About Us

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The Fernie Nordic Society is a BC registered non-profit organization founded in Fernie in the fall of 2006. From a small group of dedicated nordic ski enthusiasts, the membership of the Society has grown to an impressive 1,170 members during the 2022-2023 season.
From the beginning, a program of lessons for young skiers was set up following the guidelines from the provincial organization CrossCountry BC. For a quick overview of the Fernie Nordic Society’s milestones, view this timeline

Our Mission

Providing exceptional crosscountry skiing opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages

Our Vision

A community of skiers supporting first class crosscountry skiing experiences

Our Purpose

♦   High quality trails, facilities and equipment
♦   Excellent services and multi-level skier development programs
♦   Effective relationships and partnerships
♦   A vibrant, sustainable organization with an engaged membership

Guiding Principles

We are:

♦   Volunteer-driven
♦   Safety conscious
♦   Welcoming
♦   Transparent
♦   Affordable

Summary of 2022 – 2023 Season

2022 – 2023 Annual Report


The Board of Directors

All members of the board of directors of the Fernie Nordic Society are volunteers and also enthusiasts of cross-country skiing and other winter sports. The current board of directors is composed of the following people:

Megan LohmannCo-Chair – Partnerships
Jane StevensSecretary
Johnny ShawDirector of Skier Development
– vacant –Director – Race Team
Matthieu CorriveauTreasurer
Mike De JongDirector of Operations
Sam SedlowskyDirector of Facilities
– vacant –Director-at-Large
Jennifer HeathCo-Chair – Operations
Laurie BemiDirector of Membership

Latest Meeting of Directors

Read the meeting minutes

Previous meeting minutes are available HERE

Become a Volunteer!

Become a Volunteer!
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Our activities are only possible because of the involvement of our many volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome for activities happening at different times of the year. One 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 her/his 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. You may also indicate your preference at the time you renew your club membership online.

Yes, I want to volunteer!

Check out the available options here and choose a seasonal task or a single one according to your preferences. We thank you for your interest.

Seasonal

  • Volunteer Coach
  • Trail Ambassador
  • Fundraiser Leader
  • Gear Manager
  • Website Manager
  • Master Den Parent
  • Events Coordinator
  • Bookkeeper
  • Director-at-Large

Read more …

Single Opportunities

  • Junior Reporter/Writer
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Work Party
  • Signage Artiste
  • Gear Distribution Helper
  • Inventory Helper
  • Saturday Lessons Helper
  • Events Helper

Read more …

Club Events 2019 – 2020

Club Events 2019 – 2020

A summary of events from the 2019-2020 season

Download list (PDF)

OCTOBER

Saturday Oct 19:   5th Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt
Join us at the Elk Valley Nordic centre for the Great Pumpkin hunt! The event begins at 11:00 and is intended for children 9 and under. Tickets will be sold in advance. For complete details, check our page and join the event on Facebook!

NOVEMBER

Saturday Nov 30:   the Early Bird Membership pricing ends
Up to Nov 30, our membership fees are lower than the regular cost by about $10 per person. They go up tomorrow. Act fast! Other fees for SDP program and gear rentals are unchanged. Register at Zone4.ca NOW.

DECEMBER

Saturday Dec 13:   Full Moon Ski & Social
Adults only. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon and enjoy the fire and food with friends! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Sunday Dec 22:   First Family Friendly Ski
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 4 pm for a group ski for all ages. Headlamps may be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Nordic Centre: The hut will be open daily during the Holidays from Friday Dec 20 to Sunday Jan 5

JANUARY

Saturday Jan 4:   SDP lessons start
Lessons start at 10:30 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre every Saturday.

Tuesday Jan 7:   Afterschool SDP lessons start
Lessons start at 4:00 pm at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre every Tuesday — note change of venue from last season.

Saturday Jan 11:   Full Moon Ski & Social at the Fernie Golf Course
For ALL ages!. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Fernie Golf Course 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon. The Cast Iron Grill will have an inexpensive meal for this event. Day ticket required for non-members.

