Memberships, Warren Miller, New Member Open House, and Santa Cruise

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Memberships

 
Memberships for the 2018-2019 ski season are now available online on zone4. The early deadline for memberships is December 8th. After this date membership fees increase. Currently, we are 4th in BC for Cross Country BC’s membership drive for most memberships so far this season.
 
The first draw prize for early membership registration is this Thursday, November 15th!

Please find the link to zone 4 registration here:

“Warren Miller’s Face of Winter”

 
When: Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: Salmar Classic Theatre
How much: Adults – $17, Under 12 – $12 – Tickets available at Skookum

Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ProI36TvP6k

Houseboat prize details: 

The gift certificate “won” by the lucky bidder entitles you to a Mirage 56 Houseboat Vacation for the Spring 2019 Season (May 16th to June 5th) * Excludes May Long Weekend.  Midweek package (4 days/3 nights) or Weekend Package (3 days/2 nights). Or, you may choose another season besides the one on your certificate…Waterways will apply your non-cash value prize and you will pay the difference in the rental rates.  This is a great deal….please help spread the word!

New Member Open House

 
On December 8th there will be an Open House and Orientation for Larch Hills members. This is geared towards new members to the club, but all members are welcome. Please meet at the chalet at 2pm on Saturday, December 8th for a tour of our facilities and operations. If you know someone new to town who might be interested in being involved at Larch Hills please let them know about this opportunity. For more information please contact Ed Bouma at ed.bouma@hotmail.com or 250-832-9804.

Santa Cruise is Back!

 
The very popular Santa Cruise Fun Race will be back again on Sunday, December 23rd at 10am. The race will be free technique, so you are welcome to skate or classic ski. There will be no entry fee, but donations for the local food banks will be accepted. Skiers will be encouraged to dress up like Santa or elves similar to the Pirate Loppet. There will also be a silent auction and refreshments after the race. Thank you to the Larch Hills Executive for organizing this event. 
 

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Dancing With the Shuswap Stars Tickets Still Available!

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Dancing With the Shuswap Stars Tickets Still Available!

 
The Dancing with the Shuswap Stars Committee has ten tickets that have become available for purchase.  These ten tickets are for sale for $75 each until Thursday, Nov. 1st when the ticket price rises to $100.  If you want them, hurry down to Wearabouts.

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Chalet Grand Opening, Looking for Old Skis, and Chalet Food Coordinator for Loppet Needed

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Save the Date!

 
The grand opening celebration for the newly expanded chalet will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, January 3rd. This will be a gathering for all members of the club and community; including local businesses, contractors and community groups that assisted in the completion of this project. The specific time will be announced closer to the date, but expect a social gathering at the new chalet in the afternoon followed by some skiing on the trails.

Looking for Old Skis

 
The Chalet Expansion Committee is looking for old skis to create a donor recognition board for the new chalet. If you have any old skis in your shed or garage that are no longer able to be used for skiing please consider donating them to this project. If you have some that may be appropriate please email Suzy Beckner at sjtayler@yahoo.com or call 250-253-1089.

Loppet Committee Seeking Chalet Food Coordinator

 
The Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet committee is in need of a new member! We are looking for someone who would be willing to oversee the food services in and around the chalet on loppet day. You would be working together with a team of volunteers in the warm luxury of our new chalet and kitchen facilities! The person who previously volunteered in this position will be available for guidance and will be able to share all the necessary planning information. This job includes advance ordering of food and equipment, set-up on Friday prior to the loppet and supervision of food and drink service at the chalet on Saturday, January 19th.
 
For more details, please contact Louise Bruns (louisebruns@gmail.com)

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Ski Swap Reminder

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Ski Swap Reminder

When:  Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 11:00 am Start
Where: The Gathering Place – 350 30th St NE, Salmon Arm  (King’s gym)
What:  Snowboard, Downhill and XC ski gear, and other winter outdoor recreation gear
Early Drop Off at Skookum: Mon Oct 15 to Thurs October 18
Sale Drop off: 8:00 am – 10:30 am (day of swap)
Ski Swap: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pickup: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (money or unsold gear)

Note: It will cost $1 per item entered into the swap and the club keeps 20% of the selling price if it sells. Only safe gear in working order will be accepted. Includes XC skiing equipment, downhill skiing and boarding equipment, and other outdoor winter sports gear.

