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Dakota Ridge says:Dakota Ridge says:
Current Conditions Tuesday, February 01, 2011

'What a great day to play in the Snow! The road is in excellent condition and bare to the top parking lot...the sun is shining, it's -2 and grooming is in progress. All trails will be groomed today. See You Out There!'


Posted by: Alpha


Grey Creek Road UpdateGrey Creek Road Update
Current Conditions Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Grey creek road was in good shape as of yesterday February 1st. Chains are required on the very icy section from approximately 1km above the bridge to the winter parking area. There is a large round boulder that has rolled into the ditch at 4 km (about one km above the now repaired washout) that is blocking the ditch (see attached image). If anyone is up that way, and has skills with straps and/or rope along with a strong vehicle, if they could pull the boulder out of the ditch and push it off the downhill side of the road it would be appreciated. Also, watch for two new cross ditches: one at the old 3km gate and one at the wash-out at 3.5 km (top of suicide hill). They are well constructed and easily crossed as long as you are not speeding along at mach 5, which you shouldn't be anyway(!)


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Posted by: reynold


Group heading to Edwards Lake CabinGroup heading to Edwards Lake Cabin
Current Conditions Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Just a heads up that a group of about 8 is heading to Edwards lake cabin the morning of Feb 19th 2011. Planning on spending the night in Edwards and possibly up to steele on sunday.


Posted by: X-TRAILER


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, February 06, 2011

- 1 snowing lightly. Please bring chains.


Posted by: Alpha


Tet ParkTet Park
Current Conditions Monday, February 07, 2011

Just had a call that Tet is not busy at all road is covered in ice from parking lot down someways. 3 inches fresh snow at lot but melting . Even temps at Steele were just around 0'c and rain. USE Chains and spread tracks out. Use extra caution trying to walk on the ice in parking lot.


Posted by: Snowman


Beautiful Conditions on Dakota RidgeBeautiful Conditions on Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Thursday, February 10, 2011

The conditions last evening on the ski trails were incredible.The grooming was excelent. All of the trails were groomed and in great shape. The moon was out and the sky filled with stars. The road on the way up is in great shape. This was one of the best skis that I have had on the ridge.
Don't forget to 'HUG A GROOMER' We should also remember the rest of the people at the SCRD and the council. Yes 'Hug A Councilor' too.
Don't forget that when you go to the Ridge next time bring a friend and a couple of kids too.
See you on the Ridge.

Mr. Mender
Outdoor clothing and gear repair specialists!


Posted by: Mr. Mender


FREE - On Snow Demo DayFREE - On Snow Demo Day
Current Conditions Thursday, February 10, 2011

Try out snowshoeing or XC skiing for FREE. Sat Feb 12 11-4 at Dakota Ridge. Mini lessons and tours, prizes and fun. Call Alpha Adventures to reserve or for transportation. 604.885.8838 See you up there!


Posted by: Alpha Adventures


SNOW!!!SNOW!!!
Current Conditions Friday, February 11, 2011




It is DUMPING snow on Dakota!!


Snow on ground at lot A.


Posted by: Alpha


Tet Road Watch for snow plow Sat morningTet Road Watch for snow plow Sat morning
Alert / Warning Friday, February 11, 2011

Plow maybe clearing the Tet road. From reports from last week there was heavy ice on road So chains a must.
Please post reports after you come down. Things like temps amount of fresh snow and how trails and road etc are. Hard to keep road open if no reports come in.


Posted by: Snowman


Tet Road PlowedTet Road Plowed
Current Conditions Saturday, February 12, 2011

8 inches fresh snow at parking lot plowed but iced up under the snow. Use chains. 0'c at parking lot Please spread your tracks out so water does not run down ruts. Post any info and pics after your trip. Have fun.

Always sunny on the Sunshine coast above the clouds.


