Larch Hills offers over 57 km of track-set trails, 114 km of non track-set trails and 17 km of snowshoe trails spread out over a 3000 hectare area for all levels of fitness and adventure.
The onus for safety and survival falls on you the user. Be prepared!
- Our Club’s Safety Host Volunteer service time while skiing is NOT scheduled. We do NOT systematically patrol the 188 km of Larch Hills trails. WE DO COME PREPARED to respond to an emergency if called upon by cell phone or in person.
- 14 LHNS Safety Host Volunteers offer LHNS members a service: we aim to quickly and appropriately respond to the needs of an injured skier or snowshoer – primarily but not exclusively on Larch Hills track set trails. We are trained in the use of the Club’s snowmobiles, rescue toboggans and SKED.
- Many of us have current WorkSafe B.C. Occupational First Aid Level 1 or higher level first aid and Transportation Endorsement training and certification. Safety Hosts wear a Hi-Vis Yellow Arm Band with a white cross on a red background while skiing to identify ourselves.
- We use the Safety Host Sign In – Sign Out board located on the new Kiosk Sign Board across from the Chalet to indicate to fellow skiers that we are on the trails skiing with our cell phones turned on – ready to respond.
FREE Copies of the “Carry Along with you” waterproof, 2-sided 2018/19 Larch Hills No Cell Reception map and the 2018/19 Larch Hills Emergency Contacts List are now available (Dec. 21, 2018) from the new Kiosk sign board across from the Chalet.
Are you prepared for a Winter Emergency? – Jan. 2019
click to download printable document
ARE YOU EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH AN EMERGENCY SUCH AS GETTING LOST, OR AN INJURY TO YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE?
Do you understand how LHNS Safety Host Volunteers may be able to help you in an emergency? Contact a Safety Host if you would like to participate in a mock rescue or receive instructions using a rescue toboggan or other information.
SOME EQUIPMENT YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CARRY:
- A fully charged cell phone.
- A Cell Phone Reception Trail map – available from the new Kiosk Sign across from the Chalet. Also posted on coroplast signs at 6 on-trail locations and at the Chalet and printable above.
- A current LHNS Emergency Responders Contact List – available from the new Kiosk Sign across from the Chalet and printable above.
- For back country trails be equipped with such things as a space blanket, extra clothing, first aid supplies, matches and fire starter, a flashlight, snacks, maybe even an emergency locator device .
SOME OTHER SAFETY SUGGESTIONS:
- Go with a group. If you must go alone tell someone the trails you will travel and your ETA .
- STICK to the trails and time frame you committed to or advise your contact of any changes .
- Download Avenza to use geo-referenced cell reception and trails maps. Directions on website under Trail Maps.
- Become familiar with the location of the three manual rescue toboggans on the hill: Metford/Bilbo’s junction, South Hub and Cec’s Cabin. A tub at each location has sleeping bags and emergency supplies in a daypack. Watch this 8 minute video demonstrating Rescue Toboggan Skills.
- There are also three locations on the Larch Hills trails where Buckets containing first aid supplies are located: Sentinel/Lakeview junction, Far East/Moonwalk junction, and the Summit Trail 150m below the junction with Summit Shortcut. Locations are shown on the current Larch Hills Trails map. (See Safety Supplies Cache photos below.)
- Note the six on-trail locations where cell reception maps are posted
- Read the Emergency Response for Skiers and Snowshoers and note where it is on the website and posted at the chalet
- Check the Safety Host sign-out board when starting out to see who is “On the Hill”.
Emergency Response: Skiers & Snowshoers –
Jan. 2019 – click to download printable document
THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BECOME OUTDATED
- Assess the injury and apply first aid if you are qualified.
- Keep the injured person warm – use a space blanket, extra clothing, hot pads, or the sleeping bag in the nearest rescue toboggan. There are also “safety buckets” with emergency supplies in three key locations: Lakeview/Sentinel, Moonwalk/Far East, and the Summit Trail below Summit Shortcut.
- If you have a cell and there is service See Reporting below.
- If there is no cell service: send someone in your group to the nearest cell area to call (see cell reception maps posted on trails), or to the chalet. There is cell service at the chalet, plus the list of Safety Hosts currently on the trails, first aid supplies, and there will usually be others there who can help. If possible, send two people so one can return with information while you are waiting.
- Texting may be possible in areas of no service or intermittent service. Texts may not be read or responded to in a timely manner. Proceed as above unless you receive a reply .
- If you don’t have a cell: send someone to the chalet or to find the nearest skier who has a cell.
- Manual Rescue Toboggans – located at South Hub, Metford/Bilbo’s and Cec’s Cabin. They contain sleeping bags and limited first aid supplies. They are a good place to protect an injured person. If using one, you may want to remove your skis, both for pulling and braking. Follow the instruction labels on the toboggan.
Depending on the nature of the incident, call the available Safety Hosts (see sign-out board at the chalet kiosk) or 911. Some situations may require both. The Safety Hosts are only able to respond on the trackset trails and a limited portion of the non-trackset trails.
Provide the following information:
- Location of incident, and whether the location is known or approximate
- Person calling and cell number
- Nature and time of injury
- Condition of injured person and other relevant information: age, medical issues…
- Assistance given to injured person
- If a Safety Host who you believe is on the hill does not answer, leave a message. It is difficult to quickly answer a phone in a pack or jacket pocket.
- Stay within cell service or at the chalet to provide more information as needed. Ensure you have enough battery to be called, i.e. limit using your phone once you have called.