Trail Report

March 31 7:30 Update

Today is the last day of the trail report for the season. There is still lots of snow, but grooming is now finished for the year. Mornings are hard packed and icy with softer, slower conditions in the afternoon. You can continue to see the current temperatures and web cam images on the website.

Thanks to all of our Larch Hills Nordic Society members and guests for a fantastic ski season. We are very grateful to our amazing track setters, trail clearing crews and all other key volunteers who kept us going this season. It has been a challenging, but very successful ski season. Also, thanks to all of the volunteers of club events and programs that everyone loves to participate in. There are so many individuals that do so many things for the club. We hope that during this difficult time for everyone you are able to enjoy time with your families. Stay healthy and see you next ski season!

As of March 20, the Larch Hills Chalet is closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The outhouses are also closed at this time. Trails remain open. The following message is from Rec Sites and Trails BC:

Users assume all risks by continuing to use trails and are discouraged from taking unnecessary risks to avoid burdening health services.

You can view service updates by visiting the RSTBC Website

THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.
  • Only travel to Larch Hills with individuals from your immediate household.
  • Ski in small groups with members of your own household.
  • Stay 2 metres away from other skiers and do not congregate at the trailheads or main junctions.
  • Ski with extreme caution to avoid any injuries.

Please enjoy the outdoors and remember to keep a safe distance from other skiers.

The road is staying firm with the colder temperatures. Some ruts and bumps. Use caution and pick your way over it.

You can see the grooming progress of today here https://skilarchhills.ca/grooming-report

Check the snow depth measurement made by Keith and George just recently at the bottom of the page at https://skilarchhills.ca/snow-depth-measurements/

Copies of the 2-sided waterproof, recyclable Larch Hills Cell coverage/no coverage trails map and a current LHNS Emergency Responder Contacts List are available from the pamphlet box on the Kiosk sign board across from the Chalet’s main upstairs door.

A downloadable map, which can be used on cell phones, is available on the Larch Hills Maps page.

Snowshoe Trails – March 2

The snowshoe trails are being well used. Most are compact enough that you can boot hike on them. We have closed Moose at the steep drop down to the Main Road at Stigs due to trees down and hazards on the hill. The rope is buried and not replaceable at this time. Use the Main Road outside the right track going up, for both directions to Stigs Loop (or back to the Chalet), and access Moms and Moose there.  Lucy and Stumpy are open with a temporary route change.

Most of the clean up of large windfalls will be left to after the snow leaves, for ease of getting in with chain saws, and for safety.

Please report where you have snowshoed, what you have done, and what needs attention. Thank you in advance for your assistance in making trails more usable for the next hiker.

A downloadable PDF map (including for cell phones) is available on the Larch Hills Map Page here.

Please carry garden clippers to remove any new growth that gets in the way of faces in particular.

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 Back Country – March 19

There are “exploratory” tracks leading off of Treebeard’s and upper Greenway that should not be followed.

Conditions were very good today. Leaving a bit after 11 am we went up Skytrail, the upper part of Pileated Promenade (non-trackset), and down Larch Hills Road.

There was also a leisurely lunch in the sunshine at Cec’s. Highly recommended

As the regular Thursday Geezer ski outings are switching to biking, please send in comments to Manager Karen on conditions in the backcountry, so people who are wishing to go there will be up to date. 

There may be skiers who will be showing up on Thursdays but they will send a notice to this space. 

It has been a great season!!!  There will be a lot of summer and fall cutting to make sure all the backcountry trails are open for next year. It was a great pleasure for me to meet a number of people on Thursday outings and we hope to continue it next year.

Thanks to all the Tracksetters who keep Sky Trail open and allow us to get up to the North Hub in fairly quick time.

For more information on the backcountry routes summer and winter in the Larch Hills, feel free to contact blainecarson@gmail.com

View of Lookout Summit
The panorama shows the Far East as well as the view through to the Lookout Summit.