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    New question here. Canada Day in Fernie - suggestions?

    Heading to Fernie for the Canada Day weekend. Might try to get there Thursday night after work or head down from Calgary first thing Friday.

    Have driven through but never ridden there. Prefer XC trails.

    I heard there is a good map to purchase at Fernie LBS which is detailed... looking for information (can I reserve a campsite at this late date; is there random camping available; suggestions of reasonable motels; good places to eat; best bike shops, etc.)?

    Thanks for your help.
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    See my post below, there is a good link there. I booked a "rustic" place with a bedroom, fold out couch, and kitchen for $65 a night at the Snow Valley motel.
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    Good job! Just returned from Canada Day in Fernie...

    And the weather was hot - over 30 C for all three days - and the bikng was FINE! 2 hours Saturday; 7.5 hours Sunday and 3 hours Monday add up to tired legs! The six members attending from the Calgary Outdoor Club had a blast! www.calgaryoutdoorclub.com

    The Snow Valley Motel ($65 / night for a cedar kitchenette) was clean and superbly situated on the main drag across from the Arena... complete with hot tub, BBQ and outside seating. Campground right behind! www.snowvalleymotel.com/ 1.877.696.7669 toll free #

    The x-c trails absolutely rock! I agree with the other posts regarding the trails: Buy the $10 map from the LBS. The classic trail in Doug Eastcott's book, "Roots" and "Roots Extension" have allegedly seen a large portion clearcut, so we didn't attempt them. http://rmbooks.com/books/easbac.htm

    Check out this site for other Fernie trails: http://www.crankfernie.com/

    The trails are well marked for the most part but the map helps. It is one year old, so there are a few changes. There are a lot of signs posted on trees - keep your eyes open at the trail intersections.

    We rode: Coal Creek, Cemetary Bypass (flows well - bring the helmet cam!), Exoterrorist, Hessian, Kid's Stuff, Eric's Trail, Oh Dear, Sidewinder, Splitting Bears (AWESOME!) in East Fernie.

    Black Forest, Bridge View Connector, Dem Bones (SWEET), Powerline (Hell of a climb! - do it before it gets hot), Gorby Trail, Mushroom Head, Old Goats, Sherwoody Forest (rooty), Snake Bite (wicked!), Verbotener Wald (steep at the start) were ridden (some trails twice or three times!) in West Fernie.

    We are going back as the trails are awesome, loamy singletrack - some with roots - but not a bunch of gravel and rock like we find in Bragg Creek. They are a lot more technically challenging. They remined me of riding in Vancouver Island, but wth less rock. Didn't see too many stunts but lots of ramps made of old logs and ladders just off the ground so you don't have to disturb swampy areas. The trail maintenance program there has done a magnificent job - they go out Tuesday nights.

    We had excellent service at Straight Line cycle - quick turnaround times and good prices. (250-423-3532.)

    Awesome trip and we will return!
    Dean

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    Thanks for the report. My son and I will be there tomorrow and we're staying at the same motel. I hope my old legs are up to it. My son works up North and gets every 3rd week off so he dosn't get much time to ride but he was supposed to be hitting the cardio machines hard. I guess we'll find out.
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    I ohpe you had a good time with your son!

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    Fernie report?

    Travis,

    Please drop us a line when you return for a report on your impressions of Fernie... where you rode, your likes and dislikes, etc. I am planning a return trip this summer and would welcome your advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockeygod
    The classic trail in Doug Eastcott's book, "Roots" and "Roots Extension" have allegedly seen a large portion clearcut, so we didn't attempt them. http://rmbooks.com/books/easbac.htm
    That is bad news, those were fun trails when we rode them at a MTBR gathering many years ago. Hey Calgary Dave, are you still out there?

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    Good job!

    I, too, came back from Fernie yesterday after 2 days of riding. I just fell in love with the place and took over 400 pictures/videos of the trails that my girlfriend and I rode. We're both from Montana so it's just a short hop over there. Nice town, fun people, and an awesome mountain bike culture there. We'll definitely be back!

    Oh, I forgot to mention: We ran into a grizzly bear during the downhill ride on Dem Bones. He was playing in the huckleberry bushes amd took off when he heard us barreling down the trail. Whew. What a close call! Ya'll be careful out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by skygod74
    I, too, came back from Fernie yesterday after 2 days of riding. I just fell in love with the place and took over 400 pictures/videos of the trails that my girlfriend and I rode. We're both from Montana so it's just a short hop over there. Nice town, fun people, and an awesome mountain bike culture there. We'll definitely be back!

