie Flying Viking Challenge.

Looking for a challenge? This is a the one, a long one but very casual – unless you don’t want it to be casual, and then feel free to ski like mad!. Excellent prizes, ride(s) on the Deer chair, a lot of yummy food/drinks – all for only $20! Prizes are for costumes and then as door prizes! You have the option to do the full 50 km yourself (2 loops to the ski hill trails and back) with or without the 12 lbs ‘baby’ on your back, or you can share the 50 km with a friend either as a relay or together.

All details are on our event page HERE. Pre-registration is recommended for less stress on our volunteers but doing it on the morning of the event is OK. Wishing lots of fun to all!

2019 Winners in Nelson!

2019 Winners in Nelson!

The races 7 & 8 in Nelson ended on Sunday Feb 24 with Fernie leading the other clubs by a large margin ahead of Kimberley, Nelson and Rossland. This was a great effort by our Fernie Nordic Racers as well as the participation by many adults from Fernie. Thank you to the combined efforts of all the volunteers who were involved in the races held in Fernie on January 5 & 6. This is our fourth win in five seasons!

The Fernie Nordic Racers win again!

Bravo to all involved! Fernie GO!