Sunday Jan 26:   Family Friendly Ski
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 4 pm for a group ski for all ages. Headlamps may be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

FEBRUARY

Saturday Feb 8:   Full Moon Ski & Social
Adults only. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon and enjoy the fire and food with friends! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Sunday Feb 16:   Family Friendly Ski
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre at 4 pm for a group ski for all ages. Headlamps may be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Saturday Feb 22:   8th Annual Community Fun Race
For everyone. Save the date for a fun event for everyone, all ages, members and non-members alike! A short ski course will be used for three styles of competition: the Hot Chocolate Run for a duo adult/child, the 4-person relay with skiers drawn at random or a solo 12 km race ending with short sprints. Visit our page for more details.

MARCH

March 6 to 8   GRIZ DAYS “SNOW TO ICE(cream)”
Complete all 4 challenges within 72 hours. Prove you’ve completed each leg by taking a time-stamped selfie at each of the four (4) SNOW TO ICE signs! Bonus prize entries for multisport use! The Fernie Nordic Society trails will be free for non-members between 7 p.m. on Thursday March 5th to Sunday March 8th at 7 p.m. More chances for prizes for multi-sports while following the trail rules!

Sunday Mar 8:   Griz Days Full Moon Ski & Social
Adults only. On the night of the full moon, meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 19:00 – 22:00. Bring a snack to share & your headlamp then ski under the full moon and enjoy the fire and food with friends! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

Saturday Mar 14:   3nd Annual Fernie Flying Viking Challenge & Feast
This event is back for more thrills under a new name but with even more fun! Starts from the warming hut of the Nordic Centre to the trails of the Fernie Alpine Resort via the ski lift, then back to the hut … and once more for a total of 50 km! Do it solo or in team. See the Fernie Fix article written by coach Jeff Williams to learn more about this epic race:  http://www.ferniefix.com/article/outdoors/grateful-birkebieners Stay tuned for more details and check our Facebook page.

APRIL

Nothing yet but there may be something to go with the last gasp of the winter fairy.

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Minutes from Directors Meetings

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Previous meeting minutes are listed here

Club Milestones

The Fernie Nordic Society is a young club. It has its origin in July 2006 when several enthusiasts decided to form a nordic ski club in Fernie. With so many areas with good ski potential, how hard can it be? Well … it took a lot of effort by many people … Read on.

New trail bridge by river

river bridge trailAdded culverts for better grooming of multi-use trail from dyke along the river north of the golf course.

Season 2022-2023

sdp wrapup party fernie 2023Another great season: 1,170 members, 20 race team members from ages 9 to 17 and 70 kids in the SDP program. Popular events returned: Pumpkin Hunt, Community Fun Races and Flying Viking Challenge.

Fernie Dyke Grooming

fernie dyke groomingThe personnel of the Fernie Golf Course started grooming the dyke up to the Dogwood boat launch in March. More multi-use trails for the winter.

Season 2021-2022
racers in Nelson

Another great season: 1,337 members, 19 race team members and return of the SDP program.

Season 2020-2021
moose on the loose

Last grooming at the Nordic Centre on April 2. Full season under COVID-19. No events or races held. No SDP program but membership record of 1,607 members. 16 Racers. New snowmobile for EVNC as ‘Old Blue’ Yamaha is retired after 13 years! The popular Lizard Creek Loop is now groomed regularly.

Season 2019 – 2020

Adult ski lessonsMembership at 946 members, 79 SDP kids and 17 Racers. Expanded adult ski lessons program. Improved weekday grooming at EVNC. Trails closed on April 22. COVID-19 pandemic at end of season.

Upgrade of staging and event areas

wedding spaceClearing of trees, area grading, surface cover with gravel and wood chips near the warming hut and on the wedding party space enlarged the useable area for skiers and guests.

Season 2018 – 2019

SDP 2019Another membership record with 985 members, 89 SDP kids and 14 Racers. Lots of fun events. Beautifully groomed trails.

First Snowcat

FNS acquired its first snowcat to be used by volunteers to groom the Nordic Centre trails. It is a Bombardier BR-400 of the 1994 vintage still in very good condition. Happy trails!

Start of Masters50+ Training Program

masters groupA physical training program for adults 50+ is initiated to prepare for the ski season. Coach Jeff is overseeing the daily program. Five initial participants.

Season 2017 – 2018

Kcup 2018 BMembership 851  SDP kids 81  Racers 19
Won the Teck Kootenay Cup. Popular weekly and monthly activities: Little Critter races, Toonie races, Full Moon Ski & Social, Wednesday Womens Ski.