Posted by: Snowman


snowing hard!snowing hard!
Current Conditions Saturday, February 12, 2011


snowing hard!


well over 12 cm new just overnight, snow starting at lot B. Get up to Dakota today for our FREE Demo day. test snowshoes, skis and take part in our free clinics.


Posted by: Alpha


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, February 13, 2011



45 centimeters in the last 2 days. snow starts at parking lot B. beautiful up there!


Posted by: Alpha


Tet Park infoTet Park info
Current Conditions Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just heard from someone who came down from Tet it is +2'c or so snow is crusty and Avalanche risk is high. They only went to Victors landing so could be better up farther . So if you have been up there Please post some info as to snow conditions ,trails and cabins etc.
Road was icey but in good shape. Snow pack is much lower then normal and temps higher then norm. Should see some new snow through the week.

Have fun Help take care of the Tet join the Tet club.


Posted by: Snow Man


Edwards Lake trailEdwards Lake trail
Alert / Warning Sunday, February 13, 2011

Recent accumulations have resulted in extreme conditions observed on the Edwards Lake trail from Victors Landing onward. This is where the trail rounds the ridge that separates Tannis and Gilbert Lakes. There was evidence of several slab releases on the end of the ridge and then more at Victors Landing on the uphill side. Several debris fields were observed crossing the trail towards Edwards. The worst avalanche prone part of this section of trail is generally just before it drops down to the lake.
This party decided to respect the obvious conditions and not to press on, instead touring back to Batchelor Lake. And it was a touring day after all, due to a nasty crust resulting from yesterdays warm rainy conditions: it was nearly impossible to execute turns either on Tele or AT gear.
Phil for Tetrahedron Outdoor Club


Posted by: Phil


Captain Quinn VideoCaptain Quinn Video
Alert / Warning Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hey there SuncoastCentral,You may want to consider featuring this video that our group made of the Tetrahedron Provincial Park. It does an excellent job of showcasing the wonder of our backcountry adventure opportunities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR14...


Posted by: Dave


Anyone have fresh info on Tet conditionsAnyone have fresh info on Tet conditions
Alert / Warning Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hoping if someone has been up to Tet this week if they could post info. If someone has been up Tuesday or Wed and could post fresh info. This helps others plan trips and help to figure when to plow the road. If no one is going up there then no reason to plow the road.
Please use chains and spread your tracks out to pack down the road evenly. This will help keep road open longer. Post how much fresh snow on road and on trails etc.
Use wood as if it costs you $25 a piece, Please do not waste the wood supply.


Posted by: Snowman


Heading to edwards lake this weekendHeading to edwards lake this weekend
Alert / Warning Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just a heads up that a group of about 8 is heading to edwards lake cabin this saturday for one night. See you up there if you are planning the same!!


Posted by: Jesses Group


Group of 8 - 9 going to Bachelor Lake CabinGroup of 8 - 9 going to Bachelor Lake Cabin
Alert / Warning Tuesday, February 15, 2011

We'll be heading up to Bachelor Lake Cabin with a group of 8 - 9 (three adults and six boys age 11-12). We will be there this Friday monring(Feb 18th)for the night and heading out early Sat morning. Potentially a loud bunch so just putting it out there in case someone is expecting a quiet night.

Has anyone out there tried taking that age group up for the night before? It'll be their first time trying it.


Posted by: John Rogers


Attn John RogersAttn John Rogers
Alert / Warning Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hi John, With 3 adults you should not have too much in the way of problems. it should take 2hrs. to get up to Batchelor. Caution! Use the floor hatch to get firewood as the entrance by the stairs is a block of ice. also the ladder down from the floor hatch is busted up by a...holes.Take asmall bottle of Pinesol or similar cleaner to wipe downtable and counter surfaces (mice), also do not use pots pans etc. without washing them first even for cleaning.Have a great time, please pay your fees, and any questions I can help with, phone 885-5899. Doug cabin steward for Batchelor cabin.


