December 29th, 2016

Conditions Report: Coast Dec 28, 2016

We honestly live in a paradise these days. Cycles of huge dumps followed by sunshine. Every sledder’s dream!!

It snowed about 30cm in the last 3 days and looks like its going to continue to snow another 25-30cm in the next couple of days. Then, SUNSHINE on Friday!!

The weekend forecast calls for a mixed bag of cloud, clear pockets and snow. Freezing levels will sitting at about 700m for the next couple days. The wind has been on-and-off up high, creating some interesting stuff explained in the snow pack description below…


Coast Conditions Snow Forecast


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. We have seen some unsupported convex slopes give way—and propagate—from the new snow sitting on these weak surfaces.


Coast Conditions Report


Always make sure to 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 on Avalanche Canada’s Mountain Information Network (MIN)!

Reality check: Lots of amazing new snow to be munched, but play safe with the weak layers that all this new snow is sitting on! 


Coast Conditions



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 groomer has track packed to the cabin. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club will begin to collect trail fees very shortly.

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.

The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has purchased a groomer to start grooming the Hurley this winter. Please expect someone at the trailhead collecting donations for more frequent grooming to happen. Please support the Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club. 

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 membership and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas! Contest ends last week of January. 



— Julie-Ann