Let it snow…
It’s winter, the days are short, the temperatures are freezing, and the trails are buried under metres of snow. Hiking season is over… right? Wrong.
The callout template can be used for far more than fair-weather hiking. Our ability to tackle tougher trips in the summer depends partly on keeping our physical conditioning up and the momentum of the list going year-round. Winter offers a whole alternate world of great adventures you may never have imagined. Here are some winter Call-out suggestions:
- Low-altitude hikes (of course)
- Cross-country (XC) skiing
- Avalanche training courses
- Winter camping/survival courses
- Indoor navigation courses
Allow Wanderung to open your eyes to the blinding white of BC’s winter wonderland! Click on a heading below to see more details.
Snowshoe Routes & Trails
Valhalla Pure Outfitters
222 West Broadway / 604-872-8872
$12/day $20/2 days
get on Sat after 4pm, return on Mon before noon.
MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop)
130 West Broadway / 604.872.7858
$12/day $20/2 days
Pick-up on Sat after 3pm, return Mon before 1pm, can reserve a week ahead
Altus Mountain Gear
137 West Broadway / 604.876.5255
$8/day or $12/day (depending on the quality) Pick up on Sat after 4pm, return Mon at 10am (opening time)
Sigge’s Sport Villa Ltd.
2077 West 4th Avenue /604-731-8818
$10/day $17/2 days
No reservations, pick up on Sat after 3pm, return Mon
Working hours for all shops:
Monday – Wednesday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday – Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Of course, the alternative to renting is to buy your own. Prices start at around $130–150. Don’t bother with anything cheaper than that as they will lack good bindings and will have poor grip (vital for icy conditions). Popular snowshoes are made by Atlas and MSR. MEC rents MSRs (which have good traction), while many other places rent Atlas (or similar). Try out different makes by renting a few times, or ask your friends to see which they prefer.
We also highly recommend taking an avalanche training course and carrying the requisite rescue gear and safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel, iceaxe, crampons, lots of warm clothing, etc.) on backcountry routes.
This is an excellent and fun introduction to Winter Snow Camping. You will learn the skills needed for overnight winter camping, including Igloo and Snow cave construction, basic survival techniques for winter travel and Avalanche safety skills training.
Hiking below the snowline
Lynn Valley (North Vancouver) – 100 m
Minnekhada Lake (Port Coquitlam) – 100 m
Teapot Hill (Chilliwack) –
West Canyon Trail, Gold Creek Falls (Golden Ears) –
Crocker Lookout (Buntzen Lake) – 440m
Crooked Falls (Sigurd Creek, Squamish) – 490m
Diez Vistas (Buntzen Lake) – 500m
Mount Lincoln/Spirit Caves (just north of Hope) – 655m
Mount Gardner (Bowen Island) – 720m
For XC Skiers
More Useful Winter Links
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