    Oh, I forgot to mention: We ran into a grizzly bear during the downhill ride on Dem Bones. He was playing in the huckleberry bushes amd took off when he heard us barreling down the trail. Whew. What a close call! Ya'll be careful out there
    Skygod,

    We are planning a return trip with our group this summer too... once I know when, I will let you know. We totally fell in love with the town and the trails too! You should post some pictures on this link!

    Where are you from in Montana? Any good riding that you would recommend near your neck of the woods?

    As we were riding down Dem Bones, we ran into a couple of guys heading up and over to Hedonism. They asked if we had seen a bear. We hadn't, but they said the Ranger said one had been spotted in that area earlier that day. We carried on making lots of noise and luckily had no problems!

    It is good to hear the bear was spooked by humans!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockeygod
    Skygod,

    We are planning a return trip with our group this summer too... once I know when, I will let you know. We totally fell in love with the town and the trails too! You should post some pictures on this link!

    Where are you from in Montana? Any good riding that you would recommend near your neck of the woods?

    As we were riding down Dem Bones, we ran into a couple of guys heading up and over to Hedonism. They asked if we had seen a bear. We hadn't, but they said the Ranger said one had been spotted in that area earlier that day. We carried on making lots of noise and luckily had no problems!

    It is good to hear the bear was spooked by humans!
    I always make it a point to report bears to rangers if I see them. I'm from northern Montana, about 60 miles east of Glacier National Park. Perhaps the best place in my opinion to go riding in Montana is Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley. However, expect to do some uphill climbing to get those awesome views. There has been talk about Snowbowl running ski lifts for bikers in the summer months in Missoula but I haven't gone up the lifts. I'm more of an uphill, lung-busting climbing kinda guy and so is my riding partner. At 5'1" and 105 lbs, she can put some of the guys to shame. hahaha.

    Another fun place to go riding that will not only give you awesome views but a workout as well is Garnet Ghost Town. http://garnetghosttown.org.

    I'll post some pictures when I get 'em burned on CD

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    Montana roadie in the future?

    Thanks Skygod!

    I have a buddy coaching women's soccer in Missoula... he has done Ironman and his wife is an athlete too - they love to mtb so I will have to look 'em up and take this show on the road! Thanks again for the input - looking forward to the pics!
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    Blah..this forum doesn't allow 2MB pix.

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    smaller pics?

    Too bad... can you downsize your pics?
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    hey all glad you had a good time here don't worry about the bears they generally run when they hear you coming its the moose that you have to worry about momma will just stop in the middle of the trail put her head down and start walking toward you...

    It's happened to me a few times mostly on the trails close to town the bears they're everywhere see them at least once a month just leave the little yappy dogs at home and you'll be fine

    just glad to hear you had a good time let me know when your coming back its always nice to ride with new people.

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    You can upload a bunch of 250K photos on the MTBR photo gallery, your MTBR name gives you an account.

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    I'm going to try to lower the size of the pics. Obviously, 2MB pics would be an issue on a public forum due to the space issues on the server. haha. I have some pics of Sherwoody Forest and Dem Bones done in sepia tone that look wicked cool.

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    Great!

    Great!

    Check out my buddies blog for other Fernie pics, etc!

    http://dekan.blogdns.net/~dekan/
    Dean

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    Calling Travis B!

    Travis,

    How was your Fernie ride?

    Any good stories / trail recommendations for our second trip / photos?

    Thanks,
    Dean

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    It was a misadventure. 1st day I broke my derailleur and my son sprained his knee and this was before we hit the singletrack. He rode back down the trail along the powerline while I managed to get down ending up on Sidewider. 2nd day I canabalized my son's Loco Moto and rode back up and rode a few singletracks, Kids Stuff and Splitting Bears are 2 I remember the names of. I got down in time to void some very heavy thunderstorms which came down in buckets. 3rd day I figured the trails were pretty muddy and slick so we headed home early. From what I rode Splitting Bears was my favourite. I could ride that kind of trail all day. Twisty and turning constantly with small up and downs, very memorable. No ride pics as we never got to the singletrack together. The boy is healing fast but is up North for 3 weeks so we don't get to ride together for a while.
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    Too bad...

    Bummer about the circumstances. I hope your son heals up quickly and you get some new parts for your bike!

    Some of us are thinking about another Fernie trip this summer - I will keep you posted in case you want to meet up!

    Take care,
    Dean

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