Club Events

For a full listing of events, look further below on this page

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Join the Fernie Nordic Society for Fernie's 3rd Great Pumpkin Hunt! Children 9 years and under (you don't need to be a Fernie Nordic Member, but having it already will let you bypass the waiver line!!) are invited to scour the forests surrounding the Warming Hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre (see map) for their own pumpkin. When the search is finished, kids can enjoy hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows by the bonfires. It promises to be a great morning of autumn fun! 
A minimum donation of $5 per pumpkin hunter is requested and includes hot chocolate and marshmallows.
This is an outdoor event, so please dress your children appropriately and bring camping chairs or blankets if desired. We're tough Fernie folks so a little rain (or snow!) won't deter us - but if the weather turns really gnarly, we may postpone it - check our Facebook page the day of for an update.
In the past many families chose to bring wienies to roast on the bonfires and enjoyed a walk on the trails around the Warming Hut after the Hunt. Please plan to do this again!
The Fernie Nordic Society thanks Grow Children's Boutique, Save-On-Foods, Starbucks, Giv'er Shirts, Teck and Allan Phillips for supporting this great annual event!

Our 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt is planned for Saturday October 21, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre near the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park. Please arrive earlier to register each pumpkin hunter in time.

Read the short report about last year's event in The Free Press here.

grow fernie logoGiv'er logoSave-On-Foods logoStarbucks logo

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4th Fernie Winter Fest

The Fernie Nordic Society is holding its Annual Winter Fest at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on a Sunday by mid-season. Our sixth edition of this event in January 2017 was a success. Everyone is welcome, club members and non-members alike, to participate in this popular event. We want to make it a fun event for young skiers as well as older ones. Our volunteers are organizing the event and the participation fees are kept low $5 (kids) and $10 (adults) for FNS members and $15 for non-members .

It is really a community event that includes our fun annual race. Come to ski, come to race, or come to cheer! Compete against your friends and enjoy the great trails. There are 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! The keyword here is FUN, so wear a funny hat or costume if you dare!

The Fernie Winter Fest event will be held on Sunday Febuary 18, 2017 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre near the Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Registration for the event is done online only through the Webscorer.com website (click link to register). The race fee is due on the morning of the race (cash only) at pickup of the number plate between 9:30 am and 10:30 am.

For more information about the event, please read the Race Notice HERE (click to open)

Course Maps: click link to open map    0.7 km  2 km   3.4 km   5 km   7.7 km   10.3 km

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Kootenay Cup Races

The first races of the 2018 series will be held on the weekend of December 30-31, 2017 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, near Fernie, BC.

Following the previous success in the 2016 winter, the Fernie Nordic Society will be hosting the Teck Kootenay Cup race event again in Fernie. There will be two days of races, the first of five nordic ski races organized in the Kootenays area during the season. 

The event is open to skiers of all ages and abilities. Memberships to any club is not required to take part. Participants from local clubs under the CCBC organization earn points for their club toward the Kootenay Cup which will be awarded at the end of the season. Our club, the Fernie Nordic Society, has won the Cup in two previous seasons due to some great participation by our member skiers. There is a challenge in here for other clubs.

The classic ski technique is used on the first day and the free technique (skate ski) on the second day. See more details of the races in the official Race Notice (click link to open) : race categories, schedule and suggested local accommodations.

PLEASE NOTE  This is also the end of the winter holiday week, so come and join us. If you are from out of town, please book accommodations very early.

Schedule of weekend

•  Teck Kootenay Cup #1 and BC Winter Games trials: offical start of races at 11 am on Saturday Dec 30 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre
•  Dinner at the Red Tree Lodge in Fernie on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets may be purchased online at the same time as the race registration.
•  Teck Kootenay Cup #2 on the following day Dec 31 starting at 10 am also at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre

Registration to the two-day event is done through the same page of the zone4 logo.ca website. Click Here to go to the registration page.

