Election for Executive Positions, Ski Host Volunteer Thank You, and Bike for Your Life and Beyond – A Community Conversation

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This is a formal notice to advertise the positions that are open for the Larch Hills Nordic Society’s Executive. The positions will be filled by election at the Annual General Meeting.

When: Tuesday, March 20th 7pm

Where: Salmon Arm Recreation Centre Downstairs

Five positions are open for the coming term:

Vice President
2 Directors

Allan Bahen (Treasurer), Abbi May (Director) and Craig McBride (Director) will let their names stand for another term. Any Larch Hills Nordic Society members who are interested in running for an executive position please contact the Nominations Committee or attend the Annual General meeting in March.

Nominations Committee:

Hermann Bruns

Mike Vukadinovic

Thanks to Larch Hills School Ski Host Volunteers!

Thanks to all 39 Larch Hills Ski Club Volunteers for sharing your love of Larch Hills X-C skiing with groups of visiting students from local schools during January!
Larch Hills Volunteer Ski Hosts teamed up with 528 students from 9 local schools. Each Volunteer hosted an average group size of 8-10 kids for three, 90 minute adventures on the Larch Hills ski trails in January.
Total: about 1216 student visits. That’s a lot of fun on skis!
Thank you to these January 2018 Larch Hills Volunteer Ski Hosts:
Daryl Bader, Petra Bader, Peter Barss, Daniela Bruns, James Burton, James Cadden, Brian David, Kirsten Earl, Elizabeth Eso, Steve Fabro, Dale Fennell, Gullan Hansen, Barb Heckrodt, Val Heckrodt, Lorne Hunter, Pat Hutchins, Reinhard Liebich, Eleanor Marshall, Tom Marshall, Chris McMahen, David Miege, Kerry Miller, Peter Molnar, Richard Motz, Jim Nadler, Doug Noakes, Connie Pasutto, Loretta Prosser, Beth Savage, Rob Savage, Brian Smith, Clint Smith, Eva Smith,
Sonia Irisno, Marcel Tetrault, Pauline Waelti, Keith Wilkie, Marianne Wolters, George Zorn, Jeanetta Zorn

Bike for Your Life and Beyond – A Community Conversation

Thursday 6:30 p.m. March 1, First United Church Hall, Salmon Arm
Join in conversation with recreational road cyclists who live here in the Shuswap – North Okanagan, described by Shuswap Tourism as a “pedal paradise”. We enjoy cycling adventures and quiet times rolling along scenic paved back roads on our bikes. Cycling provides us with rich experiences in observing, listening to and smelling nature especially here in this beautiful region we call home. 

Residents of the Shuswap – North Okanagan live in a “pedal paradise”. One of the ways local cyclists have shared their appreciation for local cycle touring has been to invite fellow cyclists from both near and far (since 1998) to participate in a community bike ride. The Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride is 100% volunteer driven and requires ongoing replenishment of its volunteer pool in order to survive and thrive! 

At this community conversation we will reflect together on past experiences of the Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride and discuss the shape that this event (or another like it) might take in the future.

Interested? Please register online here:
By registering you will help us prepare for the evening. Please share your comments with us if you are not able to attend the conversation. Thank you!

When? Thursday evening, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Where? First United Church Hall (450 Okanagan Ave E, Salmon Arm)

Hosts & Participants: Roger Beardmore, Pat Danforth, Pat Hutchins, Ian Wickett, George Zorn
Community Conversation Facilitator: Erik Bjorgan

Refreshments provided.

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ESLSAP Volunteer Thank You

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ESLSAP Volunteer Thank You

It has become a yearly tradition for English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program participants to experience the joy of cross-country skiing at Larch Hills with the help of local community members. On February 10th, 28 newcomers to Canada were taught the basics of cross-country skiing by the following enthusiastic volunteers: Phil Wright, George and Jeanetta Zorn, Eleanor Marshall, Dave Evensen, Ruth Chambers, Reinhard Liebich, Jaquie Bolen, and Lizzy Van Bergeyk. Special thanks to John Thielman, John’s Ski Shack, for providing the equipment for the ESLSAP group.

