SPRING TIME IN THE SEA TO SKY - April 10 2017

The time of the year when you wake up and you have so many options of fun things to do in the Sea to Sky Valley... The snow line is creeping higher and higher up the mountains and you have to beat your trucks climbing logging roads to unload the sleds. Talking about snow-lines here is the parking status these days...

Brohm - Snowline is approximately at about 3-4km and people are parking between the gravel pit and the 1st bridge. No room for trailers to turn around at snowline. Trail is being groomed once a week and was last groomed Saturday April 8.

Brandywine - Parking at bottom of road (bit of patchy gravel to ride before snow-line; couple hundred feet). Has room for trailers. Last groomed Sunday April 9 (they are good with almost daily consistent grooming here).

Rutherford - 2km lot (has room for trailers to turn around). Last groomed Friday April 7.

Hurley - People are parking along the side of the road between 8-8.5km. No room for trailers to turn around. If you are trailering you would have to park at the 7km lot and ride some dirt. Last groomed Thursday April 6.

Freezing levels have been hovering around 1200m. Spring time is notorious for melt freeze crusts so keep that in mind when out ripping this spring. Solar aspects are prone to heavy wet sluff avalanches. The cornices have been very big this season with lots of wind travel and with the warmth of the sun it is making them very heavy and touchy these days. Pick you terrain travel routs accordingly. I will be updating this page less and less as the season comes to an end... If you would like an up to date accurate update on snow conditions or parking please do not hesitate to email me at info@sheshreds.ca

Kristi in the Pemberton backcountry on April 9 2017

Kristi in the Pemberton backcountry on April 9 2017

Kristi in the Pemberton backcountry on April 9 2017

Kristi in the Pemberton backcountry on April 9 2017

Kristi in the Pemberton backcountry on April 9 2017

Kristi in the Pemberton backcountry on April 9 2017


MARCH 29 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Yup spring has arrived! We are loosing snow pretty quick in the valley now but the alpine is still killer. Freezing levels are for sure rising and its been staying cool above 1600m the passed couple days and will continue to sit around that level.  Looks like were getting more snow up top today (about another 10cm) then the sun looks like she wants to poke out a bit for the next couple days (more like a mixed bag of everything; sun patches, isolated flurries… Exactly what film crews want… Not! Seems that every film crew and their entourage is here in the Sea to Sky right now and they are constantly playing the “hurry up and wait light game” in between clouds).

Rider: Cody Mcnolty in Pemberton BC on March 25

Rider: Cody Mcnolty in Pemberton BC on March 25

As far as the snow pack goes, there was a melt freeze crust that formed last week and we have about 15-20cm of new storm snow sitting on top of this. This layer is the most reactive problem now. Something to take not of as well was the amount of high winds in the alpine on Tuesday. This is making the existing cornices quite sensitive. Don’t stand on them on hang below a slope with hangfire!

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Spring is here. Freezing levels are rising and start to brace yourself to put your trucks through a beating getting to the snow line as the season comes to an end. If you have a trailer you may want to get a sled deck to be able to get to snow line or get yourself some new skis and scags! Snow is still epic up top! Get up there!

Rider: Cody Mcnolty in Pemberton BC on March 26

Rider: Cody Mcnolty in Pemberton BC on March 26

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 5km – 8km up the road, with some ice on the road be careful. The Black Tusk club is charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking. The bottom lot is almost done so people will start having to park on the road up soon. Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well. 

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps– The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club will do its best to push the snow off the road fully so people can start to park at the 2km parking lot. The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. As warm temperatures set in, the “whooped out conditions” happen a lot quicker with lots of snowmobile traffic, please be award of this. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 – The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club will do its best to push the snow off the road up to 10km lot this week. There will still be ice on the road so be aware if you are driving up passed the gravel.  As warm temperatures set in, the “whooped out conditions” happen a lot quicker with lots of snowmobile traffic, please be award of this. The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club is now grooming the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. The hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming! Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail if you want grooming to continue! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing is well marked off, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


MARCH 22 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Spring time maybe lurking around the corner… The valley sure is starting to show its true spring colors, you know, brown, where you’re not quite sure its dirt or dog poo… The alpine is a whole different story though. This passed week was epic snow up top. Deep, cold smoke! We did have a little warming on March 20 with sunshine, which created a bit of a melt freeze crust.

Photo: Russ Mclaughlin Rider: Julie-Ann Chapman Taken in Pemberton BC on March 20 2017

Photo: Russ Mclaughlin Rider: Julie-Ann Chapman Taken in Pemberton BC on March 20 2017

As far as the snow pack goes, there are a couple of dangers to take note of. The persistent weak layer that is down about a meter to a meter and a half below the snow is still being mentioned in the avalanche forecast. After my personal tests I think this layer could be triggered if a large drop onto a slope is done (human trigger or cornice fall trigger). Second is the wind that has been happening in the alpine. This is creating wind-loaded slopes that can be touchy as well as wind scoured slopes that can be triggered in shallow areas. Wind also allows cornices to grow making them weaker as they get bigger. And third is the melt freeze crust that happened on March 20. With new snow expected to fall on top of that (about 40cm in the next 3 days) making the storm snow touchy for the weekend coming. Freezing levels are expected to sit around 1300m for the next 3-4 days.

Rider: Jonathan Schramm Photo: Julie-Ann Chapman Taken in Pemberton BC on March 19 2017

Rider: Jonathan Schramm Photo: Julie-Ann Chapman Taken in Pemberton BC on March 19 2017

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Spring is around the corner but winter is still going strong in the alpine. Good travelling snow to be had but be aware of changing conditions at different elevations. Travel with caution as heightened avalanche danger ratings will go up for the weekend. I would also start thinking of maybe leaving the trailers at home in the next couple weeks, the snow is melting fast in the valley and you will need to drive up logging roads and turn around in tight places soon to get to the snow line…

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 5km up the road, with some ice on the road be careful. The Black Tusk club is charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well. 

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–Parking is still at the bottom for now but may change soon with the rain and warm temperatures in the valley. The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. As warm temperatures set in, the “whooped out conditions” happen a lot quicker with lots of snowmobile traffic, please be award of this. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off) for now but may change soon with the rain and warm temperatures in the valley.  As warm temperatures set in, the “whooped out conditions” happen a lot quicker with lots of snowmobile traffic, please be award of this. The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club is now grooming the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. The hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming! Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail if you want grooming to continue! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing is well marked off, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


MARCH 15 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Would you like a slice of pineapple with that? We just got our first warm wave of the spring season. Before Tuesday, we got a good amount of fresh pow. Tuesday freezing levels rose to about 2200m with lots of rain. Freezing levels are dropping back down today and going to be hovering around 1000m over the next couple days with some snow in the alpine (about 30cm in the next 4 days).

