Trail Report

Ski Trails

Saturday January 19, 2019  07:30   35th annual RKS Loppett

We received    2cm of new snow since yesterday morning. It is -0.2C and the forecast is for periods of snow ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud.   The snow conditions are great but a bit warm for grooming.   Today  we are hosting the  RKS Loppett   at 10:00 until about 2:00pm. The entire area will have about 500 participating Loppett skiers throughout the groomed ski area. We ask that non participants avoid skiing the groomed trails during this time.   Skiers may notice tracks on some downhills and places where we usually do not set a track.

Our large snow grooming machine (PB) has been  grooming several times since yesterday in preparation for the many Loppett routes. Yesterday and overnight the stadium area, Marathon Loop, Salmar, Ermine Frolic Hill and Gullan’s Gulley and the main north and south loops except Sky trail have been groomed and trackset.          See the grooming report for more details https://skilarchhills.ca/grooming-report/

The parking lot and road had been plowed but there is no significant amount of snowfall yet to plow again. It is very icy under the snow in the parking lot. Expect winter driving conditions.

Non groomed trails: Jan. 16/19: Good condition on the non groomed trails. Some ice from melting snow off trees.  Previously skied trails can be a little faster.

Back Country: – Jan. 17/19: The Thursday Geezers were on a number of routes including the Bog Trails, Log Roller, and a group of 5 coming down Catamount Canyon. There is some water in there, so a small culvert is needed. Some traffic up towards the Summit taking the best Route which is up Caribou Memory. Don’t be fooled by the unnamed trail shown on the map. It is the steepest way. Even Larch Ledge is better! I am working on putting a list of Local Knowledge Hints together. If you want to be involved, contact blainecarson@gmail.com  The trails still have some icy spots where there has been tree drip, but the new snow is helping.

 The emergency skidoo is behind the Chalet. Please contact us at 250-832-9804 or ed.bouma@hotmail.com if there are hazard trees and/or blockages on any trails.

Snowshoe Trails

January 14, 2019

There is now lots of snow under the trees.  It is crunchy at the start but it gets lighter, deeper and quieter the higher you go.   Please carry garden clippers to remove any new growth that gets in the way of faces in particular.

The water on Easy Peasy has been bypassed

All of our trails (except possibly Coffey’s Climb) are well used now and are well defined.

 Although we now have lots of snow under the trees, we have not had the cold needed to freeze all the water in the bogs.  The  possibility of stepping into a wet spot continues.  Ski poles or a little agility is enough. Take care, test with a pole or be prepared to lengthen your stride or jump.

 (Boot hikers find most of the wet spots for us 🙂.  ).

Please report your trail experience especially in the bogs so we can post it.

View this year’s map here.

This Year’s Changes
  • We have a new easy, short, loop trail close to the Chalet. Stuby, starts near the beginning of the Bilbos Bog Trail, then, via a short new section near the old chalet site, joins Lucy for a connection back to Bilbos Bog Trail.
  • The old Chalet site is a good access to our snow shoe trails with a dog.
  • Except for Coffey’s Climb and Temptation, all of our trails can be traveled as loops.
  • Basic back country winter survival gear such as water, food and extra warm clothing are essential on our longer more remote trails that are less frequently used, especially Mom’s Loop and Coffey’s Climb.

Note: White signs indicate skiing trails. Yellow signs indicate snow shoe trails. Please avoid the skiing trails as snow shoe tracks can cause hazards for skiers.

Our trails need your help. Our trails are volunteer and user maintained. Please carry pruners or a small folding saw with which to assist us in trail maintenance. Please help us all by removing any small obstacles obstructing your trail, and notify us of problems you can’t handle. In particular remove branches that may poke someone in the face. For large trees blocking a trail – create a trail around if possible, or remove branches to make going over or under easier and report it.

The emergency skidoo is behind the Chalet. Please contact us at 250-832-9804 or ed.bouma@hotmail.com if there are hazard trees and/or blockages on any trails.

For more info see the Snow Shoeing page.