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No Snow But Banf film fest coming soon Nov 21stNo Snow But Banf film fest coming soon Nov 21st
Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Tet Outdoor club will have showing of the Best of Banf Mountain film fest. It is at Elphie school keep your eyse open for where to buy tickets or email Tet outdoor club for info. Great way to get winter ski season started and run into old and new friends.
Tickets are still only 12$ you can get tickets at Alpha Adventures,Halfmoon sea kayaks in Sechelt,Roberts Creek store. and Spin cycle in Gibsons.
Help support the Tet Outdoot club and have some fun at same time. Nov 21st 7pm around 2 1/2 hours. Some of the best outdoor films around. Great friday night outing.

Posted by: Morgan

Snowing on CypressSnowing on Cypress
Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yes it has started to snow on Cypress.

Posted by: George K

I see snow On ElphieI see snow On Elphie
Current Conditions Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Looks like our hills got some snow but looks like just a trace. But who knows maybe soon we can ski again.

Posted by: Becky

Who painted the art work at dakotaWho painted the art work at dakota
Current Conditions Thursday, November 06, 2008

Just wondering who painted the art work on that wooden box in the warm up hut. Does anyone know what that big box is for or what it does. Is there a troll that lives in there. Why build such a big warm up hut and build a big wooded box in it. Found it kind of funny and wastefull.
Heard rumors they are going to be charging for skiing up there this year. Hope they can keep the quads off the trails this year. Well maybe by xmas we will know what is really going to happen up there.

Posted by: Sean

Current Conditions Thursday, November 06, 2008

The mural in the quanset hut was painted by the students of the alternative school from Pender Harbour. The box was origanally framed to protect the plumbing of the proposed indoor bathrooms. Plans have changed and future use of the box is undecided for the moment. Maybe use as a first-aid station by the volunteer ski patrol.
Fees will be charged this year. Proposed fees are:$10 for adults $5 for 13-18 and $20 for family

let it snow!


Posted by: michel

Dakota FeesDakota Fees
Current Conditions Friday, November 07, 2008

Are they going to have a seasons pass. Where will will pay for trail fees. I will not mind paying if things are better then Last year. Are they going to plow and sand the road.
Our van ended going in ditch and then got hit by another car coming down hill. Seems if they are going to charge they had better sand the road.
If you go up there make sure you have collision on your vehicle. We did not and it cost us. With more people going up there this year the road could be more dangerous. Road is Narrow and people drive to fast. We got put in ditch because of someone coming down hill way to fast and ran us into ditch and they kept going down out of control.
Sand the Road.

Posted by: Becky

I see SCRD posted fees on websiteI see SCRD posted fees on website
Current Conditions Friday, November 07, 2008

$100 for season pass $10 for day and they going to charge for snow shoeing. I can snow shoe anywhere else for free. If they are chargeing they better start sanding the road too. I am no Lawyer but if they charge you to ski then they have some liabilty if you get hurt up there. If they say some of the money is going for road and they do not sand and I go in the ditch who pays.
If they are charging the level or service better improve. Grooming on the weekend was great but middle of week was poor or none. Before I buy a season pass I would want to know are they going to groom during xmas break. Is there going to be grooming every sat and sunday for sure. Has the RD got a 4 wheel drive tow truck to pull people out who get stuck. As far as I know no tow trucks will go up there to pull you out.
So if we are paying to use the road and trails should there not be some better service provided. I know that the ambulance and fire depts won't go up there. So if there is a accident with 2 or more cars and people hurt who will go and help.
Maybe the RD should have a emergency plan. Maybe they do already and have not told anyone.
The road is use at own risk. Take extra gear you could get stuck up there over night if there are cars in the ditch and can not get by.

