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Great chain up Video only takes around 1 min a wheeelGreat chain up Video only takes around 1 min a wheeel
Monday, December 01, 2014

If you are going up to Dakota Ridge or the Tet you should have chains these Diamond Back chains are easy to put on with out having to move the car. They give great traction and stay tight. They are a great investment and if you use them could save many hours stuck in the ditch.

Posted by: Cavin

Tetrahedron ConditionsTetrahedron Conditions
Current Conditions Thursday, December 04, 2014

The road has only a dusting of snow. The ditches will stop lower clearance vehicles above the lower parking lot, but traction is fine all the way to the upper parking lot. The trails have thin snow cover, with occasional exposed and covered ice. About .5km beyond Edwards Lake cabin, snow is deeper and becomes continuous. There's a packed trail, with very little ice on the final ridge. Nothing to ski on, snowshoes aren't really needed. Mirospikes are useful. The lakes are frozen but not to be trusted unless you determine the ice thickness first. Many thanks to all those who put some much resources into maintaining this area.

Posted by: Steve Grant

Warming  in the hills rain rain and moreWarming in the hills rain rain and more
Current Conditions Friday, December 05, 2014

+4'c and rain on Cypress and grouse so out mtns will be the same looks like the way it will be for the best week or more Freezing levels are way up 2000mts or so. Lakes in the Tet will not be safe to cross. Expect wet conditions in the mtns. Stay safe

Posted by: Doug

Colder temps in mtns comingColder temps in mtns coming
Current Conditions Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fresh snow up at 5000ft level Should be colder temps and chance of snow in the hills soon. the webcam at Black tusk shows fresh snow

Posted by: Cavin

Do the snow dance  we need snow up topDo the snow dance we need snow up top
Current Conditions Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cypress mtn workers did there get rid of Pineapple dance, they kicked and abused pineapples and even driving over some pineapples with a snowcat hoping to get rid of warm weather up the hill. Take care have safe and fun hikes.

Posted by: Cavin aka Snowman

Video getting rid of Pineapples on CypressVideo getting rid of Pineapples on Cypress
Current Conditions Sunday, December 14, 2014

I did a search and found it check out this Youtube video great way to chase away warm weather and get snow to come back

Posted by: Doug

Tetrahedron Park gateTetrahedron Park gate
Alert / Warning Thursday, December 18, 2014

Please note: The gate at the lower parking area for access to Tetrahedron Park has been closed for the winter season.

A 3cm of snow at the upper parking lot. Let's hope for more to come soon.

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Posted by: BC Parks

Dakota only 3 inches compact snowDakota only 3 inches compact snow
Alert / Warning Monday, December 22, 2014

Heard if you climb above warm up hut go up the shoot for abit it gets to 8inches compact snow was +2' daytime lets hope for some colder and snowier weather.

Posted by: George H

Group of 20 somethingGroup of 20 something's at Steele on New Years Eve
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hi all, just letting you know that a seizable group is going to be snow shoeing up to Steele on Dec 31 and spending the night. We're very friendly, but there are a lot of us.

Posted by: Max

6 more on New Years at Batchelor or Edwards6 more on New Years at Batchelor or Edwards
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Just a note that a group of 6 (which bite, but not hard) are likely arriving late afternoon on 31st and vacating with hangovers and good tales on the 1st.

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Posted by: patrick nolan

Dakota Ridge pics from dec 22ndDakota Ridge pics from dec 22nd
Current Conditions Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Only 3-4 inches compact snow at Dakota warm up hut around 8 inches compact farther up the shoot lots of wet spots.

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Posted by: Cavin

Alpha adventures just posted new pics from todayAlpha adventures just posted new pics from today
Current Conditions Thursday, December 25, 2014

Some pics from today from Dakota posted on Alphas facebook page trees look like they are loaded with snow. I tried to get up today but got a rock through my tire. Many sharp rocks around 8kms or so. Make sure you have a spare tire and know how to change it BCAA will not go up there to change it. Lets hope for more fresh snow as colder weather moving in. Do the snow dance.

