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Dakota Ridge today New Years EveDakota Ridge today New Years Eve
Current Conditions Saturday, December 31, 2011

Awesome day on Dakota today!! Sun shining, trails superb for snowshoeing.. Busy, parking lot full @ 2pm. Wonderful..

Posted by: Bones

tet road ect.tet road ect.
Current Conditions Monday, January 02, 2012

So the road is icey above the 2nd quarry, although there is some crap on the road between the 300 and 400 roads. Use the chains. I did not need them but I did have to put the truck into bull low and actually use the throttle t9o avoid sliding.It was raining as of 1:30 p.m. @ Batchelor cabin. Mixed until parking lot, then rain. As in lots. Lloyd and I did trimming for better vis on summer trail to Batchelor. will put up proper markers soon, waiting for deeper snowpack.Creeks are running fast but not full.Cabin clean: Keep using it you families, this helps keep party animals out. As for the younger crowd, yes come on up, pay your fees and enjoy. but please take out your crap, and please don't run the stove full of wood, with the door wide open cause you're now to warm.Not all of you I know but some.Thanks, Doug House P.S. Boys, I can read the logbook. Have some respect and common sense,Please.

Posted by: Doug House

Scouts at Edwards cabin Jan 14thScouts at Edwards cabin Jan 14th
Alert / Warning Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A group of Scouts will be at Edwards cabin on january 14th.

Posted by: Scouter Karen

Current Conditions Thursday, January 05, 2012

Dakota Ridge says, 'Good News! 4 cm of New Snow, -1 with the snow still falling...and was told it breathtaking up there right now! There's a 75 cm base, grooming is in progress, snow begins on the road at 10kms. Please drive safe and be prepared with chains.'

Posted by: Christine

Fresh snow on TetFresh snow on Tet
Current Conditions Friday, January 06, 2012

With small amounts of fresh snow on road to Tet please chain up and spread your tracks out. By spreading your tracks out you will pack the road down evenly and prevent ruts. By spreading your tracks out the road will stay open longer.
Please post any info from your trips.

Posted by: Snow Man

Important info posted on Tet club websiteImportant info posted on Tet club website
Alert / Warning Friday, January 06, 2012

If you are going to the Tet please check the Tet clubs website for important info just posted www .

I will try to plow on sat Jan 7th early in morning Use headlights drive and use chains if ice and snow on road.

Posted by: Snow Man

Tet Road  -2Tet Road -2'c at parking lot Lightly snowing
Current Conditions Saturday, January 07, 2012

Only 4 vehicles up there. 1 of which is a Idiot in a 2 wheel drive ford station wagon with cable chains on which he spun going up Quary hill. a couple of his cross links are torn and his chains may shred his brake lines on way down. If this guy stays up overnight and it snow heavy, which it can snow more then 1 foot overnight he could be stuck up there.

Only around 2 inches fresh snow on top of ice. PLEASE CHAIN UP AND SPREAD YOUR TRACKS OUT
Cross your fingers you are not going up with a 2 wheel drive toboggan coming down hill at you.
Check out the important info on Tet clubs website.

Posted by: Snow Man

Pisten Bully diedPisten Bully died
Alert / Warning Sunday, January 08, 2012

The pisten bully died about 3.30pm on Saturday just as we were trying to put it away. All the trails were groomed Saturday but doubt any will get groomed Sunday 8th.

Posted by: landcruiser

School Group at Bachelors and Edwards Jan16-19School Group at Bachelors and Edwards Jan16-19
Alert / Warning Sunday, January 08, 2012


We are a school group of 9 students and 3 staff from Vancouver planning to stay at Bachelors on Jan16, and then Edwards on Jan17 and Jan18.

Krystil Koethler

Posted by: Take A Hike Program

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Alert / Warning Sunday, January 08, 2012

Jan 8 - 10 am. Light Rain / Mixed snow higher up.

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Sunday at Dakota RidgeSunday at Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, January 08, 2012

It was raining lightly and a bit foggy this morning. The grooming machine is not working so we had to make our own tracks. The snow was a bit wet and heavy. The road is in great shape but there is slush on it near the top that will turn to rutted ice if it freezes.

Posted by: Karen

Edwards cabin occupancyEdwards cabin occupancy
Current Conditions Monday, January 09, 2012

A group of Scouts will be at Edwards cabin on January 14th.

