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Heavy snow falling on CypressHeavy snow falling on Cypress
Saturday, December 05, 2015

The Tet and Dakota might be getting the same be prepared for conditions that might change fast. Have fun stay safe.


Posted by: Snowman


Please Join Tetoutdoor Facebook GroupPlease Join Tetoutdoor Facebook Group
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Looking for information about conditions on the road, trails, and cabins of Tetrahedron Provincial Park? Please join the Facebook Group Tetrahedron Outdoor https://www.facebook.com/groups/tet.../. You don't have to be a club member but it is a members-only moderated group. Once you join you can post info, ask questions, add other members, and contact other members right on the main news feed. We are 88 members and growing!


Posted by: Tetrahedron Outdoor Club


Dakota - Sat. Dec. 5Dakota - Sat. Dec. 5
Current Conditions Sunday, December 06, 2015

Dakota Ridge saw a major dump of snow on Saturday. Snow began just below Lot B.

Snowing heavily between 10 and 2 while we were there.

Yellow Gate locked - and all the buildings. The SCRD will open near Dec. 15.

Approx. 30 cm of fresh snow on top of compacted base near the hut. Much deeper snow found up higher near the Ridge Walker trail area.

Ruts in snow beginning to develop on the last 2 km of road to the gate as we left. Setting up to be a great start to our season.


Posted by: Alpha Adventures


Snow in higher levels. Webcam from 5000ftSnow in higher levels. Webcam from 5000ft
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 09, 2015

http://www.btsc.ca/cpages/webcams...

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Posted by: Snowman


Dakota ridge to open dec 18thDakota ridge to open dec 18th
Current Conditions Thursday, December 10, 2015

Just saw on SCRD website opening day for Dakota ridge is dec 18th. Just in time for Xmas break great newly improved sledding area for the kids. Should be lots more snow falling this week up there. Do a white. Xmas break. Make a day of it


Posted by: Fred


Trees downTrees down
Current Conditions Saturday, December 12, 2015

Trees down on Dakota road due to heavy snow load take a saw with you.


Posted by: Landcruiser


Trees downTrees down
Current Conditions Saturday, December 12, 2015

Trees down on Dakota road due to heavy snow load take a saw with you.


Posted by: Landcruiser


Tet road. Snow starts at quarry hillTet road. Snow starts at quarry hill
Current Conditions Sunday, December 13, 2015

There was a tree just below the parking lot blocking the road but a snowmobile guy hooked a chain to it to open road up. The. It got cut off the rest of road. Around 8 inches snow at winter lot. Very wet slushy but think lots of snow up by summer lot. Please spread your tracks out on the road to keep it drive able longer. 2 guys were heading in for overnight hope they can post info after. Have fun stay safe

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Posted by: Snowman


Our big group of 12+ will do an overnight trip to Mt. Steele Cabin this coming weekendOur big group of 12+ will do an overnight trip to Mt. Steele Cabin this coming weekend
Current Conditions Monday, December 14, 2015

Our big group of 12-16 will do an overnight snowshoeing trip to Mt. Steele Cabin this coming weekend (Dec 19-20)and stay overnight on Saturday night, I'll update the road/trail condition once we come back.

My contact email is lulu@crossna.com

Here are some pics from our last trip there (March,22-23,2014):

http://forums.clubtread.com/27-brit...

Thanks and happy holiday season!

Gloria


Posted by: Gloria


Tet road. Now frozen hard with rutsTet road. Now frozen hard with ruts
Current Conditions Monday, December 14, 2015

Temp went down to -4'c overnight ruts in road frozen high center please try to spread your tracks out when you can. Helps keep road drive able longer. Snow depth builds up fast as soon as you climb from parking lot dome 3-4ft of snow hard to get out of the deep snow when you fall. Have fun stay safe share info on your trips.