Posted by: Cavin

Group at Edwards Dec. 27 2014Group at Edwards Dec. 27 2014
Current Conditions Friday, December 26, 2014


Group of six staying at Edwards Cabin Saturday night (Dec. 27 2014)

Posted by: BG

4 More at Steele on New Yrs.4 More at Steele on New Yrs.
Current Conditions Saturday, December 27, 2014

Group of 4- two adults two teens 29th - first.

Posted by: Ron

Lots more snowLots more snow
Current Conditions Saturday, December 27, 2014

There was 8 inches of fresh snow on top of a good solid base at the quanset hut on Dakota Ridge this morning.
The trails are still not groomed and you can only drive to the upper gate, however the backcountry skiing and snowshoeing is wonderful. The road is not ploughed but passable. You will need chains to get down.
There are no trail hosts and the quanset hut is still locked, so make sure you have chains and a shovel and food and water. Enjoy.

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Avalanche ConditionsAvalanche Conditions
Alert / Warning Saturday, December 27, 2014

With today's new dump of heavy, wet, snow, on top of a layer of lighter layer, on top of a hard crust, there have been many natural and man-triggered slides. Mostly observed in the Chapman Basin and Mt. Steele areas. Persons intending to go out over the next few days should be aware that the snow pack is very unstable in these areas. An avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, and an extensive knowledge of this terrain, are absolute 'musts'. Travel is not recommended past the Edwards lake cabin, over the next few days, or until the layers bond better.

Posted by: Sam

Cabin UpdateCabin Update
Alert / Warning Saturday, December 27, 2014

Please note that the cabins in the Tetrahedron Park are designed to accommodate 12 persons. There are currently 14 people staying at Mt. Steele cabin tonight, with plans of staying until New Years, unless avalanche conditions continue to degrade. And 4 at Edwards. It is very difficult and uncomfortable for everyone, to be stuffing 20 or more people in these cabins. And a notice that there will be Cabin and Park Stewards collecting cabin fees over the holiday season and through the rest of winter. Please have payment ready. Thanks and happy trails.

Posted by: Sam

Dakota ridge road very slippery above bridgeDakota ridge road very slippery above bridge
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 28, 2014

We got held up for 45 mins waiting for 2 spun out 4x4s to get off the hill. Since road is not plowed people are driving in same ruts and spinning tires make ice. Be safe use 1 set chains on front wheels carry a tow strap you might have to pull someone out of your way. Saw large pick ups flying up the road spinning tires all way up. Tow tucks might not come up there to pull you out and if they do it can cost $500 or more NO BCAA caverage up there.

But Great skiing 8 inches fresh powder on top of ft or more compact.

Posted by: George H

Please post some info after your trip to TetPlease post some info after your trip to Tet
Alert / Warning Sunday, December 28, 2014

This place was set up for trip report info many people post there intent of staying at a certain cabin but never post any trail,road or snow conditions after there trip. Maybe someone would post how the trails are and how much snow at cabins etc. How is the road what are the temps like are the lakes froze or not.
do not take anyones word check ice thickness yourself but nice to have some general info.

Posted by: George H

Edwards hut confirmed NYE - for 4 to 6 peopleEdwards hut confirmed NYE - for 4 to 6 people
Alert / Warning Monday, December 29, 2014

Follow up on earlier post from Dec.23 there will be 4 (likely) - possibly up to 6 people at Edwards on new years eve. We will have NYE festivities, so please expect a bit of noise until past midnight at the very least.
Join us for a polar dip the next day to remove all the sins of the year past :)

posted by: Patrick

Posted by: patrick nolan

Dakota ridge open dec 30thDakota ridge open dec 30th
Alert / Warning Monday, December 29, 2014

Some trails will be packed but not track set gate and Hut should be open they everyone should chain up as road is very icey. Have fun check on Dakotas facebook page for more info

Posted by: george H

Ski Dakota 29th Dec 2014Ski Dakota 29th Dec 2014
Current Conditions Monday, December 29, 2014

Had a great ski today. Lots of snow and grooming was well underway today. I think it will be open officially tomorrow.