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New Zealand Trip Report

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New Zealand Trip Report

    This summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel to New Zealand for two weeks of summer skiing with the Para National ski team. We stayed at the Snow Farm where we could literally ski out right from our door, on skis already waxed by the techs and ready to go. The ski trails were awesome, and especially on clear days, when the views were incredible. The skiing was absolutely gorgeous when you could see the hills of snow and mountains all around.

    The trails were groomed daily and the temperature usually wavered around zero, which made for some great rub ski conditions and no Klister! I had many productive technique sessions with my very capable coaches, alongside teammates who helped turn the snowy bad-wax days into fun.

    I skied every morning and most afternoons, usually logging between 3-4 hours every day.

    The Snow Farm lodge was very nice to stay at. We woke up every morning to a beautiful sunrise, ate breakfast, then headed outside to hit the ski trails. We even had a jacuzzi tub in our bathroom.

    The food we ate at the lodge buffet was delicious. There was a chef who cooked us three meals every day, and it was all so good that I always left feeling like I’d eaten way too much.

    We shared the trails with teams of dog sledders, and one of the highlights of the trip was visiting with all the energetic sled dogs after they had finished for the day.

    I was so sad when it was time to go home but I was excited to jump back into summer again. All in all, it was a beautiful trip that I think back to often. I can’t wait to return next year!

    Natalie

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Kal Tire Sponsorship, Trail Clearing and Wood Shed Help Wanted

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Kal Tire Sponsorship

 
Just a quick update… we are on the homestretch of the $100 Kal Tire offer.  (Deadline is Oct 6, this coming Saturday.)
 
Wanted to say THANK YOU.  I have been impressed with our clubs’ efforts in promoting this so far… there’s good understanding that we, as a sport, are trying to reel in a big fish.  After all, if Kal Tire can sponsor the CFL, we need to show them that cross country skiing can punch above its weight!
 
So… my request is the following:  Please DO consider a final push in the next couple days to help promote this in whatever way possible, be it a reminder in a club email/newsletter, on your club’s Facebook page, and/or sharing CCBC’s most recent Facebook post, located here:  https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2028330330558597&id=829014633823512   
 
In other news, our clubs in total are already 800 members ahead of this day last year.  Wow!  Great work everyone!
 
Cheers,
Wannes

Larch Hills High Branch Pruners & Brushers – Help Wanted

Your help is needed to prepare the Larch Hills track set ski trails for another great ski season! Join a small group of volunteers who will meet at the Chalet on Tuesday morning, October 9 at 9 a.m. to begin work for the seventh season pruning overhanging tree branches and brushing along the edges of these trails:  Willow Switch, Heart Break Hill, Plantation Place, Camel’s Hump and Mom’s Trail.

Details on the Larch Hills Nordics website here 

If you can’t make it next Tuesday morning we do plan to work (if it’s not raining too hard or snowing!) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings meeting at the Chalet at 9 a.m. through October into November. 

“What work will I be doing?” We’ll spell each other off moving cut tree branches off the trail and using hand tools to cut branches. We could use the help of another experienced chain saw operator who can bring their own chain saw. Fuel and oil can be provided.  A hard hat is required when working with a Silky pruning pole. Safety glasses recommended. Please bring work gloves, water and a snack or lunch. 
     
If you have other questions, want to car pool from Salmon Arm or want to confirm work day changes due to rough weather please call:
George (250-832-9335) or Craig (250-833-6626).

Thanks for considering!           

We need volunteers to help fill the new wood shed!

Jobs to do: split wood  (using a power /electric splitter) saw  slabs stack wood in shed If you can help please contact Pauline Waelti peter_pauli@telus.net 250 833-0325 Like us on Facebook

Ticket Sales for Dancing With the Shuswap Stars, Kal Tire Coupon, General Meeting, Registration, Fall Yard Work, and Ski Swap.

