Larch Hills

Junior Race Team

Are you between the ages of 8 and 19? Have you mastered the basics of cross-country skiing and are looking for a challenge? Come join the team!!! This dynamic group of committed skiers, whose focus is on fun as a team, is active from September to mid-March. Great fitness and great fun for all.

General Information

The Larch Hills Junior Ski Team is a Cross Country Ski program organized under the umbrella of the Larch Hills Nordic Society of Salmon Arm, BC. The team is committed to the growth and skill development of young racers. The Junior Ski team is divided into training groups based on both competency and age. Training is aimed toward team participation in competition. Children will be encouraged to race, beginning with local events and moving toward regional and provincial competitions.

The Ski team team accepts competent skiers starting at 8 years of age.  Prospective new skiers will be screened by coaches prior to making the decision to join the team. 

Junior Ski team Yearly Membership: $150 per child.

All skiers using the Larch Hills trail system must obtain a membership from the Larch Hills Nordic Society for insurance purposes.

Equipment swaps for used skis and team clothing will be held in October.

Each Ski team family is required to participate in fundraising. Monies raised go towards capital equipment for the team (waxes, tents, etc), race fees for selected races, and subsidizing jerseys/uniforms. All coaches and assistants act on a volunteer basis.

Is this the right ski group for your child?

Joining the ski team can be a very rewarding opportunity for many children. The training and competition demands require that children entering the team need to have completed the Jackrabbit Level 3 or equivalent (competent in all classic ski techniques and basic skating technique) as well as a good level of fitness.  Team practices require that the athletes have an interest in cross country running, fitness conditioning and skiing for longer durations of time.  Our practices usually run from 1.5 – 2 hours.  As this group is focused on racing, your child should have a desire to work hard to improve skiing technique, fitness and speed. As our goal is to produce athletes who have a lifelong love of cross country skiing, it is important that your child be ready physically, mentally and emotionally for this type of training. To ensure that new members are ready for this experience, coaches will be screening children at the beginning of both the dryland and on-snow seasons to ensure that this team is a good fit.

When Does the Junior Race Team Season Begin?

Fitness is a year round expectation. Team families hike, bike, canoe together in summer. Many kids swim and play soccer. Participation in other sports throughout the year is highly recommended to promote the young athlete’s development and to maintain complete fitness.

Dryland Training starts in May, July or September depending on age, with both Saturday and mid-week practices and Weekend Team Events – this is an integral part of preparing your racer for a successful ski season and it is important for all racers to participate. Families are often invited to join in on hikes, etc.

On-Snow Training usually begins when Sovereign Lake (Vernon) opens and team training takes place there until we get snow at Larch Hills.

Fun Races start in December and are good practice for the competitive race season that encompasses the months of January and February. Skiteam members are encouraged to attend as many of the races as possible. These include the LHNS sponsored fun races, Reino Keski Salmi Loppet, and the School Loppet (up to grade 7). There are also 3-4 regional cup events each season and 3 BC Cup full weekend events. Our strongest high school aged skiers are able to compete in the Ski Nationals in March.

Are You Prepared to Commit Most of Your Weekends to the Team During Jan./Feb.?

The Junior Ski team operates on a volunteer based system. Coaches give many hours of their personal time during pre-season training and during the race season. The quality of your children’s experience depends on parental support and commitment.

Racer Commitments

  • Racers must maintain a good level of fitness year round and be willing to improve their conditioning and challenge their physical abilities–be willing to work hard and give 100% in effort and attitude at practices and in race situations.
  • Racers should be able to demonstrate the level of maturity required to listen to and follow the coaches’ instruction.
  • Racers recognize that having fun and positive social interaction with teammates is an important part of being on the team.
  • Support everyone on your team with positive comments and be willing to help and encourage the younger members of your team.
  • Be prepared to train on your own time and develop a strong desire to improve your skills.
  • Work hard, push your limits, stretch towards goals and support your team!

Parental Commitments

  • To get your young skier to scheduled weekend and mid-week practices with the right equipment and skis properly prepared.
  • To keep current on team e-mails and respond ASAP.
  • To attend and accompany your child(ren) to local and out-of-town races.
  • To provide reasonable equipment and team clothing.
  • To ensure that skis are properly prepared prior to all races (glide on / grip zone clean) Note: wax clinics and practice sessions are offered to help you gain this knowledge.
  • To accept and fulfill team fundraising commitment.
  • To register your skier on Zone4 prior to the deadline.
  • To make sure that your racer is well prepared and wears the team jersey to races.


Summer dryland training

  • Mondays 5:30 pm, Strength training (for 14 year olds and up)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, morning or afternoon, rollerskiing or running (for 12 year olds and up) (time/activity varies week to week)

Fall dryland training schedule

  • Tuesdays 4:00 pm, rollerskiing (for 12 year olds and up)
  • Wednesdays 3:30–5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 4:00 pm/5:30 pm, Strength training (for 14 year olds and up) (this switches to Mondays in Nov)
  • Saturdays 10:00-11:30 am

Ski Season Training Schedule

  • Mondays 4:00 pm/5:30 pm, Strength training (for 14 year olds and up)
  • Tuesdays 3:30 or 4 pm at Larch Hills (for 10 year olds and up)
  • Wednesdays 3:30 or 4 pm at Larch Hills
  • Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Larch Hills

For more information, contact Jana Elliott

Call 250-832-4412 or send her a message by filling out the form below.

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