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Dakota Ridge Friday April 1/11Dakota Ridge Friday April 1/11
Current Conditions Friday, April 01, 2011

Three of us skied this morning. Arrived at 9:30 to falling snow and absolutely great conditions. No one else was skiing! Plus 2 degrees when we left at 11:30.
Groomers were grooming and the road is still OK. Just go slow on the upper road as there are some muddy, rutty areas from the warmer day that we have had recently.

Get in your last weekend on track skiing!!

Posted by: Peg

Dakota Ridge Facebook saysDakota Ridge Facebook says
Current Conditions Friday, April 01, 2011

'Temp -1, 2 cm of new snow- at 10km snow begins on road- road is good condition.'

Posted by: Alpha

Current Conditions Sunday, April 03, 2011

Went into tet for five nights ending april 2. Great trip. Extra huge thank you to all the volunteers that make it all happen. If we want to volunteer for firewood or maintainance are the dates posted on website? Road in great shape. Made it to ten km in a honda fit. If you do the last stretch spread out your tracks as it is thawing into two big ruts.Started at bachelor. Quite a mess but cleaned up and packed out a bag of garabge. On to Edwards. Better shape. Dug out outhouse/windows a bit more and took out more garbage. Got a report from a mom and daughter that had been to Steele so headed up. Treated to great views and what a gem of a cabin. So cozy. Continued on previous work to dig out frount of cabin and outhouse. Outhouse completely buried! Watch the last step is a doosy. If the door doesn't open it is probably frozen. Edwards needs an indoor broom and steele could use a dust pan. Warm/rainy at start of week but frooze up towards the end. Snowed 5cm on april 1 everywhere above bachelor on a frozen crust. Nice coming down from steele but closer to edwards crust was breakable and ruts frozen. Lake crossings still good.

Posted by: simon and heather

Great report from Simon and heatherGreat report from Simon and heather
Current Conditions Sunday, April 03, 2011

Wish more people could post a report after coming down from the Tet. It would be nice if everyone packed there own garbage out instead of leaving it for a few others to deal with. Please respect the cabins.

Posted by: Snow Man

road closedroad closed
Current Conditions Monday, April 04, 2011

As of today Dakota Ridge is officially closed. The road will no longer be ploughed and the groomer will be put to rest. The road is currently thawing and requires a break so its been blocked at 11 kms (at the bridge). To walk in will be approx 2.5 kms.

The SCRD Parks Dept. would like to thank all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers and users.

Thank You All for such a great season!

Posted by: michel

Disappointed that they closed the roadDisappointed that they closed the road
Current Conditions Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Was hoping to go play in the snow this weekend :( and i'm not going to hike the tobogan and my skies all the way up a ploughed gravel road. It was different when it was snow covered and you could ski up and down but to plow it and then block it off just seems silly in my opinion!

Posted by: Gordy

Dakota roadDakota road
Current Conditions Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The road has not been plowed and with all this snow coming down you will probably be skiing in 2 feet of new snow.
The road to the tet is still open, try it there!
Enjoy this wintery spring!

Posted by: Michel

great conditions in the tetgreat conditions in the tet
Current Conditions Thursday, April 07, 2011

Excellent snow conditions in the tet. Lot's of fresh snow and sunshine. The road has a lot of snow on it for the last km. or so but it's driveable with 4wd.

Posted by: DS

Mt Steele-saturday night 6 peopleMt Steele-saturday night 6 people
Current Conditions Friday, April 08, 2011

Just an FYI: 6 of us will be at the cabin Saturday, 9th of April.

Posted by: michael

Seeking updates on Tetrahedron access roadSeeking updates on Tetrahedron access road
Current Conditions Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hi there,
Myself and 4 friends were planning to ski into Edwards cabin on Friday night (then head to Steele for Sat night), does anyone have any information about the condition of the access road to the trailhead.

I hear the 'snowman' plowed it maybe Wednesday...but that there is still a fair bit of snow up there, AND it snowed last night I'm guessing.