As far as the snow pack goes, there are a couple of dangers to take note of. The persistent weak layer that is down about a meter below the snow is still haunting us. Don’t think that because of this “wet weight” on top that it will crush this layer, its still there! Second is all this wet warm weather and precipitation. It’s a perfect recipe for loose wet avalanches on steeper slopes. And third is the new snow that has fallen with the high winds. Its created wind loaded slopes and very sensitive cornices. Especially with this warming, I would stay as far away as I could of cornices or slopes with hanging cornices above. As freezing levels drop over the next day expect another crust layer to form on top now, with new snow falling on top may create another unstable layer…

Photo from Gary Klassen taken in Pemberton March 12 - heavy wet pow

Photo from Gary Klassen taken in Pemberton March 12 - heavy wet pow

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Spring is around the corner but winter is still going strong in the alpine. Good travelling snow to be had but be aware of changing conditions at different elevations. Travel with caution as heightened avalanche danger ratings will go up in the next couple days…

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 5km up the road, with some ice on the road be careful. The Black Tusk club is charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well. 

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–Parking is still at the bottom for now but may change soon with the rain and warm temperatures in the valley. The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off) for now but may change soon with the rain and warm temperatures in the valley.  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. The hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming!. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


MARCH 8 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

When I said RESET last week I mean total reset!! Holaaaay! Over 110cm has fallen in the Sea to Sky in the passed week. It has been EPIC, not only in the sea to sky but most of BC! The fourcast is calling for another 40+cm in the next 4 days with Friday being the heavy snowfall day. With this epicness, there comes danger as well though. An avalanche took a life in the sea to sky this passed weekend, condolences to his family and friends. Please read on to learn about what the snow is doing…

Photo by Danny Jendral taken on Sunday March 5 in the whistler backcountry

Photo by Danny Jendral taken on Sunday March 5 in the whistler backcountry

As far as the snow pack goes, for the first time this season we now have a persistent weak layer lingering down about a meter under all this new snow. This weak layer is not bonding well to the new snow that fell on top of it and is the reactive layer out there right now. And over the next 4 days it will get buried even deeper. This layer is most reactive in wind-affected areas. The wind hit hard last night (Tuesday night) so be extra cautious of “stiff” snow or wind loaded areas as well as cornices. In the famous words of Joe Lammers “stay conservative when choosing terrain to ride the next week”.

Freezing levels are staying pretty low (300-500m) till the weekend then may ride to about 1200m.

Photo by Danny Jendral taken on Sunday March 5 in the whistler backcountry

Photo by Danny Jendral taken on Sunday March 5 in the whistler backcountry

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 4km up the road, with some ice on the road be careful. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well. 

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off).  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. The hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming!. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


MARCH 1 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Same ol’ good exploring snow with not much change in conditions since last week. It hasn’t snowed at all in the passed 12 days. Conditions are nice anything above 1900m ish; couple inches 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 snow pack goes, with this new snow in the forecast and high winds, I would say some wind slab formation and cornice growth will be lurking us. Also remember that its been sunny and cold, so that top layer this new snow if going to fall on wont 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!

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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.

PHOTO: Ray Mason taken in Pemberton Feb 28

PHOTO: Ray Mason taken in Pemberton Feb 28

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 4km up the road, with some ice on the road be careful. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well. 

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off).  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. The hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming!. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


FEBRUARY 23 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Great exploring snow right now, especially with the sunshine and good visibility. Hero snow, get anywhere kind of snow! It hasn’t snowed all that much in the passed  week, and the stuff we did get was heavy wet snow above 1900m ish.  Its about a half foot to a foot of soft on top of a melt freeze crust right now. 

Photo by: Janice Mcwilliam taken Feb 17

Photo by: Janice Mcwilliam taken Feb 17

As far as the snow pack goes, there has been quite a bit of wind in the alpine so I would stay cautions of wind affected slopes and cornices. Last week was a good week of naturally shedding mountains so you may see a lot of debris out there now. Where the sun hits the slopes may also be quite touchy, so be aware of loose snow releases.

Photo by: Janice Mcwilliam taken on Feb 17

Photo by: Janice Mcwilliam taken on Feb 17

Freezing levels are sticking around 500m with a mixed bag of sun and cloud for the rest of the week and weekend. No precipitation in the forecast unfortunately.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Good exploring snow even though most of you think the snow has gone to shit. Get out there enjoy the outdoors and give your buds a high-five in the alpine!

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 4km up the road, with some ice on the road be careful. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off).  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. The hurley is in pristine shape right now thanks to the Pemby Club for grooming!. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


FEBRUARY 15 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

“Its getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes” – Nelly

Nelly said it, freezing levels are rising big time and rain is on its way. Booo. Last week we got an insane amount of snow (about 80cm) that was accompanied by some relatively strong winds. Following this we got some very warm temps all the way to the tops of the mountains and full sunshine on Sunday and Monday.

Photo taken by Janice Mcwilliam Feb 12 in Pemberton BC - riders: Shelagh, Chris, Owen and April

Photo taken by Janice Mcwilliam Feb 12 in Pemberton BC - riders: Shelagh, Chris, Owen and April

As far as the snow pack goes, the new snow from last week has been wind affected, melted from the rising temps and sun baked.  This new snow is reactive (judging by some of the MIN reports in the area). With the warming temps and more precipitation on the way for today and Thursday, I am going to take a guess that wet slab avalanches are going to be an issue for the top 60+ cm of snow.

Freezing levels rose to about 2500m on Monday and staying pretty high till the weekend. There maybe some heavy wet fresh snow falling in the super high alpine (anything over 1900m) over the next 3 days (only if freezing levels allow it to turn to snow), but key words here are heavy and wet. 

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Snow may have gone to shit, but we have been lucky with conditions this season so far and it cant always be rainbows and butterflies. Its going to get better don’t worry.

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 just off the highway turnoff. This may change with the warming temps and rain on the way. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off).  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley for the winter. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. Please note grooming has been put on hold for the week while Backcountry Snowcats bring their fuel tanks down and back up. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


FEBRUARY 8 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Old man winter strikes again.  These cycles of dumps followed by sunshine; holayyyyy we are lucky!!! With luck comes being snow smart, so please play safe out there!  We received some good amounts of snow over the weekend, about 50-70cm in Whistler and a less in Pemberton; about 30cm. And… we’re about to get hit by another mega dump!

