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

UPDATE: Both races are now completed. Links to the results are shown at the bottom of this page

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.

Suggested Accommodations

The following hotel/motels are all located along highway 3 in Fernie. Most have an online reservation service as well:

Snow Valley Motel   1-877-696-7669 (3 nights minimum)
East Kootenay Motel  250-423-9266
Travelodge Three Sisters   250-423-4438
Fernie Stanford Resort  1-877-423-5600
Red Tree Lodge   250-423-4622
Fernie Super 8    250-423-6788
Park Place Lodge   1-888-381-7275
Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge  1-866-423-5566
Fernie RV Resort   1-844-343-2233
Blackstone Bed & Breakfast  http://www.blackstonebandb.com/
C
auseway Bay Hotel in Sparwood http://www.causewaybayhotels.ca/

Limited billeting with Fernie families is also available. Contact us at info@fernienordic.com for details

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

Race Results Teck Kootenay Cup #1    NEW
Race Results Teck Kootenay Cup #2   NEW
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

Other Teck Kootenay Cup races 2017-2018

Teck Kootenay Cup #3 & 4 in Kimberley on January 13&14, 2018
Teck Kootenay Cup #5 in Invermere/Nipika on January 27, 2018
Teck Kootenay Cup #6 in Nelson on February 11, 2018

Fernie Racers suits available for order

see details HERE

Our Sponsors:

Teck     Fernie Auto Parts Ltd    Happy Cow Ice Cream    Fernie Mountain Bike Club    East Kootenay Zone Canadian Ski Patrol    Fernie Rentals    Fernie Lodging Company    The Cedars    Starbucks   Clawhammer    Galloway Lumber Co.   Resorts of the Canadian Rockies

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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:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 17:30 to 18:30, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

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 4 pm at the Fernie Golf & Country Club every Tuesday.

Wednesday Jan 10:   CLASSIC: Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

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 17:   SKATE Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

Wednesday Jan 24:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

Wednesday Jan 31:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

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

Wednesday Feb 7:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

Monday Feb 12:   Little Critter Race - 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 will be needed! Free for members, day ticket required for non-members

Wednesday Feb 14:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

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.

Wednesday Feb 21:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

Wednesday Feb 28:   Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
Every Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00, Virginia Robinson will be at the Nordic Centre to welcome other members. It is an opportunity for a social ski and also to practice some ski technique for a short period of time in the middle of the ski. This is not a lesson. There is no fee. Each other week, skate ski technique will alternate with classic technique.

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 19:   Little Critter Race (weather pending)
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

Kootenay Cup in pictures

The Nordic Centre was a very busy place last weekend with two days of races of the Kootenay Cup series. Sixty-one racers braved the cold on Saturday and forty-nine did it again on Sunday in even more frigid temperatures. The young and adult racers came from Rossland, Nelson, Invermere, Golden, Canmore, Montana and Fernie for the event. Can you recognize the local participants and racers from Fernie?

Big thanks to photographer Ryan Schultz for the great pictures taken during both races days. The photos may be found HERE, HERE and HERE. Check out his Facebook page too.

Race Results

Results from Saturday race (click to open)
Results from Sunday race (click to open)

The event could not happened without the numerous volunteers from the club. Huge thanks to them! We also had support from these great sponsors: Teck, Fernie Auto Parts, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Fernie Mountain Bike Club, EK Zone Canadian Ski Patrol, Fernie Rentals, Super 8 Fernie, Fernie Lodging Company, The Cedars, Starbucks, Clawhammer, Galloway Lumber Co. and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Nordic Agenda

Today

  1. Afterschool SDP lesson
    • Where: Fernie Golf & Country Club, 201 Fairway Dr, Fernie, BC V0B 1M5, Canada
    • Start time: 4:00 pm
    • End time: 5:00 pm

Tomorrow

  1. SKATE: Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre
    • Start time: 7:00 pm
    • End time: 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 20

  1. SDP Lesson #3
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 500 Mt Fernie Park Rd, Fernie, BC V0B 1M7, Canada
    • Start time: 10:30 am
    • End time: 11:30 am

Tuesday, January 23

  1. Afterschool SDP lesson
    • Where: Fernie Golf & Country Club, 201 Fairway Dr, Fernie, BC V0B 1M5, Canada
    • Start time: 4:00 pm
    • End time: 5:00 pm

Wednesday, January 24

  1. Women's Wednesday Social Ski & Drills
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre
    • Start time: 7:00 pm
    • End time: 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 27

  1. Teck Kootenay Cup #5 - Invermere
    • Where: Nipika Mountain Resort 9200 Settlers Road, East Kootenay F BC, Canada
    • Start time: 9:00 am
    • End time: 2:00 pm
  2. SDP Lesson #4
    • Where: Elk Valley Nordic Centre, 500 Mt Fernie Park Rd, Fernie, BC V0B 1M7, Canada
    • Start time: 10:30 am
    • End time: 11:30 am