Larch Hills eNews – Notice of Election for Executive and Board Positions, Report on Trail Maintenance, and Pirate Loppet


This is a formal notice of the positions that are up for election for the LHNS’s Board of Directors.
The positions will be filled by election at the Annual General Meeting in early March.
When:  Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7 pm.
Where:  SASCU Recreation Centre, Room 1 downstairs.
Positions open for the coming term (2 years):
President (currently vacant)
4 Directors at Large
Suzy Beckner, Brad Calkins, Pauline Waelti and Rob van Varseveld will let their names stand for the election.
Allan Bahen, current Treasurer, is retiring as of the AGM.
Any LHNS members in good standing who are interested in running for a Board position please contact the
Nominations Committee (and/or attend the Annual General Meeting in March).
Nominations Committee:
Hermann Bruns                 Dave Wallensteen              Duncan Moore           
250-838-7447                     250-832-7740                        250-832-2044

Report on Track set Trails Maintenance


High Branch Pruning & Brushing:

“Powered by LHNS Volunteers”, work continued for a seventh season in October and early November 2018. 3.3 kilometers of track set trail on five South Hub area trails were high branch pruned to ~9M high. Trail side small conifers and deciduous were also removed. Cuttings were scattered into the forest beside the trail. Sight lines on blind corners were improved for skier safety. One danger tree was felled for firewood on Ermine Wiggle. On 10 days after the morning trail work was done we helped cut and stack mill slab ends and split wood rounds.
About 4K of track set trails in the Cec’s Cabin area at 1200M elevation are left to treat in 2019. A total of 30K of trails has been treated since 2012. More details on the LHNS website here. 2018 HBP & B Trail Work Volunteers: Ed Bouma, Jim Cadden, Dave Evensen, Joyce Johnson, Bent Kristensen, Craig McBride, Chris McMahen, Doug Noakes, Kerry & Leona Orchard, Pat Smith, George Zorn, LHNS Ski Team Peewees & Bantams and Parents & Coaches.

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”

Baby Moonwalk Hill Umbrella Tree Removal Pilot Project:

On Larch Hills track set trail hill sections, large crowned “umbrella trees” near to the track set trails drop “snow bombs” or drip melt water on to the tracks. Freezing temperatures make these sections of track challenging for skiers coming fast down the hills. The Club’s Silky extendable pruning pole saws can reach overhanging tree branches up to about 9M. To improve skier safety on track set trail hill sections the LHNS Trail Planning Committee has initiated an Umbrella Tree removal pilot project to selectively remove these trees on Baby Moonwalk and upper East Dales. Work is planned for 2019. Logs will be sold. Some will be firewood processed. Learning from this project, we’ll consider Umbrella Tree removal on other Larch Hills track set trail hill sections.

Forest Service RAP Crew (June 2016) Sky Trail hill sections Umbrella Tree removal. Branches piled, logs cut to firewood length to heat Chalet.  


Offset Mower Deciduous Whips Cutting along Track set Trails

Plans are forming to have trail-side deciduous whips cut by Brad Digness using his John Deere tractor with an offset mower on selected sections of track set trails early this coming summer. Brad did some work for LHNS in the fall of 2017. Some small jobs have been done using the Club’s brush saw. Brush cutting timed soon after leaf-out is most effective.
Thanks to CSRD and its GIS Department for assistance with preparation of the November 2018 updated Ski Trails and Snowshoe Trails maps here.
Thanks in particular to GIS Technician, Suzanne Fordyce!

Brad Digness’ Tractor with Mower used to cut deciduous whips along track set ski trails  

15th Annual SD #83 Pirate Loppet
We Did The Math!

SINCERE THANKS to the Larch Hills Nordic Society and SD 83 for their tremendous support of the 2019 School Ski Host Program and Children’s Pirate Loppet that encourages students to experience skiing as a fun, active and inclusive outdoor activity.
It all added up to:
40 exceptional School Ski Host club volunteers
455 students at Larch Hills totaling 1223 visits over 4 weeks
 Distance options of 2 km or 5 km
2 cm of fresh snow groomed by our skilled, volunteer master track-setters
1 bombastic cannon – Thank you Shuswap Black Powder Club
494 Pirate Loppet registrants and over 50 parents and teachers from over 15 schools
12 Shuswap Lady Striders that made and served 650 hot lunches in under 2 hours
40 draw prizes – 1 for every 10 children
4 Best Costume Awards won by Tove Brown, Nathan Couch, Lukas Hansen and Cheyanna Green
Congratulations to Silver Creek Elementary for Best Proportional Participation
Since 2011, over $22,000 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 the school ski program possible.
THANK YOU to our sponsors and supporters:
Askew’s Foods, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Hub Barton Insurance, Hudson Dental, Shuswap Lady Striders, Skookum Cycle and Sport, Stella Jones, Tim Hortons, Toliver Advertising and Design,
Argo Road Maintenance, Boston Pizza, H2O4U, LA Sign, Salmon Arm Ready Mix, School District #83

Club is seeking a new Treasurer starting from the March 2019 AGM

Allan Bahen is stepping down as treasurer after six years. The position involves paying the club’s bills, depositing trail fees and donations into the clubs accounts and reporting the financial position of the club at various executive and general meetings. The club has hired a bookkeeping service (SOS Office Services) to do the bookkeeping and account reconcilations. An accounting firm handles the year end financial report. The treasurer with assistance of SOS prepares an annual operating budget. Allan is willing to assist the new treasurer in their startup. If interested please contact Allan by phone 250-832-8484 or email

Like us on Facebook

Copyright © 2019 Larch Hills Nordic Club, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a member of the Larch Hills Nordic Society.

Our mailing address is:

Larch Hills Nordic Club

390 18th St SE



Add us to your address book

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp