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Dakota Ridge roadDakota Ridge road
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 01, 2013

Only 4x4 or all wheel drive vehicles should use the Dakota road in winter. Conditions change fast and even though the road is plowed it can be very icey. Using chains will make your drive up and down much safer. Cable chains are not much help on steep mountain roads. Alpine Chains are the best and very fast and easy to install. 1 set on front drive wheels will give you steering and good braking.
It only takes 1 car to block the road for many others. The road is not Sanded and traction often very poor. PLEASE USE CHAINS and slow down when you see oncoming traffic. Road is often to narrow for 2 cars to pass safely at 30kmph.

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Posted by: Cavin

Snowman is not plowing the Tet road this seasonSnowman is not plowing the Tet road this season
Alert / Warning Thursday, December 05, 2013

So be prepared with 4x4 and chains etc. Maybe this will slow some drivers down and respect the road.

Posted by: Snowman

That sucks that he wont be ploughing  the Tet roadThat sucks that he wont be ploughing the Tet road
Alert / Warning Friday, December 06, 2013

Are there plans to have any else plow or are we going to have to rough it. It has been great having it ploughed for so many years. It was nice having it ploughed everytime we went up. Who pays to plough the road do they put it up for Bids like Dakota road. All the best to him he pulled me out several times and showed me how to put on my chains proplerly. We will miss the Snow Eater. Hope the next guy is as good.

Posted by: george H

Dakota RidgeDakota Ridge
Current Conditions Saturday, December 07, 2013

There is only a trace of snow up there as it has been cold and dry, The road has many rough spots and water bars above lot A. or around 8 km and up. Watch for Logging trucks as the road is narrow in spots and Logging trucks need the whole road. Gate is locked and not enough snow to play yet. Have fun and do the Snow dance.

Posted by: Cavin

Back road travelBack road travel
Current Conditions Sunday, December 08, 2013

Please slow down when seeing oncoming traffic. It is much safer to
Slow down when coming near oncoming traffic. The roAds to Dakota
And the Tet are not wide enough to pass at faster then 10kms or so.
There is no sense in driving fast then getting stuck in the ditch. Use chain
When road coverd in snow as these roads are NOT Sanded. Have a safe
Winter on the back roads.

Posted by: Fred j

Could be Big snowfall in the mtns next few daysCould be Big snowfall in the mtns next few days
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 08, 2013

Weather pattern change bring warmer moist weather Snowfall could be large in the hills be prepared. Next few days snowfall down here changing to rain wed or so but all that rain for rest of week will be snow up high . Possible 5 days of snowfall up high. Keep doing the Snow dance. Get them Snow tires and chains ready. Always good to have a shovel and a tow rope in your 4x4 when going up the mtns.

Posted by: Cavin

Fast driver on grey creek almost ran over meFast driver on grey creek almost ran over me
Alert / Warning Monday, December 09, 2013

I was up walking my dog up by the Y and a very fast driving fool in a blue
Pick up truck went sliding sideways when he hit the brakes when he saw me. Please slow down on the grey creek road many of us walk our dogs up there and we are tired of fast vehicles scaring us to death. Slow down it is not a freeway.

Posted by: Doug

No titleNo title
Alert / Warning Monday, December 09, 2013

I am aware of a current pattern in reports on this page. I do not own a dog. I do belong to the TOC and am both a cabin steward and a park steward. ask around. Doug House.

Posted by: Doug House

Still no new snow at Tet lotStill no new snow at Tet lot
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Only 1-2 inches at the winter lot. Cold and dry up there still Some guys were up around 3 weeks ago and said they could ski from summer lot to Victors landing. Have fun

Posted by: Cavin

5 1/2 inches fresh snow at tet lot5 1/2 inches fresh snow at tet lot
Current Conditions Friday, December 13, 2013

4 pm yesterday there was 5 1/2 fresh snow at Tet parking lot Should be some more since then so lets hope there is lots more up top.

Posted by: Cavin

Road to Dakota is a messRoad to Dakota is a mess
Current Conditions Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lots of soft muddy spots that broke through when frost was coming out. Only around 2 inches of wet slush snow from Gate up Not worth wrecking skis or sleds rocks showing through. It could be 2 -3 weeks before conditions up there are good for skiing. It was warm and raining up there today. Lets hope for good dumps of snow for xmas.

Posted by: Cavin

Tips for driving back roads in winterTips for driving back roads in winter
Current Conditions Monday, December 16, 2013

Yes CHAINS are best 1 set of chains on front drive wheels will give you steering and Braking. Use low gears and speed. When seeing oncoming traffic SLOW down and pass slowly. Roads are not wide enough to pass at driving speeds. And shoulders often get very soft in winter months and will give out.
It is often nice to stop and chat with other drivers to let them know how the road is or they can let you know. Watch for People walking there dogs or Bike riding etc. Some roads might have horse back riders. Do not think you are the only one on the road share it .