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Posted by: Snowman


Dakota Good for BackcountryDakota Good for Backcountry
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Was up at Dakota for a morning backcountry ski this Wed Dec 16th. Spent a couple of hours going to the far lakes. Followed the standard hemlock route going out but was able to bushwhacked back - follow about 180 degrees on the compass seeing ribbons occasionally. Was about 1 meter of hard base with about 4 inches of powder on top making travel everywhere possible. Skied out with skins and back without - blue wax conditions.
Road was in good conditions as it was newly plowed almost to gravel. I don't mind navigating by compass and GPS but for those not comfortable the trail out and back was sketchy. Did not see any trail markers on trees but saw ribbons going out.


Posted by: Jim Tivy


Great video on Alpha Adventures Facebook pageGreat video on Alpha Adventures Facebook page
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Down hill kayaking. If you are going to kayak at mt. Steele take a Avalanche course looks like great winter fun.


Posted by: Snowman


Dakota ridge opens dec 19thDakota ridge opens dec 19th
Current Conditions Thursday, December 17, 2015

Friday Dakota ridge opens for the season be prepared for a great season. New improved sliding area for the kids of all ages Jack Rabbits cross country ski lessons for the kids. Fantastic area to get snow fun.

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Posted by: Snowman


update: a big group of 10 will do an overnight trip to Mt. Steele Cabin this coming weekendupdate: a big group of 10 will do an overnight trip to Mt. Steele Cabin this coming weekend
Current Conditions Thursday, December 17, 2015

just want to update our trip this coming weekend to Mt.Steele Cabin, Instead of the originally planned 12+ ppl, we downsized to 10 ppl this time due to the bad weather.

Sorry for any inconvenience we caused and welcome to join us @Mt.Steele Cabin, a lots real Chinese food to share


Posted by: Gloria


New Years Eve - Edwards cabinNew Years Eve - Edwards cabin
Current Conditions Friday, December 18, 2015

Just a notice that my group of 8 snowshoers are headed to Edwards Cabin for Dec 31-Jan 2nd for new years.
Others are more than welcome as the cabin sleeps more than 8.
Cya in the snow everyone!


Posted by: Brad M


Skating up Blueberry open on DakotaSkating up Blueberry open on Dakota
Current Conditions Friday, December 18, 2015

We followed the piston bully groomer up to the top of Blueberry today and were rewarded with some beautiful skate skiing on the plateau.
The road is ploughed. The quanset hut is open. Get out and buy your season's pass and start waxing those skis. It's going to be a wonderful year.


Posted by: landcruiser


4 1/2 ft of snow at Dakota ridge4 1/2 ft of snow at Dakota ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, December 19, 2015

Great snow conditions great skiing and snow showing grab the snow fun while you can. Have fun star safe


Posted by: Snowman


Tet park must have lots of snowTet park must have lots of snow
Current Conditions Sunday, December 20, 2015

If you have been up please let us know how deep the snow is and how trails and road are. Please be prepared and stay safe. Have fun and share info.


Posted by: Snowman


Tet triangle. People post they are going but never heard fromTet triangle. People post they are going but never heard from
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 22, 2015

So many people post they or a large group are going into the Tet but never heard from again. Are they swallowed by deep snow did a Saquatch eat them.


Posted by: George


Tet. road being plowed?Tet. road being plowed?
Current Conditions Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I heard a rumour all the resources are going to Dakota so far/ all this year.... any update on the road conditions to get to Tet for new years?
Will have 4x4 jeep with chains, but that can't plow through 3-5 feet of snow! :)

Thanks for any update.

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Posted by: patrick


Tet road ploughingTet road ploughing
Current Conditions Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Tet road has nothing to do with Scrd the guy that use to plough the road stopped after a tragic thing happened on a Mof road. He told me he had been run off the road a dozen or more times by fools driving to fast. He was concerned someone might get killed like on the mine road. How could people drive so crazy driving others off the road. Or worse. If people used chains and spread there tracks out ploughing would not be neede as often. But 50 people will drive up in the same ruts as last 50 4x4s. Tet club will try to have road ploughed at great exspence.


Posted by: Frank


Fun in the snowFun in the snow
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Although I won't be able to post until after new years unless cell service is better than past years, I'll let you know.
I'm the guy going up in the group of 8 to Edwards on Dec 31st. We're in a big lifted Nissan frontier and half the fun of getting there is cruising through the snow so I'll see how wide I can make those ruts for you all...
I'm pretty sure that the club is also still taking donations by PayPal so we'll be covering that as well as we always do.