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Ticket Sales for Dancing With the Shuswap Stars

 
This is a reminder that tickets go on sale this Sunday from 2-4pm at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. Tickets are $75 each and all proceeds will be divided by The Larch Hills Nordic Society and The Hospice Society.
 
Table reservations of 4, 8, 9 or 10 people can be made at that time. You may also purchase single tickets, but the maximum number of tickets available to one person will be 10. 
 
Payment can be made in cash or by cheque made out to Larch Hills Nordic Society.
 
Any tickets left over after the pre-sale will be available for purchase Oct 1st at Wearabouts.

Larch Hills Nordic Society General Meeting

 
The first general meeting for the Larch Hills Nordic Society will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm downstairs at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. All members and those interested in becoming members are welcome to attend. For more information about the Larch Hills Nordic Society please go to www.skilarchhills.ca.

Registration

Larch Hills Nordic Society registration opens October 1. All ski team members must register right away.
 
Fees for 2018/19 are as follows: (rates increase on December 9th and are indicated by the second number)
 
SKI family                        $240/270
SKI individual                  $120/135
SNOWSHOE family        $100/120
SNOWSHOE individual  $ 50/60
SKI youth 9-18.               $ 60/70
 
Please note that the Infrequent category has been dropped.
 
Jackrabbit registration will close on November 15 or when the program is full.
 
To register, go to zone4.ca, register, Larch Hills Nordic 2018-19
 
Early Bird draws will take place on November 15, November 30 and December 9.

Fall Yard Work

Could you use some help with your fall yard clean-up?  Larch Hills ski team athletes are fundraising toward next year’s Nationals in Gatineau and are available for hire.  Please contact Abbi at abbimay71@yahoo.com to arrange for a group of fit, strong and hardworking teens to help tidy up your yard.  The first available date is Friday, Oct 5th Pro-D day.  Payment by donation or minimum $15/hr per worker. Thank you for your support!

Larch Hills Nordics 2018 Ski/Board Swap

 

When:  Saturday, Oct 20, 2017 11:00 am Start

Where:  The Gathering Place – 350 30th St NE, Salmon Arm

Early Drop Off at Skookum: Mon Oct 15 to Thurs October 18

Sale Drop off: 8:00 am – 10:30 am (day of swap)

Ski Swap: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pickup: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (money or unsold gear)

Note: It will cost $1 per item entered into the swap and the club keeps 20% of the selling price if it sells. Only safe gear in working order will be accepted. Includes XC skiing equipment, downhill skiing and boarding equipment, and other outdoor winter sports gear.

Cash or Cheque Only.

Questions please contact: Cam Brown at camgbrown@gmail.com or 250-833-6631

Note:  Larch Hills Race Team members going to Nationals in Ontario this year will be providing a waxing service during ski swap hours.  Please support the team!

Kal Tire Coupon

Kal Tire has stepped up to sponsor the Skill Development Program (SDP) in BC!  In addition, ALL our members will benefit from an exclusive offer (see below).

This new partnership is a great fit:  Kal Tire is a born & bred BC company (started in Vernon in 1953), is very community minded, has stores in just about every club location, and as we know, cross country skiers put on more miles and in harsher winter driving conditions than most.

To start, this sponsorship is only for one year, but we hope to impress Kal Tire enough that this may grow into a significant long term partnership.  With almost 18,000 members across BC, more than 2,500 kids in SDP, and countless amazing volunteers, I’m confident we can do just that!

What this partnership will look like in the first year: Kal Tire will be the official sponsor of the Skill Development Program in BC, which includes the Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit, and Track Attack programs. Kal Tire and Bridgestone logos will appear on the Bunnyrabbit & Jackrabbit toques and the Track Attack buffs. 100% of sponsorship funds will be passed thru to our clubs to bolster SDP programs.  Stay tuned for details. All club members will receive an exclusive Kal Tire coupon for a significant discount on new winter tires. Watch for it in our upcoming annual magazine, mailed to members’ homes in early September. Try to use the coupon when you buy tires to help CCBC validate the sponsorship! THIS COUPON EXPIRES OCTOBER 6TH (last year’s members can benefit).
Please join us in welcoming Kal Tire onboard and thanking them for their support of our growing sport.  We look forward to this new partnership!

