Larch Hills offers over 50 km of track-set trails, 90 km of nontrack-set trails and snowshoe trails spread out over a 3000 hectare area for all levels of fitness and adventure.
The onus for safety and survival falls on you the user. Be prepared!
- 16 LHNS Safety Host Volunteers offer LHNS members a service: we aim to quickly and appropriately respond to the needs of an injured skier or snowshoer – primarily but not exclusively on Larch Hills track set trails.
- We are trained in the use of the Club’s snowmobiles, rescue toboggans and SKED.
- Many of us have current WorkSafe B.C. Occupational First Aid Level 1 or higher level first aid and Transportation Endorsement training and certification.
- Our Volunteer service time while skiing is NOT scheduled. We do NOT systematically patrol the 50K of track set trails.
- WE DO COME PREPARED to respond to an emergency if called upon by cell phone or in person.
- We wear a Hi-Vis Yellow Arm Band with a white cross on a red background while skiing to identify ourselves as LHN Safety Hosts.
- We use the Safety Host Sign In – Sign Out board beside the front door of the Chalet to indicate to fellow skiers that we are on the trails skiing with our cell phones turned on – ready to respond.
Are you prepared for a Winter Emergency?
ARE YOU EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH AN EMERGENCY SUCH AS GETTING LOST, OR AN INJURY TO YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE?
Do you understand how LHN Safety Host Volunteers may be able to help you in an emergency?
SOME EQUIPMENT YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CARRY:
- A fully charged cell phone.
- A waterproof copy of the 2016 cell phone hot zones map – posted at 5 on-trail locations and at the Chalet (printable below).
- A 2016/17 LHNS Emergency Responders Contact list (printable below).
- For backcountry trails be equipped with such things as a space blanket, extra clothing, first aid supplies, matches and fire starter, a flashlight, snacks, maybe even an emergency locator device .
SOME OTHER SAFETY SUGGESTIONS:
- Go with a group.
- If you must go alone tell someone what trails you are taking and when you will return.
- STICK to the trails and time frame you committed to.
- Become familiar with the location of the three manual rescue toboggans on the hill. Locations are marked on our Dec. 2015 Larch Hills Trail Maps. Each rescue toboggan containd sleeping bags and first aid supplies. They are slow and awkward moving an injured skier but provide some protection from the cold and damp snow until help arrives.
- There are also three locations of Larch Hills Safety Supply Caches: on the Summit Trail near Summit Shortcut, on Far East Trail at Moonwalk junction and at Sentinel – Lakeview junction. Locations are shown on the current Dec. 2015 Larch Hills Trails map. (See Safety Supplies Cache photo below.)
- Note the five on-trail locations where 2016 cell hot zone maps are posted: Cec’s Cabin, South Hub, top of Metford Rd. hill – Bilbo’s Bog junction, Sentinel – Lakeview junction and Tom’s Shelter.
Emergency Preparation Dec 2016 – Printable Doc.
Emergency Response For Skiers and Snowshoers – February 2017
Larch Hills Nordics
THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BECOME OUTDATED
- Assess the injury and apply first aid if you are qualified.
- Keep the injured person warm – use a space blanket, extra clothing, hot pads, or the sleeping bag in the nearest rescue toboggan. There are also “safety buckets” with emergency supplies in three key locations. Lakeview/Sentinel, Moonwalk/Far East, and the Summit Trail below Summit Shortcut.
- If you have a cell phone and there is service: See Reporting below. TEXTING MAY BE POSSIBLE OUTSIDE CELL PHONE SERVICE AREAS
- If there is no cell service: send someone in your group to the nearest cell service area to call. Carry a 2016 cell service areas map with you – a paper copy or a Geo referenced digital copy on your smart phone. Also see cell service area maps posted at 5 on-trail locations: Cec’s Cabin, South Hub, Metford Road – Bilbo’s Bg junction. Skyview – Lakeview junction, Tom’s Shelter and at the Chalet. There is cell service at the chalet, plus the list of Safety Hosts currently on the trails, first aid supplies and there will usually be others there who can help. If possible, send two people so one can return with information while you are waiting.
- If you don’t have a cell: send someone to the chalet or to find the nearest skier who has a cell.
- Manual Rescue Toboggans – located at South Hub, Metford/Bilbo’s and Cec’s Cabin. They contain sleeping bags and limited first aid supplies. They are a good place to protect an injured person. If using one it is recommended that you remove your skis, both for pulling and braking. They are slow and awkward to use.
Depending on the nature of the incident, call the available Safety Hosts (sign-out board at the chalet front door) or 911. Some situations may require both. The Safety Hosts are only able to respond on the trackset trails and a limited portion of the non-trackset trails.
Provide the following information:
- Location of incident, and whether the location is known or approximate
- Person calling
- Nature and time of injury
- Condition of injured person and other relevant information: age, medical issues…
- Assistance given to injured person
- Stay within cell service or at the chalet to provide more information as needed. Ensure you have enough battery to be called.
Skier emergency response draft Dec 13, 2016 – Printable Doc.
Safety Host Arm Band – we wear an arm band when we’re skiing to be visible to fellow Larch Hills Skiers
Wickett Business Services / Salmon Arm Stationery will laser print the 2016 Cell Zones Map and the Emergency Contacts list on waterproof durable bib paper at 8.5″ X 11″ for $1.25 or for less than $1.00 on regular paper. Wickett Business Services / Salmon Arm Stationery have these files.
Larch Hills Cell Phone Hot Zones Map – Dec. 2016 – Printable Doc.
Laminated copies of the 2016 cell zone maps are posted at five on-trail locations: Cec’s Cabin, South Hub, top of Metford Rd. hill at Bilbo’s Bog gate junction, Skyview – Lake view junction, Tom’s Shelter and at the Chalet.
March 16, 2017 SKED and Rescue Toboggans Safety Hosts Training Session