Posted by: Natasha

Tet Outdoor Club trip to Mt Steele cabin January 21-22Tet Outdoor Club trip to Mt Steele cabin January 21-22
Current Conditions Monday, January 09, 2012

Just a heads up that The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club is planning a club trip to Mt. Steele Cabin the weekend of January 21st-22nd. As the Steele cabin will be full that weekend, please plan your trip around that and make use of one of the other three cabins. Thanks,

Posted by: Reynold

Tet Road is a 4 wheel drive road onlyTet Road is a 4 wheel drive road only
Alert / Warning Monday, January 09, 2012

The Tet road should not be driven with 2 wheel drive vehicles even if they have chains. The is plowed on as needed basis and often has deep ruts in the snow and ice. No Tow truck will go up there to tow you out.
Use headlights and select 4 wheel drive as soon as you leave the pavement. Using 2 wheel drive can tear up the road. 1 set of chains on front axle gives safety and traction. Not using chains can lead to sliding backwards down hills backwards. Road is narrow and you may have to stop for approaching traffic.
By Chaining and spreading your tracks out you will help keep the road packed evenly and open longer.

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Posted by: Snow Man

Alert / Warning Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello Snow Man,
Question for you. Is there a parking spot somewhere on the road leading to the main parking area that would not interfere with ploughing or other vehicles? We want to make sure as to not disrupt the clearing of the road and further make it difficult for you to maneuver if we do park at the half way marker. Thanks for the info and thanks for making the Tetrahedron accessible.

Pete Prediger

Posted by: Pete Prediger

Bachelor Lake CabinBachelor Lake Cabin
Alert / Warning Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A group of 3 adults and 2 kids (poss. 5 kids) are planning to stay over night at the Bachelor Lake Cabin Sat, Jan 14th.

Posted by: John Rogers

Mt. Steel CabinMt. Steel Cabin
Alert / Warning Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just a heads up that a group of 8-10 from North Vancouver are planning a trip to the Mt. Steele Cabin the weekend of January 28th-29th. I believe the cabin sleeps 12-15 comfortably so please plan your trip accordingly.


Posted by: Chris Heynen

Tetrahedron Road ConditionsTetrahedron Road Conditions
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hi Caven and any other Tetrahedron Road users,

I am thinking about heading up on Friday, January 13. I expect that the snow will be hard and the road probably icy in places given the weird weather the past few days. I would appreciate a road and/or snow report from anyone who has been up since Caven's report of January 7. Thanks. George.

Posted by: George Smith

BC Parks mapBC Parks map
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Myself and three friends enjoyed Tetrahedron Park on the weekend of Jan 7th and 8th. We went in on Saturday and had a delightful stay at the Edwards cabin. Our mode of travel was both by backcountry skis as well as snowshoes. Using the BC Parks map that is posted on the TOC website, we thought we would return to our vehicle on Sunday via the trails that go from Edwards Lake to Mayne Lake and then follow what is indicated as a 'winter ski trail' back to the junction with the trail to Bachelor Lake and continue along to the access road. We followed trail markers, many of which are hard to spot, from Edwards Lake to Mayne Lake. Off the west end of Mayne Lake, we encountered a large clear-cut area, which I have now had a good look at with Google Earth. This is where the trail ends. Perhaps the trail continued prior to the clear-cutting of this area. With enough determination, ability and knowledge, one could navigate through the clear-cut to then connect up with the trial to Bachelor Lake. Just don't expect to follow any kind of trail. We followed a compass bearing roughly north-west through the clear-cut until it became too difficult and unwise to continue given the remaining daylight. We turned around and followed our tracks back to Edwards Lake and then back on the main trail to our vehicle, which made for a long day.

I have advised the TOC and encouraged them to advise BC Parks of this apparent error on the BC Parks map, which will hopefully be corrected in time.

Regarding the road, we chained up the rear tires of our four wheel drive SUV once we reached the snow and had no trouble going up and down. On our way down, we saw some skid marks into the ditch, which may have come from a front wheel drive station wagon using wire chains, which we noticed in the parking lot on Saturday.

Posted by: John Bowers

Thanks for making such a great report on TetThanks for making such a great report on Tet
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 11, 2012

If we can get more people to post info it would help others plan there trip. Things like fresh snow depths , snow Base, temps, trail and road conditions help everyone. The better the reports the better peoples trip can be Take and post some pics.

