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Snowbike trail gooming


Local fat tire bikers, also called snow bikers, have started a grooming program. Last week Gorby, Snake Bite and Verboten were groomed prior to the freeze and the resulting riding is most excellent.

There are two groomers and they came from a nice man from Calgary named Richard. He designed them scrape the trail following [...]

Early Season Snow Hazards

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Don’t be easily tempted into the steeps with this fresh snow. 80 wide 45-50 deep controlled snowcat trigger in Curry Bowl. When this hit the bottom of the bowl, it remote triggered the the area of trees in the middle of the photo.


Thunder Meadows firewood


Another change of season and few loads of firewood are in the air. Thunder Meadows cabin has a great supply of old larch to keep us warm and dry this winter!

Here a a few pics from the harvest:


Porky Blue Bus

Bus Done

Porky Blue Bus freshly painted and ready for August 2 Ride and Roast. Shuttle spaces are filling up fast.


Porky Blue Trail Cleanup and August 2 - Porky Blue Bike Ride

On the past two weekends we have done a lot of cleanup and trail fixing on the Porky Blue Trail. On Sunday we had seven volunteers rerouting the top steep section and rerouting around erosion ruts on the middle section. The entire route is nicely chain sawed and all the logs and overhanging brush is [...]

Swine Flu Cattle Gate


On the weekend Mitch and George installed a cattle gate near the old gate on the fence, going up to Swine Flu. This was done to address the concerns of the cattle owner, who ranges his cattle in the Swine Flu area.

A reminder for everybody, there are NO DOGS allowed in the Swine Flu [...]

5th Annual Porky Blue on August 2

Squeal Like a Pig

Registration is open for the 5th Annual Porky Blue ride. The Porky Blue ride is a fun group ride with no timing and a fundraiser for the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring club.

The Porky Blue trail is very difficult and requires a high level of fitness and technical riding abilities. Expect the [...]

Fernie Avalanche Industry Bursary program


The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club (FTASTC) is sponsoring a bursary program with the goal of promoting avalanche safety and awareness in the Elk Valley and to assist individuals who are pursuing a career in the avalanche industry.

Above: Fernie Ski Patrollers Melissa Makepeace and Megan Kelly with CAC Field Tech Gord Ohm [...]

Cabin Trail and Old Growth trail work

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Here are a few photos (before and during, no afters) of the Thursday evening cleanup of Cabin Trail and Old Growth. It’s ready to hike!

Accessed off of the Island Lake road or off of the Old Growth Trail, Cabin Trail leads to Thunder Meadows Cabin. Whether you are looking to camp overnight during the [...]

Muck Truckin’ Our Way Up Gorby Trail


Last fall we decided it was time to give old Gorby Trail a makeover. We hired Terry Polacik (TER Contracting) with his trusty Case back hoe to start at the ski hill and work his way down, to do some much needed ditching and water-barring to get the water off of the trail.  Also last [...]