As far as the snow pack goes,  the new snow from last weekend fell on a wind and sun affected layer (which is not the friendliest snow crystals to bond to). On top of this, Tuesday and Wednesday was pretty windy in the alpine. We have about 70cm forecasted for the next 3 days and freezing level rising to about 1700m on Thursday. The mountains will be shedding. Hopefully all naturally, but for those who havnt slid, be weary! I would be extra cautious of wind loaded slopes, slopes with hang fire above such as cornices, concave unsupported slopes, and big slopes. Play in simple, fun terrain until the storm settles over the weekend!

Photo taken Feb 8 south of Whistler. Photo by Russ Mclaughlin (Rider Julie-Ann Chapman)

Photo taken Feb 8 south of Whistler. Photo by Russ Mclaughlin (Rider Julie-Ann Chapman)

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Enjoy the goods, but play safe!

Freezing levels are expect to start rising to about 1700m on Thursday and will be dropping back down by Sunday, and may rise back up after.

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 back down just off the highway turnoff. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 (9km from the Pemby Meadows turn off).  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley. Future plans are to groom on Thursday and Monday evenings only if donations & memberships permit budgets. Please purchase your membership to support or donate the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

Photo taken Feb 5 in Pemberton. (Riders: Sandra, Leatt, and Christine Photo by Julie-Ann Chapman)

Photo taken Feb 5 in Pemberton. (Riders: Sandra, Leatt, and Christine Photo by Julie-Ann Chapman)

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


FEBRUARY 1 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Pretty neutral the passed week in the area. Some traces of new snow in the higher alpine last weekend, and now going in to a clear high pressure cold system till the end of the week. There is still good snow to be found deep and far in the backcountry, but it is getting settled fast.

Photo from Dale Martin taken on Jan 29

Photo from Dale Martin taken on Jan 29

As far as the snow pack goes, it snowed a bit over the weekend (about 10cm) and was pretty windy. This new snow is lying on a sun affected crust. With the wind slabs and unsteady top layer, I would tread lightly on wind affected slopes and sun exposed slopes during this high pressure coming. Test smaller slopes on same aspect you plan on riding if you are tempted. 

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Get out there and enjoy the sun!

Freezing levels are at valley bottom and expect to start rising to about 1000m on the weekend.  We have a rest of freshies coming for the weekend!  Next week should be banger hopefully!

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 about 4km off the highway turnoff now.  Can get tricky parking along side the road so please have proper tires and be confident driving in snow and ice. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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.  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club has started to groom the Hurley. Please purchase your membership to support or pay the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


JANUARY 25 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

The calm after the storm…  That was quite the week we just had with insane deep snow and touchy avalanche conditions.  Now that the storm has passed and the snow is settling, the sun is gracing us!  Yay! But with that sun we a lured to get high in the alpine and ride big terrain… I would still stay cautious. 

As far as the snow pack goes, we have the wide range of storm snow from last week (depending where you are in the sea to sky) that is about 60-140cm sitting on a varied surface below that is slowly bonding together.  We did get wind in the higher bigger alpine after the storm so this is why I say be cautious in big terrain. I would stay clear of wind affected slopes and cornices. Reports of cornices breaking and triggering wind loaded slopes in Whistler happened 2 days ago.

Photo from JF Fortin on Jan 23 in Whistler BC

Photo from JF Fortin on Jan 23 in Whistler BC

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Get out there and enjoy the snow while its still awesome!  The sun is out and the snow is epic in the higher elevations, but stay cautious of big terrain that is wind affected and cornices. 

Freezing levels are going to stay pretty low (800m ish) till Thursday with some sunshine, then they will slowly rise to about 2000m by mid weekend. Lets hope for a good reset next week, we will probably need it after this week.

Photo: Russ Mclaughlin Rider: Julie-Ann Chapman.  Photo taken on Jan 23 in Pemberton BC

Photo: Russ Mclaughlin Rider: Julie-Ann Chapman.  Photo taken on Jan 23 in Pemberton BC

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 pretty much at the bottom now just off the highway. This may change though with warming weather throughout the week. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer is grooming to the cabin. Every Tuesday and Friday evening. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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.  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club will be starting to groom the Hurley in the next couple weeks!  Please purchase your membership to support or pay the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


JANUARY 18 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

She’s cold, she’s hot! The weather has been just like a lady struggling with menopause. We just went “balls deep” into quite the active storm cycle starting Monday evening.  From nice sunny cold weather over the end of last week and weekend to insane spike in temperatures and over 50cm (in some spots) of new snow in less than 24 hours in higher elevations (and rain in lower elevations).  Now send me your best “wetter than a….” jokes….

As far as the snow pack goes, you mix a spike in temps with more than 30cm of new wet snow than fell on a variety of different unstable surfaces (melt freeze crust, sun affected slopes, wind slabs, etc)  = danger.  I wouldn’t be surprised that we’re going to see a ton of naturalreleased (hopefully no human triggered ones) avalanches in the next day or so out there.  

Picture taken in Pemberton on an east facing slope at about 1300m on Jan 17 2017.

Picture taken in Pemberton on an east facing slope at about 1300m on Jan 17 2017.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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. Here is my MIN report from yesterday - http://www.avalanche.ca/mountain-information-network/submissions/4b9bb9b3-084c-4d79-99fb-848b0d70af76

Reality check : Try to eliminate risk as much as you can when going out in the backcountry at least for another couple days. It’s touchy out there and the new snow is not bonding well to the layer it fell on. Play safe. 

Freezing levels are going to start to drop back down starting Thursday but in the mean time expect freezing levels to be sitting at about 2000m. We’re expecting about another 35cm of snow  in high elevations over the next couple days. Looks like cloud and some mellow snow falls in the forecast for the next week…

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 pretty much at the bottom now just off the highway. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun. It was raining at the cabin today.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer has started to groom to the cabin. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club is collecting trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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

Picture taken of Nicole & Rod on their She Shreds adventure on Jan 15.

Picture taken of Nicole & Rod on their She Shreds adventure on Jan 15.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – You are parking at the bottom of the Hurley now.  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club will be starting to groom the Hurley in the next couple weeks!  Please purchase your membership to support or pay the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, 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 draw’s for everyone signed up for their seasons pass membership and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas!  Contest ends last week of January. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


JANUARY 11 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

That arctic flow, she’s flowing heavy and cooooooold again! The last dump of snow we got was on Monday that brought Pemberton more snow than Whistler.  Pemby got about a foot and whistler got about a half of a foot. That wind, she’s still howling in the alpine, get on those protected areas in the trees to find the goods!