Posted by: doug house


Dakota Ridge Feb 15Dakota Ridge Feb 15
Current Conditions Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Posted by the SCRD:
Dakota Ridge
Currently it's -2 and snowing lightly. We've received 12cm of new snow overnight and 45cm of new snow since Sunday with a total base of 1m 56cm!!! The road was ploughed this morning and the trails are currently being groomed. Snow starting at parking lot B so please drive with caution...4 wheel drive with chains recommended.


Posted by: Alpha Adventures


BEAUTIFUL SNOW!BEAUTIFUL SNOW!
Current Conditions Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Snowing light snow heavily. Snow starts 4km up road. Please carry/use chains.5-6 inches overnight.


Posted by: Alpha


GREAT DAY TO PLAY HOOKY!GREAT DAY TO PLAY HOOKY!
Current Conditions Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WOW, what a great day on the Ridge, since Sunday, the top of Dakota Ridge has had 4ft of fresh snow! Really! best snow condition all year. 6 club members went for the ride, fun had by all.
Pres. SCSS
Bruce


Posted by: Coffeeboy


Tet should have lots of snow tooTet should have lots of snow too
Current Conditions Wednesday, February 16, 2011

If you are going to the Tet be prepared for 3-4 ft new snow. Road will be plowed thursday morning. Will post fresh info after road is plowed.


Posted by: Snowman


Moonlight ski on DakotaMoonlight ski on Dakota
Current Conditions Thursday, February 17, 2011

We had a great Moonlight ski on the ridge last night. The road was freshly plowed and was in great shape. We are having an incredible ski season. Evening skiing is great. All you need is a headlight. The snow makes your headlight seem 10 times as bright. This is far better than going to an overcrowded gym. The moon was in fine form so you didn't even need a headlight.
We need more parking on the weekends. Email your councilor and tell them that we need to expand the parking. We have a real opportunity to bring in more tourist dollars to our businesses and to create some badly needed jobs for young people so they don't all leave. Dakota Ridge could be an incredible boost for the Sunshine coast economy but the parking has to be fixed first. This is a great place to ski! We just have to get our councilors out of their cars and off their butts. There is more to the Sunshine coast than the White line that runs down the highway.
Mr. Mender
Outdoor clothing and gear repair


Posted by: Mr. Mender


Tet road plowed -6Tet road plowed -6'c and 1 foot new dry powder
Current Conditions Thursday, February 17, 2011

Road still has is on it so chains advised to be on the tires and not in the trunk. If everyone chains up and spreads there tracks out it will keep the road in good shape. Be prepared for deep snow on trails could be 3-4 ft new up on trails.

Have fun and please post a report after you come down from your trip.


Posted by: Snowman


Perfect day on the ridgePerfect day on the ridge
Current Conditions Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Ridge was awesome today! Really deep powder up the lollipop trail and on the eastern loop and we broke new trail for those going up tomorrow. The plow guys did a fabulous job of the road. No chains needed as long as you use your brain.


Posted by: Heather


Group of 8-9 no longer going up to Bachelor Lake cabinGroup of 8-9 no longer going up to Bachelor Lake cabin
Current Conditions Thursday, February 17, 2011

Group of 8-9 no longer going up to Bachelor Lake cabin for Friday night (too much snow)!! Thanks to Doug for the response to my earlier post.


Posted by: John Rogers


To Much Snow  you have to be kiddingTo Much Snow you have to be kidding
Current Conditions Thursday, February 17, 2011

It is ideal conditions for the Tet Nice powder snow and cold temps make it perfect for a trip to the Tet. Many other people will enjoy the To Much Snow.


Posted by: Snowman


Dakota Ridge Facebook says:Dakota Ridge Facebook says:
Current Conditions Friday, February 18, 2011

'Awesome conditions!!! Currently -4 with scattered snow showers and blue ski...20cm of new snow overnight...40cm of new snow since Tues with a total base of 1.95m of Champagne Snow (so I was told this morning by one of our groomers). Grooming and road clearing is in progress so please be patient on the way up.'

YAY! Get up and PLAY!


Posted by: Alpha


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, February 19, 2011

Plus 11 in sun. All trails groomed. Lots of new snow. Road- compacted snow from km 6 up. Please slow down on the road.


Posted by: Alpha


Fabulous snow at Dakota RidgeFabulous snow at Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, February 19, 2011

The best day ever! Fresh snow, sun, perfect temp, grooming perfection. Crowded? Not a bit, we skied the whole thing and then some and saw less than a dozen others.


Posted by: John


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, February 20, 2011

No new snow. Road- compact snow. Amazing off track. Trails groomed.


Posted by: Alpha


Dakota Ridge- Feb 20Dakota Ridge- Feb 20
Current Conditions Sunday, February 20, 2011

Another sweet day on dakota. Snow and Sun. Compact snow on the road where shade exists from km 7 and up.

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Posted by: Alpha Adventures


Any info from the TET this weekendAny info from the TET this weekend
Current Conditions Sunday, February 20, 2011

I would think there must have been some people up at Tet enjoying the new snow. Please post any info you can. Post some pictures etc.

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Tet -12Tet -12'c at parking lot just a trace of new snow
Current Conditions Thursday, February 24, 2011

Road in good shape Chains advised as road is compact ice and snow and Narrow in spots. 5 minutes to chain up can save many hours of pain.

Cold and Dry looks like great weekend to go to Tet.


Posted by: Snow Man


Great Day at Dakota RidgeGreat Day at Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Thursday, February 24, 2011

Had a fabulous ski today at Dakota Ridge.. clear, cold and lots of soft fluffy snow. Skied mostly off groomed trails, but groomed trails were in great shape. Road to the parking lot is good too.


Posted by: Rec Skier


Please post any info from Tet or DakotaPlease post any info from Tet or Dakota
Current Conditions Saturday, February 26, 2011

Please post a report if you have come down from Tet or Dakota. It is good to have fresh current info on road and snow conditions up the hill.

Have a good snow day


Posted by: Snow Man


Shoeing at DakotaShoeing at Dakota
Current Conditions Saturday, February 26, 2011

Put the shoes on for a bit on the Ridge today, the snow was great! There was lots of people around and the road was in decent shape. A couple of icy spots higher up though.


Posted by: Gordy


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, February 27, 2011

Many people have come into Alpha alerting us to the slippery conditions and near incidents. Please use chains, use caution and use your head.

We have space on our shuttle for 12:15 today. Call to reserve 604.855.8838


- Alpha


Posted by: Alpha


Tetrahedron SaturdayTetrahedron Saturday
Current Conditions Sunday, February 27, 2011

A foot of fresh powder! Need I say more? Ok, ok, the road was plowed perfectly, thanks to Snowman! A pleasant tour into Bachelor cabin, but as no one had spent the night, no fast warmth for us... Big fluffy flakes started falling for our return, furthur enhancing the beautiful dreamy landscape. Carved cool turns back down the road! Priceless!

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Posted by: Phil`


Tet Info neededTet Info needed
Current Conditions Sunday, February 27, 2011

Planning on going up this week would be nice to have some reports from the cabins and trails, Is the road plowed often is it plowed everytime it snows. Loved the pictures posted wish more people posted info. I know there is often a full parking lot on weekends but no one shares info.
I thought it strange one group cancelled there trip because of to much snow.

I know someone must be coming down from the Tet at this moment and hope they can post some info and maybe pics.


Posted by: George H


Heading upHeading up
Current Conditions Monday, February 28, 2011

Going up to the Tet for our annual trip this weekend, regardless of 'too much snow' or not. Will post a report when we get back on Monday. Thanks Snowman, the info you provide is my only real consistent insight as to what is going on up there. Keep up the good work, it is really appreciated by our group.


Posted by: splitboarder


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