Many Thanks to John for his great info.

Posted by: Snow Man

Scouts AttendingScouts Attending
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just aheads up that 1st Gibsons Scouts Troop are hiking to the Bachelor Lake cabin from January 20 - 22.

Scouter Pam

Posted by: Pam Kilmister

Inaccurate Tetrahedron Park MapInaccurate Tetrahedron Park Map
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club has removed the old BC Parks map from its website and will be replacing it shortly. Though the terrain portion of the map is accurate there are trails shown that are no longer passable. If you have this map please note that only the main trails that are marked and shown on the maps in the park on the signposts are accurate and maintained. THE MAYNE LAKE ROUTE IS NO LONGER PASSABLE.

Thanks to John for bringing this to the attention of the TOC and BC Parks! We're all thankful you didn't have an epic!

Posted by: Natasha

Bachelor Lake Cabin Jan 17Bachelor Lake Cabin Jan 17
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hi there,

Our family (2 adults + 3 kids) will be staying at Bachelor Lake cabin the night of Tuesday Jan 17.

Posted by: Michelle Evelyn

Snow coming this weekendSnow coming this weekend
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be prepared if going to Tet be prepared park vehicles pointing out and as far back as possible. have shovel and chains. Remember it could snow 1 foot or more overnight. Road only gets plowed once a week or so.
Please post info on your trip when you come out like fresh snow and where how was the trail and road etc.
The Tet is in a unique climate area and often differs much from other mountain forecasts. Be prepared for snow,rain or even pineapples.
Take some pictures and post them here.

Posted by: Snow Man

bunch of people staying at Edwardsbunch of people staying at Edwards
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

8 to 10 adults staying at Edwards Jan 14th

Posted by: Brian Page

Edwards Cabin has a Scout group Jan 14thEdwards Cabin has a Scout group Jan 14th
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

Brian if you scroll down the postings you will see a scout group posted they are going to Edwards Jan14th they posted there info on Jan 4th Sounds like it will be busy weekend up there. Temps are to drop to -10'c to -15'c or so on weekend.

Posted by: Snow Man

RE: Scouts at EdwardsRE: Scouts at Edwards
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

Brian was mistaken. We're heading to Batchelor. My apologies to the group that are also heading there but we've had it planned for a couple of months but didn't know about this report board. Should be cozy! BYOB.

Posted by: Dave Page

batchelor 01/13-01/15batchelor 01/13-01/15
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Batchelor this weekend...should be a blast!!

Al and crew

Posted by: al

Cabin feesCabin fees
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

I hope all these trips pan out, cause I am looking at a lot of fees coming in. Already we have used nearly one-third of the firewood that was put up.We in the west, during the late 70's and 80's, used to have a answer to our Ontarion cousins about them paying world price on gas and oil. Let em freeze in the dark. If you are unsure where to pay your fees for Batchelor cabin call ahead of time not when Isee you on trail, Doug House 604-885-5899. Or Pay at the shell gas station in Wilson creek, or pay on-line at TOC website. Have a great trip, should be some fresh snow this weekend.

Posted by: Doug House

staying at Edwards and Steele Jan 23 - 25staying at Edwards and Steele Jan 23 - 25
Alert / Warning Thursday, January 12, 2012

Our family (Mom and 3 daughters) will up Jan 23 to Edwards and the next two nights at Steele Cabin. Coming out on Jan 26. A big thanks to the Outdoor Club for all your hard work maintaining the cabins. We love being able to use this area and happy to pay the fees.

Posted by: Lea Savien

Tet New map posted on Tet club websiteTet New map posted on Tet club website
Alert / Warning Friday, January 13, 2012

The old map has been removed and a new trail map posted.

Posted by: Snow Man

Going to Edwards Hut Jan 21-22Going to Edwards Hut Jan 21-22
Alert / Warning Friday, January 13, 2012


There's a group of 7 going to Edwards Hut next weekend. We've been back in December and it was so fun!


Posted by: Thu Pham

Batchelor Lake this weekendBatchelor Lake this weekend
Alert / Warning Friday, January 13, 2012

Family of 5 backing out of planned trip this weekend due to large group heading in with hard feelings...we were that group 20 years ago! Have fun but please let us know if your plans fall through and you decide not to go.