As far as the snow pack goes, the insane wind has blown a lot of snow around in the alpine. It has created lots of wind loaded slopes which are very touchy to human triggering (if not yet already naturally slid). I would be aware of wind loaded slopes and hard slab avalanches. Stay weary around any unsupported convex roll or slope (they tend to propagate). 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.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 whats been going on in the backcountry.

Reality check :  Good travel snow to explore right now in the alpine.  Be smart when travelling in wind affected areas. Amazing deep snow to be found in the trees! 

Janice in Pemberon on Jan 10

Janice in Pemberon on Jan 10

Looks like the artic flow of coldness is going to peace out by the end of the weekend and bring us not so awesome warm weather next week!

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 pretty much at the bottom now. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun.

Brohm Cabin Jan 7 - Photo Brody Fourchalk

Brohm Cabin Jan 7 - Photo Brody Fourchalk

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer has started to groom to the cabin. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club has begun to collect trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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.  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club will be starting to groom the Hurley in the next couple weeks!  Please purchase your membership to support and pay the $20 at the trail! Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

Pemberton on Jan 10 - Rider Mike Michalchuk

Pemberton on Jan 10 - Rider Mike Michalchuk

Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership!  The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile club will be doing weekly draw’s for everyone signed up for their seasons pass membership and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas!  Contest ends last week of January. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


January 4 2017 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

I’m surprised we haven’t just all blown away into never never land with these insane winds we’ve been getting hit with wince the 1st of January. The last dump of snow we got was about a week ago and fresh pockets can be found deep in the trees and in protected areas that havnt been hit by the wind. Pardon my language, but the alpine is completely “wind fucked”. The wind has created some interesting stuff explained in the snow pack description below…

As far as the snow pack goes, the insane wind has blown a lot of snow around in the alpine. It has created lots of wind loaded slopes which are very touchy to human triggering (if not yet already naturally slid). I would be aware of wind loaded slopes and hard slab avalanches. Stay away from any unsupported convex roll or slope (they tend to propagate – see video below). 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. 

Sometimes when you warm up on a little hit first thing in the morning it allows you to make your decisions for the rest of the day... we decided to stay out of the alpine yesterday and play in the trees after this little face slid on me.
It's extremely wind affected in the alpine now in the sea to sky area and all wind affected slopes are EXTREMELY touchy. I would stay away from any convex rolls, steep slopes with long run out zones and cornices...

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 whats been going on in the backcountry.

Reality check :  Good travel snow to explore right now.  Be smart when travelling in wind affected areas.

Looks like the artic flow of coldness is going to peace out by the weekend and bring us another good dump of white goods!  Yewwwww!!!! Ill take it!  

Cody Mcnolty and Jake Warner find the unaffected snow from the wind on Jan 1 in Pemberton!

Cody Mcnolty and Jake Warner find the unaffected snow from the wind on Jan 1 in Pemberton!

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 pretty much at the bottom now. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming has begun.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!  The new road to access chocolate bowl is open.

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer has started to groom to the cabin. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club has begun to collect trail fee’s. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed Appa lake (before gas drop) and is now roped off thanks to Ray Mason. The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. Just because this one is marked off doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, 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 draw’s for everyone signed up for their seasons pass membership and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas!  Contest ends last week of January. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


DECEMBER 28 2016 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

We honestly live in a paradise theses days. Cycles of huge dumps followed by sunshine.  Every sledders 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 days. Then, SUNSHINE on Friday!! A little mixed bag of cloud, clear pockets and snow for the weekend. Freezing levels will sitting at about 700m for the next couple days.  The wind has been on an off up there, creating some interesting stuff explained in the snow pack description below…

Em & Belle getting nothing but faceshots all day long!

Em & Belle getting nothing but faceshots all day long!

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

As far as the snow pack goes, all this new snow is sitting on top of wind affected snow, faceted snow and in some areas its 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 this new snow. We have seen some unsupported convex slopes give away (and the propagate too – be careful!) from the new snow sitting on these weak surfaces.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 :  Lots of amazing new snow to be munched, but play safe with these weak surfaces all this new snow is sitting on! 

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 pretty much at the bottom now. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming should begin very soon.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps–The groomer has track packed to the cabin. The Pemberton Valley snowmobile club will begin to collect trail fee’s very shortly. The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed 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 Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, 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 draw’s for everyone signed up for their seasons pass membership and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas!  Contest ends last week of January. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


DECEMBER 21 2016 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

I like big dumps and I can not lie!!! This report is brought to you by unicorns and butterflies! Its what dreams are made of. It snowed about 50cm in the last 3 days and looks like its 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 no one has really been able to get up there with all the low visibility the passed little while. Freezing levels will be rising a bit to about 600m in the next couple days.

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

As far as the snow pack goes, all this new snow is sitting on top of wind affected snow, faceted snow and in some areas its 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 this new snow.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 :  ITS GAME ON! Giver, have a hoot and be safe!

Taken Dec 20 in Pemberton BC, snorkel much needed the passed 2 days!! :

Taken Dec 20 in Pemberton BC, snorkel much needed the passed 2 days!! 

Taken Dec 20 in Pemberton BC, snorkel much needed the passed 2 days!! 

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 pretty much at the bottom now. The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club and grooming should begin very soon.

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps– "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 2 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 single track, good for intermediate/advanced riders.  The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed 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 Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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

Taken Dec 17 before the big dump up the Pemberton Ice Caps

Taken Dec 17 before the big dump up the Pemberton Ice Caps

Hurley FSR Pemberton – You are parking at the bottom of the Hurley now.  Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, 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 draw’s for everyone signed up for their seasons pass and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas!  Contest ends last week of January. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


DECEMBER 14 2016 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Holayyyyy she cold.  Hope everyone has been staying warm out there and has avoided frost bite.  A good trick my momma always did was rubbed vaseline to avoid your balaclava sticking to your face!  It snowed about a foot last week and has been sunny since the weekend. The sun looks like its going to stick around till Saturday, then temps will get a bit warmer and precipitation is on the way.  Freezing levels are sitting all the way to the valley bottom for the next week at least.

The snow line has reached the valley floor, but it has only a couple of inches.  If you are planning to get out I don’t suggest using trailers yet seeing you still have to drive higher on the logging roads to get to the unloading spots, sled decks only suggested.

As far as the snow pack goes, the wind has still been gusting in the alpine. 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 last weeks new snow sitting on top of wind affected layer.  

