Become a Volunteer!

Become a Volunteer!
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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.

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
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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.

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.

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.

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Skill Development Program

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The ski lessons of the SDP program have been cancelled for the 2020-2021 season for the physical and mental well-being of our volunteer coaches and participating families. In its place the club is planning weekly activities that families can do on their own.

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The Skill Development Program offered to our young skiers by the Fernie Nordic Society was actually developed by the nation-wide organization Cross Country Canada. The program is standardized across the country. All our volunteer coaches are trained according to the established structure to provide a consistent level of training to our skiers.

The levels in the program are aimed at the various age groups:

  • Bunnyrabbit Program for children 5 years and younger
  • Jackrabbit Program for children from 6 to 10 years old
  • Track Attack Program for children 11 years and older

The Fernie Nordic Society provides training at these levels at our weekly Saturday morning and Tuesday after school sessions. Lessons run from January to March. We also have additional training at other times of the year such as dry-land training during summer and autumn. Events may combine the efforts of other clubs nearby. This is a great opportunity for young skiers to improve their skills in a fun atmosphere and to challenge themselves.

Saturday Lessons

10:30 – 11:30 am

Tuesday After School
4 pm – 5 pm

Cost of lessons

Bunnyrabbit     $60 for either the Saturday or Tuesday sessions
Jackrabbit         $70 for either the Saturday or Tuesday sessions
TrackAttack      $75 for both the Saturday and Tuesday sessions

Please note that enrollment into the program will be done ONLINE for the 2020-2021 season. We will announce at a later date when the online page will be available to register your child. Ski rentals can also be reserved online at the same time. For more information about our program, or to register your child, you may also use our Contact Us page.

Any questions? Get in touch with a volunteer.

Important Documents

The documents attached below are our basic guidelines for running a fair training program for our young skiers. They are aimed at our parents and our volunteer coaches. We ask all parents and coaches of the 2020-2021 season to read them, to sign the relevant release forms and return to our head coach Jeff Williams.
Documents  (click to open and/or save):
Coaching Code of Conduct
Parents Responsibilities
Parents Fair Play & Photo Release

Kal-Tire sponsor

KALTIRE has sponsored the province-wide SDP program for the last few years

Club Membership

New precautions to reduce COVID transmissions

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 2020-2021 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 membership drive is now OPEN !

Get your membership quickly online:

    •  Purchase your membership now.
    •  NOTE: Enrollment into the Ski Lessons for Kids as well as Gear Rentals will be done online at a later date. The cost of kids lessons and gear rentals is unchanged from last season.
    •  Senior membership for those 65+ passionate skiers
    •  Corporate memberships may be obtained online
    •  Enrollment into the Race Team is also done online

The membership options for the 2020-2021 season are as follows

$220     Family   (2 adults + 2 children) and $19 per additional child
$100     Adult Individual 
$55       Youth
$70       Senior 65+    
$350     Corporate (up to 6 members)  
$15       Day Pass (or $25 Family)

Note that the early-bird membership pricing applies until November 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 website –   Click here to join now
At this time Race Team registration 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

Click to register

Click here to contact us through this website and our volunteers will be in touch.

Day Passes

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 be purchased online by credit card or by etransfer to
Day Passes will not be available from the warming hut any longer.

Corporate Membership

This type of membership is also available for $350 (up to 6 participants). Register online here. Contact Us for details.

Kids Lessons or Skill Development Program  (Jackrabbit, Bunnyrabbit, TrackAttack)

The ski lessons of the SDP program have been cancelled for the 2020-2021 season for the physical and mental well-being of our volunteer coaches and participating families. In its place the club is planning weekly activities that families can do on their own.

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

There will not be any formal ski lessons for kids this season. The club is planning other fun activities though.

Some rental gear for kids will be available soon. Watch for an announcement in your email!

Racing Team

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.

Next gear fitting session

There will be a gear fitting session on Saturday, November 18 for the kids registered in the SDP lesson program. Stay tuned for more details by subscribing to our emails on this page. The fitting session will take place between 10:00 and 11:30 am in the basement below BoardStiff. Access to the basement is through the back alley. There will be several volunteers to do the fitting. We will also have the stickers to update your membership cards, so bring them with you if you are a returning family. The distribution of the gear will happen on Saturday December 2 from the same location.