Category Archives: Mountain Biking
Have you heard of the Fernie Junior Rippers? You may have seen the signs around town, on the trails, with little animal silhouettes. This is a brilliant new (I think it’s new) summer mountain bike challenge for kids. There’s a map, found in the Summer Fernie Fix edition or online, of all the spots you need to get to, and once you do you pick up a Fernie Junior Ripper badge at one of the local bike shops. I love the idea. My kids have done 5 out of 7 of the checkpoints in their age range and each of them loved finding the signs, the mountain bike experiences and going to pick up their prize.
And who doesn’t love a little scavenger hunt, especially when you can do it on a bike?!
Opening day doesn’t mean much to my family other than the addition of another fun play area for the kids. The kid’s aerial park is a fantastic and shaded place to play for free all summer long.
We are also contemplating signing up the kids for a couple summer camp days. I’ve heard good things about the mini griz rangers.
These are the programs available:
• kids outdoor adventure camp for 6-12 year olds
• camp out at lost boys cafe for ages 8+
• bike camps for ages 8-17
• mini griz rangers program for ages 3-5
Thanks, Rod, for the photos!
A suggestion for Fernie Alpine Resort suggestion box: Some way to refill a water bottle in the lineup at the lifts would be really helpful. It should be easy enough to do and the bikers would thank you for it. Whistler does it, maybe Fernie should too.
Rod took this photo of Ronan and Henry during his bike ride last night. It was a special occasion, Ronan’s first time on Hyper-extension with his new bike. Look how happy he is (on the left)! This is Henry’s millionth time but he’s just as happy as Ronan…if not more.
But they are! Community Appreciation (free day) is on Sunday, June 26th.
Rod and I received a gift certificate for Nipika Mountain Resort as a wedding present last fall and we waited until spring to experience the mountain biking and disc golf versus the cross country and snowshoeing and we’re so glad we waited. Rod took in four mountain bike excursions, Leroy chased gophers all weekend and I soaked in way too much sun. I am crisp.
Nipika (located just outside Kootenay National Park – east of Radium Hot Springs, BC) is all about the eco/dog/laugh/sweat it out-friendly times. They are completely “off the grid” but don’t make you clean up in the pond…there is a full kitchen, running water, electricity all due to their own brilliant set up. They make use of all sorts of natural energy sources such as water and the sun and all the hot water is provided by a wood heated boiler that supports all the cabins. Nipika isn’t the sort of place you go to be pampered with spas and room service, you are completely self-sufficient here. It’s a resort for those who enjoy vacationing with their dogs, 50 km of trails, peace and quiet (minus the gopher’s squeaking) and unbelievable views.