Frequently Asked Questions

•  How to find the latest info on the TRAIL CONDITIONS?
•  How often are the trails groomed?
•  Is the skiing free at the Nordic Centre and Golf Course?
•  What is a DAY PASS and where do I need one?
•  Do I need a PASS to use the trails?
•  How do I register my child in SKI LESSONS FOR KIDS?
•  How come my child is on a waiting list for the ski lessons?
•  Do you offer SKI LESSONS FOR ADULTS?
•  Are our COACHES qualified to teach?
•  How to get a MEMBERSHIP?
•  Do I get a membership card when I join up?
•  Where is my membership card? or my sticker?
•  What is the ZONE4 website?
 I am a BEGINNER SKIER. Where should I go skiing?
 I am comfortable on skis. Which trails do you recommend?
•  Is the WARMING HUT available for rental?
•  Can my organization HELP the Fernie Nordic Society?
•  I want to help. Can I VOLUNTEER?
•  What is a TRAIL AMBASSADOR?
•  Why are DOGS not allowed on the trails at EVNC or the golf course?
•  Where may I take my dog to ski?
•  Does the club have a RACE TEAM?
•  What is the Teck KOOTENAY CUP?
•  I would like to participate in a RACE. What do I need to know?
•  Can I purchase any FNS MERCHANDISE?
•  Do you have any SOCIAL EVENTS planned?
•  Is the Fernie Nordic Society a CHARITY?
•  Can I get a receipt for the CHILDREN TAX CREDIT?
•  Why is crosscountry skiing so inexpensive in Fernie?
•  What is the main operating EXPENSE of the club?
•  Is FNS on SOCIAL MEDIAS?
•  Which regions are our members from?
•  I cannot find any information on the WEBSITE. What now?
•  I have a question. How do I CONTACT the Fernie Nordic Society?


How to find the latest info on the TRAIL CONDITIONS?

The report on trail conditions on the website gets updated regularly during the season. Even better, anyone can subscribe to our emails to get the same report in their mailbox. It is all done on this page. To add to this report, anyone may text 250-430-2719 with the details. 

How often are the trails groomed?

The club aims to groom the trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre 4 times a week during the season. This obviously depends on the snow condition. Grooming is planned ahead of the weekends when more skiers are on the trails. The trails on the golf course are also groomed frequently as the snow cover allows. 

Is the skiing free at the Nordic Centre and Golf Course?

If you are a club member, skiing is free. It is inexpensive for non-members. A Day Pass is required if you are not a FNS member. It may be obtained from the kiosk at the trail head or online. See the question below for more details.  

What is a DAY PASS and where do I need one?

Non-club members need to purchase a Day Pass to ski on the golf course or at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Day passes may be obtained from the kiosk at the trail head or online at Zone4.ca for $10 single and $20 family - extra cost online. 

Do I need a PASS to use the trails?

Yes, a valid membership or a day pass is required. Day passes are available at the trail head for $10 single or $20 family. Make sure to sign the book at the same time to be eligible for some insurance coverage. Day passes are also available online at Zone4.ca at a slightly higher cost. 

How do I register my child in SKI LESSONS FOR KIDS?
The easiest way:  Open the membership registration form on our Membership page. Fill in the information. Print the completed form and leave it with the fee in the drop box at the Snow Valley Motel in Fernie. Our website shows more options.

How come my child is on a waiting list for the ski lessons?

We accept the children in our SDP lessons program but in keeping the ratio coach-kids reasonable for an effective training program. Please consider joining as a volunteer coach to allow for more kids to participate. The required short training is paid for by the Fernie Nordic Society and it follows the CCBC training standard. 

Do you offer SKI LESSONS FOR ADULTS?

The club is planning several sessions of lessons for adults during the season. They will include tips for both classical and skate skiing techniques. Our coaches are qualified through the CCBC training program. Let us know at info@fernienordic.com what type of lessons you prefer, classic or skate, beginner or more advanced. The dates of the lessons will be announced by email in our club notices. Subscribe to these emails on the Subscription page

Are our COACHES qualified to teach?

Of course they are. All our coaches are volunteers and they are required to be competent and qualified under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) standard training program. For more details, see this Coaching Program summary. Our coaches in the kids program also need to have a police background check done before joining our team. 

How to get a MEMBERSHIP?
It is done online for adult, family and student memberships. Visit Zone4.ca where a payment by credit card is accepted. 

Do I get a membership card when I join up?

You sure do. Our goal is to have your new membership card ready within 7 days after your registration and payment are completed. To keep costs low, the cards will be available for pickup from the Snow Valley Motel office in Fernie until Dec 15th. After that date, the trail ambassador will have them at the warming hut during the weekends. Please note that returning members will receive a renewal sticker for their cards.

Where is my membership card? or my sticker?

A few days after your membership info is entered on the Zone4.ca website, either online or by one of our volunteers, your card will be ready for pickup. If you are a returning member, a renewal sticker will be issued for your card. The Snow Valley Motel will have the new cards until Dec 15. Later one volunteer will have the new cards and stickers at the warming hut on Saturdays and Sundays during the season. Contact membership@fernienordic.com for help. 

What is the ZONE4 website?

The Zone4.ca website is a central point for all kinds of sports activities. It is based in Canmore, Alberta. The Fernie Nordic Society, as many other sports clubs, uses this website to handle our membership and race registrations and their financial transactions. The website is also used to display race results such as the ones from the Teck Kootenay Cup.

I am a BEGINNER SKIER. Where should I go skiing?

The Fernie Nordic Society grooms several kilometres of trails on the golf course. The main loop around the course is 4 km in length and more side trails are groomed. It is perfect for skiing at your pace without hills and to improve your pace and technique. Check our website for maps and more details. 

