Local's Guide to Cross Country Skiing in Fernie, BC
Fernie features over 50km of cross country ski trails for all levels of Nordic skiers thanks to extensive expansion in recent years.
There are five unique areas to Cross-country ski in Fernie: at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie Golf Course, Montane Trails and Island Lake Lodge, plus a multi-use riverside dyke trail. View the Winter Trail Map.
Local Megan Lohmann and Johnny Shaw provide their perspective and passion for Nordic skiing in Fernie. Explore over 50km of groomed cross-country trails within 5 unique areas in Fernie.
Island Lake Lodge offers an extensive trail network through the magnificent old-growth cedar forest. It's just over 8km to the Lodge via Lazy Lizard Trail, or over 10km via Cedar Valley Trail. Remember to allow time to ski back down before dark!
Easily accessed from Historic Downtown Fernie, the trail system at the Fernie Golf Course features 12 km's of groomed, beginner level terrain with epic wide-open views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. At the trailhead by The Clubhouse (not open in winter), you'll find the Trail & Info Sign, with a dropbox for the purchase of day passes. These trails are only for XC skiers and no dogs are allowed.
The expanding Fernie cross country trail network at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre features over 9 kms of groomed trails including the Galloway Connector Trail — a direct link to Fernie Alpine Resort. This season welcomes a brand new warming hut! Head to Mt Fernie Provincial Park, just a couple kilometres west of Fernie, to access this great trail system.
Fernie Alpine Resort has 9 kilometres of groomed trails located off of Lot 4 Parking Area. There are a few hills on both the short and long loop providing a good work-out. Trails are free to use and visitors are encouraged to use the resort facilities.
The Montane Trail System is located just off of Coal Creek Road, featuring over 12kms of multi-use trails, most groomed regularly. Montane Trails for cross-country skiing only, are called Montane Green. Additional trails in the system are for snowshoeing, fat biking, and dog walking. A day-use hut can be found towards the far end of the trail system and features beautiful views towards Fernie Alpine Resort.
The Montane trails are a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced. Montane Trails are managed by the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club; donations are welcomed and lifetime memberships are available for $25.
Get out cross country skiing when you visit Fernie! Don't forget to share your adventure on the trails with #ferniestoke