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dakota raindakota rain
Sunday, March 01, 2009

you forgot me snow man!! Anyways it was +1 and raining heavily this morning then it cleared up....apparantly the conditions are superb for skate skiing....nice and fast!!

Posted by: Jayturf

Some keys were found in the TetSome keys were found in the Tet
Alert / Warning Sunday, March 01, 2009

If you have lost some keys up there call me at 741-4152

Posted by: Snow Man

Yes I forgot Jason our famous groomerYes I forgot Jason our famous groomer
Alert / Warning Sunday, March 01, 2009

He has many years grooming and is also good at taking care of golf corses. I hope he is planning a snow golf corse.

Glad someone reported on conditions.

Posted by: Snow Man

Lost GloveLost Glove
Alert / Warning Sunday, March 01, 2009

Did you loose a black Gill glove on Dakota? I found it on the road.
Patrick 885-7294

Posted by: Patrick

Luge ReportLuge Report
Alert / Warning Sunday, March 01, 2009

The crazy carpet luge is in good shape but not good when it is above zero. It should be great and fast at night when it is frozen. Spotted a snowman in downtown Sechelt!!!! Pictures below

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Posted by: Patrick (Lugemaster)

Tet RoadTet Road
Current Conditions Sunday, March 01, 2009

The road had fresh snow from 5km up and ice the top 1km but we made it up without chains. the trails are spongy. walking across Edwards Lake we saw open water twice. the estuary that comes into the lake from Edwards cabin should be avoided.
the cabin was left clean and tidy after the weekend.
the road down was mushy. up to 5 inches slush.

Posted by: landcruiser

Current Conditions Sunday, March 01, 2009

found in the Dakota parking lot after the snowshoe race:
1 powder blue Nike dri-fit skull cap .

can be claimed from

Posted by: landcruiser

Rain Rain  on all local mountainsRain Rain on all local mountains
Current Conditions Monday, March 02, 2009

Freezing level is at 5500ft for next few days. All mountains are saying Rain today.

Posted by: Snow Man

Set of keys found up at the TetSet of keys found up at the Tet
Current Conditions Monday, March 02, 2009

If you lost a set of keys with a mazda key call me at 604-741-4152

Tet is +5'c at parking lot and road in good shape some heavy ice on road but not alot of melting. Gray creek is running hard. Hopefully someone will post a report on how the trails and cabins are.

Posted by: Cavin

Dakota Ridge Wednesday night skiDakota Ridge Wednesday night ski
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Grab your skis and your headlight. We leave from the top of field road at 6:30 The weather will be great. We will be down by 9pm. Everyone welcome!!!
For Information call Patrick 885-7294

Posted by: Patrick

Steele and BackSteele and Back
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Just back from a great trip to Steele. Snowing above Edwards when we left, on top of crusty conditions. I guess it rained and then got cold. Could walk around without snowshoes. Edwards lake getting slushy in spots open at the creek. Cabins in great shape. Road down to dirt except a bit of ice at very top. Nice work Snoman!

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Posted by: Josh Ramsay

Help with Snowman conmstructionHelp with Snowman conmstruction
Current Conditions Friday, March 06, 2009

Snow Fest is coming! We are building a snowman family to promote Snow Fest on Saturday March 15. Tomorrow At 10 am at the park at the corner of Warf and Cowrie in Sechelt we are going tro build a snowman family. This will be great fun for Kids and adults alike. Show your creativity. It is a lot like making a sand castle. We can get everything we need from the thrift store. I will bring a small truck load of snow and if we can find another person with a pickup truck to help we will have enough snow for a large family of snowmen.
For more information give Patrick a call 604-885-7294

Posted by: Patrick (Lugemaster)

Tet Road good shapeTet Road good shape
Current Conditions Friday, March 06, 2009

Was -10'c at parking lot at 9am Snow expected tonight or Sat so be prepared for snow when you come out. Temps may warm up fast and snow get soft later in weekend.
Have fun be safe and smart.
Post info here when you come out. The more info the better.

Posted by: Cavin

Fresh on DakotaFresh on Dakota
Current Conditions Friday, March 06, 2009

We were skiing in a mini-blizzard Wednesday night on the Ridge. It was hard to see more than 10 feet in front of us (which helped make every sudden changes in slope an exciting event!)

