52 Weeks of Trails - Week 52 - Blueberry Ski Trail at Dakota Ridge
Here we are, the final week of 2014. Over this past year, we've shared with you a different trail every week; hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, and even some paddling "trails". From the southern shores of Gambier Island to the northern tip of Sarah Point, we have explored the Sunshine Coast quite well. The fascinating thing about writing this has been realizing-- there are SO.MANY.TRAILS! We could probably write another 52 weeks worth of trails and we still would not even come close to covering them all. Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing these trails with you - and we hope you will continue to enjoy getting outside on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails.
So what's in store for 2015, you ask? Its all about "The Art of Living Well". Living well means different things to different people- it could mean a relaxing day at the spa, a browse through an art gallery, a family picnic at the beach, or running in the woods with your dog. We'll share with you our different suggestions so you can perfect your very own art of living well. Look for the first blog in the new year!
LENGTH & DIFFICULTY: 6.5 - 10 km | ModerateDakota Ridge is the winter gem of the Sunshine Coast. This winter recreation area sits 15 km above Wilson Creek (Sechelt) and offers world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for all types of adventurers.
In early 2014, the new Blueberry Cross-Country Ski trail was added to the network at Dakota Ridge. The Blueberry Trail offers skiers incredible views and access to some spectacular terrain on Dakota Ridge. On clear days skiers will easily see great vistas of Panther Peak and other alpine peaks.
A key aspect to this trail is that it offers skiers a new longer distance loop at Dakota Ridge. When combined with the Squamish and Hemlock trails this now offers a 10 km longer loop. From the warming hut the trail can be skied in either direction- however we find that a counter clockwise loop works very well. Take the Squamish loop to the East and then link onto the Hemlock loop. Follow signage to access the Blueberry Trail. As you follow it you will have a few options to shorten the route – or follow its entire length for a great ski combined with great views back to the warming hut and washroom area. The trail descends as you get nearer to the hut, and you'll find it exciting as the trail veers around some corners.
Dakota Ridge offers amazing views of the Salish Sea, the North Shore Mountains and Mount Elphinstone. This new Blueberry trail will be a key route for the new Sunshine Coast Loppet being held on Dakota Ridge on January 31. A loppet is a fun day of recreational skiing and racing for all ages- including kids.
Rentals, lessons and guided tours for Dakota Ridge (ski and snowshoe) are offered by Alpha Adventures- conveniently located right at the base of the road in Wilson Creek. Transportation via self-guided tours is also available.
Alpha Adventures – Rentals, Lessons, Tours -- www.outdooradventurestore.ca
Sunshine Coast Loppet – Jan. 31, 2015 -- https://www.facebook.com/scloppet
Information courtesy of Alpha Adventures.