ONLY 4X4 OR ALL WHEEL DRIVES should go on snow covered back roads and USE CHAINS

Posted by: Cavin

Tet snow , rainy snowTet snow , rainy snow
Current Conditions Friday, December 20, 2013

As of Friday Dec 20 the road is passable to km 18 in a decent 4x4 . Some of the best climbing ice I have seen in years is on the back of Rainy mt. There is about 8 inches at the lake 7 dam. 2-3 feet of snow at the top of Rainy mountain , depth varies because of wind blow, would be real tough to ski. Pretty sweet out there this year.
Trees are breaking with the wind and snow load, a bit of caution would be a good idea.


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Posted by: Bruce Mitchell

Dakota Road  People driving way to fastDakota Road People driving way to fast
Current Conditions Friday, December 20, 2013

We tried to go uo today and almost ran over teenagers slidding down the road around 3km up. Then just a little way up road was blocked by big Digger working on the road. Road is very icey

Posted by: George H

Tet road  6 inches snow on it -5Tet road 6 inches snow on it -5'c at lot
Current Conditions Friday, December 20, 2013

Please use chains and spread your tracks out to keep road open longer. Please do not let kids slide down any part of the Road. Stay safe

Posted by: Cavin

Chains a must on roads to Dakota and TetChains a must on roads to Dakota and Tet
Alert / Warning Friday, December 20, 2013

I hate putting chains on as much as anyone. On a mid week day I was going up to Dakota to help groom trails. When I was coming down with studded winter tires 4x4 and a snow mobile in the back as weight I ended up in the Ditch. I was coming down the road in 8 inches of fresh snow down a small hill when I saw a Van stopped in the middle of the road. When I tried to slow down my wheels locked up so I had to try to go around him and I ended up in the ditch. If I had not been so lazy and put 1 set of chains on I could have stopped. You can not know what others are going to do on that road. You have to be able to stop and be able to go up a hill from a dead stop.
The only 1 to blame was me even with the van driver stopped in the middle of the road I was stupid not to use chains. Here is a pic of my truck almost flipped it in the ditch at 7km where the big culvert goes under the road.
Please use chains..

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Posted by: Cavin

Dakota Ridge Opens Dec 24Dakota Ridge Opens Dec 24
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dakota Ridge will open Dec 24.

Sechelt and Squamish mains (trails) will be open for skiing...
For now snowshoeing can be done on any of the cross country trails which are not yet open. When we get a meter of snow then we’ll open the snowshoe trails.
Sledding will be open too.
And, of course, your beautifully remodeled Chalet (Warming Hut) will be open, with a warm cozy fire going inside.
Road is very icy - please use 4x4 and be prepared with chains.

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Dakota Road iceyDakota Road icey
Alert / Warning Wednesday, December 25, 2013

On way down from Dakota I had to pull out someone who got stuck because they did not put chains on and could not stop. Glad I put chains on and had a tow rope or we would still be up there as he blocked the road.

Drive safe

Posted by: frank J

Dakota Ridge- Dec 25Dakota Ridge- Dec 25
Current Conditions Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dakota Ridge Report- Christmas Day- 1230 pm. 0c at parking lot. Trace of new snow overnight. Snow stayed on the tree branches. Sleet falling on the higher areas.

Road above lot B is snow covered and would be slick with below freezing temps. Use chains

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Posted by: Alpha Adventures

Check out the archived reports from years pastCheck out the archived reports from years past
Current Conditions Friday, December 27, 2013

If you go to the bottom of the page you can see old reports from as far back as 2006. Gives you some idea of what things are normally like this time of year.

Dakota and Tet are both needing lots more snow and colder temps. Do the snow dance.

Posted by: Cavin

SCRD  Has just CLOSED Dakota ridge due to weatherSCRD Has just CLOSED Dakota ridge due to weather
Alert / Warning Friday, December 27, 2013

Poor weather and Snow conditions at Dakota so SCRD has closed Dakota Ridge till further notice.. Rain fell on top of snow and made things iced up etc.

Do the snow dance hope for colder and snowy days up there. If you come down from the Coquilhala bring some snow back here.

Posted by: Cavin

heading up the tetheading up the tet
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 29, 2013

4 of us are heading up to Bachelor cabin on Monday Dec. 30. Will post conditions when we come out on the 31rst.

Posted by: Sara

Please post info if you have been in the TetPlease post info if you have been in the Tet
Alert / Warning Monday, December 30, 2013

This year a plow will only be called in when needed so if there is no info on snow and road conditions it may affect the road etc. Things like snow depth and new snow temps etc all help people plan trips etc. Things like chaining up and spreading out your tracks will help keep the road open longer. Have fun enjoy the outdoors. do the snow dance

Posted by: Cavin

Bachelor/Tet RoadBachelor/Tet Road
Current Conditions Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We just came down from a great night at Bachelor cabin. The road up to the Tet is bare until just a few km before the parking lot when it ices up. The parking lot is a skating rink.
The trail to Bachelor is packed snow with extremely icy sections. Snow shoes wouldn't help, but those ice clamps that will snap on to your boots would!
Met some folks heading up to Edwards.
Happy New Year all!

Posted by: sara

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