Fernie BC's Guide to Snowmobiling

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Snowmobiling has quickly become one of Fernie’s more popular winter activities, and in response to the growing demand, numerous resources have popped up to ensure visitors and residents enjoy the sport to the maximum. The Fernie Snowmobile Association, formed in 1990, manages the trails for snowmobiling in the area. Main trails are groomed regularly and a day-use fee is in effect. Visitors can also pay $80 annually for a membership, which provides access all winter long. Please contact the Association for information on trails, grooming, access, membership and events. www.ferniesnowmobile.com Rentals/Purchases/Repairs Ghostrider Motorsports on Highway 3 sells both used and new equipment, along with handling rentals and repairs (250-423-9251). Gear Hub in downtown Fernie also rents equipment and provides servicing (250-423-5555), and Prestige Tours offers rentals and tours (1-877-888-9899). Avalanche Safety The College of the Rockies (250-423-4691) hosts Avalanche Safety courses on a regular basis throughout the fall and winter months. Also, stay up to date on stability at www.avalanche.ca where bulletins are posted daily. The Gear Hub and The Guide’s Hut (250-423-3650) rents and sells safety equipment, which can also be purchased at Ski Base (250-423-6464), Board Stiff (250-423-3473) and Straightline (250-423-3532). Grooming Guide and Map The Fernie Snowmobiling Association updates its grooming guide regularly at www.ferniesnowmobile.com, which includes the area, groomer remarks and latest conditions. They also maintain cabins at Ram Creek, Minnesota Flats and, new this year, the base of the Rolling Hills. You can purchase a Snowmobile Guide at the Stanford Inn, Park Place Lodge, Best Western, Ghostrider Motorsports, Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Smitty’s/Husky, 7-11 and the Gear Hub. Staging Platform The Fernie Snowmobile Association has built a larger staging area down Coal Creek Road, to allow snowmobilers to meet and prepare for rides. This platform was built to help reduce congestion and to keep snowmobiles away from cross-country skiers, dog walkers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more at www.ferniesnowmobile.com. Locations Morrissey/Coal Creek The Morrissey area is closed until further notice due to logging. To access the popular Wranglers Cabin at Minnesota Flats, a new family friendly trail through the Rolling Hills has been established, which is accessible through the Coal Creek Trail. The Fernie Snow Mobile Association, in collaboration with Tembec and in agreement with additional land owners, blazed this trail to avoid the Morrissey Trail and current logging situation. This nicely signed and groomed route takes you right to the Wranglers Cabin. Exciting news this year is the addition of a cabin at the base of the Rolling Hills, which will be good to go this winter season. Hartley Pass Another area, groomed when time and weather permits, climbs up and over Hartley Pass from a staging area just a few minutes north of town. Note that chains may be required for vehicles hauling trailers into this area.