Loppet 2018: 34th Annual Reino Keski-Salmi Classic Ski Loppet

Sunny skies and fresh powder greeted the 462 registered participants from toddlers to those in their eighties as they arrived at the Larch Hills Nordic chalet on Saturday, January 20th.

As they have done so for over 25 years, members of the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club assisted with radio communications to ensure Public Safety and good course management.

Two net controllers in the chalet attic kept in constant touch with five other amateurs [two of them doubling as First Responders] at radio control check points throughout the labyrinth of courses diverse in both length and difficulty.

Of special interest this year was a Blind Skier– a visually impaired female adult with two guides, and also an eleven-year old girl in a sit-ski device.

The net controllers were pleased to report that there were absolutely no accidents or medical emergencies requiring intervention through radio communication.

The SARC members were happy to co-operate with course officials and other event volunteers whom they have come to know well over the years.

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