The access gates to Dakota Ridge remain shut as warmer temperatures and rain continue to delay the opening of the recreation area.
Dakota Ridge had been anticipated to open Friday, Dec. 14, with snow accumulation reaching 30 centimetres by Dec. 11. Since then, weather systems have brought rain and increased temperatures.
Approximately three feet of snow are needed to open all trail systems at the ski and snowshoe destination.
Sam Adams, the parks planning coordinator at the SCRD, told Coast Reporter the recreation area typically opens the second week of December, but less snow than usual this year could cause a delay.
Adams said on Dec. 18 that he anticipates “being able to open some trails this Saturday,” but that it will depend on the weather.
“Staff and volunteers are working on getting the facility ready for the new season,” he said.
The last time there was a delay in opening Dakota Ridge was 2014, Adams said.
Regular updates can be found on Dakota Ridge’s Facebook Page.