Kane Valley Trail Conditions – February 2014

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19 Responses to Kane Valley Trail Conditions – February 2014

  1. Anne says:

    Skiied from P3, Vale, Gulch, Asp. Conditions fast, with just a little snow on the hard-packed base. A little icy under the trees. A beautiful day, sunny and warm, 12C in the sun!

  2. JH says:

    Just skied gulch, harmon to panorama shelter, made a ski track down lynx, then up gulch to vale and back to p3. The snow conditions are as good as Kane gets. Really good right now. Take advantage before the weather warms! jh

  3. Cindy says:

    Feb 25th Skied Mathew’s Loop and had the best ski so far this year. Minus 10, freshly groomed on perfect snow, and sunny, what more could you ask for.
    Someone has dumped a dryer n the P3 parking lot. I guess they think the appliance fairies will pick it up?

  4. Anne says:

    Skiied Hills Homestead, with snow falling steadily all day. It was a slow ski because of the loads of new snow, but still great. Quite a cold day (for me at least). – 8 C.

  5. Margaret Sanders says:

    Darren, our club trail groom,has groomed all the trails and reports it is lovely out there. A tree is down on the Harmon trail, and he has groomed around it for now, as it’s just too big for him to remove. There is also another tree down on Aspen – so please use caution for now. Darren has groomed on the 16,17,18,19 and 20th. due to all the new snow that has fallen. Most trails are groomed and tracked, however not the Moose Look-out, Lynx, and North. Happy skiing everyone and enjoy the snow…

  6. Anne says:

    Skied Raven’s, Tillicum, Asp, Menzies yesterday. The trails on this side of Kane were not groomed since the recent snowfalls, but it was still great skiing. Tried going down Neil’s Valley, but snow was too deep; had to turn back. Would have been hard to do even with snowshoes!

  7. Laurel says:

    Skied the Loop from P5 today. Skiing was great this afternoon with fresh snow and groomed trails. Sun was shining and it was beautiful out there. (could use a sign in pencil)

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Great snow, lots of it and excellent conditions. This afternoon, skied Hills Homestead and Kane. The latter was not only groomed but tracked. We were first to use these trails. The trail (Hills Homestead) was freshly groomed and as there had been lots of snow, the trail was smooth. Even with the sun beating down on the trail in places, the snow wasn’t sticky. No treefall despite the strong wind on these two trails.

  9. JH says:

    Skied Menzies, Gutch, Overeasy, Kane, Mathews and Chute. Snow was very ski sticky, globby in spots, Overeasy has not been newly packed and it was still surprisingly sticky in spots. Take glide wax. Other parts were fine. It was 4 above at 1pm. I might have just been behind the packer on Kane, as it was packed but not tracked. I also might be the only skier that slips and slides all over when there is no set track on the packed trail. Nordic classic skiing needs tracks for any kind of paces other than just a walking slog. Even old skier tracks are easier to follow than a wide packed trail with nothing to guide the skis. Am sure there is reasoning for all the packing and the random track setting. jh

  10. Kate says:

    Snow Report!!!! Yippeee, we do have snow to report!!!!!

    This week we have had 14-16 inches of fresh snow. This morning it is -6 c in Kane Valley. The groomer has been out every day this week, so most all the trails should be in excellent shape for skiing.

    Good luck to Pacific Sports! Enjoy Kane Valley on Friday and we hope it is a good experience for all involved!

  11. Josee Warren says:

    PacificSport will be taking 40 kids ranging from 7-12 to Kane Valley all day Friday. The kids will have the opportunity to learn to cross country ski and snow shoe and also time to play and enjoy the snow. We will be at Parking Lot 2 from 9am to 4pm. You are welcome to join us or if you prefer, go to a quieter parking lot. Enjoy the snow!

  12. Margaret Sanders says:

    Just a reminder DO NOT leave valuables in your parked vehicles. Lis Ladyman had money, credit cards and driver’s license stolen from her truck while parked at P2 yesterday. They parked at 1:30 and the cards were used by the thieves in Merritt at 2:30 and 3:00.

  13. Linda Brown says:

    February 16, 2014 a vehicle was ransacked and credit cards stolen between 1:30 and 2:00pm at P2, if anyone saw anything suspicious please call the RCMP. This is a reminder for all to not leave valuables in your vehicles. Thieves have no boundaries !!!!….

  14. Murphy says:

    Skied P5 to Jake’s with a detour down Aspen in 20-25 cm of new snow before Darren came along with the packer. He did Kane and Jake’s to Bertha Ldg & Aspen to January Shelter (that we know of). Excellent conditions. Temp -1 to -4 at 4:00 PM.

  15. Murphy says:

    FYI Avalanche Control

    Subject: [MCR] Avalanche Control – Coquihalla February 15, 2014

    The Ministry of Transportation will be conducting helicopter explosives control on Saturday, February 15. The Coquihalla will be closed from 7:00am-11:00am between Hope and Merritt. Please do not ski/snowshoe in slopes facing the highway. Examples of some, but not all areas that we may do control in are: Yak/Nak/Thar area, Markor N slide path (Lunch Run) and Two Bears. See attached google images for closure areas (Red Polygons).

    Please do not park at the Zopkios Sand Shed or Box Canyon South Bound Pull Out as we will be staging from there. If you are planning to head to the Coquihalla on Saturday, check DriveBC for updated road closure times. Areas that we will not be doing explosives control in are Needle Ridge/Bowl, Zoa, Falls Lake, Coq Lakes Ridge (Toll Booth) and Ottomite/Iago.

    When you return to your vehicle, take the time to ensure the highway is open. If you do not see numerous vehicles go by in a five minute span, the road is still closed. Stay in the parking area until you see that traffic has resumed.

    Conditions will likely be touchy out there, be careful.

    Paul Harwood
    Avalanche Technician
    BC MoTI North Cascades Program

  16. Kate says:

    Grooming Update:

    Most all trails were groomed on Monday both sides of the road. We received about 4 inches of new show and Darren went out again yesterday. All trails on the North side were done again yesterday.

    Unfortunately the groomer broke down, hoping to have it back running on the weekend?! Will keep you posted.

    Temp this morning @ 7:30 is -1 with some very light flurries. Weather is supposed to warm up significantly. My advise is ski early:)


  17. Laurel says:

    Skied Matthew’s Loop this afternoon. The sun was shining and the snow was good. On the second entry to Matthew’s Loop part way up the hill there is a tree across the path. You can get under it though.

  18. Peter Schaerer says:

    5 February
    From P1, I skied Raven Ridge – Gulch – Menzies. The snow cover had a 10 cm to 30 cm deep very hard base and 8 cm deep soft snow on top. There was a ski track but it was messed partially by users who seem to be unable to ski in a track. I wish to recommend that slow and careful skiers make separate tracks when skiing downhill. No grooming was made and skiers could forget skating. The air was cold, probably -12 C in the afternoon, but it was pleasant in the sun..

  19. Helen Lachlan says:

    Trails need grooming. When is there plans for doing this?

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