Elementary Schools “Pirate Loppet”

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Friday, January 29, 2016
New Registration start time: 9:30 a.m.
New Loppet start time: 10:30 a.m.
New 2K route for young skiers   

“PIRATES” – Participants, teachers, and chaperones are encouraged to dress in Pirate theme within the limits of ski-friendly clothes.

Many draw prizes are awarded!! A school superintendent’s TROPHY is awarded to the school with the largest representation, based proportionately on the total student enrolment in the school. 

A hot lunch is provided – hosted by an awesome group of Shuswap Lady Striders at the chalet.

Rental Equipment:
There is a limited inventory of rental equipment available at local ski stores on a first-come-first-served basis, so book needed rentals early.

“Skis for Schools”:
Over the past five years since 2011 proceeds from the School Pirate Loppet have been presented to eight School District #83 Elementary Schools: North Canoe, Carlin, South Broadview, Sorrento, Parkview, Salmon Arm West, Ranchero and Hillcrest. Each School has purchased  X-C Ski equipment. $10,300 has been distributed to local schools by the School Loppet host committee based on the $5/student registration fee and generous donations from School District #83, Shuswap Tourism and our event sponsors (see poster). The Larch Hills Nordics School Pirate Loppet Host Committee plans to continue with this “Skis for Schools” initiative since local X-C ski rental equipment is limited.

Registration Details:
This event is officially for grade 3 to 7.  Grades 1 and 2 students can register if accompanied by, and under the care of their parents.  Registration fee is $5.00 per student. Parents are welcome to participate (unregistered) with their children at no added cost.

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Each School is Responsible For:

  • Promoting the event,
    • Registering the students on the registration log, collecting the nominal registration fee of $5.00 from each student
    • Processing the registration per instructions in the registration package which is sent to the schools on the first week of school in January.
  • Completing the school board waiver forms in accordance with school policy
  • Assigning chaperones in accordance with school board activities policies
    • Arranging student transportation to and from the event for students to arrive at Larch Hills Parking Lot Jan 29, 2016 by 9:30 am and depart by 1:30 pm.
  • It is the responsibility of the teachers accompanying school groups to monitor and keep track of the students from their schools and ensure that they are brought back to the school at the conclusion of the event.  

Ski Ability:
Participants MUST be able to control their speed on the occasional down hill sections with a strong snow plough or wedge. 

There is one 450 meter long down hill section with average 6.5% grade on Larch Hills Road between Gullan’s Gulley and Stig’s Loop on the 5K route.  

Snow Plough Technique (2 min. 45 sec.)

Herring Bone Technique (36 sec. and 24 sec.)


NEW for 2016: A 2K route for younger and less experienced skiers. Mostly flat & rolling. 
North on LH Rd. from Start > approx. 180M to left on Chalet Loop > sharp left on Salmar > north to Larch Hills Rd. past Stadium > north on Metford Rd. to right on Shortcut > right on lower Ermine Frolic > stay to the right on Larch Hills Rd. (5K skiers joining on your left) back to Finish.  63M elevation gain/loss  A 2K Route map wil be posted here in December 2015. 

Schools Ski Host Program:  

Bookings will close for the January 2016 Ski Host Program on December 1st 2015.    Last January 330 students and 40 LHNS Volunteers registered for fun on skis! 
During the four weeks of January, prior to the Jan. 29/16, 5K School Pirate Loppet, Larch Hills Nordic Society member volunteers provide an opportunity for students and teachers to gain familiarity with the trails through a Ski Host program. The ratio has normally been about 7 students per Ski Host.  There’s no charge. We like to see kids enjoy the Larch Hills trails and X-C skiing!  Read more about the School Ski Host program here.

Download to print above Information for the 2016 Pirate Loppet

Do You Have Any Questions? Please Call or Email:

Larch Hills Elementary School Pirate Loppet:
“Captain” Chris McMahen, 250-306-9108, chrismcmahen@gmail.com

Elementary Schools – Larch Hills Nordics Ski Host Program Coordinator:
Karin Wilkie, 250-832-9959, thewilksters@gmail.com

2016 Pirate Loppet Event Host Committee:

‘Captain’ Chris McMahen, Dorothy Parks, Eileen MacDonald, George Zorn, Jeremy Ayotte
Karin Wilkie, Megan Moore, Pat Danforth, Pat Hutchins, Tom Peasgood

The first Larch Hills Pirate Loppet was held January 21, 2005 with 125 students participating.
Thanks to ‘Captain’ Brian Smith for leading the event 2005 – 2015 !     

Ian Clay’s 2015 Pirate Loppet Photos here.

Ian James’ 2012 Pirate Loppet Photos here.