Posted by: John Rogers

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, January 14, 2012

Here is the snow and road report for Dakota Ridge at 9 am
-3 degrees
15 cm of new and snowing heavily
road plowed to 3 km mark
Unfortunately the Piston Bully (Groomer) is down trails are being groomed with snowmobile. good classic and snowshoeing not so good for skate skiing.

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Alert / Warning Saturday, January 14, 2012


Posted by: landcruiser

Chains Needed for DakotaChains Needed for Dakota
Alert / Warning Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thanks to a few vehicles stuck blocking road many people are delayed coming down from the Tet. I heard there maybe as many as 20 vehicles that can not get down as of 3pm. Even if you use chains it is the guys that don't that can cause problems. Please chain up for everyones safety.

Posted by: Snow Man

Dakota ChainsDakota Chains
Alert / Warning Saturday, January 14, 2012

misprint with Tet if anyone has been up to Tet please post info. Heard from Alpha Tet road was good but advise use chains anyway.

Posted by: Snow Man

no titleno title
Alert / Warning Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well for all those who have heard the story of the leather mask found in Batchelor cabin, Lloyd and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the same people who left it. Lots of laughs and story behind it. Two groups up at the cabin, and they will have a great weekend. fresh powder and more to come.

Posted by: Doug House

Family of 5Family of 5
Alert / Warning Saturday, January 14, 2012

No need to back out. the 2groups in do drink beer but are also respectful of other users. I think you were worried about a more teen crowd tho. Cabin stewerds were up as well as park ranger, when we know of heavy use we show up if possible.

Posted by: Doug House

Alert / Warning Sunday, January 15, 2012

As mentioned it was pretty icy at the 7 km bends.
We decided to head out the other way (B&K). All was well, until the hill with the switch back at the top. I made it with chains on the front of the 4x4, but buddy behind me (no chains) spun out. Spent an hour mess'n about. Then threw my chins on his to get him out. So watch that hill if you decide to go out the long way. Great adventure. Be safe all!

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Posted by: Rob

Tetrahedron Road and Snow SuperbTetrahedron Road and Snow Superb
Alert / Warning Sunday, January 15, 2012

Yesterday, Saturday January 14 the road into the Tetrahedron was great and the snow conditions in the Tetrahedron were really excellent. There was up to about 6 inches on new powdery snow on the road, but the people using the road drove intelligently spreading their tracks like Snow Man urges. Chains of course made sense and it was a pleasure sharing the road with knowledgeable people.

There is not much snow once one puts on the skis at the parking lot, but there was enough to be able to ski down branch 500 with ease. The 6 inches or so of somewhat corn powder made the ski down as good as it gets. The highly variable cloud conditions as we skied into Edwards Lake made for an interesting afternoon.

Posted by: George Smith

Back country roads in WinterBack country roads in Winter
Alert / Warning Sunday, January 15, 2012

4x4 and Chains a must along with shovels warm clothes and footwear. Assume you might have to walk out. Have full tank of gas. I have seen so many people up at Dakota stuck in ditch and they have less then 1/4 tank of gas. Try the chains on before heading up the hills. Drive slow as roads are narrow and there might be a fast moving 4x4 coming at you. Drive with headlights as they will help others spot you sooner.
DO NOT STOP IN MIDDLE OF ROAD TO CHAIN UP Find a wide spot and be aware of other vehicles using the road. Stay off the breaks as much as possible use lower gears to slow down.

Posted by: Snow Man

Another 4x4 in ditch on Dakota no chainsAnother 4x4 in ditch on Dakota no chains
Current Conditions Sunday, January 15, 2012

2 tow trucks just went up to try to pull 4x4 out of ditch. Chain up and slow down Road is narrow and often some vehicles are driving way to fast.

Posted by: Snow Man

Current Conditions Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hi All
Just got back from an overnight with our senior Scouts (Venturer Scouts). We chained up at the first snow on the road and had an uneventful drive up. There were 2 other vehicles in the parking lot when we arrived at around 9 am. It was snowing quite heavily for most of our snowshoe trek to Edwards Lake cabin. On our way we met Doug and Lloyd and a group of 3 heading to Batchelor. We spaced ourselves out and crossed Edwards Lake. The cabin was in great condition....nice and clean. We did see a mouse that evening though. In the morning, the sky was blue and there was a foot of fresh powder. We had a great trip back. On the drive down the tracks were well spread out. The road is in good condition.

