Mountain Biking in Fernie B.C. - Video

Jun 27, 2012
by Nic Genovese  
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Fernie is truly one of the best mountain bike destinations in the world. There aren't many places where you can ride every discipline of mountain biking without getting in a vehicle. Fernie has everything from lift access DH riding, over 80 local single track trails, and a municipal dirt jump park and skatepark. Fernie's trail network is built for all levels of riders, including well marked trails that are graded from greens to double-black diamonds. Many locals say that they actually love the biking more than the powder, if you can believe that! My goal for the video was to try show how versatile Fernie really is, and why it is a must stop for any mountain biker.

Photo by Mark Gallup
Photo by Mark Gallup
Photo by Mark Gallup

www.ridefernie.com

Video: Nic Genovese
Photography: Mark Gallup


72 Comments

  • + 63
 I wish I was Canadian. There, I said it!
  • + 21
 Damn right you do!
  • - 14
flag JonathanTeas (Jun 27, 2012 at 18:59) (Below Threshold)
 Why not just wish you were Canada?
  • + 8
 Nah, let's face it we all wish it - hell even from way down here in Australia! Damn it!
  • + 7
 What about in February? will you still wish you were Canadian? better learn to Ski or snowboard.
Only 3 days until Canada Day!
  • - 5
flag craig7 (Jun 28, 2012 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 Winters all about hockey here. Just as fun as biking
  • + 3
 nope, skiing is thebest part about winter. I had a blast at fernie in the pow. but why are we talking about winter!

