a belated update from Nov 11 from our friends at K3 Catski:
Quick update from out west. It is a long weekend for some, and sunny (trust me) above this pesky valley cloud.
The Gorge road is well plowed, but the snow that did fall, has now been compacted into quite a slippery layer in places. The logging trucks are running extra sets of chains because of this.
Remember 4x4 does not make you stop faster.
Make sure you have the proper gear to be out there! I met 3 trucks without radios over the last couple days. Not everyone is a skier, granted, I think at least one was a guy looking for Moose.
Turn your head lights on.
Radios- winter tires, - think the ones with the mountain and snowflakes - cause that is where you are headed! M&S are not as good in snow or ice. Tire chains, and a tow strap and shovel. Make sure you know how to use all of the above. Just buying it and tossing it in the back of the truck is like buying a beacon or probe and not ever training with them.
There is more logging traffic than in other years past, and at all hours of the day and night - potentially 7 days a week. We all want to get to and from the hills safely.
1 side note - the bears are very much still awake and active - maybe bring your bear spray, or at least until your cardio catches up after the summer
Winter is off to a great start - this cold should cause some of the creeks to freeze over and be less of an issue than last year was.
Play safe - take lots of pictures, and spread the word to everyone to have the right gear to be out enjoying things.
Cheers from K3