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Winter hikes between Whistler and Vancouver

Winter hikes between Whistler and Vancouver

Feb 13th, 2018, 02:08 PM
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Winter hikes between Whistler and Vancouver

Hi, anyone have any recommendations for hikes in Feb between Whistler and Vancouver? We'll have snow boots and ice grippers (the strap on chain link kind, not crampons) but not snowshoes, so something that would be packed snow as opposed to unbroken powder. Looking for something between 3-5 miles if the trail is snowy. Preferably with some kind of feature like a lake/waterfall/lookout point instead of something just through the woods. We hike in the winter in Colorado so this is not something brand new but we aren't looking for something too strenuous. Thanks in advance!
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Feb 14th, 2018, 12:57 PM
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The issue is not going to so much be snow, but avalanche/cornice risks. Those areas that are safe for winter hiking tend to be in the trees or in low elevation areas, because once you get to treeline and on any significant slopes, you get into avalanche terrain. As such, you need to get knowledgable advice on safe places. I'd suggest checking out ClubTread - they tend to have lots of local folks.
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Feb 21st, 2018, 12:40 PM
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Gemm Rose: Let us know how your trip turned out. This may be too late for your trip, but others in the future may see it:

The BC mountains near and between Vancouver and Whistler are pretty unforgiving and kgsneds is right on with his warning.
See 8 calls for help keep North Shore Rescue busy on B.C. Family Day | CBC News

If interested, also see A picture can be worth a thousand problems in B.C.'s backcountry - British Columbia - CBC News and Search and rescue teams see record call volumes in 2017 - British Columbia - CBC News

Even places like Mt. Seymour or Cypress Park, both only 20-30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, are deceptively easy and beautiful and highly recommended, but are easy to get lost and/or get in trouble and more than a few people have been rescued, injured, or died because of it.
If you go, (1) make sure you know winter safety and signs of cornices and avalanche danger, (2) make sure you know where you're going and have maps (for a visitor, stop in at a local outdoors store like Mountain Equipment Coop in Vancouver and talk to the staff, and pick up guide books and maps, and see if you can hook up with a local hiking/snowshoeing/skiing club trip (or try to find such on meetup.com), (3) be sure to take the 10 essentials (if you don't know what they are, you're not experienced enough to even think about going, winter or summer)., and (4) make sure someone responsible knows where you're going and when you'll be back to raise an alarm in case you get into trouble and don't return (and be sure to let them know if you're plans change and let them know when you get back.) - don't 100% rely on cell phones in emergencies - they don't have coverage in many terrain "coverage-shadows"

Although this video is of climbers who got injured, such could, and has frequently happened, to snowshoers and skiers: Incredible North Shore mountain rescue caught on video - British Columbia - CBC News
(Mind you, it could be an exciting, but painful, ride)

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