December 22nd, 2016

Conditions Report: Coast Dec 22, 2016

I like big dumps and I can not lie!!!

This conditions report is brought to you by unicorns and butterflies! It’s what dreams are made of. It snowed about 50cm in the last 3 days and looks like it’s going to continue to snow another 20cm in the next couple days. Then guess what? SUNSHINE!! This weekend is going to be an EPIC weekend to get high in the alpine seeing as no one has really been able to get up there with all the low visibility the past little while. Freezing levels will be rising a bit to about 600m in the next couple days. 


Conditions Coast


The snowline has reached the valley floor and I would say its safe to say that trailers won’t have any issues parking in parking lots now that we don’t have to drive up the logging roads to park!

As far as the snowpack goes, all this new snow is sitting on top of wind affected snow, faceted snow and in some areas it’s sitting on a hoar frost layer (not stable layers to be sitting on). I would still be aware of wind loaded slopes and hard slab avalanches. With wind brings cornices. I don’t suggest hanging under any slopes that have hanging cornices above nor do I suggest dropping off of any cornices.  Slopes are and will be touchy with all this new snow.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on before heading out into the backcountry. Please feel free to write your own report of what you have found and observed out there in the Mountain Information Network (MIN) on their page! 


Reality check:  IT’S GAME ON! Give’r, have a hoot and be safe!


Coast Conditions Report

Dec 17 before the big dump up the Pemberton Ice Caps



Brohm Squamish – Seeing as I do not head to Brohm to ride very often, Brody Fourchalk will be helping me out with the report for this location through out the season. Parking is at about 4km up the road. The Black Tusk Club has now started charging for trail fees, help support the club! They are still waiting on their new groomer.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom. Grooming and trail fee collection is underway. However, it’s still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks will munch you whole, so watch out!

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Cap – “The trail is in”. It is not groomed by the club yet seeing there is not enough snow to groom. We, as in a couple locals, myself and Ray Mason went up there two weeks ago to start punching trail. We did remove trees from the road and built nice snow bridges to get across creeks so everyone can enjoy the ride up for now until it’s groomed. It is a singletrack (icy in some spots now), good for intermediate/advanced riders.

The moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just past Appa Lake (before gas drop) and is not roped off. It is right in the middle of the path where people travel. The ground dips down quite a bit before the actual hole, but if you are mock-chickening it there will be no stopping before. The Pemberton Ice Cap is like Swiss cheese, there are MANY moulins and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveler then you are aware that these holes are expected and are actually everywhere! Always look in front and travel with caution.

The backcountry is a dangerous place and people shouldn’t expect for things to be marked off like at resorts. Everyone is responsible for his or her own actions back there. Take a crevasse rescue course, be prepared, ride with people that know the area, etc.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – You are parking at the bottom of the Hurley now. Heads up, a HUGE boulder has slid onto the road at about 34km. Backcounrty Snowcats has marked it off with red fence for safety! Thank you! Heads up as well, their season for cat-skiing has started, so please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.


Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership!  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club will be doing weekly draws for everyone signed up for their season’s pass!  The contest ends the last week of January.


— Julie-Ann