My Fernie Favourites
There are so many extremely amazing trails in Fernie so picking a few favourites is difficult, but here are my top three winter trails and activities!
Elk Valley Nordic Centre – Runt/Grunt – Nordic Skiing
Time: Approx. 1 hr (depending on the number of loops)
Distance: Approx. 7 - 10km
The Elk Valley Nordic Centre is a real winter paradise. Tucked away in the Mount Fernie Provincial Park, the views are breathtaking. The Fernie Nordic Society has hired a paid groomer this year so the conditions have been prime time!
There are 10 kilometres of trails in this area so you have a few choices on how to put your ski together. I like to get some good climbing and descending practice on the Runt/Grunt. Head across the Teck Bridge and depending on your energy levels, stay left and head straight up the Grunt for a harder climb or right on the Runt for a more gradual ascent. You can do a few loops mixing up the climb and descent. This is a great way to practice your skills.
Mount Fernie Provincial Park – Mushroom Head Loop – Fat Biking
Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
(depending on conditions)
Distance: Approx. 10km
The snowshoers have been out in full force packing the trails down so the riding has been great! A fun loop is to head up Burma Rd. to Phat Bastard. This climb will get you warmed up straight away with a few punchy sections. Challenge yourself to see how far you can make it without getting off the bike. Cross the powerline, getting a quick break before starting up Mushroom Head. This is another challenge climbing in the winter! Cresting the top at the Lactic Ridge intersection, head down the other side for a fun descent. Once you hit the powerline turn around and head back up Mushroom for another good grunt. Now enjoy the downhill and take Red Sonja, which is sure to put a smile on your face!
Montane – Montane Blue – Dog Walk, Hike or Run
Time: 1-1.5 hours (depending on activity) Distance: Approx. 10km
Start at the old barn off Coal Creek Rd. Follow the signs for the multi-use trails, avoiding the groomed Nordic trails. Continue to stay right over a bridge
and up to the wide double track. This is a nice gradual grade all the way up to the Montane Hut. The trail is regularly groomed so it should be a smooth walk or run to the top. Enjoy the spectacular views of Fernie and head back down.
All trails are groomed multi-use less Nordic trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre, Fernie Golf Course and Montane, but it’s still important to use proper winter trail etiquette. If it is warm and the trail
is too soft, refrain from use until it sets up! Happy New Year and #FernieStreak – ing. Tag @fernietrailsalliance in your adventures, share your favourite winter trails and activities, and above all else, have fun out there on our epic trail network.
PS. Don’t forget to get your 2021 Fernie Trails Pass, to help us keep these trails epic all year long! fernietrailsalliance.com.