Photo taken by Russ Mclaughlin Dec 12 in Pemberton BC - Rider: Julie-Ann Chapman:

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 :  The moisture is getting sucked out from the snowpack with this cold weather, making the already little base we have be even more non-existent.  Rocks and stumps are attacking more than ever now.  Access is still tricky in some riding zones with exposed creeks and icy single tracks.   Be prepared if you are going to be in the backcountry after sundown due to gnarly early season conditions when trying to exit a zone!

 

Late night mission proving that early season snowpack can be quite tricky to get out of:

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 at about 4km up the road.  The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club!

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom parking . Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still very creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps– "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 Sunday 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 single track (icy in some spots now), good for intermediate/advanced riders.  The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed 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 Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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 6km parking lot up the road.  Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing has started, 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 draw’s for everyone signed up for their seasons pass!  Contest ends last week of January. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


December 7 2016 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr it is daaaaaaamn cold out there.  So cold your boogers freeze INSIDE your nose. No bueno.  No sugar coating in this report ladies and gents.  The snow has settled quite a bit in the passed week throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.  Pemberton is sitting at a base of about 4 feet and whistler is sitting at a base of about 5 feet. It hasn’t snowed in about a week, so all the lower elevation stuff is punched right out and the high elevation stuff is pretty wind affected.  Freezing levels are sitting all the way to the valley bottom for the next week at least.  These freezing sub zero temps are looking to stick around too, stay warm!  Looks like a tiny system is going to sweep in by the weekend, hopefully bringing about 20cm.

The snow line is still sitting at about 1000m right now (it hasn’t snowed since the freezing levels dropped to the valley bottom), so if you are planning to get out I don’t suggest using trailers yet seeing you still have to drive higher on the logging roads to get to the snow, sled decks only.

Pow turns up the Rutherford on Dec 4 before the wind ripped the alpine:

As far as the snow pack goes, there has been an insane amount of wind in the alpine, which has been coming from all different directions. Be aware of wind loaded slopes and hard slab avalanches.  When there are wind loaded slopes, a chance of the propagation far from where a rider is, is HUGE.  An avalanche can be set off hundreds of feet to the right or left of where a rider is so please play safe accordingly.  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.  That mid November crust layer seems to be pretty stable in most parts but could still cause an eyebrow raise in lower snow depths.  Another thing to note is that with this cold weather and sunshine, the existing surface of snow is starting the facet.  Meaning; any new snow that will dump on top of this layer will be pretty unstable for a bit.

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Snow is settling quite a bit meaning more rocks and stumps will be exposed.  Access is still tricky in some riding zones with exposed creeks and icy single tracks.  Snow will be a little unstable with this new storm sweeping in this weekend.  Sorry this report isn’t all rainbows and butterflies like last weeks.

Little harder to dig the ski's in to get that "pow carve" with the wind affected snow on Dec 6 2016.  Some good pockets still are sticking around!  Photo: Russ Mclaughlin - Pemberton Ice Caps

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 at about 4km up the road.  The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club!  It is pretty tracked out but there is still a couple of good little pockets to be found if you go looking for them!

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking between the bottom parking and the second switch back.  Charging trail fee’s have started and grooming as well.  Still very creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!

Rutherford Pemberton Ice Caps– "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 Sunday 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 single track (icy in some spots now), good for intermediate/advanced riders.  The Moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just passed 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. This will change with the next snow storm and wind... The Pemberton Ice cap is like swiss cheese, there are MANY Moulin’s and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveller 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 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

The Moulin that is wide open just passed Appa lake and before gas drop.  Please travel with caution up the Pemberton Ice caps:

Hurley FSR Pemberton – You are parking between 7km and 8km up the road.  Heads up HUGE boulder slid onto the road at about 34km.  Backcountry Snowcats has marked it off with red fence for safety! Thank you! Heads up as well, their tenure for cat skiing starts on Dec 10, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership and to start going over all your gear and make sure you’re ready for the season.

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


NOVEMBER 30 2016 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

Stuckfest 2016 came on strong in the Sea to Sky corridor.  Holay!!! Hope everyone got out for some of their favorite kind of face shots the passed couple days! Pemberton is sitting at a base of about 6 feet and whistler is sitting at a base of about 8 feet. It snowed a good 3-4 feet over the passed weekend with not much of a base under, hence why it was a stuckfest! A high pressure swooped in Monday and brought some pretty sunshine allowing the snow to settle a bit more.  Many hard trail breaking days went down for crews out there and finally people are starting to make it into the alpine.  Freezing levels are sitting nice and low and plan to stay around 800-1000m for the next couple days.  Looks like another system is going to sweep in by the weekend, but cant really tell you exactly how much snow it will bring seeing it’s a bit early for that, just can see clouds a brewing with precip in the satellite imagery!

Picture taken by Russ Mclaughlin on Nov 28 in Pemberton BC:

Struckfest picture taken by Russ Mclaughlin in Pemberton on Nov 28:

The snowline is still sitting at about 1000m right now, so if you are planning to get out I don’t suggest using trailers yet seeing you still have to drive higher on the logging roads to get to the snow, sled decks only.

As far as the snow pack goes, there is an early November crust sitting under the snow right now. In Pemberton it is sitting about 110cm down and in whistler it will be a little lower seeing they have more snow.  There has been heavy winds up there as well so please be aware of wind loaded slopes that maybe a bit more unstable.  Dug my first pit of the season at 1850m yesterday in the Pemberton backcountry. Profile was 107cm down to where the early November crust sits, and was dug on a 20 degree slope on south east sunny aspect that was sheltered from the wind. Foot pen was 50cm. Got a couple of resistant planar reactions:
CTM 15 down 37cm
CTH 4 down 57cm
For those who don't talk snow science basically means that the first 57cm is reactive. All the new snow is settling nicely but tread lightly on the steeps!

Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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 : Yes its snow A LOT in the passed week, yes I suggest getting out there for some faceshots, yes its still early season and the snow base is at about 65% safe so be careful when you go in for that deep aggressive ski carve, wouldn’t want you getting shnagged by a shark fin rock or stump! And those creeks are still open! 

Still lots of creeks exposed! Be careful! Janice Mcwilliam can tell you all about them:

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 at about 4km up the road.  The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club!  They get their new groomer in a week!!

Brandywine Whistler – People are parking between the bottom parking and the second switch back.  Full operations have not yet started with grooming and trail fees yet, but its coming soon.  Still very creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!

Rutherford Pemberton – No reports of anyone up there yet.  This location is usually one of the last places to go early season seeing the large creeks and cross ditches to cross. Also not the safest place to go early season seeing all the crevasses are still all open.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – No one has attempted to drive over since last week nor would I suggest it anymore.  I think its safe to say the hurley is now closed for driving vehicles and open for sled traffic only.  You are parking between 8 and 9km up the road.  Heads up HUGE boulder 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 tenure for cat skiing starts on Dec 10, please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.

Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership and to start going over all your gear and make sure you’re ready for the season. 

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


NOVEMBER 24 2016 - PEMBERTON / WHISTLER / SQUAMISH AREA

WINTER IS HERE!! YEEEWWWWWW!!!  Get out and rip! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday has brought us over 3 feet of fresh pow above 1000m and its still PUKINGwith about another 1.5 feet in the forecast for today and tomorrow.  Freezing level is supposed to stay around 1000m and could possibly lower by next week.

I am deciding to take my sled out for the first time tomorrow to do some snow studies, but this report is brought to you by weather observation research and actual outings by close friends in the passed couple days.  The snowline is sitting at about 1000m right now, so if you are planning to get out I don’t suggest using trailers yet seeing you still have to drive higher on the logging roads to get to the snow, sled decks only.

As far as the snow pack goes, there is an early November crust sitting under the snow right now.  All this new snow is sitting on this crust that is about 90cm down at 1750m.  Its sitting a little further down higher you go.  This means be careful.  We have a lot of snow sitting on a hard crust that could easily cause a slab avalanche.  Although reports say that the new snow is bonding well to this crust, always be careful.  I will do a little snow profile tomorrow so please stay tuned on my exact findings on the she shreds facebook page tomorrow evening. .There hes been heavy winds up there as well so please be aware of wind loaded slopes that maybe a bit more unstable. Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca 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!

Average base is sitting at about 5-6 feet at about 2200m right now and a little less as you go lower.

Reality check : Yes its snow A LOT in the passed 3-4 days, yes I suggest venturing out and having a look see for some fun, yes its still early season and the snow hasn’t had too much time to have a solid base yet so be careful when you go in for that deep aggressive ski carve!  

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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 just before the gate.  The Black Tusk club has now started charging for trail fee’s, help support the club!

Brandywine Whistler – havnt gotten an update on exact KM parking but is has come down since last week’s report.  Flurry, but still very creek-y in the bowl!  Those creeks munch you whole watch out!

Photo by Barett Hepburn in Whistler BC taken on Nov 23

Photo by Barett Hepburn in Whistler BC taken on Nov 23

Rutherford Pemberton – No reports of anyone up there yet.  This location is usually one of the last places to go early season seeing the large creeks and cross ditches to cross.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – No one has attempted to drive over since last week nor would I suggest it anymore.  I think its safe to say the hurley is now closed for driving vehicles and open for sled traffic only.  Snow starts on the road at about 1000m and there is about a couple feet at the summit.

Photo taken by Graham Haywood in Pemberton BC BEFORE the snow storm arrived on sunday Nov 20 at about 1900m

Photo taken by Graham Haywood in Pemberton BC BEFORE the snow storm arrived on sunday Nov 20 at about 1900m

Bc Snow show is happening in Vernon BC Friday night Nov 25 and Saturday Nov 26- this weekend.  Lots of awesome vendors and lots of awesome athletes under one roof! Check er out!

Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership and to start going over all your gear and make sure you’re ready for the season.  Here is a little article I wrote a while back, a checklist on a rough idea what you should have on you whie sledding this winter: http:www.sheshreds.ca/article/what-to-pack-in-your-backcountry-snowmobile-backpack

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


November 18 2016 - Pemberton / Whistler / Squamish area

Winter has graced us very lightly in the passed week.  On Tuesday we got a good 3-4 inches at about 1300m and more higher in the alpine.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday have been pretty dry as far as precipitation goes, couple scattered flurries,  but the freezing level has stayed nice and low preserving all that white stuff! 

I have not personally taken my sled out yet this season, but I will give you my best report based on reports from close friends.  I drove up to the snowline (about 1300m) but still so boney and rocky in Pemberton, don’t want to wreck the new 850!  If you are just dying to get out, I would suggest Brohm Ridge for now! It has a pretty safe grassy meadow to play in that wont snag your skiis, aarms or Smodules!

Picture taken on the Hurley, close to the summit at about 1300m on Tuesday Nov 15

Looks like we have a bit of a low sweeping in by Saturday and will stick around for the weekend bringing about 25-30cm of freshies at about 1500m and higher!  Freezing levels are looking to stay nice and low for the beginning of next week with more precipitation! Winter is trying hard to satisfy our needs!

As far as the snow pack goes, in the words of Avalanche Canada “if there is enough snow to ride without hitting rocks or logs, there is enough snow for avalanches”.  The temperatures are fluctuating big time over the past and future couple of weeks.  Snow has not yet had the time and conditions to bond so please travel with care in wide open areas (alpine more specifically) especially where the ground is grassy or smooth.  Although avalanche.ca has not yet started their reports for the season, make sure to always check the reports before heading out into the backcountry.  Average base is sitting at about 3.5 feet at about 2200m right now.

 Reality check : wait for the snow! Still very boney and access is heinous!

Picture taken by Brody Fourchalk up Brohm Ridge at about 1300m on Thursday Nov 17

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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. Road up is “fun” in the truck! Parking just before the gate.  Boney down low and fluffy at the top.

Brandywine Whistler – parking pretty much below cabin turn off. Pretty boney and very creeky in the bowl.

Rutherford Pemberton – No reports of anyone up there yet.  This location is usually one of the last places to go early season seeing the large creeks and cross ditches to cross.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – People are still driving over the Hurley to Goldbridge and Bralorne in their trucks.  Snow starts on the road at about 1200m and there is about 3-4 inches at the summit. 

Bc Snow show is happening in Vernon BC Friday night Nov 25 and Saturday Nov 26.  Lots of awesome vendors and lots of awesome athletes under one roof! Check er out!

Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership and to start going over all your gear and make sure you’re ready for the season.  Here is a little article I wrote a while back, a checklist on a rough idea what you should have on you whie sledding this winter: http:www.sheshreds.ca/article/what-to-pack-in-your-backcountry-snowmobile-backpack

If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!


November 11 2016 - Pemberton / Whistler / Squamish area

Ola sea to sky sledders!  Super pumped to be bringing you the ride and snow reports again for the sea to sky corridor!  I have been receiving countless emails asking what the snow is doing up here to thought I would start off the reports for ya!  If ever you have any updates or events you would like me to share with the community please email them over to info@sheshreds.ca I can’t be in multiple places at the same time, so any updates given will help keep the most accurate updates be available.  Your name will be given as credit and any photos are welcome as well!

Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership and to start going over all your gear and make sure you’re ready for the season.  Here is a little article I wrote a while back, a checklist on a rough idea what you should have on you whie sledding this winter: http:www.sheshreds.ca/article/what-to-pack-in-your-backcountry-snowmobile-backpack

I have not personally taken my sled out yet this season seeing I was away and missed the window of fresh snow couple weeks ago, but I will give you my best report based on reports from close friends.  I hiked up to the snowline (about 1600m) but still so boney, don’t want to wreck the new 850!

Between Oct 22 and Oct 28 ish we got snow above 1600m, and lots of it, about 3-4 feet to be exact.  Then a warm front swept through the corridor the past week and a half with freezing levels above 3400m and rained, lots of it, over 120mm (in a week and a half!).  It has melted a lot of snow causing Pemberton to flood.  Looks like this low is going to stick around all weekend with high temps and rain up to about 2400m.  By Monday its looking like temps are going to start to drop and freezing levels will hopefully sit around 1200m-1500m. Bring on the snow (fingers crossed)!

Pic: Brody Fourchalk up Brohm at about 1500m on Nov 6 (before the monsoon rains came though)

As far as the snow pack goes, in the words of Avalanche Canada “if there is enough snow to ride without hitting rocks or logs, there is enough snow for avalanches”.  The temperatures are fluctuating big time over the past and future couple of weeks.  Snow has not yet had the time and conditions to bond so please travel with care in wide open areas (alpine more specifically) especially where the ground is grassy or smooth.  Although avalanche.ca has not yet started their reports for the season, make sure to always check the reports before heading out into the backcountry.  Average base is sitting at about 2.5 feet at about 2200m right now.

Pic: whistler/blackcomb - Horseman hut on Blackcomb Mountain at about 2300m

Reality check : wait for the snow! Still very boney and access is heinous!

Bc Snow show is happening in Vernon BC Friday night Nov 25 and Saturday Nov 26.  Lots of awesome vendors and lots of awesome athletes under one roof! Check er out!

Brohm Squamish – Seeing 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. Road up is “fun” in the truck! Parking at about 1km passed the cabin.  Boney down low and kind of ok at the top. Hard rock ice till about 11am now when it starts to soften up.

Pic: Black Tusk snowmobile club web cam on Friday Nov 11

Brandywine Whistler – parking pretty much just below Brandywine bowl =P pretty boney!

Pic: Kassia O'Connor - Brandywine bowl at about 1500m on Nov 6.

Rutherford Pemberton – No reports of anyone up there yet.  This location is usually one of the last places to go early eason seeing the large creeks and cross ditches to cross.

Hurley FSR Pemberton – People are still driving over the Hurley to Goldbridge and Bralorne in their trucks.  No bueno for the sleds yet!


April 9 2016 2016 - Pemberton / Whistler / Squamish area

Slakin! Just want to apologize for slakin’ on these snow reports the past little bit.  I was out of the country and full on busy, no other excuse. That being said it has gotten so darn warm the past week and a half that access is becoming very tricky in some spots.  The creeks are wide and gushing, the snow lines are creeping up very fast up those mountains making it hard on the trucks to drive so high to unload.  Freezing levels have been well over 2000m and some days even over 3000m for the past week and a half and sun has been shining real bright baking all that snow.  Serious melt freeze crusts have been forming with such big temperature changes from day to night.  Be aware and travel safe especially as the day gets later and temperatures rise.  Its spring, get out there for the last couple days that are left, bring sunscreen and travel far in this perfect traveling snow! 

Always check the avalanche reports before heading out!  www.avalanche.caAnd their sweet new Mountain Information Network program is SUPER rad if you want to read about any recent avalanches out there, check it out!

http://www.avalanche.ca/mountain-information-network

Rutherford – Grooming has stopped for the season.  We are parking at about 8km now with dirt patches for a bit. Access is becoming quite tricky with exposed creeks in the cross ditches.  Good luck and be ready for an adventure going up! hehe

Hurley FSR update –Parking is now at about 19km. Some dirt patches to deal with. Be respectful of others and be smart about where and how you park.

Brandywine! Parking at about 5km. Some dirt patches to deal with seeing some of the snow is still too thick to drive a truck through.

Brohm ridge – She done!

This will be the last ride report of the season.  If you want details on access feel free to email me at info@sheshreds.ca and I will gladly give you an update.  I still have a couple days left in me, don’t really want it to end quite yet!! Thanks so much for checking in all winter for these reports and I will happly be bringing you the scoop next season again! Have a great summer!

Rider: Janice Mcwilliam


March 24 2016 2016 - Pemberton/Whistler/Squamish area

I would like to start off this ride report by sending my condolences to the family and friends of Brent Cawley who lost his life up the Pemberton Ice Caps last Saturday. May you rest in peace shredding those fluffy white pow clouds in the high mountains! Please be aware that glaciers are more dangerous than ever with global warming happening. The crevasses, moulin’s and creeks are opening up more than ever.  Please always look in front of you and travel at slower speeds on glaciers.  Take a crevasse rescue course. Please read the Rutherford update below for more details on the location of the Moulin so no one else goes into it.

March Pow Madness has come to mellow halt. The snow started to get good at about 1900m on Tuesday but the freezing levels have dropped since then with new snow falling! About 15-20 cm has fallen in elevations higher than 1300m the past couple days that is sitting on very settled spring snow. Expect to see some storm slab action with this new snow in higher elevations. Freezing levels are expected to be sitting between 1000m and 1500m between now and the weekend. Friday is looking like the day to get out with the most sun, then the clouds come back.  I am hoping for another April dump like we got last year!

Always check the avalanche reports before heading out!  www.avalanche.caAnd their sweet new Mountain Information Network program is SUPER rad if you want to read about any recent avalanches out there, check it out!! http://www.avalanche.ca/mountain-information-network 

Rutherford – The Moulin (big hole on the glacier on the Appa Glacier stretch before gas drop) is located roughly at  50°20'43.07"N 123°10'41.02"W (coordinates provided by Mark Selin) and has been marked off with poles and flagging tape. Parking at approximately 2km up the road  if you have trailers.  The groomer is pushing the snow to 5km mark tonight (Friday) but there is still ice from 3km to 5km so only good winter tires are suggested if youre driving to the 5km park. Grooming is on Tuesday nights and Friday nights. Take into consideration with these warm temps its very hard to keep trails in perfect condition – they whoop out quick when its shmoo snow. Couple of dirt patches are now starting to poke through the road at lower elevations due to rain. Smooth sailing all the way to the ice caps!  Trail fee’s in full effect.

