Jim and Max Beckner pose at Bilbo’s Bog at the Larch Hills ski area in December after a big snowfall, before track setting. Photo contributed

Lovely skiing at Larch Hills

Don’t judge ski conditions by amount of snow in Salmon Arm

By Marcia Beckner

Contributor

Although you wouldn’t think it from the dearth of snow down here in the valley, we have had many weeks of lovely skiing already in the Larch Hills.

After the major dump of snow in November, which had our hopes high for an early and long ski season, we had the thaw that took all the snow from town and thinned out but did not totally eliminate the snow from the hill.

With each subsequent rainfall down here, we got snow up high and the track setter guys were able to get out with the packer and the ginzoo groomer. Voila! Great tracks. So do not judge the ski conditions by what you see in town! Go to skilarchhills.ca to check out conditions and the web cam photo. Backcountry is a bit sketchy yet with an under-abundance of snow in the treed areas.

What you will not see on the web cam is the new look to the chalet, thanks to a 12,00-sq.ft. addition. The committee, along with contractors and volunteers, has put in countless hours on this project. The focus is to get the basement finished and usable for this ski season and events. The Chalet Expansion budget got a boost from Dancing with the Shuswap Stars which again was a roaring success, bringing in a record $37,000. (Put Nov. 23, 2018, on your calendar for next year’s DWTSS!)

Two terrific happenings this past week – at two ends of the age spectrum.

First, at the weekly meeting of the city council, Connie Harris Crowley was awarded the Canada 150 medal for her contribution to trail building in this community. We Larch Hills enthusiasts can be thankful to Connie and her determination for building the original trails in the Larch Hills, going back to 1977, before there was the current road for access.

Kudos to Connie!

Then, in Canmore, at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup last weekend in Canmore, Larch Hills Nordics ski team member, Natalie Wilkie qualified for the 2018 Pyeonchang Olympics. What a feat for this 16-year-old athlete who joined the para nordic ranks just 18 months ago following an industrial accident at school which did major damage to her left hand. Kudos to Natalie!

Lots of Larch Hills events coming up. The annual Lantern Ski will be Thursday, Dec. 28, with its wonderful atmosphere of lantern-lined trails, 5 to 9 p.m. Bring a goodie for the post-ski snack table.

Then, Saturday, Dec. 30, we will be hosting the Okanagan Cup, which will double as the qualifier for the BC Games. John Thielman will also be heading up the Larch Hills Fun Race that day.

Then, on Saturday, Jan. 20, is our premier event – the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet. There are distances for everyone, so get out and ski!

Just Posted

Salmon Arm seeks grant to study alternative water sources

Review of options encouraged in case of catastrophic incident involving Shuswap Lake

Let the spirit of a Shuswap Christmas shine

Celebrate the season with activities for families and children of all ages

Update: Natalie Wilkie earns silver medal at Para Nordic World Cup

Salmon Arm Paralympian adds a medal to her fourth place finish in Finland

Securities commission probe includes company planning to grow cannabis in Shuswap

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Family saved but pets lost in Sunnybrae house fire

Firefighters from Tappen-Sunnybrae and South Shuswap fire departments extinguish blaze

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star, ‘Big’ director Penny Marshall dies

Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75.

B.C. Court of Appeal to rule in terror case that centres on RCMP conduct

B.C.’s appeal court is scheduled to release a decision today on a couple whose guilty verdict over plotting to blow up the provincial legislature was thrown out by a lower court judge.

Trump backs off on demand for $5 billion to build a border wall

Congress and President Donald Trump continue to bicker over his demand that lawmakers fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Canadian detained in China, not clear if related to two other detentions

Reports suggest the person is not a diplomat or entrepreneur doing business in China.

Trudeau sees 2019 election as choice between positive Liberals, divisive Tories

Trudeau is drawing much the same battle lines that propelled the Liberals to a come-from-behind victory in 2015

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla, Highway 3

Make sure to equip winter tires if travelling

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

UPDATE: Coquihalla reopens between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

Most Read