Posted by: Michael Klein

Ski Dakota 29th Dec 2014Ski Dakota 29th Dec 2014
Current Conditions Monday, December 29, 2014

Today's Photo Dec 29th 2014

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Posted by: Michael Klein

Dogs on the trails--lets find a wayDogs on the trails--lets find a way
Current Conditions Monday, December 29, 2014

Wish there was a time once or twice during the week when we could bring our dogs. I am willing to pay for the privilege
The designated area for dogs is insufficient. If one is snow shoeing it is impossible not to cross some X country trails. If one is skiing on snow shoe trails as I am forced to do, it is also impossible not to cross ski trails. I clean up after my dog. Our dog Luna is an enthusiastic golden doodle who is excited on arrival but settles down when we get on the trails (her favorite activity). I accept that some skiers donot want dogs on the trail but there must be a compromise that can be arrived at as I know that so many coasters have dogs that they would like to bring. Suggest times just before a grooming, are late in the day. Suggestions welcome

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Posted by: Michael Klein

Great day at Dakota RidgeGreat day at Dakota Ridge
Current Conditions Monday, December 29, 2014

We enjoyed our first snowshoeing trip to Dakota Ridge.

A crew of volunteers were working to get the area ready and as it was our first trip, they answered all of out many questions. Thanks!

Road was a bit icy for the last few kilometers and the chains came in handy on the way down

Posted by: R & B

4 more at Edwards Cabin on NYE4 more at Edwards Cabin on NYE
Alert / Warning Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Just a note that a group of 4 of us will be spending NYE at Edwards cabin as well.

Posted by: Kate

2 Nights at Edwards2 Nights at Edwards
Current Conditions Tuesday, December 30, 2014

8 of us ( 2 families ) spent the Dec 27/28 at Edwards.

Road had a fresh layer of snow up top ( ~6' ) on the morning of the 27th and fresh tracks into Edwards. 7 people on snowshoes and one on skis/skins.

4 people already at the cabin with multiple groups arriving that day. Ended up with 18 sleeping in the cabin and 2 tents, something like 24 in total.

Hit Steel in the am for a day trip, nice conditions for either Skins or snowshoes with lots of fresh up top and no tracks on the peak. Cabin empty.

28th - Our group + 2 others for the night ( 2 left for Steel in the am )

29th - Trail was well packed in and no need for snowshoes or skins.

Lots of groups heading in the afternoon of the 29th with eye's on Steel.

Didn't attempt the lake routes ( no tracks ).

Road out was clear, but slick!


Posted by: Ian

Many Thanks Ian for the great reportMany Thanks Ian for the great report
Current Conditions Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It makes it easier for people to plan when there are fresh reports as to road, trail and cabins etc. Be nice to know snow depths at cabins and other spots around. Happy New years to all stay safe have fun.

Posted by: Cavin

Tet road very slipery thanks to kids slidding on the hillTet road very slipery thanks to kids slidding on the hill
Alert / Warning Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I can not think how people let there kids risk there lives slidding down a road like the Tet you never know when someone might come flying down the hill and run over your kids. Who would be at fault if there kids died. Then the face using crazy carpets etc makes the road so slipery it is hard to go up and down. Only around 4-6 inches at the parking lot. Only 6 vehicles parked up there so do not know how 30 people are going to be up there tonight.

Happy New year have a safe one hope some pics get posted of the parties in the cabins.. let us know how the trails and cabins are etc. Looking forward to good snow year do the snow dance at Midnight.

Posted by: George H

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