Hurley FSR update –Parking is now at about 17.5 km up the hurley.  Be respectful of others and be smart about where you park.

Brandywine! Parking at the bottom. Some dirt patches to deal with o the way up at lower elevations. Charging trail fees in full effect.

Brohm ridge – parking above the gravel pitt at the 5-6km mark!  Its tight! Quite a few dirt patches to deal with now on the way up.  Club is still using the old DMC groomer to groom, new groomer needs some love still. All non-members expect to pay a $20 fee to support the grooming efforts.

I have run into the CO Officers and compliance enforcement officers often now checking for sled registrations. They are cracking down huge, I wouldn’t suggest getting caught without your snowmobile registration, it’s a hefty fine! They are checking in the parking lots AND on the mountain! You MUST carry your drivers license AND registrations papers ON YOU in the mountains to avoid this fine. 

Tyler Kraushar Pemberton Ice caps March 22 2016:

Coordinates and location of moulin up the Pemberton Ice caps (photo provided up Mark Salin):

The moulin has been marked off up the Pemberton Ice caps:


March 17 2016 2016 - Pemberton/Whistler/Squamish area

Just wanted to start off this ride report by sending my condolences to all the friends and families of those who lost their loved ones in the mountains due to avalanches the past week. Too many. You were all part of the sledding community; our family, may you rest in peace shredding those fluffy white pow clouds in the high mountains!

March Madness!  Holy hell its DEEEEEEEEEP out there. The best it gets with this beautiful sunshine now.  Over a meter of new snow has fallen in the past week and the sun is now starting to come out. Please be careful, with the sun means warming up of the new snow and is more likely to cause avalanches.  Also be aware of melt freeze crusts forming in sun exposed slopes over the next couple days. Lots of settling and whumpfing happening right now in the alpine. Cornices are still quite large and fragile.  Nothing but sunshine till mid Saturday afternoon with freezing levels hovering around 1700-2000m. Hope you all enjoy the face shots and don’t forget to slap your face with the screen if you don’t want to get that leather face look!

Always check the avalanche reports before heading out!  www.avalanche.caAnd their sweet new Mountain Information Network program is SUPER rad if you want to read about any recent avalanches out there, check it out!! http://www.avalanche.ca/mountain-information-network

Rutherford – Parking at approximately 2km up the road, 4x4 only suggested if you are driving up there to park. No trailers suggested. There are tracks that almost go into a huge crevasse up on the appa glacier stretch, ride with caution, even though there are tracks doesn’t mean its safe (see photo below). Grooming is on Tuesday nights and Friday nights. Take into consideration with these warm temps its very hard to keep trails in perfect condition – they whoop out quick when its shmoo snow. Couple of dirt patches are now starting to poke through the road at lower elevations due to rain. Smooth sailing all the way to the ice caps!  Trail fee’s in full effect.

Hurley FSR update –Parking is now at about 17 km up the hurley only if you have good tires.  Be respectful of others and be smart about where you park.

Brandywine! Parking at the bottom. Some dirt patches to deal with o the way up at lower elevations. Charging trail fees in full effect.

Brohm ridge – parking above the gravel pitt at the 5-6km mark!  Its tight! Quite a few dirt patches to deal with now on the way up.  Club is still using the old DMC groomer to groom, new groomer needs some love still. All non-members expect to pay a $20 fee to support the grooming efforts.

I have run into the CO Officers and compliance enforcement officers often now checking for sled registrations. They are cracking down huge, I wouldn’t suggest getting caught without your snowmobile registration, it’s a hefty fine! They are checking in the parking lots AND on the mountain! You MUST carry your drivers license AND registrations papers ON YOU in the mountains to avoid this fine.

Photo by John Wallace:


March 9 2016 2016 - Pemberton/Whistler/Squamish area

Pow pow!  Pretty much the best it gets right now above 1400m.  Its snowed about 60cm in the past couple days with pretty good freezing levels (about 1400m). There is a melt freeze crust from this past Saturday’s sun/higher freezing levels in some places sitting under this new snow (about 60cm below). Another 50cm in the forecast the next couple days with freezing levels sitting between 1100m and 1700m.  With this much new snow expect the avalanche ratings to go up significantly. Cornices are still very sensitive and for those that have not broken yet, the wind keeps up this week making them bigger. Be careful. Not much sun in the forecast, but don’t be picky, the snow is good!  Take it, get some!

Always check the avalanche reports before heading out!  www.avalanche.caAnd their sweet new Mountain Information Network program is SUPER rad if you want to read about any recent avalanches out there, check it out!! http://www.avalanche.ca/mountain-information-network

Here is Ray Mason’s MIN from March 6 -  http://www.avalanche.ca/share/hope-creek/4cc91290-d6f3-4799-a36f-4e620c51a193

Rutherford – Parking at approximately 2km up the road, 4x4 only suggested if you are driving up there to park. No trailers suggested. There are tracks that almost go into a huge crevasse up on the appa glacier stretch, ride with caution, even though there are tracks doesn’t mean its safe (see photo below). Grooming is on Tuesday nights and Friday nights. Take into consideration with these warm temps its very hard to keep trails in perfect condition – they whoop out quick when its shmoo snow. Couple of dirt patches are now starting to poke through the road at lower elevations due to rain. Smooth sailing all the way to the ice caps!  Trail fee’s in full effect.

Hurley FSR update –Parking is now at about 17 km up the hurley only if you have good tires.  Be respectful of others and be smart about where you park. IMPORTANT NOTICE: at the summit of the Hurley (at about 1400m just before the Face turnoff) there is a BC Forestry sign that is now buried about 6 inches under the snow now. It is on your left side if you are headed the Bralorne direction, placed in a very inviting “come rip over here”  kind of area – open and pow savvy. Stay on the cat track near the summit. Be aware not to hit it! 

Brandywine! Parking at the bottom. Some dirt patches to deal with o the way up at lower elevations. Charging trail fees in full effect.

Brohm ridge – parking above the gravel pitt at the 5-6km mark!  Its tight! Quite a few dirt patches to deal with now on the way up.  Club is still using the old DMC groomer to groom, new groomer needs some love still. All non-members expect to pay a $20 fee to support the grooming efforts.

I have run into the CO Officers and compliance enforcement officers often now checking for sled registrations. They are cracking down huge, I wouldn’t suggest getting caught without your snowmobile registration, it’s a hefty fine! They are checking in the parking lots AND on the mountain! You MUST carry your drivers license AND registrations papers ON YOU in the mountains to avoid this fine.

Photo by Kachina Brown: