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.

Season 2023-2024

Unusually short snow season with membership of 907. The race team grew to 22 racers. SDP group of 66 young skiers. Great participation in Community Fun Races (49) and Flying Viking Challenge (69). Regular grooming of City trails resumed.

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