Posted by: Scouter Karen

How about a report from the bachelor groupHow about a report from the bachelor group
Current Conditions Sunday, January 15, 2012

Please post a trip report after coming down from Tet and you can post up to 3 pics at same time. Share your trip with us all. Things like Temps, Snowfall ,snow base, Trail and road conditions etc.
The more info the better.

Posted by: Snow Man

Bachelor Trip Report Jan 13-16Bachelor Trip Report Jan 13-16
Current Conditions Monday, January 16, 2012

The road conditions to the final crux hill 700 m or so from the lower parking were very good. It's been a couple years since I last drove this road and someone has done a great job decommissioning the decommissioning ditches, I saw some recent gravel laid down too. The final steep pitch was solid ice full across the road, all the way to the lower parking lot. A pair of chains was all it took to conquer it, and the fresh snow on Saturday made it possible for vehicles to make it up without throwing on chains.

The new smaller stove in Bachelor fulfills its role of conserving wood perfectly. The cabin never got beyond ‘slightly warm’ and there is a great hot spot between the stove and the reflector if you need to really warm up.

A few parties came by on day trips. Some managed to spin an entertaining yarn or two before descending back down.

We stayed off the lakes on Friday, the snow level was so low, and it didn’t look like the area had seen much freezing. The recent snowfall and falling of temperatures should increase the level of safety, but don’t take my word for it! Do your own due diligence.

We left the cabin spotless as we found it, didn’t have visits from any critters, furry, winged or masked.

Posted by: Brian Page

Dakota - Monday, Jan. 16Dakota - Monday, Jan. 16
Current Conditions Monday, January 16, 2012

The snow is light and fresh. We enjoyed some great off-trail skiing and snowshoeing.
The road is icy in many places. I was grateful to have chains on my tires both going up and coming down.

Posted by: Flash

Batchelor lake and RidgeBatchelor lake and Ridge
Current Conditions Monday, January 16, 2012

the road up to the winter parking lot was easily travelled. a few inches of fresh snow and gave lots of traction. chains weren't necessary although we carried them. used 4H just in case. checked out the slope just past Victor's Landing to practise some tele turns on but there is still only about 2 feet of snow, lots of stumps and holes showing so we didn't stick around. Backtracked to Victor's Landing and followed the old road along to the 'back door' of Batchelor and skied down through the trees. lots of holes and open creeks still.
after lunch went across the lake and up and over Batchelor Ridge and back along the old logging road to the Y junction.
lots of open creeks and alder bushes still showing so there really isn't much snow yet for this time of year. road still good going down at 3pm and didn't need to chain up.
Snowman doing an excellent job with the road.
snowing lightly when we descended.

Posted by: landcruiser

Great reports from allGreat reports from all
Current Conditions Monday, January 16, 2012

Great detail sure does help others know what to expect. I have to hand it to people using Tet road spreading tracks out has made a big difference By packing down the high spots and making tracks spread out the road can stay open longer with less plowing.
The great reports by the Scouts, Brian and his group and Sue will help others plan etc.

Keep using chains watch for joy riders doing donuts etc. Take a picture and post it.

Posted by: Snow Man

Mt Steele and Bachelor full this weekendMt Steele and Bachelor full this weekend
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 18, 2012

There is a Scout group going to Bachelor cabin their weekend and Mt Steele has Tet outdoor club has a group Use the sign in sheet at the kiosk at parking lot. Good idea lets others know what cabins are being used and in case of emergency S&R has more info.

The school group will hopefully post some info Thursday night when them come out from there trip.

Posted by: Snow Man

Scout Group - CancelledScout Group - Cancelled
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The 1st Gibsons Scout Group is cancelling their trip to Bachelor Lake Cabin due to current weather conditions in the forcast for this weekend January 20 - 22.

Posted by: Pam Kilmister

Overnight at Bachelor Cabin Jan 26-27Overnight at Bachelor Cabin Jan 26-27
Current Conditions Thursday, January 19, 2012

A group of 4-5 adults and 4-6 kids will be at Bachelor Lake Cabin the night of Jan 26th and leaving mid day on the 27th.

Posted by: John

steele hike this sundaysteele hike this sunday
Current Conditions Thursday, January 19, 2012

group of 6 planning to go up steele jan 22 for 2 to 3 nights for snowboarding...

