Fernie Nordic Society
March 7th & 8th, 2015 is the Fernie Nordic Winterfest! A weekend celebrating nordic skiing, winter and community! See below for a list of all the great activities planned.
*Be sure to purchase tickets soon for the Beckie Scott Wine & Cheese event - tickets will sell out!
SATURDAY MARCH 7TH*
ALL DAY > Free Day Pass at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Come check out the new trail system! Groomed for skate and classic. (Weather dependent)
12:00PM - 2:00 PM ** > GRAND OPENING OF THE ELK VALLEY NORDIC CENTRE! Join us for a hot lunch, hot chocolate bonfires plus a ribbon cutting ceremony with special guest Beckie Scott (Olympic Gold Medalist in Cross Country Skiing) and her family, including National Team Coach Justin Wadsworth.
** Parking is limited at the Nordic Centre, please carpool or use the Mountain High Shuttle (free when you show your FNS membership) - there will be an added stop at the end of Anderson Rd/Mt Fernie Road as well as additional parking at that intersection.
7:00 PM > WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL WITH BECKIE SCOTT The Fernie Museum and the Fernie Nordic Society invite you to an evening with Beckie Scott. This event will be an opportunity to glimpse into Scott’s Olympic journey and share her ideas on volunteerism, grass roots support and the importance of access for all athletes, competitive or recreational. Tickets ($30) are limited and are available at the Fernie Museum or online at ferniemuseum.com
SUNDAY MARCH 8TH WINTERFEST CONTINUES with the WINTER WHEEZER and RACING ROCKS!
8:30-9:30am: Race bib pickup and waiver signing for the Winter Wheezer. Head to the EVNC trailhead to sign your waiver and pick up your bib. Sign up for the Wheezer online prior to the event. For more details, see the website at www.fernietearsandgears.com
9:45am: Compulsory racer meeting
10:00am: Winter Wheezer start time
10:15am: Kids Wheezer (10 and up) start time – nordic ski component only
10:30am: RACING ROCKS! For 10 and under. Show up at the EVNC to register for the Racing Rocks ski tournament. Entirely based on fun, the ski tournament will include a Treasure Hunt, Mad Dash and Terrain Park race. FREE for members, $5 for non-members.Tags: general
On Saturday morning, a group of volunteers started to work on the warming hut while the Jackrabbit lessons were going on a little farther down on the trails of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. They installed a door at one end of the hut, wrapped the entire hut and covered all the openings with poly ... this last one is temporary of course. At least the hut is now somewhat wind-proofed!
Next will come the installation of a wood stove. And further in the future ... real windows? some siding? Stay tuned!
Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this work party with their time and tools.
The recent warm weather is melting much of the snow on the ski trails very quickly. The forecast calls for colder temperatures this weekend with some snow soon after ... finally! But on the bright side, this spring-like weather has been great for our crew starting the construction of the warming hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Several volunteers were on site today to complete the roof surface. They have done a lot of work during the last week to reach this point. The hut is visible from the Island Lake road at the entrance of the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park and it is located near the present kiosk at the trail head.Tags: general
We have just received these handy blue holders to keep your crosscountry skis safely together. Made from a strong light material on each side of a foam center pad. The Fernie Nordic Society logo is printed on them. It is a fundraising item priced at $5 per pair.
They are available now at Heaven Boutique in Fernie. Cash only for this item.
So the Fernie Nordic Racers were a huge success in Golden. The team got noticed during the weekend event. It was so much fun. You may read the official release with more photos from CCBC issued yesterday - here is the link.
See you all in Rossland for the Kootenay Cup #2 on December 13-14.
Last Saturday was an almost ideal time to go outside with the family to try the trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. All trails had been recently groomed and we were surprised that the snow cover was already good for this first outing. Several member families met at the Nordic Centre at 1:30 pm and everyone quickly scattered along the trails for a quiet glide through the woods. Some snow was already falling but it was followed by short intervals of light rain that did not last long. The event ended with everyone gathering at a campfire to enjoy a few roasted hot dogs and a good chat.Tags: general
The office of Cross Country BC has distributed this message with photos about the Snow Camp that coach Jeff and his team have organized during the last weekend. Read on...
Kootenays: A Bunch of Keeners
(Fernie, BC) – Mixed weather patterns and small numbers did not deter the success of the first Teck Regional Camp hosted by the Fernie Nordic Society. On Friday night, shortly after the camp began, it was pouring rain then by 9pm it had turned to a cold, snowy blizzard outside. That evening the athletes discussed the importance of a "team" followed by some yoga. When all the coaches and kids woke up Saturday morning there was 50 cm of new snow on the ground with drifts that blocked most of the shuttle drivers in their driveways. Callaghan Valley Training Centre Head Coach, Chris Manhard, took the athletes through the paces as they worked on offset, 1 skate and 2 skate. Four of the older athletes were enjoying it so much they stayed out through part of the lunch break to work on their one skate. Saturday ended with some free skating and an obstacle course that got the kids sweating despite the cold temperatures. Back in the warmth of the Elks Hall the athletes learned the basics of glide and kick waxing.
Sunday we awoke to the smell of pancakes and temperatures below -25. Despite vehicles getting stuck and equipment breaking due to the cold, our athletes learned some classic technique skills and tried to stay warm with lots of hand warmers and constant moving.
Overall, the coaches felt like this was the perfect way for the Kootenay athletes to kick off their season and having the help of Chris Manhard added plenty of value. Chris stated “considering this was Fernie’s first-ever Teck Regional Camp it was a huge success and I left with positive feedback from the athletes”. The camp could not have run without support from dedicated parents, volunteer helpers, coaches and Teck Resources Limited.
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Doesn’t this WONDERFUL weather make you want to run out and get your skis on? We just need some SNOW now!!!!!
If you are dying to get out as soon as possible (and really………who isn’t?)……….then have we got an OPPORTUNITY for you!!!
We are going to have a WORK BEE at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre this weekend to prep for the upcoming season. Join us on Saturday November 15th at 1pm at the overflow parking lot at the Provincial Park. There will be a wide range of tasks, from installing signage to clipping branches and brush, to trail marking and naming.
Bring your work gloves, along with any clippers or other tools you think will help us with some basic trail fine tuning and site preparation. Bring a cup as we'll have coffee and hot chocolate on hand.
See you then!