Enjoy the snow people, just watch out for the higher avalanche risk.


Posted by: Brad M


Best chains for Tet or DakotaBest chains for Tet or Dakota
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Diamond back chains are the best chains to use fast and easy to put on with out having to move your car. They stay tight and are great for vehicles with little clearance. You also do not get the bumpy ride as chains are always under tires. Unlike old style ladder chains. I have used these to plow snow with no extra links to flap around here is a Pic

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Posted by: Snowman


Tet. My Steele heard 10ft of snow up thereTet. My Steele heard 10ft of snow up there
Current Conditions Thursday, December 24, 2015

3 ft of snow at lot this morning road is a mess trees and limbs everywhere was ploughing snow with front bumper dragging snow under body of suv had chains on front. 2 tire ruts hard to get out of glad never met any on oncoming traffic we would have got stuck. Wish I had bought 2 sets of chains. If you do not have high clearance and don't have chains don't go past Quary hill. Had snow going in rad and over headlights. What happened to the plough


Posted by: Frank


Tet road deep snowTet road deep snow
Alert / Warning Friday, December 25, 2015

If you plan on driving the road to the Tet please be prepared for deep snow. Carry and use chains have shovels and tow strap. Have a hand saw to deal with limbs etc over hanging road. Spread your tracks out to widen the road out. Today there was just 1 set of tracks many 4x4s drove on so road was only 1 groove in the snow hard to get out of. Many people just drove around limbs on the road instead of stopping and moving them to make it safe for others. At this rate the road will be undriveable shortly. If people do not try to spread there tracks out the road will be snowed in and shut down.


Posted by: Snowman


Christmas wonderlandChristmas wonderland
Alert / Warning Friday, December 25, 2015

Drove up the Dakota road around 10am everyone needed chains at the 6k hairpin and after. Great skating all around the upper plateau area as no overnight snow on the grooming from yesterday. Many thanks to all the volunteers and the RD for making it happen. 33 cars in the parking lot at noon.


Posted by: Landcruiser


Great day in snow up grey creekGreat day in snow up grey creek
Current Conditions Friday, December 25, 2015

Was snowmobiling and 1 guy was snowboarding behind. Road to Tet parking lot hard going easy to get stuck. Was -10'c

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Posted by: Snowman


More on Tire ChainsMore on Tire Chains
Current Conditions Friday, December 25, 2015

To add to Snowman's endorsement of the diamond pattern chains...
The pattern means you have links on the snow most of the time, unlike old fashioned chains that only have chain on the ground when crosslinks are under the tire. So traction is more continuous. This even makes a bigger difference when braking, as the old chains will bite and rotate the crosslink off the road, then slide on the bare tire.

The diamond chains are lighter and don't rust like the old chains. You can mount and dismount them without crawling under the vehicle. Well worth the extra expense.

They can be tricky to mount on winter tires with large soft tread blocks as the links get caught on the tread blocks. A great aid to putting them on, or any other chains, is to bring a couple of blocks of 2x4 the same length as the width of the tire, and park with the tires on top of the blocks.


Posted by: Steve G


More on tire chainsMore on tire chains
Current Conditions Saturday, December 26, 2015

I just wanted to add to the tire chains blurb . I use a gardeners hand trowel to dig away snow from the front and back of the tire underneath , this really helps getting the chains together and tighter right away,just drop one into the chain bag.
Diamond back chains are the only way to go if you are buying chains


Posted by: Pat


Road to Tet park.Road to Tet park.
Alert / Warning Saturday, December 26, 2015

The road is getting very soft in afternoon on top of deep. Compacted ruts if you get off the ruts you are stuck. I would not drive past the Quary it gets deep and soft fast. Why does the RD not plough the road like Dakota. It is the road to the park and our water shed. Maybe community forest would help pay to plow the road. It is a logging road with recreational use it should be plowed. It was for years what changed. Justin won't plough our roads now.

