Distance: Approx. 25 km
Time: Approx. 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Happy New Year! This month I challenge you to do two activities in one day. Here are two routes, one designed for Nordic skiing and the other for biking or snowshoeing.
Head to Mount Fernie Provincial Park and park at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre or Island Lake lower parking lot. It’s your call if you want to ski or bike/snowshoe first. I like to get warmed up on the skis.
From the hut enjoy a short warm up on flat terrain before crossing the bridge and heading up the Grunt. It has that name for a reason! You will have a bit of brake at the top before your next climb on Galloway Loop. Take the loop counter clockwise enjoying some good climbing and descending. Finish off your ski down the Runt for a gradual descent, getting some good practice cornering. Cross the bridge and continue back up to the hut for one last climb.
Head into the hut if you need a warm up and grab some fuel before the next adventure on Lazy Lizard. Continue through the Park until you reach the main entrance to Island Lake Lodge (wooden structure and parking area). The trail starts just off the road on the right hand side. It’s a short climb up from the road then some nice rolling terrain crossing a number of bridges. Enjoy the tranquility as you meander through the cedar trees, taking in the viewpoints along the way. The trail ends at Island Lake Lodge. Now the real fun begins as you head back down enjoying the long descent to the parking lot. This one will leave you smiling!
Be sure to check out the trail conditions before you go to get the most out of your trail experience.
Elk Valley Nordic Centre