The sleek new 2021-2022 Winter Trail Map is available in stores around town and at the Visitor Information Centre for free. (File photo)

The sleek new 2021-2022 Winter Trail Map is available in stores around town and at the Visitor Information Centre for free. (File photo)

New Fernie winter trails map out for 2021-2022

The map is part of the Winter Trails Collaborative

The 2021-2022 Winter Trail Map has hit the stands.

Showing groomed trails as part of the Winter Trails Collaborative, the new map is updated from the 2020-2021 map, and is completely free.

It’s available throughout town and at the Visitor Information Centre, so those heading out for a cross-country ski, fat bike ride, snowshoe or more can have easy knowledge of where volunteers in town are keeping trails open and available for winter use.

Executive officer of Tourism Fernie Jikke Gyorki, who was involved in coordinating the Winter Trails Collaborative said that users heading out onto the trails should remain aware of volunteer time, and use appropriate trails at appropriate times.

“All trail groups have been seeing a lot of users post-holing,” she said, so more signs are being put up around town to help educate users on how to avoid post-holing.

“It’s really hard on the volunteers grooming the multi-use trails to have this happen. It’s a lot of work for them to groom the trails and to see it ruined right after is heart breaking to them.”

The Winter Trails Collaborative has now been in place for two years, and is the work of an alliance of trails groups in the Fernie area.

Funding for the project from the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) is shared between the Fernie Nordic Society for grooming trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre and Fernie Golf Club, the Fernie Nordic Society and Fernie Trails Alliance (combined) for clearing parking lots and maintaining toilets in the Mt Fernie Provincial Park (specifically the overflow and Hedonism parking lots), the Fernie Trails Alliance for grooming trails on Crown, Canwel and City land, and the Coal Creek Heritage Society for grooming of Ridgemont and Montane Trails, as well as the renting and maintenance of publicly-available toilets.

For the 2021-2022 season, over 100km of trails will be groomed, with the Fernie Nordic Society responsible for 20km of trails, the Fernie Trails Alliance responsible for between 16 and 26km and the Coal Creek Heritage Society responsible for 40km.

Be mindful of conditions and what trails are best suited for your outdoor activity, grab a copy of the map and head out and enjoy winter!

READ MORE: Coordinated winter grooming in place for Fernie’s trails



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