Groomer’s Report

Saturday, March 9, 2016

Weather & Snow: -3C, 0cm new snow in the past 24 hours, 10cm in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights hovering around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Notch Trail

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Weather & Snow: -8C, 2cm new snow overnight, snowing lightly, total snowpack heights hovering around 230cm.

Groomed: Coal Creek Trail, Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Matheson Trail.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, March 4, 2019

Weather and Conditions: -24C, light winds, no new snow overnight, 28cm in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights hovering around 240cm

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Notch Trail groomed last night

Mini Griz Kids Derby

Lil’ Griz Sledder

10 am – 12 noon Sunday March 3

Fernie Golf Course

If you’ve got an up-and-coming sledder in the family a new Griz Days event will offer them a chance to experience what it’s all about. The Fernie Snowmobile Association is setting up a test track with a new Arctic Cat Mini Z120 for kids ages 3-8 to take a test ride on Griz Days Sunday.

This new event is an opportunity for families to learn more about snowmobiling in the Elk Valley from local experts and to see if junior is a natural born sled head! Association members will be offering guided lessons on how the machines work, safety practices and how to ride in control.

Children must be dressed in appropriate winter jackets, pants, boots and gloves. Helmets will be provided or bring your own. Parents/guardians must be present for children to ride.

As part of the FSA efforts to encourage family riding and to raise funds for their ongoing programs, the Artic Mini Cat is also the main prize in their Lil’ Griz Sledder Raffle. Tickets are available now at Ghostrider Motor Sports, at snowmobile trailhead kiosks and will also be for sale at the event. The winning ticket will be drawn at 12 noon Sunday at the conclusion of the test drives. Snowmobiling is a wonderful family sport and this is a great chance to get your kid on their own machine and stop hitching rides with the parents.

PLEASER NOTE THE SNOWDRAG RACES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED THIS YEAR DUE TO LOGGING ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE THROUGH THE SNOW DRAG / DERBY GROUNDS.

Groomer’s Report

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Weather and Snow: -21C (Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning due to windchill), no new snow overnight, 28cm in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights around 240cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, McEvoy East Trail.

 

Groomer’s Report

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Weather: -25C, 10cm new snow, 33cm in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights around 250cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Martin.

FSA Corporate Partners Ride

Special group ride to thank our Corporate Partners and showcase FSA trails and facilities to stakeholders.

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Weather and Snow: -5C, trace amounts of new snow overnight, 55cm new snow in the past 7 days, total snowpack height hovering near 235cm

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Notch, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Coal Creek Trail.

 

CORBIN UPDATE

Closure of public recreation trail without notification or stakeholder consultation

Fernie, BC February 26, 2019

Snowmobilers riding the Corbin area were surprised to encounter heavy equipment plowing snow off the groomed winter trail as they traveled back to their vehicles last Thursday afternoon. The 15km long backcountry recreation facility, located on public crown land, is managed and maintained by the Fernie Snowmobile Association (FSA) during the winter months on behalf of Recreation Sites and Trails BC.

“No consultation with local stakeholders or notices of the work being done were provided to the Fernie Snowmobile Association” explains FSA President Dave Hozjan. “It came down to asking the equipment operators on site who they worked for before we could reach out to inquire as to the nature of these activities and disruption of the public trail”.

Canfor has since advised they are completing road building in the area in advance of timber harvesting scheduled this spring. For the FSA, this means an unexpected loss of the area for the remainder of the season. “The public parking lot, kiosk and snowcat groomer storage facility are now essentially landlocked by a 4km section of plowed road” explains Hozjan. “It is illegal to for people to snowmobile down a plowed forest service road. The tracked groomer, which creates the maintained trail surface, certainly cannot drive that distance down the dirt road to reach the remaining section of groomed trail without causing damage to our equipment. There is just no room let alone the environmental approval in place for us to create a new bypass trail, a new parking lot or the pullouts required for the safe passage of recreational trail users on short notice”.

The Executive Director, Donegal Wilson, of the BC Snowmobile Federation (BCSF) said “it is disheartening to hear that a legally established trail managed under Partnership Agreement with the Province of BC has again been plowed out with zero communication.  The volunteers that operate snowmobile clubs work hard to attract winter recreation tourism to their community for the benefit of the businesses where they operate.  Though the club is a not-for-profit organization that does not mean that setbacks like this do not have a financial impact.  Like any business, the club develops budgets, staff plans and makes equipment investments based on projected income.  In this case, the loss of revenue has resulted in staff layoffs and added additional expense to the club to create communication plans, redirect traffic and ensure other trails are prepared to handle any increased traffic.  It takes years for a club to establish a legal trail and it is supposed to provide certainty that a trail will be considered in industrial planning.  The continued disregard for our trails is damaging BC’s reputation of having world class snowmobiling.”

The not-for-profit Fernie Snowmobile Association manages over 160km of groomed trails, 5 staging area facilities, and three backcountry warming shelters in the region. Fernie has seen exponential growth and success in the snowmobile sector over the past three years with riders contributing well over 1 million dollars annually to the local economy. The remainder of the FSA’s managed trail network in other parts of the valley will remain open, including Fernie’s most popular groomed area, Coal Creek, which opened on Feb 16th after logging activities by private landowner Canwell were completed for the season.

Grooming Report

Monday February 25, 2019

Weather and Snow: -13C, strong / gusty winds, 0cm new snow in the last 24 hours, 57cm new snow in the past 7 days.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Doug Dean Trail, McEvoy, Matheson

Corbin: 

On Thursday afternoon, sledders encountered heavy equipment plowing out the maintained trail at Corbin (from staging area down 4km to Barnes junction). The FSA was NOT notified in advance of any work planned in the area which is especially disturbing as we hold the registered land use partnership agreement with BC Trails and Rec Sites to manage and maintain this trail during the winter months. After investigating, it was discovered that CANFOR has plowed the road for their road building activities in the area in advance of timber harvesting activities to take place later this spring.  Our parking lot facilities, kiosk, and groomer are now essentially land locked by 4km of dirt road between the staging area and the start of the remaining section of trail. It is illegal in BC to snowmobile down a plowed forest service road, the groomer cannot drive down this section of trail without damaging the equipment, and there is just no reasonable space or environmental approval for us to construct a new parking lot / turn around / or passing lanes which would be suitable for trucks and trailers using the area. Unfortunately, at this time, it means we are unable to continue our operations in the Corbin Area this season. We will continue to strive for a solution but have very limited options at this time.

Coal Creek, Morrissey, Hartley & Ram are OPEN for snowmobiling with over 150km of maintained trails, three warming cabins, and parking lot facilities available for use.