Larch Hills Thursday Geezers

The “Thursday Geezers” are a group of active, mostly retired, men and women (most are members of the LHNS) who will meet during the ski season, on Thursday  mornings, at 10:00 am at the  Larch Hills Chalet. During Covid we expect that all participants will be double vaccinated or better. We will adhere to current Advisories re  groups, masking distancing, etc.  We may stay in our cars until just before 10:00 am, then meet elsewhere adjacent to the parking lot or in the Start Area above the Chalet. 

Our intention is to explore as many of the Larch Hills groomed and ungroomed trails as we can over the season.  Each trip will be  an approximate 50/50 mix of each, starting with easier runs early in the season and progressing over the season. We normally start, going  up on groomed trails and return via single track (mostly ungroomed). We should be done in about 3 – 4  hours or by 3:00 pm. Occasionally, we may visit Sovereign Lake, Revelstoke or some other destination.

I have found that 59mm wide skis glide well in our set tracks without binding on the sides (the track mold is 60mm wide). They also have enough float for light backcountry use.  Big basket poles are a necessity for ungroomed single track and deep snow.  Metal edges will always be welcome on our sometimes hard or icy groomed trails.

On all outings, Covid advisories will be followed – as directed by Public Health.

Folding saws or loppers are useful as winter snowfalls often require a bit of trail clearing.

Intermediate classic ski skills and moderate fitness are suggested. This is not Loppet or endurance training.

Normal emergency supplies of fire starter, food, water, extra clothing etc. that will keep you warm in the cold are recommended, as many of the trails are hard to reach in an emergency. Larch Hills single tracks are considered wilderness skiing.

If you see something missing, or confusing let me know.

Visitors are welcome.

For more information contact Clint Smith: cjlsmith@telus.net