Important links

Registration Page at Zone4
Race Notice for the Teck Kootenay Cup 1&2 on December 30 and 31
Location map of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre

Course Maps:

click link to open a map    0.7 km   1.8 km   2 km   3.4 km   5 km   7.7 km   10.3 km   13 km

Fernie Racers suits available for order

see details HERE

Our Sponsors:

Teck     Fernie Auto Parts Ltd    

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Full Moon Skis

A ski outing at night under the moonlight. What could be better? Bring a headlamp and join a group at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.

The dates of this and other events may be found on our calendar page. Subscribe to our Club Notices on the Subscribe page to get an early announcement through email.

The planned Full Moon Skis will be on Monday Jan 1, Wednesday Jan 31 and Thursday Mar 1, weather permitting. All interested skiers are to meet at 7:00 pm at the warming hut of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Free for members, day ticket required for non-members.

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Events Listing ----- scroll down to view

OCTOBER

Sunday Oct 1:   First Nordic Ski Swap
Our first ski swap will happen at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre! Bring your leftover gear or come to browse through for more gear. For complete details, watch our Facebook page!

Friday October 20:   Volunteer Appreciation & Recruitment
We want to give a huge thank you to the wonderful volunteers that make our society so active and our community so engaged! Please bring a friend who might be interested in volunteering this upcoming year. We will have food and drink to share at the Warming Hut of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.

Saturday Oct 21:   3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt
Join us at the Elk Valley Nordic centre for the Great Pumpkin hunt! The event begins at 10:30 and is intended for children 9 and under. For complete details, join the event on Facebook!

NOVEMBER

Wednesday Nov 15:   the Early Bird Membership pricing ends
Up to Nov 15, our membership fees are lower than last year. They go up tomorrow. Act fast! Other fees for SDP program and gear rentals are unchanged. Register at Zone4.ca NOW.

DECEMBER

Wednesday Dec 13:   Toonie Race (weather pending)
Geared toward adults but all racers are welcome! Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre for 19:00. Pre-registration will be available. Headlamps will be needed and course and format will be announced prior to each race. $2 per participant plus day ticket if not a member

Monday Dec 18:   Little Critter Race
Criterium style ski where competitors complete as many laps of a short course as possible in the 40 minute time limit. For every lap of the course completed the skier puts his/her name in for draw prizes. Geared to skiers 12 and under. Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Sign up begins at 17:30 and Race begins at 18:00. Headlamps will be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members

Saturday Dec 30:   Kootenay Cup race #1 and BC Games Trials
The Kootenay Cup returns to Fernie! There are categories for all ages and all abilities are welcome! The event includes qualification trials for the BC Winter Games. Skiers will come from all over BC. The registration is now open at Zone4.ca

Sunday Dec 31:    Kootenay Cup race #2
A second day of race action in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.  Come to take part or to cheer!

JANUARY

Monday Jan 1:   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

Wednesday Jan 3:   Toonie Race
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre for 19:00. Pre-registration is available. Headlamps will be needed. Course and format will be announced prior to each race. $2 per participant plus day ticket if not a member

Saturday Jan 6:   SDP lessons start
Lessons start at 10:30 at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre every Saturday.

Tuesday Jan 9:   Afterschool SDP lessons start
Lessons start at 5 pm at the Fernie Golf & Country Club every Tuesday.

Monday Jan 15:   Little Critter Race
Criterium style ski where competitors complete as many laps of a short course as possible in the 40 minute time limit. For every lap of the course completed the skier puts his/her name in for draw prizes. Geared to skiers 12 and under. Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Sign up begins at 17:30 and Race begins at 18:00. Headlamps will be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members

Wednesday Jan 31:   Toonie Race + Full Moon Ski & Social
Toonie Race: Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre for 19:00. Pre-registration is available. Headlamps will be needed. Course and format will be announced prior to each race. $2 per participant plus day ticket if not a member
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

FEBRUARY

Sunday Feb 18:   4th Annual Winterfest & Winter Social
For everyone. Save the date for a day of fun followed by the evening of the Winter Social.

