Larch Hills Chalet Expansion

The Larch Hills Nordic Society is a 100% volunteer driven, non-profit society established in 1980 that now has over 1000 members and operates the Larch Hills Ski Area located south of Salmon Arm. LHNS and volunteers build and maintain trails and infrastructure providing well-maintained and groomed trails, Nordic programs and special events for over 1000 club members and the public. The facilities are available for use all year long and trail maintenance is shared 50/50 with the Shuswap Trail Alliance.

Community Project:  Larch Hills Chalet Expansion

The present chalet, which seats 20-30 people, is far too small to meet the current needs of user groups. There are groups of 60-100 or more skiers using the area several times weekly throughout the winter. When the LHNS hosts major ski events (usually 3 events per year, each bringing in over 400 people to the area) participants are forced to stand outside or huddle in their vehicles due to lack of space in the chalet. The chalet is often very busy and crowded during non-event times as well, especially weekends and holidays.

A larger, warm, appropriately sized and fitted chalet will enhance the recreation experience for all users and will improve the ability of LHNS to host events and competitions. LHNS events introduce many people to what Larch Hills has to offer and present a significant economic benefit as they bring hundreds of out of town visitors to the area from all over British Columbia, Western Canada and even the US for some of the events they host. This influx of visitors also provides the surrounding communities with economic benefits and LHNS feels that an improved facility that includes a larger day lodge will only increase the number of visitors to the area for all season recreation.

With a larger facility at Larch Hills more skiers from other areas in the province would be interested in skiing and snowshoeing there. In addition to winter use, Larch Hills is also used in the summer by runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. With expanded facilities Larch Hills will also become more popular as a year-round recreation destination bringing users from outside the area!

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