FTA Intentions & STA Update

Do you want to learn what the Fernie Trails Alliance’s (FTA) intentions are for 2020? Join us for our season wrap up meeting on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 pm at Red Tree Lodge. Thank you to Red Tree for donating the meeting room again this year. Light snacks, coffee and tea will be provided. In addition, a cash bar will be available.

Here is a sneak peek of what you can look forward to. We are in for another election this year! Currently, we have five spots available on the board. We are looking for expertise in the following areas: grants, fundraising, and governance. If you are interested in any of these specific roles please come out to our meeting. You can also contact me at manager@fernietrailsalliance.com for more information about our board and the responsibilities involved.

We will keep you entertained with a fun recap of the season including some videos, trail user stats, financial updates, member club updates, 2019 successes and a preview of 2020.

In the meantime, the Fernie Valley Pathway 2020 project is still moving along strong. Thank you to the Fernie Brewing Company’s Cheers to Charity program we raised $4,906 in September.

Also, keep an eye out for winter grooming again this year. Our volunteers are currently working on routes for the upcoming winter season. The trails will be groomed for multi-use.

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The Sparwood Trails Alliance (STA) has been working diligently with great success this year in bringing new trails to its expanding network. We’ve completed two projects this summer and have another one in the works for summer 2020. With a few successful grants, the STA has been able to add this month’s featured trail: The Meander.

The Meander is a great beginner to intermediate ride or run spanning 1.3km with some fun, punchy climbs and descents that will leave you wondering why exactly it’s called “Meander.” It can be accessed on the upper end via the Upper Mountain Shadows Loop and Bypass Trail or on the lower end by following the Elk Valley Trail from the Mountain Shadows Campground Trailhead. The loop in its entirety runs about 7 km and will take anywhere from 30 minutes (experienced bikers) to an hour and a half (beginner runners and walkers).

The STA is looking forward to adding this trail to its extensive list of groomed winter trails for true multi-use fun; fat biking, running, skiing, snowshoeing, walking and whatever else gets you outside. Follow the STA on social media for trail updates, info on group rides and runs, and all of their special events and activities. Hope to see you out there!