Posted by: path finder

Tet  road good shapeTet road good shape
Current Conditions Thursday, January 19, 2012

-15'c for a low and -5'c as high in last 4 days only 2-3 inches new snow Chain up spread tracks out. School group just came out and will post some info when they get home.

Posted by: Snow Man

Tet Outdoor Club trip to Mt Steele cabin January 21-22Tet Outdoor Club trip to Mt Steele cabin January 21-22
Current Conditions Thursday, January 19, 2012

Current Conditions Monday, January 09, 2012 from

Heads up - The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club is planning a club trip to Mt. Steele Cabin this weekend, January 21st-22nd. We currently have five, possibly up to seven people signed up for this trip. There may be other parties that will be using the Steele cabin Saturday night, so please plan your trip accordingly.


Posted by: Reynold

Posted by: Reynold

Please post reports on Tet or Dakota conditionsPlease post reports on Tet or Dakota conditions
Current Conditions Friday, January 20, 2012

Many people read the reports but few Post any info after they have been up. We know many people go up and have a great time Just take a few minutes to let others know how the snow and roads are etc.
Share your info when you come down. Remember Cabins are community cabins and please behave Park Rangers and Tet club members often visit cabins to check in. These are public cabins and not private party houses Respect other people.

Posted by: Snow Man

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jan 21-- 0 degrees, 2cm new snow, Grooming and Plowing progress....should be a nice day!! Road is slippery and slushy in sections..use those chains!

as of 9:00 am

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Dakota roadDakota road
Current Conditions Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another great day on the Ridge!! Thank you snowman for keeping the road ploughed.
You still need chains.. There be ice under that there slush!

Posted by: Bones

Dakota Ridge roadDakota Ridge road
Current Conditions Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dakota road gets plowed by NB contracting and there crew Snow Man only plows the Tet road so I can not take credit for Dakota. I only try to encourage people to USE CHAINS and post reports etc. I did plow Dakota road for years and have seen many people in ditch and pulled them out. I have been stuck in ditch several times because of others not using chains when they should.

PLEASE USE CHAINS ON DAKOTA lots of traffic on the road makes it ice fast and road is narrow.

Posted by: Snow Man

Dakota Ridge Jan.22/12Dakota Ridge Jan.22/12
Current Conditions Sunday, January 22, 2012


-3, 4cm new snow, Currently snowing and windy

Road not plowed, chain up

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Dakota - Monday, Jan. 23Dakota - Monday, Jan. 23
Current Conditions Monday, January 23, 2012

Road was plowed this morning. Snowing and breezy up top. Visibility was marginal at times. Only a few people up there today. Nice fresh snow, had an awesome ski!

Posted by: Flash

Mt. Steel trip Jan 28-30Mt. Steel trip Jan 28-30
Current Conditions Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just wanted to let people know that a group of 10 from north van are planned to head to the Mt. Steel cabin on Saturday for 2 nights.

Posted by: Chris

Mt steel jan 28th tripMt steel jan 28th trip
Current Conditions Friday, January 27, 2012

The north van crew destined for mt steel have cancelled there trip due to weather concerns.

Posted by: Chris

Tet  Conditions  what weather concernsTet Conditions what weather concerns
Current Conditions Friday, January 27, 2012

Are we missing something are there some great weather concerns we should know about. Things change but as far as I know there is no weather forecast for the Tet. If you wanted a perfect day good luck many people might have changed there plans when you posted you were going to Steele. If you are not prepared for winter conditions please wait till summer to go up.
Yes it does Snow up there and yes it can change fast at anytime. It might be easier if other people would post info from there trips last week etc. But I guess everyone wants to keep the Tet a big secret.

Posted by: Gary

Conditions Thursday/Friday - Jan 26/27Conditions Thursday/Friday - Jan 26/27
Current Conditions Friday, January 27, 2012

Went up to Bachelor Lake Thursday and came down Friday. Conditions were great. Lots of new snow. Cabin was in excellent condition: very clean with the firewood box full and kindling cut (thanks to those before us).

Used chains going up and down in our Jeep and didn't have any problems, but snow was very deep near the top. Thanks to Al Fischer and the Sunshine Coast Snow-seekers for plowing the road on the way up. Real nice bunch of guys and doing it all on a volunteer basis! ..and thanks to the Snowman for all the times you do it as well. Tried our best to spread our tracks, but snow was very deep (2-3 feet) outside of the tracks.