It was eerily weird, spooky, scary and fun, all at the same time. It's likely beautiful up there right now.

Posted by: Howard

Dakota ridgeDakota ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, March 07, 2009

Just a trace new powder. High winds blowing the snow. Feels like northern sask. Was. -7'c at 6am.

Posted by: cavin

Tetrahedron ParkTetrahedron Park
Current Conditions Saturday, March 07, 2009

The road up to the Tet is in great shape, 4x4s with chains are in order as usual. The conditions are good in the park today, the temperature was -2 C at the winter lot this morning. There are a few inches of fresh powder on top of a hard crust and the snow is still falling. Be sure to check avalanche advisory and carry the appropriate equipment for the terrain you are travelling in. Have a great time!

Posted by: Ranger Billy

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, March 07, 2009

Road clear, lots of gravel in most spots.
Easy up with all wheel drive, but icy going down, almost slid off the road, stopped just in time and got the chains on quick. Other cars without chains were also sliding out. Watch out for cars sliding down into yours.

Went showshoeing from the trail halfway up (to the left), virgin snow, quiet on trails, great up there. Started light snowing around 2:45.

Posted by: A.

Tele skiingTele skiing
Current Conditions Sunday, March 08, 2009

Patrick, Michel, and Sue spent the day teleskiing around Victor's Landing and down over the back into Tannis. Some windswept crusty spots but otherwise nice snow. snowed lightly all afternoon. drove up and down without chains (thank you snowman). the weather changed abruptly from snowing to sunny without any rain in between - weird.

Posted by: landcruiser

Road ClosuresRoad Closures
Alert / Warning Monday, March 09, 2009

the Dakota access road will be closed March 10 and 11 from 8.30 - 3.30pm to fix the potholes down near the bottom.
the RD will not be grooming trails until Thursday 12th at the earliest. there is 12' new snow at the top as of Monday noon. road ploughing was in progress.

the volunteer groomers are debating whether to go up 3.30pm Tuesday or Wednesday. check the RD website for updates.

Posted by: landcruiser

Tet Road plowed this morningTet Road plowed this morning
Current Conditions Monday, March 09, 2009

Was more then 1 foot fresh powder. -6'c at 10am

Posted by: Snow Eater

Inches not feetInches not feet
Current Conditions Monday, March 09, 2009

that's 12' of fresh snow at the top on Monday, not 12'.

Posted by: landcruiser

Tet ParkTet Park
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Just had a report from some skiers that got down from Tet. They had a great day up there skiing. they were the first car there and when they left 3 other cars there. Well SUVs They said they were skiing through 1 1/2 feet of fresh powder from Monday.
Hopefully other skiiers will post there reports.

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Posted by: Snow Man

Snowfest 2009Snowfest 2009
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Snowfest 2009 will be held at Dakota Ridge on Sunday March 15 from 10 am – 2:30 pm.
A jointly sponsored event by the SCRD and the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club, Snowfest is
fantastic celebration of winter activity here on the Sunshine Coast. Demonstrations and
events will be held throughout the day, including- a cross-country ski loppet (fun ski
race), demonstrations from the new Jackrabbit youth ski program, equipment
demonstrations from local companies, and fun family events.
The Sechelt Rotary Club will again supply food services for Snowfest.
Hot food and an array of cold and hot beverages will be available for purchase.
If you need to rent cross-country skis for the day, please do so off-site prior to snowfest.
Last year’s snowfest was incredibly successful, with hundreds of people attending. One
major challenge for this year will be access to Dakota Ridge and parking. In order to
minimize traffic congestion on the mountain roads please adhere to the following
- Carpool wherever possible. The mountain roads leading up to Dakota Ridge will
be controlled on March 15 for snowfest. A very limited number of vehicles will
be allowed up to the top parking lot early in the day with full occupancy only. All
other vehicles will be parked at a lower parking lot and visitors will be shuttled to
the top parking lot using a network of shuttle vehicles. There will be an access fee
of $2 per person.
- Maximum capacity for this event will be less than 500 people. Come early to
ensure that you will have access.
- Be prepared for the weather. The snow is still falling in our mountains- please
bring appropriate clothing for a day of fun on snow. If you are driving up to take
the shuttle- ensure that your vehicle is prepared. Snow and ice can make for
difficult driving conditions. Chains and / or four-wheel drive may be needed.
- Please be patient with the staff at Snowfest. The volunteers will be doing their
very best to bring you an excellent experience.
- Please leave your dog at home for snowfest.
All events and activities for snowfest are free of charge. For more information- please
check the Dakota Ridge page on the SCRD website.

