Fall — Fernie’s best-kept secret! The forest canopy explodes in a kaleidoscope of colour through October, coming alive with scenes and scents only reserved for this special time of year.
For the mountain biker, trails are tacky from cool nights as dew settles into the ground. Lazy summer afternoons are replaced with energy renewed, as pedal-pushers crackle through the leaves and breathe in the pale blue sky. Familiar trails like Deadfall and Broken Derailleur at Ridgemont open up as low-lying bushes reveal their secrets and expose sight lines previously unknown. The trail feels faster, less effort seems surreal. The trail is like a good friend that you see every day. Then one day you look up and say, “Did you change your hair colour or something? You look fantastic!”
The summer of 2015 has been a spectacular year for mountain biking in Fernie as a record number of trail enthusiasts return or discover our trails for the first time. Combined with new pinnacle trails, this has changed the game in Fernie. Like the fall leaves, fresh trails such as Lazy Lizard and Montane have been shining bright and bold as new main attractions. Thanks to the Fernie Trails Alliance, donations, and a community of volunteers, Fernie's trail system continues to grow and evolve, offering new and exciting challenges every season.
Lazy Lizard reports an average of 70 people a day on its loamy scribble through beautiful old growth forest, while the Montane trail has seen almost 1000 volunteer hours bringing together it’s 10KM buffet of vistas. Yes, these 2 trails are Fernie's 2015 poster children, front and centre. But it doesn’t stop there! Several of the o’l favorites have had upgrades repairs and re-routes making them flow better, keeping things fresh - check out the recently reopened Ben Emmet for a fresh new take. Think of it as new improved Fernie 2.0! But you don’t need to call tech support, or try turning your computer off and on again. Fernie trails are streaming live, in real time and in beautiful 3D!
If you are new to the area, just spin the roulette wheel of trails because you can’t lose. If you're familiar to the area, return to an old favorite, you may be surprised by an improvement here and there. Either way, hold onto your handlebars because the fall of 2015 will take all your senses for the ride of your life!
First published in 2015.