Posted by: Marvin

Current Conditions Friday, November 07, 2008

Dakota Ridge Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Fees for the 2008/2009 Season

Adults Youth Children Family
Age (18+) (13-18) (under 13) (4 people)
Day Rate: Ski $10.00 $5.00 Free $20.00
Day Rate: Snowshoe $5.00 $2.00 Free $10.00
Seasons Pass: Ski $99.00 $50.00 Free $199.00
Seasons Pass: Snowshoe $50.00 $20.00 Free $100.00

The fee for the ski and snowshoe trails helps to pay a portion of the cost towards maintaining the trails, road and facilities. Seasons tickets for use of the ski and snowshoe trails can be purchased at the Gibsons and Sechelt Recreation Facilities, or online and at the SCRD office on Field Road

Posted by: Marvin

No worrys no snow up there nowNo worrys no snow up there now
Current Conditions Saturday, November 08, 2008

Give it a rest anything is better then last year. It will be getting to crowded up there any ways. Looks like it will be atleast 1 month before we get snow to ski anyway. Not having to walk up hill for 2.5 kms is worth it. I heard they did road work the road should be wider now from Lot B to top.
Look forward to skiing this year. any word about the ice rink up there. How many cars will be able to park up top. Hate to go all way up and no room to park.
I heard there were plans for a web cam to be set up there, that would be cool. Lets wait and see what happens.
Hopefully the road will be driveable in future in a 2 wheel drive vehicle or is it just going to be people in 4x4s that can use the area. Not everyone can afford a 4x4.

Posted by: Fred

Grey Creek Road StatusGrey Creek Road Status
Current Conditions Monday, November 10, 2008

Friends report they made it through the big ditch with no problem with their Subaru Loyale (old squarish awd wagon). The yellow gate at the lower parking lot is now locked, and the wooden pallets have been positioned in the crossditches beyond.

Posted by: Sgrant

Rates for DakotaRates for Dakota
Current Conditions Monday, November 10, 2008

FYI- Some Other Nordic Areas do charge for their snowshoe trail networks...

Lost Lake- $7.00 a day
Callaghan - $8.00 a day

Posted by: MF

Is the road going to be sandedIs the road going to be sanded
Current Conditions Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dakota ridge road has it been widened seems to me it was only wide enough for a ski trail up from parking lot last season. It seemed narrow to ski on with the ditch on both sides. I can not imagine driving up it with snow on it. Unless it is sanded. I hope they post road conditions on here when they get running.
Look forward to a good ski season

Posted by: S Obrian

yeah it has been widenedyeah it has been widened
Current Conditions Thursday, November 13, 2008

the road has been upgraded this year and will be drivable all the way to the top

Posted by: jayturf

Road to Dakota almost same as last yearRoad to Dakota almost same as last year
Current Conditions Thursday, November 13, 2008

Unless they have made it wider it last 2 weeks it is just about the same as last year. They have made some wide spots to pass here and there. But the road from Lot B area up almost seems more narrow. The ditches look deeper and road is no wider. Hope everyone has skinny cars. I would think 4x4 with good WINTER tires would be required and even chains. The ditches are on both sides of the road. I sure would not want to slide into ditch. I heard 2 years ago a GMC 4x4 pick up truck got stuck in ditch and had to hire a excavator to come pull him out.
If kids tobogan down the road and make ice it will be suicide to drive up there.
I tried to buy chains at Canadian tire and they are sold out best get yours soon.

Posted by: Marty J

No Snow on Dakota RidgeNo Snow on Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, November 15, 2008

Seems it is still to warm, Maybe we will get cooler temps soon. Less then 30 days before opening days on ski hills.
Hope we get some snow soon. Kind of seems weird we still have not even had a heavy frost yet.

Maybe we should all think of doing some ride share for Dakota ridge. So many people do not have 4x4s and those that do might have room to take others up. Maybe we could have a ride share stop at RD office. There is also a rideshare link on this website.

Posted by: Jean K

Congrats to new Mayor of SecheltCongrats to new Mayor of Sechelt
Alert / Warning Saturday, November 15, 2008

Congrats to Darren Inkster new mayor of Sechelt.

Posted by: John M

No Chance of snow in next weekNo Chance of snow in next week
Alert / Warning Sunday, November 16, 2008

Freezing levels are going to be above 1500 mts for next week. So no chance of snow on our local mountains.

Posted by: Snowman

Yet Another BMFFYet Another BMFF
Alert / Warning Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The 10th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival is in town this Friday, November 21, 7:00 pm at Elphinstone Secondary in Gibsons. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Ticket price is $12.