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Posted by: Snowfest Volunteer

Lots of Snow!Lots of Snow!
Current Conditions Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spent the weekend up at Tet. Sun was blazing on Mon. on the way up to Edwards cabin. Close to two feet of the lightest fluffiest powder ever on Mon. when we came back down. Brilliant weekend as it always is when a group of us head up there for our annual get away. Thanks to the Snowman for making it possible for us to get back down the road with all the fresh snow.

Posted by: KREG

Good will...Good will...
Current Conditions Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Sunshine Coast Snowseekers have just recently donated $500.00 to the Tet outdoor club as well $500.00 to the SCRD for plowing and keeping the parking lots open. This money was raised by the snowmobile club for purposes like these. Everyone that uses the Tet. road should thank 'MR.SNOWMAN'aka The Snoweater, he does a great job keeping that road open. v.p.SSCSS
Had a premo day Tuesday on Mt. Crucil, 40+cms new white rain. Truly Gods country on the Coast...

Posted by: Snow Seekers

I already miss itI already miss it
Current Conditions Thursday, March 12, 2009

A group of 6 snowshoed, skied and splitboarded their way up to Steele this last weekend. Conditions were amazing with the sun making a visit every day. Crossing Edwards lake was a piece of cake, just aimed for the island and had no troubles, there was about 3 inches of snow on top of the ice. Edwards lake cabin was in good shape with about 8 inches of snow on its roof. Wood supplies are great and made the cabin warm up nicely. Trail conditions on the way in were a bit crusty but after Saturdays dusting of snow it was soft and stable. The trail up to Steele was well marked and we made it up in around 3 hours, making sure to avoid the avalanche prone areas. The cabin at Steele is in great shape as well and we were happy to find some frozen water already in the melting pot on top of the stove, thank you. We stayed up at Steele for two nights and enjoyed a couple of excellent sunsets. We placed a geocache in the corner on the lower level of the cabin. There were approximately 3 feet of snow packed around the cabin and slightly less around the outhouse. We woke up Monday morning to find 16 inches of fresh pow, some of the fluffiest I have ever set my boots on. All in all an amazing visit. Thank you TOC for all of your hard work and a special thanks to Cavin who had the road freshly plowed for our drive down around 3pm.

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Posted by: Ben

Snowfest Dakota RidgeSnowfest Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, March 14, 2009

Great conditions on th ridge today. A small amount of fresh snow. Snow Fest will be great!! Looking forward to seeing you all up there tomorrow! Bring your crazy carpet!!!

Posted by: Patrick (Lugemaster)

Lovely conditions at TetLovely conditions at Tet
Current Conditions Sunday, March 15, 2009

-2/-3 degrees with 10-12 fresh cm at the parking lot. Road in excellent shape with snow from 1.5 km above the 'ditch'. Everybody must be at Dakota today: only three other people going in to ski or shoe...

Posted by: John C.

Lots of fresh snowLots of fresh snow
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Road's not plowed. There's about 40 cm. of fresh snow on the road near the parking lot. I made it to within 1 km. with 4wd and 1 set of chains. Had a good day anyway.

Posted by: Doug S.

Current Conditions Wednesday, March 18, 2009





Posted by: landcruiser

Dakota Ridge March 19/09Dakota Ridge March 19/09
Current Conditions Thursday, March 19, 2009

Road is plowed to top,snowing moderately.Chained up at lower parking lot few inches of new snow. Have a great time!

Posted by: footprints

Avalanche riskAvalanche risk
Alert / Warning Thursday, March 19, 2009

The avalanche risk on the sunshine coast and Howe Sound area is extreme...Be careful out there!!

Posted by: Jayturf

Tet  Road plowed on March 18thTet Road plowed on March 18th
Alert / Warning Thursday, March 19, 2009

Temp was +1 and rain at lot. Snow at Lot was very wet and heavy. Road is still 4x4 with chains. Compact sections above bridge. You should carry shovels incase you need to dig out or a safe parking spot well off the road.
Please post any info you might have from recent trips.
It helps others plan there trips.
Would be good to know the amount of snow on the ground at each cabin.
Conditions can change fast what was good last week or yesterday may not be safe now. Use your own judgement.

