Racers head off from the start of the 33rd annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet, held in 2017 on Saturday, Jan. 14. (File photo)

Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet racers hit the Larch Hills trails Jan. 19

Annual ski race in Salmon Arm is a long-standing winter tradition

Enjoy the breath-taking views and a full day of skiing in Salmon Arm’s beautiful Larch Hills during the 35th annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet, a popular annual event for the ski community.

Fresh snow, friendly volunteers and a newly renovated chalet await all who register for the loppet (Scandinavian word for a long ski race).

The event takes place just three weeks into the New Year, on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.

The Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet is a full-day family event for both recreational and competitive skiers.

Over the past 34 years, $408,818 has been raised for the B.C. and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation. Families, friends and neighbours of all ages are invited to gather together at the Larch Hills to ski the beautiful, track-set trails and enjoy a barbecued beef hot lunch, pool time, an ‘appy hour’ and a pizza social time.

Entry fees are $37 for adults, $12 for youth and $7 for toddlers. The course lengths range from one kilometre for the younger kids, all the way up to a 34-km race for the advanced skiers.

Race packets can be picked up at the SASCU Recreation Centre from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, or between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Larch Hills Ski Area before the race begins.

According to the Larch Hills Nordic Ski Club, during the history of the event, as many as 600 skiers from two to 80 years of age have taken part in the race, making it truly a family and community event.

Additional information is available online at www.SkiLarchHills.ca.

Just Posted

Man charged in Salmon Arm 7-Eleven fire granted bail

Accused facing arson charges released with 23 conditions including a 7 p.m. curfew

Signs commemorating Japanese interment in the Shuswap planned

Information on each of the five internment camps in the area will be provided at camp locations

Outdoor ice rink opens in the North Shuswap

Those looking to skate in the fresh air can do so at Farrell’s Field in Celista

Man admits responsibility for 2016 death of Shuswap motorcyclist

Brian Watson, 60, died after being struck while riding his motorcycle on Squilax-Anglemont Road

Super blood wolf moon fills Okanagan skies, to photographers’ delight

Photographers had a rare chance Sunday to capture a rare lunar eclipse

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Former Kelowna city manager downplays possible Costco move

Ron Mattiussi says if store leaves for Westside, another big box retailer will likely take the site

Most Read