Ski Training Sessions for Adults

skier tarah

Adult Lessons are available in progressive group, private, semi-private and private small group formats for the 2021/22 winter season.

5 Week Classic Beginner Group Lessons (January 4 – February 1)

This group is for skiers that are comfortable on classic skis, but would like to improve their technique in varying terrain to gain skill and confidence. We will begin by improving balance and coordination on skis and progress to proper poling, flat, uphill, downhill and cornering technique skills. 

What: 5 weeks of progressive classic technique instruction
When: Tuesday mornings (9:30am-10:30am) beginning January 4th
Cost: $150

Contact: Coach Tarah

5 Week Skate Beginner Group Lessons (January 4 – February 1)

If you have been on skate skis before but find yourself using the same technique for uphills and flats, this is the group for you. We will begin by improving balance and coordination on skis and progress to proper poling, flat, uphill, downhill and cornering technique skills.

What: 5 weeks of progressive skate technique instruction
When: Tuesday mornings (11am-12pm) beginning January 4th
Cost: $150

Contact: Coach Tarah

8 Week Masters Training Group with Drop-In Option (December 8 – February 9)

This group is for skiers that are looking to fine tune their skate and/or classic techniques to improve speed and efficiency on all types of terrain. The lessons will be mostly technique focused in the staging area, but we will also be skiing to different terrain on the trails to practice specific skills from time to time. A headlamp and an adventurous spirit required! 

This year a drop-in option has been added to accommodate those that may have inconsistent availability or feel they only need instruction on certain techniques. Please note that the sessions are designed for progressing through the techniques as specific skills are acquired. If you choose the drop-in option, you may miss out on important aspects of the skate or classic techniques. If we fill the group sessions with regulars, the option to drop-in will not be available. The technique focus of each session will be as follows:

Skate Sessions

  • December 8 – Free skate
  • December 15 – One skate 
  • January 5 – Offset
  • January 12 – Two skate (only recommended for drop-in if you are already proficient at one skate)

Classic Sessions

  • January 19 – Diagonal stride
  • January 26 – Double pole 
  • February 2 – Uphill diagonal stride
  • February 9 – Downhill control and cornering (*classic or skate) 

What: 8 weeks of skate and/or classic technique instruction
When: Wednesday evenings (6pm-7:30pm) beginning December 8th
Cost: 8 weeks – $240, 4 weeks (skate or classic) – $120, Drop-in – $40 per session 

Contact: Coach Tarah

* Please note we need a minimum of 6 participants to run these groups and the group size will be capped at 10. Additional group lessons may be offered depending on interest.

Progressive group lessons not the right timing or format for you? Please contact Tarah to book private lessons or for more information.

Lesson Location

All lessons will take place at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Meet in the staging area outside the Warming Hut.


  • You will need to sign the online waiver (LINK) to confirm that you have read and understood the FNS COVID-19 protocols BEFORE you have your lesson. A proof of vaccination is not required.
  • Payment for your lesson must be made BEFORE your lesson starts.
  • Please come prepared for all types of weather (cold, wet, snowy, windy, sunny, etc) as your comfort is your responsibility and we will not have access to the hut to warm up cold toes. Lessons may be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather.
  • Please make sure you have the right equipment properly sized for your weight/ability. We do not have rentals. Contact Tarah for questions about equipment and rentals BEFORE your lesson.
  • Please ensure that you have a day pass or club membership at the time of your lesson. Day passes are available online HERE.

Make your online payment

Once your lesson has been confirmed, you will be requested to make an online payment:

Option 1: send an e-transfer to

Option 2: pay by credit card using the Payment button below

Your Instructors

tarah leggottemily de freitas
Tarah Leggott
CANSI Level 2
Emily de Freitas
CANSI Level 1
Tarah Leggott is a CANSI Level 2 instructor that is passionate about cross country skiing as a lifelong, family-oriented sport that can be pursued competitively or as recreation in our beautiful, little corner of BC.Emily has been cross country skiing for over 20 years. She grew up as a competitive racer for Foothills Nordic in Calgary. She has coached in adult and youth programs in both Calgary and Whistler. I’m looking forward to connecting with the Fernie ski community and helping you reach your nordic goals! 
Contact Tarah
Any questions? Get in touch with Tarah

Trail Maps

map of fernie golf course

New precautions to reduce COVID transmissions

The Fernie Nordic Society maintains the trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and at the Golf Course in partnership with the Fernie Golf Club. The crosscountry ski trails in the region are made possible by the involvement of several land owners, the Fernie Alpine resort, the Fernie 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:

Nordic Ski AreaDifficultyLength (km)CostDirections
Elk Valley Nordic CentreIntermediate10$see map
Fernie Golf CourseEasy8$see map
Fernie DykeEasy4Freesee map
MontaneIntermediate10Freesee map
Fernie Alpine ResortEasy9Freesee map

Elk Valley Nordic Centre

trail map fernie nordic centre 2021

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 and Fernie Dyke

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.
A 4km stretch of the Fernie Dyke is also groomed by the personnel of the golf course. Enjoy the views as you ski on this multi-use trail – Dogs are welcome here.
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 the trails of the golf course.
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.

