Outdoors

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s Wycliffe Regional Park is open to the public year-round. 

Nordic skiing seems to grow exponentially with each year. Perhaps it's the growing Fernie Nordic Society, with nearly 1200 annual memberships and 1000 day use trail passes sold. Or it could be the numerous locations one can get out on Nordic skis.

When you live in a mountain town that can have winter-like weather from as early as October to as late as April (sometimes May!), not much stops people from going outside to participate in the sports they enjoy. 

Which makes it pretty clear why Fat Biking, Trail Running and Snowshoeing have become such popular winter activities in Fernie.  

Start 2024 off on the right foot, tire, ski or snowshoe by joining the Elk Valley Streak! The goal is to get active outside for as many days in the month of January for a minimum of 30 minutes. Remember, while we all likely endeavour to participate all 31 days, life happens! If you miss a day or can only squeeze in 10 minutes, that’s okay. Get as many days in as works for you and be proud of your efforts.

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. 

The South Rockies field team is one of Avalanche Canada’s six field teams. Our team of three avalanche professionals is passionate about empowering safe backcountry adventures and working together to collect critical information about the snowpack in the backcountry surrounding Crowsnest Pass, Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Elko.

Fernie Alpine Resort is a winter wonderland for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. With its abundant powder and incredible terrain, it's no wonder that thousands of visitors flock to this resort every season.

Among the many people who make the Fernie experience unforgettable are the dedicated team of volunteer Snow Hosts - passionate, friendly characters who genuinely love sharing their love of our mountain with others. 

This summer, locals and tourists basked in the refreshing waters of the Elk River watershed to avoid unusually dry and hot conditions. Unfortunately, where there are people, trash is soon to follow. The Elk River Alliance–a local environmental charity–is asking the Elk Valley community to come together and help ensure a clean river for generations to come.

Well we’re in the mountains, we’re at 1,000m of elevation, and we’re surrounded by beautiful shady forest; but there’s no way around it….  August can get warm in Fernie, eh? Not Penticton-in-the-middle-of-an-Ironman. Not Marble Bar, Oz as you check into the Ironclad Hotel… but definitely warm enough to have some thoughts like these.

The registration deadline is approaching for the 2023 BC Wake Surf Provincial Championships, which kick off Saturday morning at Lake Koocanusa.