Yes, we had an unusual snowfall down low in the city last Tuesday, so the snow starts at the bottom.
And more coming tonight and tomorrow. Perfect for a White Christmas hike.
Was out and about in the Lower Grouse trails Dec 23rd, below Baden Powell not slippery, B-P and above is getting slippery, I used spikes in some spots. Snow seemed to increase towards the Mosquito Creek trail, maybe more shady over there?
BCMC trail report: 2cm slush at the beginning, wet tree bombs on the bottom third, changing to dry puffy tree bombs higher up, some sounding quite substantial. My umbrella saved me from a tree bomb that was pretty close. 10-15cm new snow up top. Haven't used spikes in weeks.
Went up the BCMC again Sat. morning. There must have been some warm temps up there yesterday, evidence of flowing water and rocks showing through on upper trail. In contrast to the sea-level snow in northern Howe Sound & Squamish. Snow starts a quarter way up now. Still good!
The melt freeze a couple of days ago made for an easier than usual trip up Mt. Fromme today. We carried snowshoes all the way, stepping in snowshoe tracks from 1-2 days ago. Warm in the sun but otherwise chilly, not an inversion. The snow on the trees mostly stayed put.
Completed Lindeman Lake today (Dec 31), very nice out. Snow is crunchy and very icy in the more travelled spots. Suuuuper fun to slide back down just make sure theres no traffic. Did it with hiking boots, crampons would help, poles too but not necessary. Lake frozen over but no idea how thick it is.
The snow and cold temperatures from the eastern Fraser Valley have not found their way to the Vancouver area. This morning the BCMC trail was drizzing and dripping the whole way, some new wet snow at the top but lots of roots and crap still sticking out near the top. Not as nice as a few weeks ago.
Was up on the Duffey over the weekend ice climbing.
Freezing level was high at about 1500m the whole may up. Lot's of snow up high with plenty of wet slab avalanches. Around Pemberton things were really dry. Even Nairn looked like you wouldn't need any kind of snow travel device. Higher up there were 30 cars at Keith's hut on saturday.
Lot's more evidence of big wet loose avalanches further north. Just past Duffy there was the thinnest dusting of snow. Most of the road had enough snow to be impassible to 2WD but 4wd could handle a fair few of them.
I know the North Shore has received a good amount of snow in the last month, but it was still surprising to see 3m? of snow on the Perimeter Trail bridge at Scott-Goldie Creek on Mt. Seymour. This is at 900m elevation!