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Dakota Ridge Facebook saysDakota Ridge Facebook says
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 01, 2011



'Currently -3 and snowing heavily. There's been 17 cm of new snow since Fri with a total base now of 220 cm.

All trails are open and grooming will be complete by mid afternoon.

The road is currently being ploughed, however, there is compact snow starting at 2 kms, so please drive with caution and use chains.

See You Out There!'


Posted by: Alpha


avalancheavalanche
Alert / Warning Tuesday, March 01, 2011

as we were grooming today, I started 2 small and benign slides. There is very little cohesion between the base and the 20cm that felled on sunday. The same lack of cohesion is present between sunday's and monday's snow fall. Is is very easy to trigger a 30cm slab slide on slope over 20%. Be very carefull out there until it settle more!



Posted by: Michel


Dumping SnowDumping Snow
Alert / Warning Friday, March 04, 2011

LOTS of new snow for Dakota Ridge this weekend. Spots available to head up snowshoeing or XC skiing this weekend. 604.885.8838
New snow - with sun forecast over the weekend... could be a great blue bird weekend.


Posted by: Alpha Adventures


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, March 05, 2011

Sweet day to be on the ridge. +2 at 10 am. Sun with scattered clouds. Trails groomed. Road plowed but slippery- especially on km 6 hill.


Posted by: Alpha


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, March 05, 2011


Bluebird day today!

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Posted by: Alpha


Tet Road  Plowed was 10 inches new snowTet Road Plowed was 10 inches new snow
Current Conditions Saturday, March 05, 2011

Only 4 cars up there at 11am -2'c at parking lot. If you go into Tet please post a trip report. Looks like it should be great up there. 4x4 with chains advised road has a heavy layer of ice under snow.


Posted by: Snow Man


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, March 06, 2011

Road Conditions are good. -4 clear. Please slow down as the ridge is busy today.


Posted by: Alpha


Tet ConditionsTet Conditions
Current Conditions Sunday, March 06, 2011

I drove up on Saturday at noon to drop off my wife and her friends. I chained up about 3 km. from the parking lot which I recommend to make the last hill. Went up again on Sunday at 12 to pick them up and the conditions were the same.


Posted by: Rich Biel


Great Tet rip reportGreat Tet rip report
Current Conditions Monday, March 07, 2011

There is a great trip report on Clubtread about a weekend trip to Tet. Hope someone can post a report here about snow and trail conditions here.


Posted by: Snow Man


Trip to Batchelor MondayTrip to Batchelor Monday
Current Conditions Monday, March 07, 2011

We went up to the Tet today, great conditons. The road was in good shape,snow covered but no chains required. We were in an awd with snow tires, no slipping at all going up or down. -3 at the parking lot.
Trails were in good condition, packed and easy going for snowshoeing.It was a beautiful, sunny day and we were peeling off layers on the way up, finished in two
t-shirts. If you have the time, get up there- it's spectacular!
Favour request: when reporting road conditions please try to be accurate. Several times this season I have passed on going up because of 'road very icy, must have 4x4 and use chains' type of reporting,only to hear from people who were up that the roads were great, no chains needed if you have decent tires. It dilutes the actual reports that are accurately suggesting caution ie chain use. Kinda like the boy who cried wolf...
Thanks, and get out there!


Posted by: Niels Payne


DR warming upDR warming up
Current Conditions Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I was just up at Dakota Ridge at noon, and it was 1C and mixed snow and rain. The groomer had just groomed the eastern side but was broken down. I don't know if it'll be fixed in time to groom the rest for tonight's ski. Unfortunately the temperature was warming up, and the tracks were soft as is. Pray for cold!


Posted by: Howard


DakotaDakota
Current Conditions Thursday, March 10, 2011

the groomer is back in action. We will have full grooming tomorrow with cooling temperature. See you up on the ridge.


Posted by: Michel


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Friday, March 11, 2011

Snowing heavily. Minus three. Ten inches of new snow. Road is in good shape snow starts after lot A. Chains on the way down is a good idea.


