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Scout group Nov 6 & 7Scout group Nov 6 & 7
Alert / Warning Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A group of Gibsons Venturers (senior Scouts)will be up at Mount Steele this weekend.

Posted by: Scouter Karen

Snow coming to higher levelsSnow coming to higher levels
Alert / Warning Saturday, November 06, 2010

Colder temps could see overnight snowfalls at higher levels. Be prepared for changing conditions. If you have been up to Tet or Dakota Please post some info.

Posted by: Snow Man

Many Thanks to scout group posting they are at Mt SteeleMany Thanks to scout group posting they are at Mt Steele
Alert / Warning Saturday, November 06, 2010

It is great when a large group can post info that they will be using a cabin in the Tet. Hope the Scouts can post some info on how trails and cabin and snow levels are.
The SCRD has updated there website for Dakota Ridge it has a 360 degree view from last winter NOT LIVE.

Best Of Banf Fest on Nov 19th great short films by some great outdoors people. Check site for where to get tickets etc. If you do not go it will not snow.

Posted by: Snow Man

Last year we had some good snow up topLast year we had some good snow up top
Alert / Warning Monday, November 08, 2010

If you go to bottom of outdoor reports you can read and see pics from last year and years before. Nov 7th last year there was 3 inches at Tet parking lot and 2-3 ft up top. If you have been up please post a report and some pics.

The Archived reports are a good record of past winters conditions

Posted by: Snow Man

Fresh Snow on ElphieFresh Snow on Elphie
Current Conditions Tuesday, November 09, 2010

appears snow level is down around 2000 ft or so. Not much snow but it is a start.
If you have been up and have any news please share it.

Posted by: Snow Man

Scout group Nov 6 & 7Scout group Nov 6 & 7
Current Conditions Tuesday, November 09, 2010

We had a great trip into the Tet. The road to the lower lot is in great shape and the road to the upper lot is the same as usual :-) We had a dry but overcast day for our hike up. We ended up staying at Edwards Lake Cabin as one of our group wasn't feeling well. (Just as well as a group of 4 yahoos stopped on their way up to Steele). It rained and hailed overnight. The roof has several leaks. Cabin was nice and clean. There was a skif of snow on the ground but we could see snow just up the hill from us. We had a beautiful clear day for our hike down.

Posted by: Scouter Karen

Tet roadTet road
Current Conditions Sunday, November 14, 2010

road bare and clear to lower parking lot and about 4' gloppy wet snow on road to upper parking area. almost time to close the gate and get the pallets in the cross ditches. took backcountry skis but left them in the truck and hiked into Batchelor cabin via ridge route then out north slope to upper road route. almost a foot of snow on slope north of cabin which made for interesting hiking but still wasn't enough to ski with many bare patches and rocks showing. cabin itself clean and tidy and noone had been up since Nov 11.
so when is this La Nina supposed to get here? let's get some snow!

Posted by: landcruiser

Dakota RoadDakota Road
Current Conditions Sunday, November 14, 2010

There is around 4 inches at 4 corners and 6' at gate Looks like there must have been 1 foot of snow up there last week. Watch for Potholes and Water bars. USE HEADLIGHTS as road is Narrow and headlights will make your vehicle seen sooner.

Posted by: Snow Man

Tet access - Gray CreekTet access - Gray Creek
Current Conditions Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Gray creek road is in good shape, with wet snow starting at about one km above the bridge. There are 4 inches of snow at the winter lot and 7 inches of snow at the summer trailhead. Pallets have been placed in the cross ditches and the gate is now locked at the winter trailhead. New signs and maps are being installed on the 6x6 signposts along the trail network - thanks to BC Parks staff for taking on this project and improving the signage.

Posted by: reynold

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Friday, November 19, 2010

Should have 1-2 ft of snow up there now. Maybe over 1 ft of snow on road from lot B up. If you are going up be prepared as road will not be plowed yet. 4x4 snow tires and Chains.
If you have been up please post info on road and snow conditions.

Posted by: Snow Man

Todays Road and Snow: Nov19 2010Todays Road and Snow: Nov19 2010
Current Conditions Friday, November 19, 2010

Lots of fresh snow. Road was driveable with 4x4 to the gate
then it was Snowshoe time. Was up there 2 days ago with not much snow, today it was a very different place !

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Posted by: JF

Tet Road in Good shapeTet Road in Good shape
Current Conditions Saturday, November 20, 2010

-5'c at parking lot this morning only 6 inches snow there. Snow does start to stick to road halfway up Suicide hill. Started to snow heavy when I was coming down. Take you own TP as there is none at the outhouses.

Posted by: Snow Man

Just heard 31 inches snow at DakotaJust heard 31 inches snow at Dakota
Current Conditions Saturday, November 20, 2010

31 inches as of yesterday probally another foot or so heard Dakota to Open Dec 4th but lots of great snow to snow shoe or rough it.

