Volunteers

High Branch Pruners, Clippers, Sawyers

THANKS TO LARCH HILLS VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED prune & brush track set trails this fall. Work started for a eighth season on Oct. 7, 2019 and wrapped up on Nov. 1, 2019.  4K of track set trails were high branch pruned and brushed at 1200 meters elevation.: upper Skytrail plateau to N. Hub, Alder Lane, Larch Hills Rd from N. Hub to Cec’s and the east side of Larch Lake Loop. See a 58 second Drone view video by Craig McBride of the crew working on upper Sky Trail on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 here

What do we do?

Using Silky Pole Saws  we prune high tree branches reaching over the ski trails. Our reach is about 8 to 9M high.            “Why Silky Pole Saws are so great” –  watch this <3 min. You Tube video.

We prune lower branches and tree whips with long handled loppers and folding saws. We clear cut branches and stems off the trail. Safety-trained, experienced Volunteer chain saw operators cut small diameter trail–side trees which are removed from the trail. The Volunteer Trail Crew’s work wraps up with a Pot Luck Dinner celebration as the first big snowfall settle in on the trails, as the bears go to sleep and as we start skiing at Larch Hills!

Over the past 8 fall seasons since 2012 we’ve invested over 129 days and 1890 volunteer hours to high branch prune and brush about 34K of Larch Hill’s track set trails (approx. 4K per year). 34K represents 100% of the estimated 34K of track set Larch Hills trails that would benefit from high branch pruning & brushing.

With the help of the Larch Hills Jr. Racing Team and Parents removing pruned branches at the “Take Back the Hills” work parties over 2000 hours of LHNS volunteer hours have been contributed to tend the track set trails since 2012. Watch a 65 second Drone Video of LHNS Jr. Race Team members and parents helping remove cut branches on east Larch Lake Loop – Oct. 20, 2019 “Take Back the Hills”

Some members of Larch Hills Jr. Racing Team with Coach Phil Wallensteen
clearing pruned branches and stems off Willow Switch October 27, 2018 “Take Back the Hills” 
 
Larch Hills Jr. Racing Team – Midgets, parents and coaches clear pruned branches and stems off Ermine Frolic Loop – Oct. 28, 2017 “Take Back the Hills”  

JOIN US for a day or more:

As of November 1, 2019 high branch pruning trail work for the 2019 pre-ski season wrapped up. Eleven work parties were held on consecutive Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. We car pooled from Salmon Arm at 8:30 a.m. or met at 9 a.m. at the Chalet Parking lot. We worked ’til about 1 p.m. or as our time allowed.

Interested in helping? For more info.  please contact George Zorn at 250-832-9335 or Craig McBride 250-833-6626.

Please renew your LHNS membership for the coming season before October 15, 2019 to maintain CCBC Volunteer’s insurance coverage.

Our Club is “Powered by Volunteers”  – THANKS to these hard working and friendly Trail Volunteers!

October 7 – November 1, 2019 Volunteers (alphabetical order) : Jim Cadden, Gord Carter, Dave Evensen, Bent Kristensen, Craig McBride, Chris McMahen, David Millard, Doug Noakes and Pat Smith, Kerry & Leona Orchard,
Pat Shea, LHNS Ski Team Peewees and Bantams, Parents and Coaches, George Zorn

2012 – 2018 Volunteers (alphabetical order): Roger Beardmore, Ed Bouma, Frank Bristol, Jim Cadden, Gord Carter, Ian Clay, Lynne Collins, Mark Corbett and RAP Crew, Keith Cox, Pat Danforth, Ken Earl, Kristen Earl, Mark Elamatha, Dave Evensen, Jim Hoskins, Pat Hutchins, Joyce Johnson, Bent Kristensen, LHNS Ski Team with Parents and Coaches, Craig McBride, Chris McMahen, Mitch Milgram, David Millard, Duncan Moore, Jim Nadler, Peter Navratil,
Ron Neden, Doug Noakes, Blake Noble, Kerry Orchard, Leona Orchard, Birtie Ostby, Ray Ostby, Alois Schonenberger,
Pat Shea, Shuswap Trail Alliance’s JCP Winter Trails Crew 2012, Gerda Sieg, Pat Smith, Rob Taylor, Pauline Waelti, George Zorn

Thanks to Tom Hansen, Mark Corbett, the RAP Base Crew, Certification Course Fallers, John Thielman and Larch Hills HB Pruners for “Umbrella Tree” removal on lower Stig’s Loop and Chalet Loop in October 2015. Thanks to Mark Corbett’s RAP Base Crew for “Umbrella Tree” removal on Skytrail’s hills in June 2016 along with track set trails ‘speed junctions’ sight line improvements (e.g.: Hotshot – Ermine Frolic junction, bottom of Jay Walk Hill sharp corner on Ermine Frolic Loop).

Map of track set trails treated to November 1, 2019:
4K were completed fall 2019 – the orange lines on map. 

    • Skytrail Plateau – upper Pileated Promenade to North Hub: 1510M
    •  Alder Lane: 400M
    • North Hub to Cec’s Cabin: 840M  (300M Old Forest section left untreated)
    • Larch Lake Loop (west of Moonwalk Junction to Larch Hills Road): 1450M


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What are we accomplishing? Some benefits of this work:

  1. Safer, slightly wider trails for skiers
  2. Increased light and snow interception on trails
  3. Fewer frozen “snow bombs” in the tracks and on the combed trail width from overhanging branches during freeze-thaw conditions (emphasis on the hills) – safer for skiers on the hills
  4. Improved sight lines for 2-way skier traffic on many sharp corners and at many junctions (e.g. Hot Shot – Ermine Frolic, sharp corner at the bottom of Jay Walk hill and north of there on Ermine Frolic Loop,… )
  5. In the fall of 2014, early January 2015 and 2016 and 2017, just before the RK-S Loppet, 230 volunteer hours were also invested “dressing up” the 17K and 30K Recreational Loppet routes.
  6. Fewer branches obstructing the PB track setter
  7. Our work focus has been on track set trail hill sections to make these safer for skiers (eg. Baby Moonwalk hills, Sky Trail hills, Hot Shot, Stig’s Loop hill, upper Larch Hills Rd. hills below Cec’s Cabin plateau, Heart Break Hill, Panorama, Camel’s Hump)
  8. As of November 2018 work is completed on the “Core Area” trails (Chalet to South Hub plateau) where most skiers enjoy skiing most of the time (eg. Cottonwood Cutoff, East Dales, Ermine Frolic Loop…)

As of November 2019 our goal of 34 K of Track set trail is completed.
On-going trail maintenance will continue…,
“Powered by Larch Hills Volunteers”.