Winter Trails for Everyone

As I write this article the first snow has hit our wonderful peaks around Fernie. I love winter and all that it brings to the Elk Valley, and with this snow it means winter trail grooming is just around the corner! 

The Fernie Trails Alliance along with Tourism Fernie, the Coal Creek Heritage Society and the Fernie Nordic Society have formed the Winter Grooming Collaborative. Each organization works to maintain a variety of multi-use trails in Fernie with the support of Resort Municipality Initiative Funding. 

A few things to keep in mind when you are heading out to use our winter multi-use trails. 

  • Did Fernie just get one of its epic powder dumps? If you sink, turn around. Nobody likes post-holes or deep tire divots…  especially the incredible volunteer trail grooming crew. It takes hours to repair, and sometimes it just can’t be repaired. Think before you sink!
  • If grooming has just been done give it time to set up! Come back and try again later.
  • When recreating with dogs, be respectful. Please clean up after them and ensure no poop is left on the trails. Yes, that includes the bag with the poop. Fernie has many furry friends and welcomes visitors with dogs too, but please keep them on a leash or, when signs allow, close and under control.
SOME GREAT ROUTES TO TRY THIS WINTER:
  • Phat Bastard to Red Sonja is a great fat biking, hiking and trail running loop!
  • Up Stove and down Hedonism in the Provincial Park.
  • Close to town in Ridgemont, Cemetery By-Pass, Kiddie Up, Queen V, Eco Terrorist, Deadfall to 4 Corners and then choose your descent!
A great place to check for trail conditions is the Fernie Trails Alliance Grooming App.

Trailsforks is also a great tool to use for user feedback, trail reports and to find your way while out on the trails. 

Don’t forget to buy your Trails Pass! Trails don’t build or groom themselves. The FTA requires funding to keep us all rolling, running and sliding! #poweringfernietrails

Mel Wrigglesworth is the Executive Director with the Fernie Trails Alliance and is passionate about recreating on skis, bikes and feet all year round. 

Photo by Vince Mo