Posted by: george H

31 cms not inches31 cms not inches
Current Conditions Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sounds like there might have been mix up metric to english. Glad we are not measuring fuel in a airplane.
If anyone has been up please post fresh info.
Dakota ridge: gate was at 14', four corners 9' parking lot b, 4'

Posted by: Snow Man

Current Conditions Sunday, November 21, 2010

For measurement purposes ' =feet or minutes, ' =inches or seconds. Lets keep it simple, we live in Canada, metric system works. All Canadian ski resorts use cm.

Posted by: Angel

Dakota Ridge- Nov. 21Dakota Ridge- Nov. 21
Current Conditions Sunday, November 21, 2010

40 cm of snow at the Hut- great conditions for late November! Lots of people up snowshoeing or sledding. Hut is locked still. Road above Lot B is not easy - 4X4 / chains recommended. As the day warmed up- road all the way down to lot A / KM 6 was VERY slick. Use caution. Remember, drive slow on this road- at many sections there is only room for one vehicle.
More snow coming this week!

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Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Current Conditions Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Official opening of Dakota Ridge slated for Dec 10th, 2010. Based on snow conditions a early opening may happen for the weekend of Dec 4, 2010.

Posted by: Snow Man

dakota snowmobilingdakota snowmobiling
Current Conditions Tuesday, November 23, 2010

went sledding up dakota today. unloaded at 4 corners 1.5km from gate the road was not to bad shape a little icy. we made it halfway to the end of the a spot we call big meadow. there was a 30cm base with 70cm of powder. most of the creeks are still open and the ponds are not safe to ride or walk on. let it snow

Posted by: snowtracker

Dakota snowDakota snow
Current Conditions Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Three of us went up snowshoeing.Road in good shape. A little icy on 6 km hill. drove to the gate. -9 at the hut. light snow falling with 8 inches powder. Good base of 12 inches plus. quanset and outhouse still locked. :-(. Trails were good for traversing. Too bad no grooming. a lovely mid-week outing.

Posted by: John

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No need for groomer just follow Roger and Frank they make good tracks. From all weather reports heavy snow should start falling tonight with large amounts for next 5 days. Be prepared get your chains and shovels ready. 2 minutes to put chains on can save you hours stuck in ditch. Use headlights while driving the Dakota or Tet Roads.
There can be large amounts of traffic do not stop on travelled portion of road.
Please do not let your kids tobogan down the road. Have a safe winter season.
Watch for Plows.

Posted by: Snow Man

got stuck up Dakotagot stuck up Dakota
Current Conditions Friday, November 26, 2010

Dummy me I should have put the chains on no fun slidding sideways. Then end up in ditch sorry if I scared anyone took 6 hours to get my buddy to come winch me out.

Posted by: fred

Fall 2010 First day of SkiingFall 2010 First day of Skiing
Current Conditions Friday, November 26, 2010

skiied both west and east runs, not groomed, watch out for pallets at bottom of the creeks but otherwise a stunning ski, couple of feet of powder, fun, fun, fun!

Posted by: Tessa Carter

TeT Road plowedTeT Road plowed
Current Conditions Saturday, November 27, 2010

1 ft of snow was on road near top. Advise you use chains as still compact and ice. Lost a big coil spring off the plow about 18 inches long 4 inches diameter Yellow or Orange in color. If you find it please post call 741-4152

A very large group is at Steele

Posted by: Snow Man

Current Conditions Sunday, November 28, 2010

great day up the ridge but you do need chains as the road is icy. thumbs down to the people that left the subway wraps
at the gate. so not cool, clean up after yourself!

Posted by: gael

Current Conditions Sunday, November 28, 2010

Caven has done a great job of the road up to parking lot. went into Batchelor lake cabin, still rocks under the skiis, cabin was used by teenagers on weekend and left a bit dirty. Snow good, but blueberries showing.

Posted by: tessajean

Current Conditions Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kudos to the ploughman who enables us to enjoy the Tetrahedron backcountry without hiking too far up the road first.

Beautiful day at Edwards although the lake is still too soft to cross.

Lots of new snow although a little heavy and wet yet.

Keep up the good work Cavin - and please post your schedule hereif possible so those of us going up mid-week can check it.

Posted by: landcruiser

Current Conditions Sunday, November 28, 2010


Posted by: landcruiser

dakota backcountrydakota backcountry
Current Conditions Monday, November 29, 2010

went snowmobiling up dakota on sun. there is a trail all the way to the backend. there is about 4ft of snow lots of sledders out for there first ride to early for same. there is still lots of open water out there. the road from lot b to gate is icy chains are a must. let it snow

Posted by: snowrracker

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