What's New? - Updated March 22, 2016



The Nordic club has now completed an additional 5km trail located on the Gallaway lands, connecting the Park to Boomerang Way (by Willow Creek) – making the Nordic trails about 8.5 km in total.  There is a short multi-use loop for hikers, snow-shoeing, fat biking.  The Nordic Trails are exclusive use trails for Nordic Skiing only.  In order to use the trails, get a daily or seasonal trail pass by going to www.fernienordic.com


We've added a classified and community postings section.  If you have something you would like to post, please email zammit@burstall.com.   We will use our discretion as to the appropriateness of the posting and reserve the right to reject the posting request. 

AGM to be held on March 26, 2016 at the Slope Side Café at 5:00pm


- FSVCA Letter of support for future trail development - see Correspondence

- FSVCA Board of Directors approves extension of Rent Charge Agreement with FAR - see MInutes

- Timberline Pedestrian Trail -  the pedestrian trail that borders Snow Lake on upper Timberline has now been extended to lower Timberline.  FAR and the Rent Charge have agreed to split the cost of the extension of the Timberline trail on the lower Timberline section.  We have received many positive comments about the pedestrian trails and we are please to be a part of that initiative.  Now if we can only figure out a way to make the Highline bridge safer for pedestrians.  We're working on it.

- Fat Bikes - You may have observed recently fat "snow" bikes in the community and on the trails.  The Silk Trail is a multi-use trail.  The Rent Charge subsidizes the x-country ski grooming on the Silk Trail.  For Fat Bike riders (I am one of them), please ride with courtesy to other trail users and don't ride on the trails in soft snow conditions that will leave a deep imprint on the trail.  The trails are for the use of x-country classic skiers, x-country skate skiers, snow shoers, hikers, gymnasts, hockey players, curlers, lugers etc...  Please play nice.   

Here is the Fernie Mountain Bike Club Fat Bike riding policy:

With the increase in Fat Tire biking this winter, we thought we would suggest some basic trail guidelines for biking on groomed, multi use trails: 

1.            ONLY ride in areas that allow biking.  The Elk Valley Nordic Centre and the Golf Course groomed trails DO NOT allow biking.  Island Lake Lodge and the groomed cross country ski trails at Fernie Alpine Resort are multi-use, but at the same time we need to be respectful that the trails are not primarily groomed for biking. 

2.            YIELD to all other users when riding and ride in control; you’ve got brakes, but others don’t.  Also yield to motorized vehicles.  

3.            WAIT until it firms up; only ride when you are not leaving a groove deeper than one inch (IMBA standards).  If there is a firmer part of the trail, ride there.  Try to ride to the outer most part of the trail, not down the middle. 

4.            DO NOT ride on, over or in the classic set tracks.

5.            LEAVE room for other users and motorized vehicles to pass (don't ride side-by-side blocking the full trail).

6.            BE POLITE and follow all of the other rules of the trail area, including, but not limited to:

                    a.    Obey all trail access and vehicle signs;

                    b.    Be respectful and be cautious of wildlife;

                    c.    Keep your dogs on leash and under control at all times.

This is a new sport that a lot of people don’t understand yet; we have to be stewards of the trail so as not to have our privileges removed. 


What is the FSVCA?

The Fernie Snow Valley Community Association is a non profit society registered in 1993 with the BC Government under the Society Act with the following stated purpose:

"The purpose of the society is to provide a forum for people interested in the community situated at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort.. Membership would not be necessarily limited to property owners on the hill, nor is it anticipated that all property owners would choose to join the society."

History in a Nutshell

In fact the main focus of the association was to obtain fire protection for our community. In other words ensure that the Fernie Fire Department was paid to respond if there was a fire in one of our properties. This was accomplished for three and a half years by getting all the property owners on the hill to voluntarily contribute their share of this fee. Society status was necessary to permit bank accounts and contracts with the City.

Ultimately this system proved unworkable and the Society undertook to get a petition passed that would have the Regional District of East Kootenay collect the necessary monies on our property tax bills and enter into a contract with the City of Fernie on our behalf. This was successful and fire protection began again in July of 1998 and will continue for a five year period.

In 1999 and 2000 the big issue was the development of our Official Community Plan (http://www.rdek.bc.ca/Bylaws/BL%20fernie_alpine_resort.htm), where with the help of the Regional District we were able to have significant input on a number of issues of importance to the area homeowners

Since 2002 the main issues have revolved around utility charges, the rent charge and general governance issues.

Although the ski hill has been renamed to Fernie Alpine Resort, the members have decided to retain the historic Fernie Snow Valley name for the association.

Mailing List

All property owners on the ski hill are encouraged to join our email list which is used for communications from the association. Keeping track of the large number of ever changing addresses is impossible for a small volunteer organization, so email has become our principal means to convey news about issues of interest to our community. Anyone is welcome to join the list by sending an email to zammit@burstall.com with the information below please.

How Do I Join

You can become a member of the association by emailing the relevant following information to zammit@burstall.com :
  • Fernie Property Address
  • Contact Name of Member
  • Contact information - EMail address
and optionally sending our suggested annual membership fee of $20 to


PO Box 6048, 5322 Highline Dr
Fernie, B.C., V0B 1M0

The Official Community Plan

The OCP for the resort area, which was passed in 2000 and amended in 2013 is here:  http://www.rdek.bc.ca/Bylaws/BL%20fernie_alpine_resort.htm

The RDEK's East Kootenay Guide

Some things you should know as a rural landowner in the Regional District of East Kootenay - (pdf)


The Full Correspondence File
Meeting Minutes


When?  March 26, 2016, 5pm

Where? Slope Side Café

Contact Us

You can reach us by email at zammit@burstall.com or by Mail at

Box 6048 Fernie, British Columbia

V0B 1M6