Dakota Ridge Season Kicks Off on January 11

Tags:  2024 | News Release
Date Released: January 9, 2024

Armed with fresh snow and groomed trails, the Dakota Ridge winter recreational area is scheduled to open for another busy season on Thursday, January 11.

Dakota Ridge is a pristine winter recreational area on a 1,532-acre plateau that features 20 kilometres of world class cross-country ski trails (classic and skate), 4 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, 3 kilometres of wilderness snowshoe trails, and a sledding area.

All terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and snow bikes are not permitted in Dakota Ridge. There is, however, an access trail that can be used by these types of recreational vehicles to get to terrain beyond the Dakota Ridge winter recreational area.

In past years, trails which are impeccably maintained by dedicated volunteers have been destroyed by off-road vehicles which in turn creates hazardous conditions for skiers. It is extremely important for motorized recreational vehicle users to be responsible and respectful of the non-motorized winter recreation area.

In addition to the above, SCRD staff would like to remind visitors to Dakota Ridge that the road servicing the area is a logging road and that, although it is plowed on a regular basis, winter conditions should be expected. Please use caution, adjust your driving to the conditions, and be prepared to stop or pull over if you meet a truck on the road.  Access is restricted to four-wheel drive vehicles with winter tires and chains

Regular updates on road conditions are available on the Dakota Ridge webpage at www.scrd.ca/dakota-ridge