Outdoors

Ski Touring Cabins in Fernie, BC

In recent years ski touring has grown multitudes in popularity, and Fernie and the surrounding area offers many opportunity for the backcountry enthusiast. The area includes five awesome mountain ranges – the Monashees, Rockies, Selkirks, Purells and Valhallas. Although low in elevation compared to other ranges, Fernie is situated within an area in the Rockies where moist air systems from the Pacific and colder air masses from the Rockies meet, combining to produce great powder snow in high quantities throughout the winter.

Posted by admin on Sep 20, 2012 in Outdoors

Catskiing in Fernie, BC

Fernie offers two great opportunities for Cat Skiing adventures - Island Lake Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures.

Island Lake Catskiing is situated in the Lizard Range with over 7,000 acres of private bowls, valleys and gladed forest. At the heart of it all sits Island Lake Lodge and the beautiful Island Lake.

Posted by admin on Sep 20, 2012 in Outdoors

Catskiing in Fernie, BC

Fernie offers two great opportunities for Cat Skiing adventures - Island Lake Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures.

Posted by admin on Sep 20, 2012 in Outdoors

Wrapping Up the Season

Although it spells the close end of summer days, September is a popular month with warm temps, trees turning and great biking. If you’ve had sole responsibility of little people for the last few months then September might be your clear winner for a different reason entirely. But whilst kids are heading back to school, many are gearing up for race month. And September it seems is the month of Triathlons and Duathlons.

Posted by Abi Moore on Aug 31, 2012 in Outdoors

Mediating Conflict

Recreation conflict happens everywhere throughout North America. Canoeists are in conflict with motorized boaters, landowners conflict with recreation users, motorized versus non-motorized. One just has to search recreation and reams upon reams of conflict will jump out at you.

Our recreation community has been largely successful until recently because of our volume – over this big Valley, our numbers weren’t unbearably large.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Aug 24, 2012 in Outdoors

Tennis, Strawberries and Cream Please

You now have the baseline game down, and are going for more consistency. This month we focus on the improvement of your groundstroke, movement and recovery, and introduce the serve and volley.

Developing Topspin

Hitting with power and control requires spin and good technique, so when you want to be more aggressive make, sure you practice hitting with topspin. This is achieved by:
- Brushing the strings of the racket up the back of the ball
- From low to high as you contact (see picture; backhand)

Posted by Charlotte Willis on Aug 10, 2012 in Outdoors

Rock Climbed

Photo by Ben Ross

Of all the sports I’ve encountered in my outdoor life, I never imagined myself participating in the extreme sport of rock climbing. So as my toes cling to a centimetre-wide ledge 30 feet in the air and my fingers balance the weight of my body precariously against a cliff face, I wonder how I got here.

Posted by Jesse Bell on Aug 03, 2012 in Outdoors

From Marathon Training to Margaritas

Photo by Joe Harrison

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jul 27, 2012 in Outdoors

Mike Rousselle

With running and biking ticked off the list, this month we’re stepping aside from the more mainstream sports and honing in on a water-based activity that many a Fernie’ite likes to attempt. From what I’ve heard, it’s hard to grasp and even harder to perfect. There is one Fernie local, who now resides in nearby Cranbrook, has no such issues. Accomplishing, competing and hitting the podium are just the start of things to come.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jul 27, 2012 in Outdoors

Armchair Olympian

Back in February of 2010 I got to experience a trip of a lifetime with a great friend. Many said it was a once in a lifetime experience, going to the Olympic Games. Fortunately for me, I also got to experience Calgary in 1988 with my family, and while my friend and I would have needed to win the lottery to properly experience London 2012, the thought of going crossed our minds.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jul 27, 2012 in Outdoors

Biking

Like the weather in Fernie, which changes month to month, (although of late seems to have been stuck in a rather damp rut), this month we move from one popular Fernie sport to another. July it seems it’s all about biking, and in fact has become a month that promises a plethora of biking events all over the map, with just a hint of sunshine. Or at least we can hope.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jul 06, 2012 in Outdoors

It's Derby Time

Photo by Scott Jones

We can all remember roller-skating in our youth. Glowing white tees, big hair, shooting the duck and waiting for the guy to pick us for the evening's snowball skate. While birthday parties at roller rinks may be a thing of the past, a new wave of roller sports has taken over, Roller Derby!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 29, 2012 in Outdoors

Running

Last year's Banff to Jasper team at the finish!

It’s pretty much a given that as summer excitement builds so do peoples’ exhilaration for all things outdoors. This is no more apparent than here in our active and supportive community, where I’m regularly amazed by people’s energy, efforts and endurance. Whatever sport, activity, event or challenge residents of Fernie choose to channel their energy into, a couple of things are certain: no one is going down without a fight and it’s never too late to start.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jun 22, 2012 in Outdoors

The Highs and Lows of the Three Peaks Mountain Race

Photo by Pam Andrew

There being such a shortage of hills around Dunedin, the Three Peaks Mountain Race is an annual 26km trail race up and down three of these; starting just above sea-level, runners slog their way up to 700m to reach peak number one (Flagstaff), wend their way along a saddle to peak number two (Swampy Summit), drop down to about 250m, climb back up to 700m for peak number three (Mt Cargill) and then drop back down to sea-level once more. In short: it’s long, it’s tough, and there’s a lot of up and down.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 22, 2012 in Outdoors

June Trails Update

In addition to our regular trail maintenance of our nearly 300 km of trail, the Fernie Trails Alliance has identified and committed to several large projects that will add value to our community, and help preserve the public trails we already love to inhabit. Each month I will showcase one of our projects and demonstrate the capacity of the Fernie Trails Alliance.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 22, 2012 in Outdoors