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Posted by: Howard

Might be snow on Sunday for DakotaMight be snow on Sunday for Dakota
Alert / Warning Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just saw alpine weather forecast could be snow soon.

Posted by: Gary

Snowing on CypressSnowing on Cypress
Alert / Warning Friday, November 21, 2008

Temps have dropped and wet weather could cause some snow up top. Cypress reports snowing and 0'c with cooling overnight it could snow alot more. Don't expect any large amounts but maybe a start.
Good night to got to the Banf Film fest at Gibsons High school Only $12 starts at 7pm Friday nov 21st 1 showing only.
This is a fund raiser for the Tet Outdoor club.

Come do a snow dance at Half time. These films were just shown in Banf 2 weeks ago and we get to see them now. Some of the best outdoor films made.

Posted by: Snowman

Snow On Dakota RidgeSnow On Dakota Ridge
Alert / Warning Saturday, November 22, 2008

Be Prepared for snow if you go up to the Ridge today. Could be anywhere from 2-4 inches of the white stuff. Don't forget the Snow chains if you are going up the hill.

Need more people doing the snow dance.

Posted by: Snowman

7 inches of snow at Quanset hut7 inches of snow at Quanset hut
Current Conditions Saturday, November 22, 2008

Yes that is right 7 inches. Some POOP Head has turned the outhouse at Lot B on it side and beat the crap out of it. Looks like they took a axe to the front of it. May the curse of a thousand pooping seagulls land on your head.
The road from Lot A up has loose rock on it so it is like drivine on ball bearings. From lot B up the snow starts Do not take low clearance vehicles past lot B as water bars in road are sharp and you could drag through them.

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Posted by: Snowman

Dakota Ridge VandalismDakota Ridge Vandalism
Current Conditions Sunday, November 23, 2008

Well do not count on using the wood stove the brain deads have smashed the glass in. They have also tried driving up and down steep bank uphill of the smaller Quanset hut. They could have lost control and drove into it. Then over in the big Oval for trail head they have made a mud pit and chewed it up. Atleast doing all that stuff I do not think they had time to chew up the trails.
Why would anyone smash the front glass on the wood stove. Kind of wrecks it for everyone else.

Was realy nice up there today snow was great.
Please write down license Plates of anyone you see doing Havoc up there.
We went up in a all wheel drive Van and dragged the trailer hitch through the ditches. Guess they do not want us to drive up there or something. The kids had fun but they need a tubing hill up there. We used to tube on the road above the parking lot. Guess we cant do that anymore.
Next weekend should have lots of snow up there.

Looks like snow for all this week up there.

Posted by: sue

Morons visit Dakota RidgeMorons visit Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Sunday, November 23, 2008

Went up there today to have a look,maybe ski and discovered quite a mess,a group of idiots have been four wheeling on all the trails I looked at,chewing up everything, they took the splitting maul from the hut broke the glass out of the stove then took that to the outhouse door and busted up the toilet.Unbelievable ignorance and stupidity.Maybe the gate should be locked at night,if they have to walk more than 100 feet from their trucks there may not be any more vandalism.

Posted by: PatN

Mess on Dakota 4x4sMess on Dakota 4x4s
Current Conditions Monday, November 24, 2008

Some 4x4 have been chewing things up again. Hope 1 of these Morons gets stuck good and then we can get there plate #.

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Posted by: George K

2 inches2 inches
Current Conditions Monday, November 24, 2008

2 inches of fresh at the first intersection above lot A. Very nice for walking the dog!

Posted by: Howard

How the snow in the TetHow the snow in the Tet
Current Conditions Monday, November 24, 2008

Has anyone been up there and could give us a idea where the snow starts and how much. How is the road any snow at the parking lot.
Would be nice to know for the weekend.

Posted by: Jenny

Dakota Ridge to warm nowDakota Ridge to warm now
Current Conditions Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Was raining and snow going to mush. +2'c up there wet and slush. Maybe next week we will get some colder weather.

Posted by: Snowman

Raining on Dakota  what a let downRaining on Dakota what a let down
Current Conditions Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The forecast called for cold weather but now they changed it again. Seems our cold weather has gone for now. Snow will probally be all gone in couple of days.