New local events

First FVC 2018Snow-to-Ice(cream) event for Griz Days from March 1 to 4. First ever Fernie Birkie Flying Viking Challenge held on March 11th.

A new membership record !

Kcup2018The total membership of the club surpasses 830 members

Season 2016 – 2017

interpretive signageAnother great season! Total membership 722, SDP kids 52, Racers 20. Improved trail grooming all around. New interpretive kiosks installed at the Nordic Centre. The Teck Kootenay Cup event is cancelled due to winter weather.

Warming hut is completed

warming hut 2016The last touches were made to the warming hut exterior during the summer of 2016. The siding was installed. Inside the window trim, walls and insulation were done and a new woodstove installed.

Season 2015 – 2016

aerial evncRecord numbers Membership 747  SDP kids 73  Racers 15
Won the Teck Kootenay Cup. The connector trail to FAR is completed. Runt trail opened. Grading of trails and culverts installed.

First Kootenay Cup race in Fernie

first kootenay cupThe club held the first Teck Kootenay Cup race in Fernie on February 13, 2016 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre

First SDP lesson at EVNC

Another first! The SDP program started with the first lesson of the season at the Nordic Centre near the newly built warming hut.

First Annual Pumpkin Hunt

pumpkin huntThe first Great Pumpkin Hunt held at the Nordic Centre was a great success with 190 kids of ages up to 9 yo participating.

Connector Trail to FAR built

johnnyThe construction work on the connector to Fernie Alpine Resort is completed. Received grant from RCR.

Season 2014 – 2015

sdp kidsMembership  573
SDP kids  72
Racers  7
Won the Teck Kootenay Cup. The Trail Ambassador program is initiated.

EVNC Grand Opening

evnc openingThe Elk Valley Nordic Centre is officially open on this date in the presence of special guests olympian Beckie Scott and mayor Mary Giuliano.

Warming Hut construction

warming hut construction

The plans have been drawn up and approved. The construction of the new Warming Hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre starts with the help of many volunteers.

Bridge over the Lizard Creek

bridge lizard creekA new bridge is built over the Lizard Creek to connect the trails on The Cedars property to the ones planned on the Galloway Lumber side. The sponsorship by the Teck company allowed for the contruction of the timber covered steel and concrete structure.

Phase 2 of the EVNC trails

evnc mapDuring the summer, the trail designer marked the trails within the Galloway land. Another 6 km of trails was added.

Fernie Nordic Racers is created

racers logoThe local race team is created from young member skiers in the club under the supervision of coaches Jeff Williams and Naomi Lentz.

New club logo

new fns logoThe new logo was adopted while keeping the original colours of the previous design.

Season 2013 – 2014

evnc sign

Membership  387
SDP kids  69

Season 2012 – 2013

community race 2013

Membership 341
SDP kids  64

Phase 1 of the EVNC trails

evnc phase 1The trail designer Reidar Zapf-Gilje starts a survey on the lands owned by The Cedars development and the Galloway Lumber company to establish the initial trail network of 4 km.

Season 2011 – 2012

Membership  174
SDP  50

Season 2010 – 2011

Membership  145
SDP  27

Season 2009 – 2010

Membership  148
SDP  18
Received $10k grant from the City of Fernie. Year end event at Island Lake with 40 participants.

Season 2008 – 2009

Membership  194
SDP 30
Purchase of first snowmobile Yamaha

Season 2007 – 2008

2007 opening daySecond season for the Fernie Nordic Society.
Membership  196
SDP 12
Start of the SDP program. Purchased large Ginzu groomer. Grooming at Golf Course and at Island Lake. Grant of $25K received from the province.

Season 2006 – 2007

2007 opening dayFirst season of the Society.
Membership 220
Grooming and skiing on the golf course, Island Lake, rodeo grounds and dyke. First Ginzu groomer, roller-compactor and trailer were purchased. Grant received from province $25K. Another grant from Cranbrook’s Women’s Resource Society $6.6K

Opening Day

First day of skiing at the Golf Course

The Fernie Nordic Society is born

old fns logo

The Fernie Nordic Society was established in Fernie on July 8, 2006