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Contact Us:
info@ferniesnowmobile.com
Box 293
Fernie, BC, Canada
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THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF SLEDDING IN FERNIE, BC

The Fernie Snowmobile Association commissioned a micro-economic impact study to better understand the value of sledding in Fernie, BC. The report, completed by MNP accountancy and business consultants, showcased that sledding plays a critical role in the economic diversity and health of our local community. Overall, it was found that snowmobiling contributed $11.6 million dollars in annual economic output to Fernie, created 75 full-time equivalent jobs, and provides $956,000 in government revenue. The study further highlighted that the FSA has provided over three-quarters of a million dollars in local recreation infrastructure to the community and represents 15,000 trail user days between the months of December to March each year.   Read the full report HERE.

 

April 7, 2021 Weekly Update – THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT YEAR!

THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT SEASON! Our last groom of the winter will be at Corbin on Friday, April 9th. Morrissey and Coal Creek loops last groomed April 2nd. All trail and facility use is now at your own risk. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Click HERE to read information about COVID and traveling to Fernie.

 

Nov 27th, 2020: NOTICE from TECK re Snowmobile Access near Elkview Operations

Hello snowmobilers!

Starting today, Teck will be conducting a water management project at our Elkview Operations. We will be plowing the Valley Forest Service Road off Line Creek Mine Road in order for our equipment to access the project area. Understanding that snowmobiles cannot travel on plowed roads, we have plowed a marshalling area at the eastward turnoff from the service road (approximately 12.3km from Highway 43). Please see rough map below.

Please continue beyond the current marshalling area to the new location, and be aware of increased light and heavy vehicle traffic in this area.

We hope this change will benefit to your outdoor enjoyment, and you enjoy the outdoors safely.

Please provide any feedback about Teck’s operations to feedbackteckcoal@teck.com.

Thank you.

November 16th, 2020 UPDATE

Coal Creek will be CLOSED for timber harvesting activities until January 2021. Pipeline contractors will also have the Morrissey Road plowed to dirt until December 15th, 2020 from the staging area to the Wranglers Cabin and select locations along the pipeline. If excellent early season conditions prevail, we are ready to commence grooming programs at Corbin and Hartley immediately.

The FSA will work with contractors to blade the snow back onto the Morrissey trail and will commence winter road-building activities on December 16th, 2020 starting with the Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Notch Trail and McEvoy Trail as conditions permit. We are currently aiming for our first ‘groom’ on December 18th, 2020 with trailhead operations commencing Saturday, December 19th, 2020. We look forward to seeing everyone out there!

Current Trail Conditions: Morrissey and Coal Creek roads plowed for industrial activity, no snow coverage. Corbin, Hartley and Ram are currently snow-covered with patchy section at valley bottom trending to 20cm at mid-elevations. We received about 50cm of new snow last week immediately followed by warm temperatures leaving us with a variable half a meter of settled snowpack in the upper riding areas. Forecast is calling to snow to come in dribs and drabs over the next week for a total estimated of new snowfall of 120cm by November 25th. Regular trail conditions reports will start December 1st.

If you choose to ride pre-grooming season, please note:

  • That it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed forest service road in BC (road open to industrial or public traffic)
  • If you choose to drive up the forest service road to park at the snowline, please do so without blocking industrial traffic
  • When driving up a plowed forest service road to park, you MUST expect logging traffic at all times and observe posted radio call up / down procedures.

Remember, if there is enough snow to ride – there is enough snow to slide! Be safe out there. Avalanche Canada will start posting Avalanche bulletins for our region on November 27th.

COVID Procedures

Welcome to the 2020 Snowmobile season. The Province of BC has implemented a phased approach to re-opening whereby smart, safe, and respectful travel and recreation is now permitted.  As we prepare for the 2020 season, we have carefully developed safe work procedures for our Team Members alongside key messaging for our trail users on what they can expect this season and how we can work cooperatively for everyone’s safety. Please help us keep our community stay healthy and our infrastructure open this season by adhering to the attached requirements.

Update November 20th: In order to adhere to the new recommendations announced by the Provincial Health Authority yesterday, all riders will be required to wear masks when in warming shelters. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep our riding areas open this winter.

 

FSA COVID Safe Work Procedures