Posted by: Alpha


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Friday, March 11, 2011

Today's trail report is brought to you by the letter 'd'- for DUMPING.

So much snow coming down that our ski tracks are literally covered in 20 minutes!

Get up here to enjoy it and get out of the rain!


Posted by: Alpha Adventures


Tet Road  has ice under slush  4x4 chainsTet Road has ice under slush 4x4 chains
Current Conditions Saturday, March 12, 2011

Warm weather has made for slush and ice on Tet road. Thanks to a report that I was crying Wolf about the need for 4x4 and chains and that they drove up fine with out. Some folks from Vancouver drove up in a 2 wheel drive car with chains and got stuck on hill and broke chains.
Despite what some people think the road has a heavy layer of ice under compact snow and slush. The Unimog with chains on and lock up barely made it to top to plow. Could not plow the last 400 ft as snow is wet and heavy with ice under it.
There is only the 1 group of 5 in the tet as of 10am.


Posted by: Snow Man


Tet Outdoor Club daytrip cancelledTet Outdoor Club daytrip cancelled
Current Conditions Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tomorrow's (Sunday, 13th) day trip into the Tetrahedron Park must unfortunately be re-scheduled, date to be announced shortly. Thanks,


Posted by: Phil


DakotaDakota
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mix of rain and snow today and -1c. 10 cm of snow overnight total base 270cm most trails are groomed. Snowshoe trails compacted. See you on Friday!


Posted by: Michel


McNair Cabin Stove ReplacedMcNair Cabin Stove Replaced
Current Conditions Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The old cracked stove at McNair cabin was successfully replaced today with a solid airtight fisher stove. Thanks to BC Parks, Tetrahedron Outdoor Club and BC Forest Service for providing labour and helicopter time for this project.

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Posted by: reynold


Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Friday, March 18, 2011

Lots and Lots of snow! It is beautiful up there. Spring Break.. get out and PLAy!


Posted by: Alpha


Dakota Ridge facebook says,Dakota Ridge facebook says,
Current Conditions Friday, March 18, 2011

'Currently -3 and beautiful...received 3 cm of new snow overnight making a total base of 268 cm. Grooming is in progress and the road is in good shape, snow starts at parking lot B. Please drive carefully, there are some rocks showing through the surface. Have a great weekend!'


Posted by: Alpha


mt steelemt steele
Current Conditions Friday, March 18, 2011

hi folks. a few of us are headed up to mt steel, this saturday morning. we are on snow shoes.
any thing we should know about.
thanks so much.
hey snow man what kind of beer do you drink.
Mike Allen


Posted by: Mike Allen


Slow going through Selma ParkSlow going through Selma Park
Current Conditions Friday, March 18, 2011

Traffic was jammed up took 30 minutes to get through construction they will be working on making road wider for 2 months or so.
Hoping to get up hill to plow road Sat morning.

Have a great weekend


Posted by: Snow Man


snow mansnow man
Current Conditions Friday, March 18, 2011

hey snow man what time were you thinking of plowing at?
we are planning on heading up there


Posted by: Mike Allen


snow man.. tet?snow man.. tet?
Current Conditions Friday, March 18, 2011

hey snow man what time were you thinking of plowing at?
we are planning on heading up there sat morn
Anyone else have road, snow or trail conditions?


Posted by: Mike Allen


Tet road had 10 inches new snowTet road had 10 inches new snow
Current Conditions Saturday, March 19, 2011

Road is plowed but narrow in spots as snow banks are high and compact snow and ice on upper parts. 2 vehicles are parked just below parking lot almost blocked plow from going up. Please make sure you are parked well off the road as plow is 12 ft wide. Looks like 3 groups were up last night and 1 group came up this morning. Things are warming up and snow on lower part of road melting. Watch for cross ditches and potholes. Suggest 4x4 and chains for last km. Already had a pick up truck sliding backwards down hill this morning.
By chaining up and spreading your tracks out it makes it easier to plow road and keep it open.
Take shovels and dig yourself a parking spot instead of parking on road.


