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Last updated: January 20, 2021 at 9:34 PM

Grooming is in full swing, despite minimal snowfall trails are in good condition above the valley and lots of powder can be found in the alpine. Keep an eye on details for each trail below.

Logging has wrapped up on the FSR at QUEEST and the trail is being groomed from 6km’s onwards, up to the cabin and back. The Forest Service Road is icy – tire chains are required and 4×4 is a necessity. We ask that you please ride with caution and be courteous to all road building traffic as they are working on a spur road off of the main FSR.

OWLHEAD is also open with parking at staging area and up to 2KM. The trail is currently groomed from 2km onwards to the cabin, and the Blue cabin via the connector scroll down for details.

EAGLE PASS is currently groomed from the staging area/parking lot to the cabin.

Safe Sledding!

GROOMING REPORT

Last Groomed: Last groomed January 21, 2021 AM – 0 Riders since last groomed.

Snow Report: 220cm base, 5cm new snow, 40cm powder. Parking in parking lot for all vehicles.

Last Groomed: January 21st, 2021 AM – 0 riders since last groomed.

Snow Report:  179 cm base at Owlhead cabin, 192 at Blue Lake cabin, no new snow- keep an eye on the APEXALPINECAM for accumulation at the cabin. Parking in parking lot for all vehicles; HOWEVER, due to lack of snow at the bottom we will be allowing a limited number of trucks WITH CHAINS ONLY up to the 2km parking lot – first 2 km are EXTREMELY icy. Please be courteous when parking to maximize on space for those arriving after you. Trail is groomed from 2KM onwards to the Owlhead cabin, and the Blue cabin via the connector.

QUEEST

Last Groomed: January 19, 2021 AM – 26 riders since last groomed.

Snow Report: 210 cm base, no new snow. Parking at 6KM, groomed from there to the cabin.

NOTICE: The Forest Service Road is icy – tire chains are required and 4×4 is a necessity. We ask that you please ride with caution and be courteous to all road building traffic as they are working on a spur road off of the main FSR.

Last Groomed: March 2020

Snow Report: BLUE LAKE STAGING AREA CLOSED FOR LOGGING MONDAY to FRIDAY – No Grooming Scheduled

The EVSC wishes to notify our sledding community that the spectacular Blue Lake alpine riding area is OPEN, but is best accessed from the Owlhead staging area via the Owl-Blue connector.

The Yard Creek Forest Service Road (FSR) from our Malakwa Blue Lake trailhead is restricted to active logging during the week from Monday through to Friday.

Due to active logging and road building on this FSR there is to be no snowmobiling or staging at the Blue Lake trailhead during the week. It is extremely difficult for these large rigs to come off of the mountain, and the potential hazards for these drivers are easily compounded when encountering snowmobilers heading in opposing directions and trucks parked in crucial switchbacks.

Again, we encourage our sledding community to respect these restrictions at Blue Lake, and to remember when using FSR’s that radios are required.

TRAIL GROOMING

Trails will be groomed after 75 sleds; in the evening ***BEGINNING AT DUSK*** 

  • Please do not drive your vehicle on groomed trails.
  • Stay on the right side of the trail.
  • Watch for grooming equipment and give them right-of-way
  • Travel on and off the groomed trails is completely at the Sledder’s Own Risk.
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