Anyone can post info on any outdoor reports here.

Posted by: Snow Man

Current Conditions Saturday, March 21, 2009

Reports from Tet are hard frozen snow very crusty. 8 cars in lot none had to chain up. Thaw and freeze has frozen road hard. Very rough use caution make sure you have chains if needed.
Have fun and please post a report when you come down. All info helps others plan there trips etc.
So please post info on this site.

Posted by: Snow Man

Edwards tripEdwards trip
Current Conditions Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tet road in morning is rough and frozen so you don't need chains to get to top. In the afternoon it's mushy and slushy and you don't need chains to get down either. A little fresh snow on a hard crust offers little forgiveness to the teleskier that wipes out. The avalanche corner just past Victor's Landing shows recent snow rollers but no slides of significance. Sunny skies. Edwards lake still frozen and good to cross. The whiskey jacks are out in force and hungry.

Posted by: landcruiser

Dakota Ridge roadDakota Ridge road
Current Conditions Sunday, March 22, 2009

The road condition up to lot B is very good, finally the dreaded 6-7 km. hill is clear of ice particularly the tight little corner at the top just below the 7km sign,was in 2 wheel drive all the way to lot B.From there up to the top was frozen ruts and very narrow in spots.Coming back later it was all melting,no chains up or down.The area was well groomed, a bit icy in places and a bit mushy as the day warmed up.Only 6 to 9 vehicles in the lot while I was there.

Posted by: PatN

a foot of fresh snowa foot of fresh snow
Current Conditions Tuesday, March 24, 2009

a foot of fresh snow but no grooming. the road is just ploughed so easy access without chains - 4x4 needed.
slow but beautiful backcountry skiing - sunny with foggy periods.

Posted by: landcruiser

Volunteer grooming WednesdayVolunteer grooming Wednesday
Current Conditions Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Volunteer grooming on the Ridge Wed 25th will allow for skiing after 5pm. Road is ploughed and access is good.

see SCRD website for restricted grooming schedule to end of season.

Posted by: landcruiser

Tetrahedron parkTetrahedron park
Current Conditions Thursday, March 26, 2009

Had a great day up there skiing. Just wondering is it normal down here to all drive. In same ruts. We are down from north of PG and if we drove in the same ruts over and over the road would be shut down in no time. Up north we all spread our tracks out and the back roads stay open with out plowing them. If you guys from down here come north please stay off our back roads. Shame to see a good road wrecked by ruts.

Posted by: jack

Rutting SeasonRutting Season
Current Conditions Thursday, March 26, 2009

Keep your nose in the ruts. We are all followers here.
Thanks for being the leader! We would like you to be Prime Minister!

Posted by: Nobody

mt steelmt steel
Current Conditions Sunday, March 29, 2009

just got back from hiking steel. spent 4 days up there. hiked the ridge to the peak through beautiful snow! the snow level is still pretty high. snow right up to the balcony at steel and pretty much the same for edwards lake cabin. didnt see any slides but lots of little rollers mainly along the path after that last little stretch of road just before you dodge into the trees. other than that. conditions seemed pretty stable. snowing when we left! the road needed to be plowed earlier this week but we were able to push tracks all the way to the parkinglot. we left saturday morning with 5 other ppl staying at steel. and at least 3 other groups goin up!
good luck and happy hiking!

Posted by: scott

15 Youth to Overnight Bachelor Cabin Apr 4-515 Youth to Overnight Bachelor Cabin Apr 4-5
Current Conditions Sunday, March 29, 2009

I will be taking 15 army cadets and adults to Bachelor this weekend so it might not be the best spot for a quiet weekend away from the kids.

Posted by: Jeff

Last week for groomed trailsLast week for groomed trails
Current Conditions Monday, March 30, 2009

The Dakota ski trails will be groomed this wednesday and thursday for the last time this season. Come out and enjoy it!
Don't forget to pay your trail fee!

See you there

Posted by: Michel

Great Day SkiingGreat Day Skiing
Current Conditions Monday, March 30, 2009

My friend and I had a great time at the Ridge today. Freshly groomed trails. Snowing, but that half inch of new was just perfect to give some grip when we went off trail. Snow hard underneath the new. Only thing missing was the view.

Posted by: Rec Skier

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