With a Little Help From Our Friends

The Fernie Trails Alliance and its member organizations, Fernie Mountain Bike Club, Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club, and Fernie Nordic Society have had a busy summer, with many volunteer work parties assembling to maintain and repair Fernie’s vast trail network. Our corporate members, the City of Fernie, Island Lake Lodge, and Fernie Alpine Resort have also completed many improvements to enhance the trail system.

The Fernie Trails Alliance Thursday night work parties saw an average of 13 persons every outing with 26 work parties, 731hrs of volunteer labour plus about 58hrs of prep work that went into organizing the parties to work on projects as Roots Trail reroute, Fairy Creek Trail avalanche debris clean up, and Lazy Lizard Trail brushing and grubbing. Countless hours have been spent working to improve the dirt jump park and skills development trails by the Aquatic Centre. We also need to salute our retired trail slaves, Bob Mitchell, Pat Gilmar, Paul and Wade, Dave and Anita Brunker and Johnny Shaw (not retired), who could be found on any given day buffing up trails.

The downhill mountain bike crew made many improvements to the Dopamine, Dirt Diggler and Three Kings Morrissey Ridge riding area, with funding provided by the FTA.

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club tackled the ambitious clean up of the avalanche debris on the Cabin Ridge Trail, and many hours have been spent building the new Montane Trail, which will connect the Coal Creek barn to past Cokato. Volunteer work has also gone into readying the Thunder Meadows and Tunnel Creek cabins for winter ski touring.

The Fernie Nordic Society has worked widening and cleaning up the Elk Valley Nordic Centre Trails, as well as working to have the new bridge crossing Lizard Creek installed for Nordic skiing enthusiasts. This community amenity bridge will provide a linkage between Mt. Fernie Park and Fernie Alpine Resort trails.

The City of Fernie has completed many trail surface improvements in the Annex and James White Parks to repair damage from the Elk River spring flood. Island Lake Lodge continues to maintain a quality trail system, which can be accessed by the public for their enjoyment. Fernie Alpine Resort trail crews have made the hiking trail amenity at the resort more accessible, and have placed more directional signage for orientation in their expansive trail system.

A large applause should be given to the Fernie hiking group who have worked tirelessly on the Fairy Creek/ Mount Proctor Trail, and Mountain Lakes Trail, with trail routing improvements, important signage installation, and not to be forgotten the arrangements made for Hartley Lake Road improvements.

The Fernie Trails Alliance volunteers also provided support for the many trail related events such as: Roll and Sole Trail Fest, Fernie 3, Fernie Enduro, Tears and Gears, High Roller, Wham Bam Dirt Jump Jam, and thePorky Blue Ride n’ Roast. Keep posted for Fernie Nordic Society events and the Tears and Gears Winter Wheezer this winter, as more fun is in store.

This volunteer component is essential for the long term standing of the Fernie Trails Alliance, so we thank you all.