Hurley is Open

Thanks to Jim Blair for the first Hurley update and photo of the 2020 summer season! Lots of potholes and wildlife so drive slow. Grading has not started yet. Squamish Mills will be grading the full length of the road so expect to see machinery working and please respect their space and slow down.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Hurley summit 11.30am Wednesday
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Opening Update 2020 #7

This will hopefully be the final opening update! The new contractor has one more day of plowing left and the road should be open for tomorrow (Wednesday). Squamish Mills will be grading the full length of the road so expect to see machinery working and please respect their space and slow down. If something happens and the road will not be ready for tomorrow we will make another post this evening. Thanks to BJ Moore and Sal Demare for keeping us updated on the opening and to Tom and the other contractors who have worked hard to make it happen.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

The Hurley will be open Wednesday May 27th
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2020 Opening Update #6

The new contractor moved his cat up to the Hurley and moved Tom’s cat back to Gold Bridge. He got in a day of plowing yesterday and will give us another update tonight.

Yesterday someone attempted to drive the Hurley and got a jeep stuck in the snow up top. Luckily someone else came by and rescued the woman, who was alone. See the full post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/4wdabc/permalink/10157369956076009/

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2020 Opening Update #5


The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

Unfortunately things are not going well for Tom this year and yesterday he had an incident and is unable to work for a while. We would like to wish Tom a speedy recovery and thank him for the huge effort he put into opening the road up this year. He had several mechanical issues which he worked at all hours to fix and his efforts are much appreciated.

Another contractor has been contacted and they will be moving their cat up to the Hurley and bring Tom’s down for repairs. It will be a couple of days before the other cat is able to move up there and then a couple more days left for plowing. BJ will give us another update after the new operator starts working.

We would like to share a comment from our local Avalanche Tech, Conny who explains why the conditions are so hard for snow removal this year.

“For the past 15 years Backcountry Snowcats has run a snowcat up and down the Hurley. They have done this to get supplies and to level the snowmobile road for public as well as for their guests. The Pemberton Snowmobile Club has jumped in there in the past three or four years as well grooming and clearing. Late every season the snowcats start peeling the top off the snowpack road. Every pass they push off anywhere from 3-8? reducing the total snow on the road by over half in places. When this is not done the weight of the snow itself will compact deeper layers so much so that at times you struggle to push a knife into it. This season the tourism industry ended abruptly in the middle of March and little if any further snowcat work was done on the road.

Also in snowpack studies we did around around the Hurley we found a layer of snow several feet thick in the middle of the snowpack that was uncharacteristically dense. In general the snow in the Hurley area is about 15-20% more dense than typical for this time of the year. This is just a result of how the storms lined up through the winter in terms of wind, moisture and precipitation amounts.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tom and the clearing crew for several years. I’m sure they are more frustrated about the mechanical issues than anyone. I also know they will be up there to finish the job the moment they have their parts…..regardless of the time of day or night.”

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2020 Opening Update #4

Update on the progress of the Hurley opening.
The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

Update Sunday night. Tom got his cat fixed and unfortunately blew another hose. The shop in Kamloops is closed until Tuesday. We really feel for Tom this year and appreciate everything he has done to get his cat back to work. Another update will be made on Wednesday.

Tom has had some mechanical issues on his cat and that has set him back a couple of days at least. He is currently working on getting new parts and hopes to be back at it tomorrow. There is a lot of deep, hard ice under the snow and these are the hardest conditions he has had to plow. As soon as we know when it will be open it will be posted here. Estimated time of opening will likely be after the long weekend.

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2020 Opening Update #3

Update on the progress of the Hurley opening from BJ Moore, FLNRO.
The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

The Hurley is still closed to traffic and at this time the estimated opening is unknown (updated Saturday 5.30pm) We will get an update again tomorrow. BJ and Sal have been great this year with lots of communication to post here.

Tom was surprised yesterday when he got to work and there was a wolverine sitting on top of his cat! A good way to start the day! The day was just as expected for ploughing, slow. He only made it just under 1.5km in a 10 hour day. The snow walls ploughed up are 12’-14’ tall and have to be set back a long ways from the road. This is the only way that Tom can clear the single lane for traffic. 

He is close to the summit but the snow is still getting deeper. We’ll see how much faster it goes once he is past the summit and pushing downhill, plus there is way more room to push it off the road on the Pemberton side. But, it still looks like late Saturday is the time of completion.

Please stay off the road. Crews are still working. Squamish Mills will start grading from the Pemberton side soon and they also need space and respect. If flaggers are needed it will use up the summer maintenance budget so please respect the crews working and use common sense. Stay off the road until the work has been complete and give the grader space and drive slow. Thanks!

Tom and his cat
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2020 Opening Update #2

Update on the progress of the Hurley opening from BJ Moore, FLNRO.
The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

The Hurley is still closed to traffic and at this time the estimated opening is late on Saturday. We will get an update again in the coming days.

