Volunteers Needed THIS SATURDAY
A group of newcomers to Canada will be at Larch Hills this Saturday. As most of our skiers are absolute beginners, we need volunteers to accompany small groups on 1-5 km loops. We will rent skis on the way from John’s ski shack, planning to be at the Larch Hills chalet by 1pm (Saturday, February 10).
Please contact Olia Bullen if you can help out.
Larchhills Sat Feb 10 9:30 to 1:00
Let’s go skate skiing! We have the gear for you; give it a try.
Rossi, Fischer, Salomon, Swix and One Way.
Test out the new skin skis too!
Pirate Loppet Un”arrrrrgh”uably Successful
SINCERE THANKS to the Larch Hills Nordic Society for their tremendous support of the 2018 Ski Host Program and Children’s Pirate Loppet, a collaborative event with the school district that encourages young children to experience skiing as a fun, active and social outdoor activity.
Here’s the Math:
41 Ski Host club volunteers
528 students at Larch Hills totaling 1216 visits over 4 weeks
1 groomer fortuitously repaired at the 11th hour
10 cm of fresh snow groomed by our skilled, volunteer, master
1 cannon – Thank you Shuswap Black Powder Club
439 Pirate Loppet registrants and over 50 parents and teachers from 15 schools
12 incredible Shuswap Lady Striders that made and served over 700 hot dogs and hot chocolates in 1 ½ hours
Since 2011, over $20,000 raised and donated to schools to assist them in the purchase of x-country skis
IMMEASURABLE children’s enthusiasm, joy and pride in accomplishment
THANK YOU to the 100+ Larch Hill Ski Club members that made it possible.
THANK YOU to our sponsors and supporters: Toliver Advertising and Design, Askew’s Foods, Tim Hortons, Hub Barton Insurance, Skookum Cycle and Sport, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Stella Jones,
Argo Road Maintenance, LA Sign, Salmon Arm Ready Mix, H2O4U,
Shuswap Photo Arts Club, Boston Pizza
Big Sky Aerial Drone Photography
Did you take the wrong skis home with you on Saturday, January 27, 2018? Roswitha Klawitter’s skis disappeared from the chalet just after noon. She had leaned them against the racks on the side of the chalet while going to the bathroom and then when she came out they were gone. Please have a look to make sure you did not mistakenly take her skis and poles home with you. Fischer RCR waxless skis, about 182cm and blue/silver poles. Roswitha can be contacted at 250 804-1517.
I lost a pair of grey ski poles with white hand/thumb straps in the parking lot at LH on Jan 26th around 11:30 am. I returned within the hour, scoured the area where I parked and looked in and outside of the lodge but no luck.
If you have seen them, I can be reached at 250-803-2955 or email@example.com
Larch Hills Chalet Expansion Update
THANK YOU Larch Hills Ski Club and Friends
The numbers are in for the 34th Annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet and they all add up to tremendous support from the Larch Hills Ski Club, it’s friends and sponsors. The result was an exceptional event.
The NUMBERS include: 6 cm of fresh snow and 1 incredible tracksetting team that perfected 25 km of perfect track. $5468 raised for the Heart and Stoke Foundation to combine for a total of $408,818 over the past 34 years. 32 sponsors that we can all show our support for. Find them on our website. 462 skiers, 175 of them were children Skiers from ages 1 to 83 Way to go Kelsey Klapstein, our 2 ½ year old youngest finisher 67 combined years of Loppet skiing between Gullan Hansen and John Henderson
225 volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours. Thank you to each of you, everyone essential to the “well oiled machine” that is our RKSL!
Including skiers and volunteers, possibly half of our over 1000 member club came out to support or participate. Super thanks to you all.
Congratulations to Controller duo Carmen and Ellen Underhill and 34 year volunteer veteran Georgia McLeod for receiving the Spirit of Volunteerism Award
2 unsurpassed race announcers contributing for 29 years.
Sincere thanks to Steve and Jean King.
Skiers that were here from 1000s of km away. They came from B.C., Alberta, California, Montana, Washington, Belgium and Australia.
Thank you Everyone!
RKSL results can be found at skilarchhills.ca
Video credit goes to Sarah and Adam Lauzé
Larch Lake Bogs Route Ski Tour News – Jan. 22, 2018
As of Monday, January 22 ski tracks and additional orange blazes now mark the forested routes (total 3.0K) linking three of the four Larch Lake area bogs: “400M Bog”, 200M Bog” and “150M Bog”.
Access points to each route are defined along track set Larch Hills Road and Larch Lake Loop and non-track set Log Roller by large coroplast “You Are Here” map signs. Orange blazes along the routes are most easily seen by skiing in a clockwise, west to east direction from the west of Cec’s Cabin “You Are Here” map. Skiing and blaze marking in and out of the “100M Bog” (0.8K) have not yet been done this season.
These are “stealthy’ ski touring routes. Route marking from each trail head is inconspicuous at the entry point to avoid summer damage to the bogs. “You Are Here” signs are posted for the deep snow ski season only.
The Larch Lake Bogs Ski Tour Route was “opened” with a Thursday Geezer ski tour on January 4, 2007 and has been maintained since then.
