The Fernie Nordic Society is a non-profit organization with the mandate of providing cross country ski opportunities for residents and tourists in Fernie, BC.
The FNS facilitates professional grooming and maintenance of over 15 kilometres of trails in town and at the newly developed Elk Valley Nordic Centre (EVNC), located near the Mount Fernie Provincial Park.
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The Fernie Nordic Society was formed in 2006 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Some key highlights about the Fernie Nordic Society:
There are boxes next to the Clubhouse at the Fernie Golf Course and at the Nordic Centre for membership registrations and to deposit your day-use fee which includes insurance. Consider getting a Nordic Society season pass if you plan to ski more than a couple of days: visit the Fernie Nordic Society Website.
The Skill Development Program 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.
Formal ski lessons are offered for both Bunnyrabbit (age 5 and under) and Jackrabbit (age 6-10) skiers, with a Track Attack Program for kids aged 11 and older. Kids of all skill levels are encouraged to come out for a fun and challenging sport that promotes balance, strength and cardio. Our coaches are trained to ensure safe and very enjoyable lessons, complete with snow soccer, relays and of course just playing around in the snow, taking in the Fernie winter.
Lessons run every Saturday morning starting the first weekend in the New Year, and continue for about 10 weeks at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Snacks are provided each lesson by parent volunteers.
Adult group skis take place throughout the winter, and are scheduled when the snow starts to fall. Keep up to date on the events and activities happening with the Nordic Society via our website. See you on the snow!
Since the 2014-2015 season, the Nordic Society has operated a Racing Team for kids 10 years or older who have been previously enrolled in nordic ski lessons for at least one season. If your child is interested in joining the team, please contact the coach Jeff Williams by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fernie Nordic Society hosts many events throughout the season, including Kootenay Cup events, ski socials, and race series for kids and adults. For full details see events calendar.