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General Meeting October 9

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The first general meeting for the Larch Hills Nordic Society will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm downstairs at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. All members and those interested in becoming members are welcome to attend. For more information about the Larch Hills Nordic Society please go to www.skilarchills.ca

Ticket Sales for Dancing With the Shuswap Stars

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This is a reminder that tickets go on sale this Sunday from 2-4pm at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. Tickets are $75 each and all proceeds will be divided by The Larch Hills Nordic Society and The Hospice Society.

Table reservations of 4, 8, 9 or 10 people can be made at that time. You may also purchase single tickets, but the maximum number of tickets available to one person will be 10.

Payment can be made in cash or by cheque made out to Larch Hills Nordic Society.

Any tickets left over after the pre-sale will be available for purchase Oct 1st at Wearabouts.

For those looking to brush up on their dancing skills prior to the event, City Dance is hosting an open house on September 29th. You can view the poster for the event here.

Reino Run, Jacket Order, Dancing With the Shuswap Stars, and Chalet Expansion Update

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Reino Run

See Poster
Sunday October 14, 2018
10 AM START AT LARCH HILLS CHALET
8.5 KM AND 2.5 KM DISTANCES
Bring the whole family and enjoy autumn in the scenic Larch Hills Age groups for all – $15 for adults, $8 for kids under 16
Refreshments, awards and draw prizes following event
Soup or chili and buns for sale by LH 2018 Nationals XC Skiers
All Proceeds to the Larch Hills Junior Racing Team
 

Registration at www.zone4.ca
Please register online to aid event organizers.
Day of race registration available on site for increased fees until 9:30 am. ($20 adults and $10 kids under 16)
Bib pick-up at chalet 8:30-9:30 am.
Series info at www.interiorrunningassociation.com
Contact: reinoruninfo@gmail.com

Custom Larch Hills puffy jackets from Jackets for Jasper available for order!

Customized Larch Hills puffy jackets are available for order this year from Jackets for Jasper. They are just like the old ones (picture below) but with a hood. Sizing is from xxs to xxl in both men’s and women’s. The cost is around $240 per jacket if we order 25 or more. Jackets for Jasper is a non-profit organization based out of Vancouver – all profits from jacket sales are used to to sponsor children’s education in rural Nepal – CLICK the link to see Jackets for Jasper’s full story, sizing chart, care information etc.

A “fit kit” will be available during the junior race team practices this Wednesday Sept 19th from 3:30-5:00 in the South Broadview Elementary school parking lot AND on Sept 22nd from 10am – 3pm at Herald Park in the day-use parking lot/picnic area for anyone wanting to try-on a jacket. The order will be placed during the first week of October with expected delivery in early December.

Contact Lisa Wherry for more information or to place an order.

lisamarie.wherry@gmail.com

Dancing With the Shuswap Stars Ticket Information

 
The Dancing with the Shuswap Stars fundraiser this year is scheduled for Friday, November 23rd at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. It is shaping up to be another great evening of entertainment for the community. This year the proceeds from the event will be split between The Larch Hills Chalet Expansion Project and The Hospice Society.
 
Tickets go on sale to the public on Sunday, September 30th from 2-4pm at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre Auditorium Lobby. Any tickets left after that will be available at Wearabouts. Tickets are $75 each and you can reserve tables for 4, 8, 9 or 10 people. You may also purchase single tickets at this time, but the maximum number of tickets available to one person will be 10. 

Larch Hills Chalet Expansion Update

The work on the Chalet Expansion is moving along in preparation for this coming ski season. The new facility should be ready for occupancy soon. Many things have happened in the past few weeks. The indoor painting is now complete, the deck railing is installed, outside metal stairs are in place, concrete pad for the entrance is poured, the new windows are installed in the old chalet, the soffits and siding are almost installed and the roof for the outdoor waxing area is just about finished. 
 
The Chalet Expansion Committee is very excited with the progress that has taken place. Many volunteers and businesses have been working hard to complete all of these jobs. Everyone’s contributions are so very much appreciated!

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