Bogs Route Ski Tour Map at: https://skilarchhills.ca/maps/
Photo: January 4, 2007 Thursday Geezer Bogs Route Ski Tour
Lantern Ski Thank You
We estimate that just under 300 hundred participants attended which included 136 non-member guests. The event raised $1,829.34 in donations for the Foodbank and LHNS. It required 45 volunteers contributing 175 hours of work to host this event. To top it all off everyone had a great time and no injuries reported.
A special thank you to Mike Melin owner of Access Precision Machining for the lantern kerosene, Kari Wilkinson for the poster design, Kari Dukeshire & Bernie Weare and family for providing and placing over 150 paper candle bag lanterns and Roland Huster for the use of his shop and property to store the lantern storage trailer.
Birchleg Ski Event
The Wells Gray Outdoors Club is again holding our Annual Birchleg Ski Event, to be held Saturday, February 3, up at the Candle Creek Trails in Clearwater. Plan to stay for the weekend and visit Wells Gray Provincial Park as well.
We hope you get a chance to come ski or snowshoe on our fantastic trails!!
Golden Huckleberry Loppet
School Ski Hosts Needed This Week to Avoid Cancelling Classes
Wanted: School Ski Program Volunteer Hosts
Hosts lead groups of about 10 local school kids plus at least one parent around the Larch Hills trails for about one to 1.5 hours. They do not teach or run a lesson and no previous experience is necessary. If you enjoy children and simply love to ski, please consider volunteering your time for this very poplar and valuable program!
Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet
Happy New Year!
Skiing in the 34th Annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet on
Saturday, January 20…it’s an ideal way to kick off 2018!
The conditions at the Larch Hills are pristine and perfect for a magical day on the trails. Come out to enjoy the day and the camaraderie of some of our over 1000 club members or renew friendships with annual visitors. This full day, multi-age event is for both recreational and competitive skiers.
Go to www.skilarchhills.ca for: Information on registration (online registration remains open until midnight on Thursday, January 18 or Registration Forms can be downloaded. The final in person registration deadline is from 4:00 to 7:00 on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the SASCU Recreation Centre when ONLY cash or cheques can be accepted). Distance and route options Race day details Contact information for adult lessons with Phil Wright Donating to the BC and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation. Over the past 33 years, $403,350 has been raised. Links and details about our sponsors.
Anyone available to volunteer, please contact Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this spirited and friendly 34th anniversary event. Like us on Facebook
Larch Hills Track set Trails High Branch Pruning & Brushing – 2017
75% of track set trails completed
A total 2.5K of high branch pruning & brushing on Ermine Frolic Loop was completed in October 2017.
Sight line improvements on the Loop’s sharp corners, at the bottom of Metford Rd. hill and at Bilbo’s Bog – Metford Rd junction were also done for safety reasons. A total of 27K (75%) of track set trails considered in need of work have been pruned and brushed since 2012. Since 2012 a total of 104 days and 1423 volunteer hours have been invested in Larch Hills track set trails high branch pruning and brushing.
October 2017 LHNS Volunteers: Jim Cadden, Dave Evensen, Bent Kristensen, Craig McBride, Jim Nadler,
Doug Noakes, Kerry & Leona Orchard, LHNS Ski Team Midgets, Parents and Coaches, Pat Smith, George Zorn.
More information and photos are posted on the Larch Hill’s website here.
Lost on the Larch Hills Ski or Snowshoe Trails?
If you’re new to the Larch Hills Trails and don’t yet know (like many of us) all of the 150K of trails “like the back of your hand” consider this: “You Are Here” Maps are posted at key junctions on both track set (~50K) and non-track set (~100K) trails. “To Parking Lot” signs are posted, each with an arrow, pointing the fastest route back to the Parking Lot and Chalet. Trails are named with routered brown lettering on white background or painted signs Printable Maps are posted on the Larch Hills website here Try downloading one of the geo-referenced Larch Hills trail maps here to your cell phone. While skiing, without using data, your phone will show you, using GPS, your present location on your chosen Larch Hills trails map. There are lots of friendly skiers and snow shoers who will be glad to help you find your way on the trails! Like us on Facebook
Larch Hills Chalet Expansion Donations
Volunteer Safety Hosts Program Update
Please review Larch Hills Nordics Safety Hosts Program information here: https://skilarchhills.ca/safety-host-program/ . This service started in the winter of 2014. There are currently 19 LHNS Volunteer Safety Hosts serving a LHNS membership of ~ 1000 people.
Waterproof, 2-sided “carry along” copies of the Larch Hills Trails Cell Phone Reception map and the 2017-18 Larch Hills Emergency Responders List are available next to the Chalet’s front door (no charge) or at Salmon Arm Stationary for $1.25.
Carry the waterproof Cell Reception map and Emergency Responders list with you along with a cell phone and a compact space blanket in your hydration belt or pack. Take a picture of the Safety Hosts who are signed “ON HILL” as you head out skiing or on snowshoes.
8 Safety Host volunteers recently took Level 1 First Aid Training at the College the first time or as a renewal. Transportation Endorsement training will happen on January 11. Safety Hosts pay half of the cost for this training. Your membership fees help to pay for the other half.
If you would like more information about serving as a LHNS Safety Host contact any Safety Host on the LHNS Emergency Responders list. Like us on Facebook