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post #376 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2016, 12:42 PM
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Default Black Tusk area and road conditions

I wandered up to Black Tusk shoulder yesterday for some skiing. The road is drivable, barely, with 2WD, moderate clearance and good winter tires to about 400M from the parking lot. 4WD-HC needed past there to the lot. The road is marginal, with few turn-arounds, so probably better to park down at the bottom unless you have 4WD - it only adds 20-30 mins. Coming back, I spent an hour digging out some kids in their dad's Chrysler-300 with slicks (and by digging out, I mean get it moved over far enough so I could pass and drive them to Squamish, since it wasn't getting out without more serious help!).

The trail is in primo condition, with full coverage all the way to the parking lot. Wide, firm, but not icy, and marred only occasionally by postholes (hikers, it is probably time to bring snowshoes, instead of wrecking the trail).

Lots of snow up there. Awesome skiing off the Tusk down to the meadows. I didn't manage to see the lake thru the blizzard, so no idea if it is frozen over yet.
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post #377 of (permalink) Old 01-07-2016, 10:32 PM
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Matier & Joffre good to go!

I ski'd Mt. Matier last Sunday and snowshoe'd Joffre Peak (via Aussie) today. One major crevasse easily avoided on Matier; no major crevasse on Joffre. The summit ridge of Joffre was rocky and the cornices are small (easy to avoid). A dust of new snow on top of last week's old snow so watch out if sun comes out.

If you happen to do Joffre this weekend then might can use my tracks (if there's not much wind).
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Are you talking about the Rubble Creek road?

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I wandered up to Black Tusk shoulder yesterday for some skiing. The road is drivable, barely, with 2WD, moderate clearance and good winter tires to about 400M from the parking lot. 4WD-HC needed past there to the lot. The road is marginal, with few turn-arounds, so probably better to park down at the bottom unless you have 4WD - it only adds 20-30 mins. Coming back, I spent an hour digging out some kids in their dad's Chrysler-300 with slicks (and by digging out, I mean get it moved over far enough so I could pass and drive them to Squamish, since it wasn't getting out without more serious help!).

The trail is in primo condition, with full coverage all the way to the parking lot. Wide, firm, but not icy, and marred only occasionally by postholes (hikers, it is probably time to bring snowshoes, instead of wrecking the trail).

Lots of snow up there. Awesome skiing off the Tusk down to the meadows. I didn't manage to see the lake thru the blizzard, so no idea if it is frozen over yet.
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post #379 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 10:38 PM
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Tried the Fling & Feather today, solid icy snow all the way up, good trail.

Love the hike; hate the name. Wish the trail was referred to as the bluffs.

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post #380 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 08:35 PM
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We spent 6 hours snowshoeing Needle Ridge. The snow was firm and the weather spectacular!
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post #381 of (permalink) Old 01-16-2016, 11:28 PM
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A quick hike up McKee Peak before the weather comes... A bit muddy and icy at places and don't expect too much in terms of views..

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Jan 23 2015
We carried our snowshoes 4 km up the Flora lake Trail before we found enough snow to wear them.
The weather got socked in by noon, a little snow on the way down.
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post #383 of (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 06:05 PM
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Metal Dome (ski) and Mt. Henning (snowshoe) last weekend. The trail-breaking was massive and I was glad to have the snowmobile tracks to follow on both ascents. Things might change again as another round of warm front coming in the next few days...

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Went up to Elfin Lakes on Tuesday. The access road is pretty accessible up to the lower lot, although the lot itself is covered in ice. Just past that and it starts to get a bit dicier, with a few patches of complete ice. I saw a 2WD with chains and a couple AWD/4WD's at the upper lot though, so it's definitely doable. Conditions will likely improve if the recent warm weather continues.
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post #385 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 03:50 PM
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Hey there ... I'd be much appreciative of any update on condition of the joffre trail and parking area. I'm planning a day hike up there with my daughter very early next week.

Is it hikeable with trax or spikes? Snowshoes required?

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Hey there ... I'd be much appreciative of any update on condition of the joffre trail and parking area. I'm planning a day hike up there with my daughter very early next week.

Is it hikeable with trax or spikes? Snowshoes required?
Answered my own questions with a hike up the joffre trail today. An epic day; -5C, overcast, snowing on and off, crisp and dry :-). Not a lot of light but such a beautiful quiet day, A great winter hike.

Trail is in great winter shape having been compacted by previous hikers and X-country skiers. Parking lot is plowed sufficient for about a dozen cars. Trail is best tackled with Yak-Trax or similar traction aid as the steeper parts of the route are quite smooth and a touch slippery.

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Anyone been to Needle/Zoa recently? Or Coq area in general?


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Anyone been to Needle/Zoa recently? Or Coq area in general?
Just came back home from Zoa Peak. Solar radiation was lower than forecasted and snow condition was better than expected. Had high cloud coverage for entire morning so wasn't nearly as tropical as I thought, although still toasty... Heavy and wet on the surface but the base was still solid. 10 degrees at TH as of 2 pm, and 15 degrees in Chilliwack by 3 pm.
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Fantastic Steven, thank you.


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post #390 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2016, 07:31 PM
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Mercer via it's east ridge again on Saturday. New snow down to 800m. The snow and wind storm the night before did a beautiful job of landscaping the ridge. Deep wind scours, cornices and 45cm of new snow where there was wind protection. Wasn't powder we were breaking trail in this time, however. Dry and heavy snow. Good traction, but quite the workout.
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