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Posted by: Frank


Tet road Suicide hill was shear iceTet road Suicide hill was shear ice
Alert / Warning Saturday, December 26, 2015

A guy in pick up truck was spinning out the. Slidding backwards on the hill he managed to catch some gravel on the shoulder which spun his truck around in a split second. He almost lost his truck. The back roads co ft ion changes fast. Why risk it put chains on.


Posted by: Snowman


No chains is just dumbNo chains is just dumb
Alert / Warning Saturday, December 26, 2015

Many people thought they were smart today and made it up to Dakota Ridge without chains. Those people are still being shuttled off the mountain via atv and volunteers with chains
and it is 10.30 pm. Yes - you may get up without chains but you can't get down. You will lose control on corners, ditch your vehicle or block the road, and make it impassable for those behind you.
Please, please, don't go up without chains.
You may be up there at 10.30pm, walking down in the cold and the snow.
Many many thanks to Steve, Colwyn, Bruce, Michel and Loraine who volunteered to bail out those who didn't plan ahead.




Posted by: landcruiser


Dakota road shear ice even after plowedDakota road shear ice even after plowed
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 27, 2015

There was 16 inches new snow on the road over night. Grader was plowing this morning but very iced up Drive slow use chains a must even with chains hard to stop on hills. Watch for people trying to dig out there vehicles out of ditch.
No Chains no Go


Posted by: Snow Man


Dakota. Cars stuck In ditchDakota. Cars stuck In ditch
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 27, 2015

Use chains or don't go up

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Posted by: Snowman


Tet s snow deep and softTet s snow deep and soft
Alert / Warning Monday, December 28, 2015

Just heard from a group from Steele. Took 11 hours to get there as snow so deep. If you are going in plan for 2 times the amount of time to get in do not start in afternoon. It will be a real work out


Posted by: Snowman


Dakot ridge still should use chainsDakot ridge still should use chains
Alert / Warning Monday, December 28, 2015

Road still. Compact ice. For safety sake use chains. Road is narrow you might have to stop on a hill to let others pass. Or someone might be stopped in the mide of road chains are the safest answer. I went up 1 day with studded winter tires on 4x4 truck with weight in back. I ended up in ditch cause someone stopped in middle of road. You never know what is going to happen up there please use chains. Could save a life

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Posted by: Snowman


Please remove stuff of backroadsPlease remove stuff of backroads
Alert / Warning Monday, December 28, 2015

If you see branches etc on the road do not drive over or around them stop and clear them of the road. As if they get covered in snow they can jill poke a radiator or worse a windshield. A 1 inch branch could kill someone. If you have a saw and cut a tree remove the entire thing off the road as trees left on the road could get covered in snow and cause damage later. I got a tree limb through my windshield years ago after someone failed to remove the entire limb. Think of overs do not just drive over crisp on road make it safe for all.


Posted by: Snowman


Trees limbs on road. Dry dangerous donTrees limbs on road. Dry dangerous don't leave them
Alert / Warning Monday, December 28, 2015

Many people just drove over or around this tree limb.

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Posted by: Snowman


Very deep soft snow in back countryVery deep soft snow in back country
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sinking deep in snow once of trail snow shoes a must. Suggest all snowmobiles carry snow shoes. Might have to pack down a area to turn around or to get going once u stuck for the tenth time. As soon as you slow or stop you sink. 8 ft of snow above Dakota. And a around 10-12 ft above grey creek. Have chains and use them as many fools are I king the roads spinning out with all season tires on iced roads.


Posted by: Snowman


Shuttle service to Dakota RidgeShuttle service to Dakota Ridge
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mountain to Ocean Adventure Training (M2OAT) and Talaysay Tours are working together to bring unparalleled access and the best guides. We are now offering a shuttle service to Dakota Ridge. Contact M2OAT at 604-741-7787 or by email tchapman.moat@gmail.com to book your spot


Posted by: Mountain to Ocean Adventure Training


Tet road very soft snow and ruttedTet road very soft snow and rutted
Alert / Warning Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Some people just parked where they got stuck the tried to dig a parking spot but not far enough off the road for plow to pass safely. Try your chains before you go up


Posted by: Snowman


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