58 Photos - Get Your Pedal On, Fernie Style

Jul 28, 2014 at 17:14
by Reuben Krabbe  
pedaling in Fernie BC
  Fernie 3 is a pedalling race held annually in town. After driving out to Fernie we'd rather have a second espresso in the morning than tag on big days of racing in wet conditions.

It goes without saying that Fernie riders are passionate about riding and their little slice of paradise. Armed with a diverse and extensive network of local trails Fernie can be pedaled, shuttled and always shredded. High alpine to valley floor descents, tight technical single track or fast and flowing trails Fernie is a destination to hit when planning a BC bike trip. If spending the day riding mountains under your own steam isn’t appealing, the Fernie Alpine Resort Bike Park has lift accessed trails covered with some classic BC style riding just minutes from town, but we'll talk more about that later on.

The local trail builders in town come from all walks of life, reflecting the diversity available for riders coming to Fernie. Mostly hand built by volunteers over the past couple of decades, the trails are as ingrained in local culture as skiing and mining. The ease of trail access in Fernie is a huge draw card when it comes to a biking destination. Everything is close to town, easily accessed and can be linked together to make for some full and rewarding days on the bike.

With over 50 trails around town and 37 at the Bike Park, riders will find themselves resting tired legs with other fellow riders as they enjoy a well-deserved beverage at one of the many Historic Downtown patios.

pedaling in Fernie BC
pedaling in Fernie BC
  Main Street aligns perfectly with views of Fernie Alpine Resort, still melting out from a great winter season.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Big Bang Bagels, Fernie resident's number one recommended breakfast joint.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Straight Line bike shop hooked us up with beta for the days ahead.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Throughout the long weekend hilarious family events booked up a couple blocks of Fernie's main drag.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  The children's skill park was chuck full of rug rats. Nearby, swing sets and playground equipment stood vacant.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Paul Stevens and Stephen Matthews were our photogenic pedal friends. Waiting here for that darn photographer to hurry up and get a shot.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Local knowledge assured us we had to ride a trail by the name of Project 9. The trail starts at the base of an avalanche chute. Late spring storms triggered big slides, tearing tall strong trees from the ground.

pedaling in Fernie BC
pedaling in Fernie BC
  Alan Golds, one of Pinkbike's own office men, dives into the loam to take a soil sample.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Paul Stevens in the thick foliage of the avy chute.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Paul Stevens - Deep in the undergrowth

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Indian Paintbrush and other plants normally found in alpine, find turf in the avalanche chute's meadow.

stephen matthews fernie bc
  Stephen Matthews taking his turn.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Alan Golds making his mark.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Our chauffeur for the trip, Mike Budgen.

grouse
  Stephen flatted half way down the trail, and this wonderful grouse came out of the bushes. Reuben, seeking a cool shot grabbed the camera and knelt down to start shooting.

bloody grouse
  The bird then transformed to an evil demon and chased him down the trail. Then returned to attack the others as they threw rocks in defence. Sharing the tale with Fernie locals they all knew the winged beast as well. Beware the bird.

Alan Golds Mike Budgen fernie bc
  Alan Golds and MIke Budgen enjoying the flow on the lower portion of Project 9.

stephen matthews fernie bc
  Roughly half way through the high speed descent, the trail enters a meadow of old cedar tree stumps. -Stephen Matthews

paul stevens steven matthews fernie bc
  Fernie's birth goes back to resource extraction: logging and coal mining. Before being harvested, these hills were home to countless numbers of massive cedars. Paul Stevens and Stephen Matthews

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Now, their stumps stand like tombstones. A forest's graveyard. -Stephen Matthews

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Paul Stevens turns it to eleven.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  And, more coffee. 'Loaf' bakery has the best caffeine in the valley.

pedaling in Fernie BC

Hyper Extension:
pedaling in Fernie BC
  Coal mines populate the underworld beneath these mountains.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Across the valley, on the south side of town, Hyper Ventilation climbs before dropping into Hyper Extension. -Stephen Matthews

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Hyper Extension, Stephen Matthews

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Fernie = Fern Gully

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Paul Stevens, Lizard Range in the background.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  If the sun were out in the evening, the silhouette of a horseman is created by shadows on the mountain in the background.

stephen matthews fernie bc
  Stephen Matthews

paul stevens fernie bc
  Paul Stevens

stephen matthews fernie bc
  Stephen Matthews

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Mmm singletrack -Stephen Matthews

paul stevens steven matthews fernie bc
  Paul Stevens, Stephen Matthews, Fernie, BC

pedaling in Fernie BC
pedaling in Fernie BC
  Stephen Matthews

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Dark storms of the spring.

