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

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
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:
Photo: January 4, 2007 Thursday Geezer Bogs Route Ski Tour

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