maybe ill come out to ride fernie this summer Smile
  • + 21
 thats what mountain biking is about, just no matter what you ride, getting out there, even if its rolling all long on a push bike
  • + 4
 I moved here for the winter in 2010 then loved it so much I packed my bags and came back for good this winter. My experiences of Fernie's summer this year have already been incredible (despite the slightly wet BC Summer so far!) Anyone who has the opportunity to come visit Fernie... get involved!
  • + 3
 im going to fernie this long weekend and then strainght to kicking horse.
  • + 1
 I went to fernie last summer, so much fun!
  • + 1
 Nice video! I have not been to Fernie for a few years and I miss it. I have to admit that I am really paranoid about the degrading trail quality posts about the ski hill though since I am a Kicking horse local and have been wondering what RCR might do to our hill......
  • + 2
 Fernie rocks, for the old people this is where the TV series Twin Peaks was filmed, back in the early 90's.
Also happens to be a magical place to ride. Now i want to go back Smile
  • + 1
 Nic - one day I should bring the travelling onlne guidebook roadshow to Fernie to profile the town and select trails. This video and other comments from other people (MartinS) have reminded me that Fernie's changed a lot since sharon and I last visited over 10 years ago.
  • + 1
 Most Excellent! There have been a ton of new trails built and /or re-done in the last 5 years since IMBA did a trail building weekend here. We've been busy!
  • + 1
 I'm surprised you haven't been there lately. I guess you need at least a week to fully experience the Fernie/Crowsnest area
  • + 1
 Heading back to the Canmore Bragg Crk area this year - Fernie's kind of tucked away if you know what i mean
  • + 1
 I went for the first time last summer and I didn't want to leave. It was amazing. Trails of all skill levels and they were all mapped and signed. Only had enough time to ride one side of the valley (opposite from the ski hill) and that was enough to want to move to Fernie. Hyperventilation/Hyperextension were one of the highlights.
  • + 2
 My favourite place to ride, the bike park is the worst riding in the area and the bike park is not bad riding at all. Heard they have put a little more love into the Park to this year which is great to hear.
  • + 4
 Love Fernie. Heading there with 7 girlfriends this weekend to XC and party ... stoked!!!
  • + 12
 can you spare me one
  • + 1
 Post hotel and Room # pls. lol
  • + 6
 just in from Fernie, large cougar pack spotted.
  • + 1
 LOL, hey girl! We are looking for a hot tub to crash..
  • + 4
 Really nice work Nic . Nice to see all the different folks ridin all over town . Great images cheers
  • + 1
 Great video and images. Would love to visit, looks like such a great place to bike and live. Curious, if one was to make a move to live out there, what kind of work exists to sustain a house and living?
  • + 2
 Theres a few coal mines around fernie, thats where most folks make there living. Houses are a little on the expensive side.
  • + 2
 Houses are on the very expensive side. My girlfriend and I lived there for a year in a rental place, 700sq ft and they wanted 305,000 for it. Needless to say we moved to Rossland and got more than twice the house for the same price and still have amazing biking and skiing. For work it is pretty much all coal mine stuff or healthcare. But the riding is fantastic and the skiing rules so hard.
  • + 1
 Ouch....good to know. I visited Victoria last year and it was beautiful. Wished I had more time to actually explore further and bike, but wasn't able. Really thinking hard about moving to Canada at some point!
  • + 3
 Miss this place so much spent a ski season there and I just want to live here. The summer looks incredible!
  • + 0
 Totally unrelated, but back in 2000 I went to Fernie on a snowboard trip and my friend jumped 60 ft. to flat (totally his fault) and got "slight" brain damage. Regardless, I'd love to bike that place, it has awesome topography!
  • + 1
 This place is incredible. Been there a few times. All levels of trails with DHing. Want to go back asap. BUT i remember mosqiutos being a big problem.
  • + 0
 They only get mosquitos for a couple of weeks in the spring . The rest of the time its mosquito free
  • + 1
 Both times I went it was in July. It got dark around 10 pm. All day long they were bitting. I have a picture of our guide getting mauled while doing dishes. And I want to go back it is that good.
  • + 2
 Canada Rules
  • + 1
 The mosquitos vary with the level of snow - good ski year, bad mosquitos due to the extra moisture. Some years you barely see them.
  • + 1
 I feel really bad that the entire world can't just have this in their back yard. I feel really lucky to have this type of riding accessible to me Smile
  • + 2
 Fabulous Video that really sums up the biking opportunities and experiences in and around beautiful Fernie, BC!
  • + 0
 B.C. is the only place in the world where you can have real fun on a mtn bike, there isnt any pathetic laws like here in the u.s. and Canadians are hands down the nicest people in the world. Wish i lived there....
  • + 3
 I think I found my future home.
  • + 1
 great vid, me and a couple of mates did a couple of snow seasons there a few years back, amazing place!! I miss it
  • + 1
 Agreed! no friends on powder day, specially when on the 1st run on the 1st lift up they go straight into the back of your legs !least i didnt break my leg though! summer holiday there needs to be done asap. great vid!!
  • + 1
 Fernie, being the place I grew up riding since 2001, I agree is one of the best mountain bike destinations out there!
  • + 1
 Great bike scene in Fernie! Great XC/AM trails, a few great shuttles, and of course, the bike park! Love it there.
  • + 3
 paradise exist. there!
  • + 1
 One of the Best places Ive been! Awesome riding and by far the lovliest little town ive seen in BC!
  • + 1
 the ski hill needs lots of help ben ther every year for the last five years and the trails just keep getting worse ...
  • + 2
 Why do I not live closer to BC? Future move on the books!
  • - 2
 AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH FERNIE.. you always suck balls, i am pretty sure the trails else wheres are as good and the attitude is 100% better. i mean you can even see it the eyes of the riders, if the trail was not there they would not ride it, make your own bitches, oh ya and when you cruise thru the pass just think of all the cool riding your missing..FACK FERNIE SUX... GO THERE AND ENJOY
  • + 1
 so happy its just 3 hours drive away from calgary. now if i can only get my a$$ there this long weekend.
  • + 1
 O AND PROPS TO THE SUPER STAR QUINNER IN THE PARTING MOMMENTS......
  • + 1
 O MY GOD THAT WAS NIC QINNNNNNNNNN FACK YA
  • + 0
 XC 29er man makes me angry, doing skids Frown It is funny comparing him to a 26 rider, he looks so much less comfortable lol
  • + 0
 Went last year, seriously one of the coolest places i have ever been. great trails!
  • + 0
 I can't wait until Canada day long weekend!! i'll be there with a few Calgary boys Smile . Hope to see a lot of you up there
  • + 1
 I'll be there this long weekend too! I'll be in a white/red specialized helmet and 2011 glory 01. say whats up if you see me and we'll rip it up!
  • + 1
 Ha! Nice slide -- 1:00

Nice one, Derek and Nick.
  • + 1
 Much praise to the trail builders - totally dedicated!
  • + 1
 1:12 XC with dual crown forks
  • + 1
 Makes me want to go there!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Awesome. So awesome.
  • + 0
 Nice video. Fernie is one of my favourite places on the planet!
  • + 1
 Been there, loved it.
  • + 0
 And I'll be rolling the mountain this weekend! Can't wait!
  • + 1
 I'll be there this long weekend too! I'll be in a white/red specialized helmet and 2011 glory 01. say whats up if you see me and we'll rip it up!
  • + 1
 ill be in a white helmet 09 blue demo8! im teaching the old lady that weekend though. her first time to the mountain so it will be a slow day, she finally broke down and wanted to try it haha
  • + 1
 s'all good man...me and my buddy are doing a training session for 10+ of our friends this weekend. We have quite a few girls in our group too..maybe they can all ride together after the morning and we can go rip it! i'll make sure to keep an eye out for you guys!
  • + 1
 Right on, we will be up on Monday all day. Unfortunately I can't get away from work sat or sun... But Monday is gonna be good!
  • + 1
 Makes me want to move.
  • + 0
 packin right now should be rollin in tomorrow supper time pumped!!!!
  • + 1
 I'll be there this long weekend too! I'll be in a white/red specialized helmet and 2011 glory 01. say whats up if you see me and we'll rip it up!

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