Trail Report

January 24, 2022

Monday: 6:45 am -6.1 degrees and no new snow overnight. Yesterday was busy and skiers reported good snow conditions.

Road crews were up at 5:30 am this morning. Please slow down and drive safely.

UPDATE: 9:50 am. Slow start for the PB due to a technical issue. Running now and will be heading out through the central trails up to Far East and then back down to work in the east side of trail system. Currently – 4.4 degrees.

Look for details at https://skilarchhills.ca/grooming-report/

Please be considerate of fellow skiers – there have been several reports and concerns that the classic tracks have been skied over and disturbed enough to become unsafe in places. We also ask that folks boot hiking or snowshoeing avoid walking on the ski trails. The crews are working hard to smooth and create a solid base for additional snow. Boots easily cause holes with the soft snow conditions.

If you have anything to report, send me an email at trailreport@skilarchhills.ca

PHASES 1 AND 2 OF THE LIGHTING PROJECT ARE COMPLETE!! Many thanks to the crew and volunteers who made this happen. Many skiers are enjoying skiing into the evenings.

Snowshoe Trails

2021 December 31: Trails have seen a lot of users over the Christmas break. There appears to be some exploring off the main trails and could become confusing to folks that are not familiar with the area. It is recommended that you carry a map or download the Larch Hills Trail maps onto Avenza to be able to track your progress. Please avoid walking on the ski trails and step over the classic tracks when crossing.

 “A beautiful crisp snowy day to Snowshoe Bilbo’s bog.”

Our snow shoe trails are “User Maintained.” Please carry garden clippers and/or a folding saw and help us keep our trails clear of anything that is impeding progress or may get in someone’s face.  Report anything you can not deal with to trailreport@skilarchhills.ca.

All trails appear to be very well used.  In term’s of “Pristine bogs”, Frodo’s Bog is a little further to walk to and well worth the effort. For the more adventurous Coffey’s Climb is an excellent out and back workout. The down trees on Lucy and Stumpy have been removed, in fact all the trails have been cleared including Temptation this year. That being said trees will continue to come down and we ask that if possible they be be reported to the LHNS manager if she is on duty or through the trail report as mentioned above, an approximate location would be very helpful in dealing with them.

Trail Maps are located at the beginning and end of our trails. Maps have also been placed at all major trail intersections. A free downloadable PDF map ( for cell phones) is available on the Larch Hills Map Page here.

Our trails are not patrolled. If you are unable to return to the Chalet on your own, you may have a long wait for help. Be prepared to look after yourself (extra food, clothing, fire starter, and water).

For more snowshoe trail information visit our Snowshoe page

Non-Groomed Trails and Backcountry;

Tuesday 2022 January 18:

The fresh snow has dramatically changed the skiing conditions. Trail breaking is still easy and the crusty snow is now buried. The first section of Caribou Memory is being shared with a moose. No sign of the moose but the tracks were recent and there were fresh bobcat tracks on the Summit Trail near the Safety Bucket. A small container of binding repair materials was placed beside the Safety Bucket today.

The snow has brought down a few small diameter trees so carrying a folding saw is recommended.

If you find anything that needs attention please report it:  trailreport@skilarchhills.ca or trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.