Just want to know if we can expect to encounter a plowed road on Friday evening, or if maybe it would be a better plan to ski in on Sat (would the road by plowed by then).

I'm assuming 4WD is necessary and some chains helpful.
Any info would be appreciated.


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Posted by: Jenn B.

Tet Road accessTet Road access
Current Conditions Thursday, April 14, 2011

I would have thought some of the people that were up at the Tet last weekend would have posted a report on trail and road conditions. The snow level was just around the parking lot 2 weeks ago. Warm temps in day melting the compact snow and making road soft. Hopefully people have taken the Snowmans advise and spread there tracks out to pack down the road. If they all followed the same ruts the road maybe a mess.
I guess with no reports Snowman may not go up thinking the road is clear. I heard him say he can not plow the road when it gets to warm and soft. As the plow digs in and could wreck the road. I saw 10 cars up there and only 1 set of well worn Rut tracks in the road.
Lets hope someone will post some recent info on the Tet road. And the RD does not Block it off as they did Dakota ridge road.

Posted by: Henry J

Attn Jenn BAttn Jenn B
Current Conditions Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yeah, Jenn, 4wd and chains are the way to go. Even if the road has been plowed. Reason? Slushy conditions, don't allow you to spread tracks out,once you get in the rut. I have been consistently thwarted in getting into lakes for early April thru May fishing because of a mere 4-6 inches of gloop. That is because of the wide range of temps and precip.It snowed in Gibsons today. Right now it is +5 in Sechelt.Looking up the Gray Creek road from my front window,it looks socked in low but with sunny spots. Good Luck,Doug House Tet Outdoor club member.

Posted by: doug house

Tet Road  Has deep ruts last 1 kmTet Road Has deep ruts last 1 km
Current Conditions Friday, April 15, 2011

Made it up in all wheel drive van with chains snow gets deep and rutted about 1 km from lot. Tried to spread out tracks to pack road down but the crap is frozen and crusty. Great spring conditions -3'c at lot 10am highs of 12'c Take shovels in case you have to dig a parking spot. Saw 2 4x4s heading up so i hope they can post trail conditions. If you can not make it all way to lot please park well off the road some wide spots 1 km before lot. Chains make a big differance. Have fun post reports.

Watch for the cross ditches and water bars Road may get soft in afternoon. Just a trace of snow at 400. Snow starts to stay on road just at Rock Quary. Seems to be only 4-5 inches new snow at parking lot in last day or so.

Posted by: Snow Man

Hoping to Plow Tet Sat MorningHoping to Plow Tet Sat Morning
Current Conditions Friday, April 15, 2011

So watch out for the Snowman, Please post any info if you have been up for the day or overnight. Should be large amounts of snow above 3000ft and up.

Posted by: Snow Man

Edwards cabin on Sun. night  17 aprilEdwards cabin on Sun. night 17 april
Current Conditions Friday, April 15, 2011

We are hoping to go up to Edwards cabin on sun. (17th). There are four of us. Anybody know if the cabin is available that night? Is the road OK for a 4wd - and would chains be advisable?


Posted by: Jon

great conditions in the tetgreat conditions in the tet
Current Conditions Friday, April 15, 2011

Lots of fresh snow and sunshine again today. Road still has lots of snow on it for the last km. or so with deep ruts but is driveable with 4wd. Take a shovel for sure as turning around in the parking lot is tough.

Posted by: ds

Tet RoadTet Road
Current Conditions Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just got back from plowing the road removed the ruts was snowing at parking lot still some compact slush sections. Please spread your tracks out to pack road down and prevent ruts. Only 1 4x4 at parking lot. Should be tons of new snow up top.

Please post conditions after you come down.

Posted by: Snowman

Is the Tet closed tooIs the Tet closed too
Current Conditions Sunday, April 24, 2011

Whats happening is the Tet open or not. Can we still get to cabins or is it shut down. Hows the road

Posted by: George H

Tet road is openTet road is open
Current Conditions Thursday, April 28, 2011

It is only the road to Dakota Ridge that is blocked off at the bridge. So if you have any reports from the Tet please post info.

Posted by: Snow Man

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