Chalet Expansion a Finalist for SASCU’s Canada 150 Grant

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SASCU has announced the three finalists for their Canada 150 Grant that is being awarded in July. This grant is for $50,000 and would help tremendously with the Larch Hills Chalet Expansion construction!

The grant is awarded to the organization that receives the most votes from SASCU members. All SASCU members 10 years old and older are eligible to vote. You can vote online or in any SASCU branch between May 1 and June 15. Winners will be announced on July 1, 2017. The Larch Hills Nordic Society is very honoured to have been selected as finalists for this grant!

Click here to vote.

2017 Annual General Meeting

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The LHNS Annual General Meeting will take place at the SASCU Recreation Centre in Room 1 at 7pm on March 14th. Elections for five Board of Directors positions will take place at the AGM. This year we have the vice-president position and 4 at-large directors up for re-election. Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors or wishing to nominate a member who is willing to serve should contact a member of the nominating committee.

Please see the draft schedule here.

An Invitation to Ski the Larch Lake Bogs Route (Updated Route)

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When? On Saturday Jan 21, 2017 starting at 9:30 a.m. from the Chalet.

Where? Route map here. Bogs lengths: 400M, 200M, 150M and 100M

Total Ski Distance: 13.4K – 10K on track set: ski up Skytrail, ski down LH Road, ski 3.4 K on the Larch Lake Bogs route. Updated route – 13.7K: 7.5K on track set, 6.2K on untrack set: ski up LH Rd, Cottonwood Cut off then on Tree Beard’s Trail to North Hub and 400M Bog access. From the 100M Bog ski out Larch Lk. Loop and down LH Road. Total ski distance is 3.4 K on the Larch Lake Bogs route.

Suggestion: Wear X-C touring skis and big basket poles. Bring a snack and a thermos.

Contact: George 250-832-9335

Bog’s Route Update

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On Friday, Dec. 30 five LHN volunteers skied the Larch Lake Bogs route. We had a great ski in this beautiful area of the Larch Hills!

Some branch clipping and additional route marking was done. News route map signs were posted on the route, in the Chalet, at Cec’s Cabin, and on the LHNS website’s Trail Maps page here.

A few fallen trees thru the old forest section (west of Larch Lake) between the 400 M Bog and Larch Lake Loop will be removed soon. For now ski around them.

Chalet Fundraising Update

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The Chalet expansion committee would like to thank all of the individuals and corporations that have generously donated towards the chalet expansion in 2016. With the generous support we have now reached over 1/3 of our fundraising goal ! The ability to offer tax receipts for donations will continue for 2017, thanks to Cross Country Canada.

Lost and Found Page Reminder

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A reminder that we have a lost and found page on our website. From the menus, it is located under the “About Us” heading and the URL is

Currently the only outstanding item is a pair of black Atomic poles which disappeared today (Christmas Day). If you have lost something and it’s not listed on the website, please also check right inside the Chalet as not all items get listed online. If you’ve lost or found something and would like it posted on the website please contact us at

Skier & Snowshoer Safety – New Cell Zones Trails Map and Emergency Contacts

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There has recently been an update to our safety documents and how to obtain them. Please see the following:

  • A 2-sided waterproof version of the 2016 cell zones map and emergency contacts list will be provided (one per household) at the time 2016/17 LHN Member cards are distributed late this month or early January at the Chalet.
  • Waterproof copies of the 2016 cell zones map and emergency contacts list are available at Wickett Business Services for $1.25/ 2-sided copy
  • See the LHN Volunteer Safety Hosts webpage here to print copies of the 2016 cell zones map and 2016/17 emergency contacts list.
  • See the LHN Trail Maps page here to download a Geo – referenced PDF of the 2016 Cell Zones map to your cell phone
  • Laminated copies of the new cell zone maps have been posted at the usual five on-trail locations: Cec’s Cabin, South Hub, top of Metford Rd. hill at Bilbo’s Bog junction, Skyview – Lake view junction, Tom’s Shelter. A copy of both the new cell zone map and 2016 Emergency Contacts list is posted at the Chalet by the Safety Hosts Sign Out Board.

Larch Hills Fun Race

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The Larch Hills Fun Race will be held on January 1, 2017 at 1pm. On-site registration is available from 10am to 12pm but it is preferred if you register in advance online at Please see the race notice here.

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