March 1st, 2017

Conditions Report: Coast Mar 1, 2017

Same ol’ good exploring snow with not much changed in conditions since last week. It hasn’t snowed at all in the past 12 days. Conditions are nice anything above 1900m-ish; there are a handful of cm on top of a hard crust. But wait, we have some snow on the way! RESET! 45-55cm in the next 5 days with Thursday and Friday being the heavy snowfall days.




As far as the snowpack goes, with this new snow in the forecast and high winds, I would say some wind slab formation and cornice growth will be lurking. Also remember that its been sunny and cold, so that top layer this new snow if going to fall on won’t be the prettiest to bond to (faceted and hoar frosted). I would stay cautious on the steep slopes till next week-ish and avoid terrain traps.

Freezing levels are fluctuating between 500m and 1000m with some good amounts of white stuff!



Pemberton, Feb 28, 2017. Photo: Ray Mason


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! This is a great tool to read about what’s been going on in the backcountry.

Reality check: That reset you guys have all been bitchin’ about is here! Stop bitchin’ and get out there and burn some fuel.


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 around 4km up the road, with some ice on the road, so be careful. The Black Tusk Club has now started charging for trail fees, help support the club! Grooming is underway.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom. Grooming and trail fee collection is underway.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Cap – The the snowcat is grooming the trail to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club is collecting fees.

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, and ride with people that know the area.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – Parking is at the bottom of the Hurley (9km from the Pemby Meadows turnoff). The Hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming! Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings as donations & membership budgets permit. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! 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.



— Julie-Ann



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