Volunteers helped split and transport wood at this weekend’s work party. (Photo Submitted)

Fernie Nordic Society gears up for winter

Volunteers came together this past weekend to chop firewood for the upcoming season

Gearing up for a snowy winter season, the Fernie Nordic Society hosted a work party on Sunday to replenish their stores of firewood.

A groups of volunteers came out for the socially distant event, splitting wood for the warming hut’s stove in preparation for what they expect to be a busy year on the trails.

“In March last season, we noticed a lot of people were getting quite interested in outdoor activities like cross country skiing, because there was nothing left to do indoors,” said treasurer of the Fernie Nordic Society, Matthieu Corriveau.

“We think it’s going to be the same this season–we think a lot of new people will get involved.” To accommodate for the anticipated increase in trail traffic, the Nordic Society is planning on grooming almost every day this upcoming winter.

With the season typically starting around early December, the Nordic Society is currently working on figuring out a schedule of events, while making plans for hopefully reinstating adult lessons and kids lessons. Relying on volunteers to run the the programs, they invite those interested in coaching, including previous coaches and parents of nordic skiers, to reach out.

Corriveau also encourages anyone wanting to try cross country skiing for the first time to hit the trails this winter, as anyone looking for rental equipment can find a wide selection of rental gear at many of the equipment shops downtown.

The Fernie Nordic Society reminds residents that registration for new club memberships and renewals is now open, with early bird fees in effect until Dec. 1.

To register, head to Zone4.ca.



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