Fernie’s abundance of natural snow makes the cross-country skiing excellent! There is XC sking at the Fernie Golf Course, Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Alpine Resort. Whether you own your own equipment and are just looking for a map, or are looking for information on guided tours and equipment rentals, Fernie.com is your source.
Fernie Nordic Society has more than 20kms of pristine groomed Nordic track at the Fernie Golf Club and Country Club. With more than 200 members of all ages and backgrounds, the primary goal of the Fernie Nordic Society is “to provide low cost winter fitness activity to it’s membership through high quality groomed trails and programming”
Download the City of Fernie Recreational Trails Map here:
City Recreational Trail Map
Fernie Alpine Resort
The XC trail system at Fernie Alpine Resort offers great skiing. The terrain is hilly and forested and offers an excellent workout and wilderness adventure. It is groomed several times per week and generally has excellent skiing for both skater’s and classical cross country.
A word of caution. These trails are multiple use. You may run into mountain bikers, runners or snowshoe tours on any of the trails. If you bring your dog, please use a leash and clean up.
Access (Silk) Trail – 1 kilometer: This trail starts from the trailhead at the shop and climbs for approximately 1 kilometer to the start of the Silk trail. It is a gradual climb that ends a bit steeper than it started. If you are learning to skate ski, it is usually enough to make you want to climb back on the couch you were trying to avoid.
Silk/Manchuria Loop – 4 kilometers: This 4 kilometer loop has a two different personalities depending on the way you do it. To take the upper trail, Manchuria, seems to be the easier of the two ways to go. You start off climbing a rather steep grade but it quickly levels off before dropping down through some fun S turns to the halfway hut. Following the Silk trail back to the trail head is generally a gradual climb with a few shorter pitches thrown in to keep you entertained.
Starting with the Silk trail provides a fast and fun glide downhill before a short steep hill to the halfway hut. Manchuria from here, switch backs and climbs a steep and continuous grade for half its length before leveling off. As a general rule though, the Manchuria section of the route sees little traffic.
Scandia Loop – 5 kilometers: From the halfway hut, the Scandia loop winds along the hillside and tends to be more broken than the Silk/Manchuria loop. Short up hills break up the down hills and near the apex of the loop, the trail could be described as actually rolling with small, two stride hills. This is not to say the loop is easier mind you. In either direction, the hills are generally longer and steeper than on the Silk/Manchuria loop. Winding through peaceful stands of birch and aspen, with scenic views of the Elk Valley, make this trail worth the extra effort. Plus, a short jaunt through the forest at the apex of the trail brings you to the Birch Meadows bed and breakfast which serves lunches and hot soups on the weekends between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Island Lake Lodge
The cross country trail at Island Lake Lodge is being frequently groomed. They do not have track set on the trail at this point. Be respectful of their snowcat operations and park in the designated area. Enjoy their hospitality and beautiful nature!
Cross Country Trail Safety Information
- Be cautious of snowmobiles and snowcats on the Trail.
- Travel on the trail at night is not permitted.
- Please keep dogs leashed and under control. Snowmobiles and wildlife are a threat to your dog’s safety.
- Please take responsibility for your safety on the trail and consider the consequences of your actions.
- There have been numerous moose on the access road and trail. Please follow safe wildlife practices including:
o Keep your distance – many wild animals can be dangerous, respect their space.
o Stay alert – many incidents between people and wildlife occur when they meet by accident.
o Caution around young wildlife – mothers are often very protective and can be quite aggressive.