Fernie is a true sledders playground offering endless riding opportunities for all abilities and styles of snowmobiling. The Fernie Snowmobile Association manages several areas within the Elk Valley through grooming, trail maintenance, events, signage, and warming hut facilities available to the public. Four of our most popular riding areas are listed here.
PLEASE NOTE: There are several permanent and seasonal closures in place throughout the Elk Valley to preserve sensitive ecosystems, wildlife, and their habitats, as well as recreational opportunities for other user groups. Please refer to the Regional District of the East Kootenay’s Outdoor Access Guide for the latest information and maps.
Undoubtedly one of Fernie’s most popular and easily accessible sledding areas, the Rolling Hills area offers expansive riding options for all abilities centered around a well-equipped warming hut. Follow the wide, groomed trail from the Coal Creek staging area for 16km to the Rolling Hills Cabin. Many families and beginners enjoy this as an out and back trip or stay and play a while in the open cut blocks immediately behind the hut. Continue winding South through the forest on the Doug Dean Trail to access more technical glade and meadow riding in the Rolling Hills or stay on the trail to link up with the Wranglers/Morrissey network.
Staging: Coal Creek Staging Area
Directions: From highway, turn east towards downtown on 4th street, cross tracks, turn right on Pine Ave (later turns into Cokato Road), follow road past Aquatic Center and continue straight as it transitions into residential neighborhood. Watch for blue staging area sign: turn left on Coal Creek Road. Follow road for approximately 3.5 kilometers to staging area (beside rod and gun club).
Groomed Trail: 16 km from staging area to cabin.
Cabin GPS: Lat 49°26’53.95″N Long 114°52’40.91″W
Terrain Elevation: Staging Area 1083m; Cabin 1773m; Ridge top 2100m.
Best For: Families, Groups with multiple ability levels.
The groomed Morrissey trail provides access to some of Fernie’s best technical riding areas. While there are plenty of tempting spots to dip off the trail and play, most riders will continue East through the open meadow beside the Wranglers Cabin and head up the pipeline to reach the Notch. Riders will need to navigate some steeper climbs to access the upper sub-alpine bowls and endless gladded riding opportunities.
Special Notes – Portion of trail is on FWA land, watch for snow cats and stay out of private lodge and cat ski areas.
Staging: Morrissey Staging Area.
Directions: Head South of Fernie on Highway 3, turn left on Morrissey Road, cross river/tracks, turn right on Cokato Road and follow as road veers left into Morrissey FSR, follow for approx 2km to staging area.
Groomed Trail: 14.5 km from staging to cabin.
Cabin GPS: Lat 49°24’40.10″N Long 114°51’3.76″W
Terrain Elevation: Staging 1033m; Cabin 1818m; Ridge 2200m.
Best For: Intermediate to advanced riders.
Hartley Lake / Sulfur FSR
The Hartley Lake trail is Fernie’s gateway to technical alpine riding and some of our areas most remote backcountry terrain. The groomed trail is an easy ride from the staging area, past the old lake bed, to a series of open meadows. Riders can enjoy some great boondocking opportunities here or continue beyond to reach some true alpine riding zones set among the towering limestone peaks and scenic rocky mountain vistas.
Special Notes- Trucks/SUV’s pulling trailers must have chains to access staging area. Multiple Non-Motorized zones – reference Fernie Snowmobile Association Trail map for closure areas.
Staging: Hartley Lake.
Directions: Head East of town on Hwy 3, drive past Industrial Area and turn left on second access to Dicken Road (first will be before industrial area), take first right on Hartley Lake FSR, follow for approx 3.5 kilometers to staging area.
Groomed Trail: Approx 5 km from staging area to Hartley Pass, another 10km to Sulfer Jct. Various options exist beyond this point to connect with the Elkford/Sparwood trail networks.
Cabin GPS: No FSA Cabin in immediate area. See Sparwood/Elkford Trail Map for more info.
Terrain Elevation: Staging 1160m.
Best For: Advanced riders with good route finding skills and backcountry experience.
Corbin offers approximately 10 km of groomed trail access to several advanced alpine riding zones on the western flank of the BC/Alberta border.
Special Notes – There is a small staging area available at the immediate trailhead. Please do not park in the TECK employee parking lot.
CORBIN CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES – TRAIL NOT MAINTAINED, USE AT OWN RISK.
Staging: Corbin Staging Area.
Directions: Head East of Fernie on Highway 3, turn right (South) on Corbin Road heading towards TECK Coal Mountain Operations, continue for 23km to Corbin townsite. Immediately after the townsite you will see a small parking lot on the right hand side of road. Farthest lot provides staging area parking and access to trail network.
Groomed Trail: 15km depending on snowcoverage (washed-out bridge at end of trail is often not passable by groomer).
Cabin GPS: nil
Terrain Elevation: Staging 1515m; Upper playzones (average) 2100m.
Best For: Intermediate to advanced riders.