Olia Bullen,
ESLSAP instructor and program coordinator,
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Volunteers Needed THIS SATURDAY, Skookum Demo, Pirate Loppet Summary.

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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

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Missing Equipment

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Missing Skis

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.

Lost Poles

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 mcrob@live.ca

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Chalet Expansion Update, RKS Loppet Thank You & Results, and Larch Lake Bogs Route Ski Tour

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Larch Hills Chalet Expansion Update

The Larch Hills Chalet Expansion continues to move along. Many of you were able to enjoy the completed basement last weekend for the Reino Keski Salmi Loppet. The committee is very excited that we now have this useable space available for the membership to enjoy. A huge thank you goes to Al Hardy and his crew who spent countless hours installing the heating system. Also, the wall of cubbies that were installed last week were done by Chuck Connor. All of the time being donated by so many people is very much appreciated!
We received very exciting news last week that The Regional District of North Okanagan will be giving a $20,000 Community Works Fund grant towards the project. This will be a huge boost to get us going on completing the upstairs of the new chalet.
Thank you to everyone who sent in donations for the Dec 31st tax deadline. Your support of this project is so very much appreciated. These donations are the main financial support for the continuation of the expansion! We have also confirmed with Cross Country Canada that they can continue accepting donations for us in order to issue tax receipts. If you have not already done so, please consider making a donation. It is donations from members, businesses and local organizations that will help to complete this project.

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

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Lantern Ski Thank You and Upcoming Loppets

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Lantern Ski Thank You

A great big thank you to all the volunteers and donors who participated in the Lantern Ski on Dec. 28, 2017.The amount of teamwork required to host such an event is significant and we are very grateful to all the volunteers, donors, ski and snow shoe participants for making this annual tradition a success.

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.


Attached is a Birchleg Poster and registration form. For more information please visithttp://wellsgrayoutdoorsclub.ca. Also visit the Tourism Wells Gray website at: http://wellsgray.ca


We hope you get a chance to come ski or snowshoe on our fantastic trails!!

Golden Huckleberry Loppet

Welcome to all participants of all ages to the 22nd Golden Huckleberry Loppet: February 3, 4. This is an event we have tuned to distances from 1k to 30k and we are proud of the rolling, well designed courses. We are also proud of our fantastic, friendly crew whom are ready to play host. We include a professional chef for our Loppet lunches and a clown for the kids in our events, a chariot poker race, great draw prizes, and our famous, handmade Raku medallions for podium finishers.
The detailed race notice and registration is posted on Zone4.ca  Please register early!
See you here!

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School Ski Hosts Needed This Week to Avoid Cancelling Classes

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School Ski Hosts Needed This Week to Avoid Cancelling Classes

I am still looking to fill several spots to avoid cancelling classes this week.  Please consider volunteering your time and let me know ASAP at karin@huster.ca if you decide to help out, or for more info on this very valuable and fun program.
Ski hosts lead groups of about 10 school children around the Larch Hills trails for about one hour.  No teaching is required and no previous experience is necessary. Anybody who likes being with children and who loves to ski will be an asset to this program!
Still needed are
Wednesday January 10th
1 host for North Canoe 2 hosts for Bastion Thursday January 11th 2 hosts with Hillcrest Friday January 12th 7 hosts with Armstrong Elementary 1 host with Bastion Thank you so much!  Karin

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Wanted: School Ski Program Volunteer Hosts

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Wanted: School Ski Program Volunteer Hosts


The ever so popular School Ski Program is about to start and will run all of January in preparation of the Pirate Loppet, but most of the spots for hosts are still not filled!

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!

Please contact Karin Huster at karin@huster.ca and I will forward you the schedule of schools booked and available spots. Looking forward to hearing from you! Like us on Facebook

Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet

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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 louisebruns@gmail.com.

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