Larch Hills eNews – Early Bird Registration Draw #2, Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet, School Ski Hosts Needed, and Skookum Demo

Early Bird Registration Draw #2 Nov 30

Congratulations to our prize winners in the Early Bird Registration Draw #2 Nov 30:
Serena Caner              Gift Certificate (GC) John’s Ski Shack
David Fleming             GC Skookum Cycle & Ski
Jana Elliott                   GC John’s Ski Shack
Kathleen Miege           GC Skookum Cycle & Ski    
Katie Findlay                GC John’s Ski Shack
Andrew Hamilton        GC Skookum Cycle & Ski  
Early Bird Registration Draw #1 Nov 15
Congratulations to our prize winners in the Early Bird Registration Draw #1 Nov 15:
Marcia Beckner          Gift Certificate (GC) Skookum Cycle & Ski
Ron Beals                    GC John’s Ski Shack
Sara Chubey                GC Skookum Cycle & Ski
Ripley Jonker               GC John’s Ski Shack
Olivia Worton              GC Skookum Cycle & Ski
Will Heckrodt              GC John’s Ski Shack
Could prize winners please contact Duncan Moore at to arrange for pickup of their prize.
Thank you to all members, returning and new, who have registered for the season already.
As of Nov 15, registered members totaled 568. As of Nov 30, total members registered totaled 793. An increase of 40% in 15 days!  While we had a late surge in registrations, our club ended up in fourth place in the CCBC Club Membership Contest. This province wide contest ended Dec 01.
The final early bird draw was Dec 9th. Early bird rates ended on Dec 8th; membership rates have now increased.
Please register on zone4 if you haven’t already done so.  You can find the link here.
Don’t forget about upcoming events:
Santa Cruise Sunday Dec 23 – free technique fun race at Larch Hills followed by get together in chalet & Silent Auction.
Fundraiser for local food banks.
Lantern Ski Friday Dec 28 – our post Christmas evening ski or snow shoe by the light of the lanterns.
A perennial favourite with members and visitors! Gathering in the chalet post ski.
We have started skiing at Larch Hills, including the Junior Ski Team holding two practices this week. 
Early season conditions so watch for rocks, wet spots and other hazards. Think Snow!

Register NOW for the 35th Annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet

Saturday, January 19, 2019
What’s NEW?
Come and see the NEWly renovated chalet and enjoy a NEW 10:00 start time!
Meticulously groomed and beautiful ski trails
Great camaraderie and being appreciatively welcomed
Recreational and competitive distances for all ages and skill levels
Après ski hot lunch at the chalet with beef on a bun 
Relaxing afternoon in pool, hot-tub, sauna and showers at the Community Centre
Appy Hour, Awards and Draw Prizes
Social time with music and pizza
Heart and Stroke Foundation partnering
For entry information, photos and other important information, go to
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Calling on all potential School Ski Hosts – Old and New!

Once again, during the month of January, we’re hosting local elementary and middle school kids at Larch Hills to give them the opportunity to experience cross-country skiing, snow, and the great outdoors!  School classes come up to ski two or three times before the annual and very exciting Pirate Loppet on February 1st.
Hundreds of kids will need hosts to lead their groups for this program, and I’m calling on anybody who might want to help out! 
Volunteer hosts lead groups of about 10 kids around the trails of Larch Hills for about 1 to 1.5 hours at at time.  They are not responsible for teaching or coaching the children, and will be assisted by a parent helper provided by the schools.  Your commitment could be for one session only, or for several over the course of the month – with the same school or with different ones, depending on your schedule and preference.
Please contact Karin Huster at for more info on the role of a School Ski Program Host, or to see a schedule of schools that have signed up and are in need of hosts.  No previous experience is necessary and you do not need to be an expert skier – this is about fun!  Info sessions can be organized on snow for new hosts.


Sat. Dec. 15th.    9:30 to 12:30
Larchhills Nordic Trails
Gear from Rossignol, Fischer, Salomon,
 Swix and One way!
 Performance poles, no-wax skis
… …try skating or the new skin skis.
Look for the Skookum tent, test some gear for free!

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