Posted by: Snow Man


Tet road not a parking lotTet road not a parking lot
Current Conditions Saturday, March 19, 2011

Please take a shovel and dig out a parking spot instead of parking on road

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Posted by: Snow Man


Father/Son Tet WeekendFather/Son Tet Weekend
Current Conditions Monday, March 21, 2011

Five Dad's & 5 sons will be celebrating a 50th birthday at Edwards Lake cabin on the 25th and Mt. Steele cabin on the 26th.


Posted by: Mark


Any Reports from TetAny Reports from Tet
Current Conditions Monday, March 21, 2011

I know there was atleast 4 groups of people up at Tet on Weekend could someone post a report.

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Posted by: Snow Man


Mar.19-20/2011Mar.19-20/2011
Current Conditions Monday, March 21, 2011

Mary and I had a fabulous time at the Edwards and McNair huts this weekend. Our Front Wheel Drive van made it to within 300 vertical feet of the pkg lot without having to put our chains on, we skinned up from there. 12inches of new snow Sat morn made for a long slog to McNair hut. The warm snow and suncrust made for an even tougher slog up Panther Pk. and back...to the van to make it a 12 hour odyssey Sunday. But the weather was fantastic, the terrain amazing, the huts stupendous (we had both huts to ourself!).Our back yard is amazing....we have our place at the bottom of the hill in Tuwanek...once we're there full time you guys will see lots more of us. Thanks TOC, thanks Snow Man, see you around. Cheers, Don

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Posted by: Don Saugstad


Great report from Tet thanks Don and MaryGreat report from Tet thanks Don and Mary
Current Conditions Monday, March 21, 2011

Great picture you can share and post pics from Tet at Flickr.com search for Tetrahedron outdoor club some 200 pics there. It was hard to belive so much new snow fell. It is good to get a membership in the Tet Outdoor club many club events and get to meet others for trips.
McNair must have had tons of snow on it. recent pics posted by work party showed cabin almost buried.
It is good to post road and trail info here after you come down it helps others plan trips and gives me info to plow the road.


Posted by: Snow Man


Group of 5 at Bachelor Lake, Thursday NightGroup of 5 at Bachelor Lake, Thursday Night
Current Conditions Monday, March 21, 2011

FYI. We are a group of five heading into Bachelor Lake cabin this Thursday.


Posted by: John


Fabulous day at the TetFabulous day at the Tet
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nice snowshoeing on the trail to Edwards on Sunday morning. Road in very fine shape: made it to the parking lot easily in 4 WD pickup, no chains (thanks to suberb plow work...).
Vistas gorgeous: snow almost perfect: sun, well, there was tons of it, so what else need be said.


Posted by: John C.


Mt Steele cabin- on April 9thMt Steele cabin- on April 9th
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just an FYI: a group of 8 would stay overnight at the Mt Steele hut on Sat April 9th.

If we change our plans we'll post here.




Posted by: Michael


Tet road in good shapeTet road in good shape
Current Conditions Thursday, March 24, 2011

Road is down to gravel most of the way road is soft so spread your tracks out to prevent ruts. Only the last km still is covered with compact snow ice mix. No new snow at lot Temps from +5 to -5' c 3 vehicles in lot. You probally won't need chains but carry them incase you get stuck in parking lot.
Please post a report and pictures when you come down.


Posted by: Snow Man


Heading up...Heading up...
Current Conditions Thursday, March 24, 2011

2 of us heading up to Bachelor cabin tomorrow night (25th) and Mt Steele or Edwards Cabin on the 26th. We've don't have a 4WD vehicle, but have chains - Should we anticipate any issues getting up the road?

Thanks!


Posted by: Sarah


Is Tet still openIs Tet still open
Current Conditions Sunday, March 27, 2011

Have not seen any reports from the Tet is it still open. Is anyone still going up there.


Posted by: Harry


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