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.

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 usePlease 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.

Warming Hut Rentals

wood stove

The hut and surrounding area are now available for limited rentals. Current restrictions (Oct 2021) allow 1 household + 5 guests or 2 households together at the time indoors. The indoor occupancy of the hut is limited to 11 people.
Please follow all current recommendations while you are on site. Updated on Oct. 15, 2021.

The warming hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre may be rented for private events. As ski lessons are scheduled on Saturdays and Tuesdays during the winter season, the hut may not be available for rental until 4 PM on Saturdays and 6:30 PM on Tuesdays.

The hut is a 4.5 by 9 metres space equipped with a wood stove and battery operated ceiling lights. An electricity generator is also available on site. The hut is located on a large flat staging area. Due to the current COVID rules, the occupancy limit is 11 people (50% of the usual number). No outdoor fires are permitted at this time.

hut interior

There is another level area down a few hundred metres from the hut that may be used for outdoor events such as weddings. This area measures about 30 x 30 metres.

For details, hourly fees and conditions, please send a note to Madi through this website.

Any questions? Get in touch with Madi

Check hut availability here

hut exterior summer

Mellow Mountain Rangers 50+ Training

on our second hike

In the mean time, what about some pre-ski physical training to get you ready for the trails as soon as the snow flies?

second hike of the season
Participants on a hike

Visit our photo pages HERE

This program has restarted for the 2021-2022 season. If you are interested to join our group, please contact us today! Make sure you also subscribe to our email list.

WINTER 2021 – 2022 UPDATE – Physical Training Program for Adults aged 50+

The 2018 – 2019 nordic season was an exciting one for the Fernie Nordic Society as it was the first season offering the 50+ Training Group. Unfortunately it was put on hold during the 2020-2021 season. But we are BACK!!

Primary focus

The main goal of the 50+ Training Group is to stay active and provide skills to increase skiing efficiency in a social group setting. The training program encourages group participation to help motivate people through a social and friendly setting. We also encourage the members to enter some fun races in the Kootenays as a way to motivate your training participation. While it is encouraged, it is not mandatory to attend any races.

Training Program

This season several participants are also doing some weekly physical training under the supervision of trainer Blair Crosby of Fernie Fitness.

Also planned are ski lessons on snow when the season starts. More details to come later as planning gets confirmed.

Any questions? Get in touch with a volunteer.

All about our last Annual General Meeting

agm 2021

Over forty people came out in the sunshine for the Fernie Nordic Society Annual General Meeting on Sunday July 25th at 4 pm. It was a pleasure to be able to meet face to face once again after a year or more of meetings “by zoom”. Many thanks to all who attended. The minutes for the AGM and the Election of Officers are posted on the Fernie Nordic Society website.

Highlights of the meeting included:

  • the Directors’ Reports from “a season unlike any other” as we navigated our way through COVID policies and protocols lead by Jenn Heath.
  • our trails are our biggest asset and grooming them is our biggest challenge. Our contract groomer Mark and our team of volunteers led by Rick logged close to 600 hours of work to keep the trails in the best shape possible. We plan to increase the contract grooming for the 2021-2022 season to 6 – 8am, 7 days a week.
  • our membership doubled from the previous season to approximately 1600. Successful grant applications this season added approximately $44,000 in grant monies to our budget.
  • our toughest decision this winter was to cancel the SDP program. However, our kid sized gear was made available for rent to about 85 takers. We had a race program this year but no races to go to. Coach Jeff and the volunteer coaches focused on training, virtual races and time trials.
  • adult lessons were run by Tarah in smaller groups. With Tarah’s help we are hoping to grow and expand this program in the upcoming season.

There is an opportunity to join the Board this year as the Director of Programming. Please contact Megan at if you are interested in this position or would like more information. The board is transitioning to a strategic level with support from committees. We will be looking for volunteers for the grooming and race team committees.

Thank you once again to everyone who attended the AGM. We encourage you all buy your passes early for the next season. Follow the website at for up-to-date information.

Happy trails

Report by Jane Stevens

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 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

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 
$55       Youth
$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 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

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

Corporate Membership

This type of membership is also available for $370 (up to 6 participants). Register online here. Contact Us for details.

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.

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.