The Elk Valley Nordic Centre has officially opened its doors to the public following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 7.
Speakers at the ceremony included Fernie Nordic Society President Megan Lohmann, Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano and cross-country Olympian Beckie Scott.
“It really is because of these major partners that this is possible,” said Lohmann citing Teck, the Regional District of East Kootenay and the City of Fernie itself for assisting with the funds necessary to get the warming hut and 8 km of groomed trails prepared for the Nordic Society.
East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett was meant to be in attendance but was absent from the event, Giuliano said during her speech.
“I want to congratulate the Fernie Nordic Society on this great accomplishment they have achieved her today as well as convey congratulations from MLA Bill Bennett and apologies for his absence,” said Giuliano.
“Acknowledgement and congratulations have to be directed to all of the volunteers who helped make this project a reality. Without the volunteers and their tremendous commitment, we would not be standing here today,” added Giuliano.
The Fernie Nordic Racers were also presented with the Kootenay Cup for the most amount of points won for participation in races in the province.
“I think we have demonstrated to other racing teams in B.C. that we are certainly becoming a force to be reckoned with and that there is a spirit and energy in the club that I hope we can grow every year. I know they will tell you when they go out there to race that it isn’t about winning but about representing Fernie and participating,” said Lohmann of the racers.
In addition to the ribbon cutting, a lunch was provided to the attendees of the event as well as marshmallow roasting over fires for the children in attendance.