I am comfortable on skis. Which trails do you recommend?

The 9 km trail system of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre offers a more challenging workout. Skiing may start from the warming hut or from the Fernie Alpine Resort. Maps are posted on kiosks at both trail heads. The trails include a few hills along the way and a bridge over the Lizard Creek. Do not forget to look at the views of the valley as you go. Check our website for maps and more details.

Is the WARMING HUT available for rental?

It is available for rental since the fall of 2016. Its outdoor deck and the interior have been completed recently. Check out our website page for details about the surroundings and the insurance requirement. 

Can my organization HELP the Fernie Nordic Society?

Indeed. Corporate memberships for a group of up to six people are available. Visit our Membership page to download the registration form. 

I want to help. Can I VOLUNTEER?

Great! And it is easy. Our website has a Volunteers page listing several opportunities. A club member may volunteer for a short task such as for an event, or take over an activity like organizing an evening activity or handling the membership registration during the season. Contact volunteers@fernienordic.com to let us know. 

What is a TRAIL AMBASSADOR?

This person is a volunteer who is dedicated to be a presence on the trails and at the warming hut of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre for short periods on weekdays or on weekends. Her/his task is to be on site or on the trails meeting other skiers and to give out some information and answering their questions. The club does not police the trails. This is our friendly way to encourage skiers to show their cards, to become a member or to purchase a day pass. Become a TA by emailing us at volunteers@fernienordic.com

Why are DOGS not allowed on the trails at EVNC or the golf course?

Just like walkers, dogs poke holes into the trail surface ruining the grooming and track set in the process. Abandoned dog poop is another reason. There is a dog-friendly trail section on the FAR side of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. This area is accessible from Highline Drive at the Fernie Alpine Resort. Dogs are welcome on other trails such as the dyke, Montane and the Fernie Alpine Resort. 

Where may I take my dog to ski?

See the previous question. Check out these trails: on the dyke, Montane, Island Lake and the Fernie Alpine Resort. Maps and directions are available on this page.

Does the club have a RACE TEAM?

Yes, it does since the 2014-2015 season. The Fernie Nordic Racers is a group of 15 young skiers aged from 9 to 16 (2015-2016 season) who aim to enroll in all races of the Teck Kootenay Cup during the season. Their training include training on trails, weekly gym training and additional CCBC sponsored training camps. Your child is welcome to join the team. Email raceteam@fernienordic.com and coach Jeff and Naomi will answer your questions. 

What is the Teck KOOTENAY CUP?

The Teck Regional Cup Series offers affordable, accessible competitive opportunities for developing athletes.  All Regional Cup races offer age-appropriate categories for children 14 years of age and younger, and most offer the full spectrum of categories for skiers of all ages from the CCBC website. The skiers from the Fernie Nordic Society have participated in the series of races every year. Our club has won the Cup in the 2014-2015 season and again in 2015-2016 in part due to the large participation by young and adult skiers from Fernie. The club has hosted the race #5 in February 2016 and is hoping to continue on this success. Join us as a volunteer email: volunteers@fernienordic.com

I would like to participate in a RACE. What do I need to know?

As a club member you can participate in the Kootenay cup as an adult skier or a young skier. The series includes 5 or 6 races to choose from during the season. The more participants from FNS, the more points the club gets in the standings. Come and join! Check our calendar page for the scheduled races. The club also organizes a local Community Fun Race in Fernie in February. It is open to non-club members. This race includes a chariot category for a parent-kid team. All for a fun time. Another local ski race is the Winter Wheezer run by the Tears & Gears group. Check our calendar for details. 

Can I purchase any FNS MERCHANDISE?

Yes, the Fernie Nordic Society has several items for sale:  Winterfest posters $10, round patches with FNS logo $10, toques with pompon $20 and some XC ski pants and shirts with the retro FNS logo. Contact us at info@fernienordic.com for more details. 

Do you have any SOCIAL EVENTS planned?

Watch for the Full Moon Skis events during the season. Group activities like ski outings during the week may be set up according to demand. Our year end event is another event in the spring. Check our calendar page for the schedule.

Is the Fernie Nordic Society a CHARITY?

No. The club is a non-profit sports club registered under the BC Society act. 

Can I get a receipt for the CHILDREN TAX CREDIT?

Yes. Receipts will be issued through the Zone4.ca website for kids registered in our lessons program. Watch for emailed receipts after our volunteers update the website with your information. Email: membership@fernienordic.com for further details

Why is crosscountry skiing so inexpensive in Fernie?

Two main reasons. First we have received some considerable financial support through the BC government over the years. And secondly the activities of the Fernie Nordic Society are all run by volunteers. The club has only one part time paid employee, the administration assistant to the club president. The Society encourages all volunteers to come forward in order to keep all membership costs low. 

What is the main operating EXPENSE of the club?

Grooming of the trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre costs about $300 for a single pass. This adds up to our largest operational expense. It is also the item deemed the most important one as reported in our last survey of members and trail users. 

Is FNS on SOCIAL MEDIAS?

Glad you asked! The Fernie Nordic Society is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These links can be found at the bottom of the home page on the website. 

Which regions are our members from?

As expected most club members are from the Elk Valley area (78%) and a large number from Alberta (21%)

I cannot find any information on the WEBSITE. What now?

The website has been redesigned for the 2016-2017 season and it is not perfect. All pages are reachable from the home page. Just drill down from the menu at the top of the page or through the second menu below the slideshow. Another solution is to use the handy Search box, also on the home page below the slideshow. Your suggestions are always welcome at webmaster@fernienordic.com

I have a question. How do I CONTACT the Fernie Nordic Society?

For any inquiry, please head for the Contact Us page on the website and direct your question to the appropriate group. Alternately send an email to info@fernienordic.com with confidence.

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