Posted by: James

Cross Country Ski Seminar - FreeCross Country Ski Seminar - Free
Current Conditions Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Are you interested in finding out more about cross country skiing? Would you like to know more about the equipment, what it is like and where you can go on Dakota Ridge? Join us for a free evening ski seminar. We'll have informational presentations, light seasonal refreshments and a prize draw.

Monday December 1

Roberts Creek Community School-
Multi-Purpose Room

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
RSVP's are appreciated

Alpha Adventures- Outdoor Adventure Store

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Driving winter roads Like DakotaDriving winter roads Like Dakota
Current Conditions Thursday, November 27, 2008

It is important to use your headlights on logging roads so others can see you coming. Slow down as roads are narrow and there may not be enough room to pass unless 1 vehicle stops.
Carry chains and do not be afraid to use them they could save you a all day of being stuck in a ditch or worse. Test your traction, if you hit the brakes and slide on level ground covered in snow it is time to chain up before going up hill. DO NOT STOP in middle of the road to chain up as other vehicles may be coming to fast to stop. It is very dangerous when a vehicle spins out on a hill then others can not stop.
Good idea to carry some sand, jumper cables, snow shovel and dirt shovel , blankets and other emergency supplies.
There is a 30 kmph speed limit on the road to Dakota Ridge.
Watch for people walking dogs on lower part and do not let kids slide on the road surface.
Instead call the SCRD and ask for a sliding area at Dakota Ridge.
Have a safe winter and be safe.

Posted by: Tom J

Raining on Dakota Snow meltingRaining on Dakota Snow melting
Current Conditions Friday, November 28, 2008

Whistler is open but it is even warm up there. Where is our cold weather. Seems it is just 1-2' to warm for snow. Just wet for now. Hope they catch those idiots tipping out houses. Someone must have seen them.

Posted by: Dean

Freezing level is above 2200 mtsFreezing level is above 2200 mts
Current Conditions Saturday, November 29, 2008

What a change from last year. Even on Whistler it is wet rain coming down big line ups for chair lift coming down. Global warming sucks. Need the big freeze.

Posted by: Jason M

Snow chains for driving Dakota RidgeSnow chains for driving Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, November 29, 2008

The best and easiest chains to get are Alpine or Diamond back Chains. They can be put on easy without moving the vehicle and have great traction. The chain has a diamond pattern to it and the chain has square sides to bite in for traction. They come in a small carry bag for easy storage.
Order yours in now save the hasle of being stuck in the ditch. Rubber and ice do not mix use chains.

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Posted by: Snowman

Current Conditions Saturday, November 29, 2008

Order them from where Mr.Snowman?

Posted by: PatN

Good ChainsGood Chains
Current Conditions Saturday, November 29, 2008

I have a set of these chains, and they are the best chains I've ever used. They can be a bit fiddly to mount and dismount, but nothing like traditional chains. Practice at home, and packing a pair of rubberized gloves helps a lot.

The chains have excellent grip. They are strong enough short of doing something crude like spinning the wheels on gravel. They cost more than old-fashioned chains, but are well worth it.

Posted by: Sgrant

Alpine Chain SourceAlpine Chain Source
Current Conditions Saturday, November 29, 2008

I forgot to mention that I got the chains at Canadian Tire. Probably any of the auto supply places have them, plus lots of on-line stores.

Posted by: Sgrant

Chains get them atChains get them at
Current Conditions Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kenmacs in Gibsons, Napa in Sechelt or Canadian tire. They are more expencive but well worth it. As they are easy to put on and off. Even the best snow tire can not match the traction of chains.
Still to warm for snow up top. Some colder air is coming Tuesday but might be drier.

Posted by: Snowman

+6+6'c and rain on Dakota
Current Conditions Sunday, November 30, 2008

Road is soft in spots no point in driving up till in gets cold and snow. Rain rain go away come back as snow another day.
To Warm yuk.

Posted by: murry

New welcome sign for SecheltNew welcome sign for Sechelt
Alert / Warning Sunday, November 30, 2008

Some people might get the wrong idea. it says ' Eat a friend Heck eat them all'

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Posted by: John P

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