Monday Feb 12:   Little Critter Race
Criterium style ski where competitors complete as many laps of a short course as possible in the 40 minute time limit. For every lap of the course completed the skier puts his/her name in for draw prizes. Geared to skiers 12 and under. Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Sign up begins at 17:30 and Race begins at 18:00. Headlamps will be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members

MARCH

Wednesday Mar 7:   Toonie Race
Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre for 19:00. Pre-registration will be available. Headlamps will be needed. Course and format will be announced prior to each race. $2 per participant plus day ticket if not a member

Sunday Mar 11:   Fernie Birkie & Season Wrap up
Fernie’s first ever Birkie! 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

Monday Mar 12:   Little Critter Race (weather pending) - BC Family Day -
Criterium style ski where competitors complete as many laps of a short course as possible in the 40 minute time limit. For every lap of the course completed the skier puts his/her name in for draw prizes. Geared to skiers 12 and under. Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Sign up begins at 17:30 and Race begins at 18:00. Headlamps might be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members

APRIL

Saturday, Apr 7:   Open House for New Racers (tentative)
Future Racers! Are you interested in joining the Fernie Nordic Racers next season? Come ski with us and see what it's all about!
Coaches Jeff & Naomi would like to invite all 9 year olds currently enrolled in Jackrabbits or Track Attack who are interested in joining the Race Team to take part in an hour practice session.
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Saturday April 7th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Meet at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre warming hut 5 minutes before 10:00 am
  • Wear your classic skis and bring a water in a backpack/drink belt

   

Recent Club Event

Membership drive in full swing

This year it is so easy to purchase your membership that you can do it at work or at home...kidding - about registering at work that is!  We've been working with Zone4 Registration to get our membership online this year and now you can join the Fernie Nordic Society from the comfort of your couch. Visit us HERE (click link) to register now. Your annual membership assists in meeting grooming expenses so be sure to get yours and your family's online now!  Our early bird prices end this Wednesday November 15.

There are only a few days left to get savings off at LAST YEAR'S membership prices! So make sure you and your friends are ready ... because the trail prep has begun!!

We still have several spots left in our lessons program for kids aged 3 to 16. This Saturday Nov 18 is the time to get the kids sized up for rental gear. The Skill Development Program (SDP) 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. Would you like to see your little ones learning to ski?  You can register for the SDP Program online HERE (click link) together with your membership and rental gear if desired.

Nordic Agenda

Wednesday, November 22

  1. Kootenay Cup Meeting #3
    • Where: Virginia's house
    • Start time: 7:00 pm
    • End time: 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 2

  1. Ski Gear Distribution
    • Where: Basement of Boardstiff (access through alley)
    • Start time: 10:00 am
    • End time: 11:30 am

Wednesday, December 13

  1. FNS Board Meeting 📌 🎿
    • Where: Megan's office
    • Start time: 7:00 pm
    • End time: 8:30 pm
  2. Toonie Race
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 500 Mt Fernie Park Rd, Fernie, BC V0B 1M7, Canada
    • Start time: 7:00 pm
    • End time: 8:00 pm

Monday, December 18

  1. Little Critter Race
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 500 Mt Fernie Park Rd, Fernie, BC V0B 1M7, Canada

Saturday, December 30

  1. Teck Kootenay Cup #1 & BCWG Trials - Fernie
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 500 Mt Fernie Park Rd, Fernie, BC V0B 1M7, Canada
    • Start time: 11:00 am
    • End time: 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 31

  1. Teck Kootenay Cup #2 - Fernie
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 500 Mt Fernie Park Rd, Fernie, BC V0B 1M7, Canada
    • Start time: 11:00 am
    • End time: 3:00 pm