The Annual Larch Hills School Pirate Loppet will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting – cancelled if temperature at Larch Hills is -15 C or colder). This event is hosted by a group of volunteers from the Larch Hills Nordic Society in an effort to encourage youth to experience the natural beauty, pleasure, accessibility and affordability of cross-country skiing. The emphasis is on participation with all proceeds returned to local schools to help them build their ski equipment inventory. This event is for grades 3 to 7 and experienced younger students accompanied by their parents can participate. The registration fee is $5.
It’s a five-km course with varied terrain, classic technique (no skating). Draw prizes. The theme is pirates, and ski-safe costumes are welcome. Hot lunch provided. Parent enthusiasm and assistance is very welcome at the finish line. Registration, including fee collection, will be done through schools. Interested schools or PACs should contact Brian Smith at 250-832-2934 or Tom Peasgood at 250-832-7368. Arrangements for ski rental equipment should be done a.s.a.p.