fernie bc
  Glad we weren't riding at Island Lake Lodge, it may have been a bit moist

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Hyper Extension -Paul Stevens

fernie bc
  Lizard Range

pedaling in Fernie BC
pedaling in Fernie BC
pedaling in Fernie BC
  Fernie has a kickass brewery that is pumping out some great new brews.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  We saw a cool mountain bike edit where people drank beer in the closing scene. It seemed like a good idea, so why not try it out? Turns out, it was a good idea.

pedaling in Fernie BC
  Darkness Falls

pedaling in Fernie BC
  And in the dark of night we prep our big bikes and ready ourselves for a huge day of resort riding and pedalling

Stay tuned for more action from Fernie BC as the crew hits the lifts and local shuttle zones on their DH bikes.
Must Read This Week

41 Comments

  • + 28
 Sssshhhhhhh, don't tell anyone about this place
  • - 3
 Too late... Now you're gonna have a bunch of shit bag Californians invading.
  • + 0
 I'm sure they would much rather have bigoted, ugly Americans "invading". Yeah, I've run into your kind while visiting beautiful Oregon (Lots of very cool people too). I don't get it. But I guess you guys are everywhere on our planet Earth.
  • + 9
 don't worry, us "shitbag californians" have our own damn trails to ride. you stay in miserable portland.
  • + 1
 @waxman

Too late. www.pinkbike.com/video/360343 Looks like a dream roadtrip.
  • + 1
 Its the fat ass administrators sitting at desks all day making decisions for us that make us invade your trails. Trails in CA are a blast, but I'm glad I'm gone for good.
  • + 1
 Make sure if you are in the area during the winter this is the only place you ski. None of the other hills nearby are any good.
  • + 10
 I have gopro footage of that little bastard bird chasing me and me amigos back up the hill. I was just trying to feed it some cliff bar. I've ran into much friendlier bears then that demon hen!
  • + 8
 We stopped and fed it. It bit one guy. Then it got stuck in my buddy's rear spokes. Then it chased us down the trail like a tiny red eyed velociraptor. Truly amazing it is still alive.
  • + 10
 That grouse is one angry bird - www.pinkbike.com/video/373182
  • + 1
 ^Hahahaha, that was awesome! Thanks for sharing^
  • + 1
 lol Ive had similar grouse encounters,......aggressive little bastards
  • + 5
 Grouse are the dumbest birds, they have no idea what's going on. Just punt it and eat it for lunch, they are delicious.
  • + 1
 this thread made me laugh my ballsac off! thanksSmile
  • + 1
 Not a proud man! iframe width='500' height='281' src='http://www.pinkbike.com/v/embed/373282/?colors=c80000' allowfullscreen frameborder='0'>/iframe>
  • + 1
 My previous link doesn't seem to be working: a href="http://www.pinkbike.com/video/373282/">www.pinkbike.com/video/373282//a>
  • + 4
 Awesome pics of Fernie! My nerdy naturalist part of me want to tell you that the photo of the flower is of Indian paintbrush, not fireweed.
  • + 3
 fernie is such a bike positive town. every discipline of biking is welcome there, and everyone in town is on board. great place.
  • + 1
 Cool article! I went skiing there when i was like 12, great to see such a thriving mountain bike and ski scene in such an awesome location.
  • + 3
 This reinforces why i want to move there
  • + 2
 Russ!....are you there bro?
  • + 1
 Fernie is an unreal town, small but full of fun. Spent 3 months in the winter there. Wish I had stayed forever!
  • + 3
 perfect place to live
  • + 2
 Fernie is one of Canadas' real gems - see you in a few weeks Smile
  • + 2
 Wow, great pictures!! Looks absolutely beautiful.
  • + 2
 so guys I wus thinking about growing a mustache
  • + 2
 Amazing! yet another reason to pray for a posting to BC
  • + 2
 Get posted to Comox, do whatever it takes.
  • + 1
 I'm trying lol
  • + 1
 Great photos, thanks! Not fireweed, tho, Indian Paintbrush.
  • + 1
 Can't wait to go back! See you July 2015 Fernie!
  • + 1
 More photos of the young blonde woman from the bakery please.
  • + 1
 Now there is stuff for me. The skill park.
  • + 1
 No shot of the ghost rider?
  • + 2
 What is this, heaven?
  • + 1
 Awesome article, Fernie rules!
  • + 1
 I love only living 2 hrs away.
  • + 0
 Those photos just gave me a Range Lizard...
  • + 1
 want to go to there
  • + 1
 Fernie is awsome!
  • + 0
 It does not exist.

Post a Comment



You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login
Copyright © 2000 - 2017. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.066140
Mobile Version of Website