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Dakota Ridge Cross Country ski area

Dakota Ridge is a 620-hectare, high altitude (3500-4000 feet)

plateau located above a working forest watershed.


One of the key advantages of the area is its central location to both

Gibsons and Sechelt. With good road access, locals will be skiing within

30-40 minutes and visitors from Vancouver within less than two hours.

Currently, the road is gated 3-4 km before the actual nordic trails.


The site is considered by experts to be excellent for a cross

country ski area and second to none in the entire Lower

Mainland area.


The Dakota Ridge receives annual snowpacks equal to or exceeding

Cypress Mountain or Whistler Mountain!


Particularly attractive is the gently rolling terrain with large safe

areas for skiing.


There is no major alteration of the natural environment

proposed or required in the actual ski area. Cross country skiing on 20

feet of snow can do little damage to the environment.


Historically the snow is consistently reliable on Dakota Ridge from

mid-November to late May!


Expected Services next winter (Nov 2007-April 2008)

*Access: SCRD is hoping that the 13 km access road to trail-head

will be accessible and maintained. Vehicles must be prepared for winter

driving conditions, with 1000 m incline up rough forest service road.

*Facilities: At least 17 km of trails developed for cross

country skiing and snowshoeing, warming and washroom facilities

available, full signage, kiosks and mapping of trails

*Services: Trails groomed approximately 5 days per week, Dakota

Ridge website with updated weather, road and trail conditions, webcam,

volunteer ski patrol, special winter community events.


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Taken on January 27, 2007