On the way down, the steep hill about 600 meters before the parking lot had become hard packed and icy, however, I saw two vehicles make it up without chains (but I wouldn't recommend it). The hill that starts at the 'Chain up here' sign was also becoming icy

Paid our cabin fees at the Shell station on the way home. Thanks again to the Tet Club for all the work you do to make this such a great destination


Posted by: John

Awesome report from the TetAwesome report from the Tet
Current Conditions Saturday, January 28, 2012

Many thanks to John for posting such a great report. Wish more people could post such great info. Keep those reports coming in.

Maybe some of the people who were up there today can post some info.

Posted by: Snow Man

Tet Conditions what weather concernsTet Conditions what weather concerns
Current Conditions Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gary I'm sorry if we made anyone miss out on heading up due to our failed intentions. Know that there was another group of 8 from the BCMC that had also planned to be at the Cabin this weekend as well.

Our specific weather concerns were based on the recommendations of the Canadian avalanche centers bulletin for the North Shore (as we consider this the closest relevant avi area). The rating was High for both below and at the treeline on Sunday. We intended to get some skiing in but with the freezing level rising and forecasts for heavy precipitation from for mount steele we made a judgement call that it was beyond our comfort.

I also hope that more people post on the reports page as it helps everyone in planning. I also tried to make contact with a member from the TOC about last weekends trip but received no response to my email.

Posted by: Chris

Tet  ConditionsTet Conditions
Current Conditions Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chris you can email me and I can send you some contact info etc. Thanks for posting and Yes it would have helped if the group that was at Steele last weekend had posted some info. my email

Posted by: Snow Man

Current Conditions Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Jan 29

Icy Road conditions- Please chain up- km 5 and beyond. Raining at top- grooming in progress.

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Very icy road to Dakota RidgeVery icy road to Dakota Ridge
Alert / Warning Sunday, January 29, 2012

we passed several vehicles coming back down at 9:30am. Apparently the road was a sheet of ice further up and even 4x4s with chains were sliding down sideways:-( We turned around too.

Posted by: Scouter Karen

Dakota Ridge road is icy with rainDakota Ridge road is icy with rain
Current Conditions Sunday, January 29, 2012

The road is very icy with rain running on top of it. I had my van in 4wd but hadn't put chains on at the 5km mark and went into the ditch. I had to be pulled out.

I would suggest chaining up at 3km. Make sure you have some momentum when going up the hills. They are very slick.

Posted by: Nick Smith

Tet conditions Jan 28thTet conditions Jan 28th
Current Conditions Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hit snow around 3kms on road. Freshly ploughed Saturday am.
Drove to top without having to put the chains on - thank you Cavin. Cross ditches now snowbridged nicely. About 2 feet new snow last 7 days at Victor's Landing. Edwards Lake solid. Easy crossing Steele Creek on snow bridge. Lots new snow in the bowl halfway up Steele.
Edwards cabin found clean and tidy. Cabins are seeing lots of use but the wood supply is holding out. Please don't burn the wood just to heat your soup - use backpacking stoves.
Despite lots of new snow there was no evidence of slides or sloughs. Stick to the ridges where possible.

Posted by: landcruiser

Bachelor Cabin Trip Feb 3-5Bachelor Cabin Trip Feb 3-5
Current Conditions Monday, January 30, 2012

A group of 9 moderately middle-aged, moderately social folks will trek into Bachelor cabin Friday evening, back out on Sunday afternoon.

Posted by: Mark

Thank you Snow manThank you Snow man
Current Conditions Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear snow man, a BIG thank you for plowing the road on Saturday,January 28th. It made the trip up great.

The Edwards cabin was still clean, warm and cozy from the SAR folks - thanks!

The trip down on Sunday the 29th 1:30 pm was icy with chains, we took our time and got down safely.

Posted by: kez and jeremy

School tripSchool trip
Current Conditions Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FYI: 14 secondary school students and 4 adults will be camping up in the Dakota Ridge area from 7-10 February 2012.

Posted by: Bridget

Tet report  on FacebookTet report on Facebook
Current Conditions Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Link to some great pics and report just posted on Facebook Tet page.

Posted by: Snow Man

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