Tom made good progress on Tuesday and is in 5 ½ ‘ of snow and around 1.8km from the Summit. However, with the depth of the snow and difficult ice layer, it is going a little slower than he expected. The next two days will be the toughest ones for ploughing as it is flatter and deeper/heavy snow. Even after the summit, and pushing downhill, there are still a few kms of snow remaining. Its clear now that this ice layer is why all this snow is remaining.
 
Someone tried to climb up the Pemberton side and got stuck and Tom had to pull them out. 2 vehicles drove up from the Gold Bridge side and demanded that they be let through.

Please stay off the road. Crews are still working. Squamish Mills will start grading from the Pemberton side soon and they also need space and respect. If flaggers are needed it will use up the summer maintenance budget so please respect the crews working and use common sense. Stay off the road until the work has been complete and give the grader space and drive slow. Thanks!
 

Tom and his cat
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2020 Opening Update

The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Explore BC Later.

Thanks to BJ Moore, Engineering Officer, FLNRO and SLRD Area A Director Sal Demare for the update everyone has been waiting for! Snow clearing will start next Monday May 11. The first hurdle will be to clear the Green Mt avalanche debris and Scott Holden will be helping with that then Tom Illidge will start clearing with his cat. There is still over 2 metres of snow at the summit. Please stay off the road while the work is being done and we will update when the work is complete.

Sal has asked that some sightline brushing be done on the road and BJ has put in a funding request.

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Tom and his cat
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Spring Avalanche Update

Thanks to Avalanche Tech Conny, Brian Moore FLNRO and Sal Demare Area A Director for the latest update on snow conditions in the avalanche paths on the Hurley. We don’t know when the road opening will be this year but updates will be posted here as they happen.

Report from Conny. From what I could see there is less snow in the start zones than typical of this time of the year. There has not been any avalanches since the end of January when two large ones reached the road. Those two slides only pulled out 30-40% of the available snow. So at this point there is a lot of snow up there that could slide. 

While the valleys are still cold right now there has been an inversion building and snow is getting warm on solar aspects like the Green Mountain paths. I expect avalanche at any time. Fortunately there is a bit of a cold front coming through tomorrow which will reduce hazard a bit for the weekend. The warm temperatures are back next Tuesday.  

The snowpack will likely melt out faster than it has in previous years because there is so little of it. Also, I expect a lot of it to slide in the next three weeks which will also speed up the melt and reduce hazard. The slides that are on the road right now will melt out quickly as the debris piles are pretty thin. 

Green Mt avalanche zone April 2020. Photo by Conny A
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Green Mt Avalanche

Heavy rain last week resulted in a big avalanche from one of the Green Mountain avalanche slide paths that covered the Hurley road around the 11km mark. Thanks to the Bridge River Valley Snowmobile Club for clearing a path through the debris for snowmobiles to access Gold Bridge. Remember to always check the Avalanche warnings before heading out and be aware of what is above you. Play safe!

Snowmobile club clearing a path through the debris. Photo by Claude Carrier
Green Mt avalanche zones on the Hurley in 2011. Photo by Frank W Baumann
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Dec 7 update

Thanks to Aidan and Ben for the latest update and photo. Got over the Hurley around 11pm. Took about 2.5 hours with chain install. Deep snow starting at Semaphore lake trail head. Slippery on the decline over the summit. Truck with clearance, two-sets of chains and 4×4 essential. Might be the last run of the year unless we decide to chance it on the way home.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Summit Dec 7

Summit Dec 7

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Dec 6 update

With the new snowfall last night, driving the Hurley is not recommended!  Sleds are already hitting the summit. Thanks to Carson for sending the photos to www.southchilcotin.ca

Thanks to Heather Roberts for another update.  Came from Bralorne to Pemberton over the pass around 4:00pm on Dec 5. Better than last night but still pretty spicy. Chains still mandatory and tricky no stoping zones still in effect. 5 inches of new snow in Pemberton this morning and driving the Hurley is probably not going to work out too well, really know what your getting into, with a strong rescue team ready to get your truck outta there.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Hurley summit Dec 5 - photo by Carsen

Hurley summit Dec 5 – photo by Carson

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Dec 4 Update

Thanks to Heather Roberts for the latest update, sounds like things are getting sketchy up there!

Hurley tonight (Wed Dec 04), over the pass around 8-9pm. I came from Pemberton to Bralorne.  It went from 3cm to 45cm in like 150ft. 3kms of super slippery underneath, deeper than expected, powdery snow. It was sketchy even with chains and 4×4 truck. I absolutely did not stop to take a picture! If you are going be sure to have a rescue person planned, definitely chains, 4×4 truck, and the regular winter preparedness. I have driven it with chains and more snow than that before but it was surprisingly tricky tonight.

Around Hope Creek I had the chains off and was relaxed at moderate speed and BOOM….. a black ice 270 spin out added to the evening.

Chain up early, drive slow. Watch out.

It’s definitely proceed with caution and preparedness time, not sure how many more days we will get.

Nice to meet Bret, Ashley, and the Pemberton trucks man,  thanks for breaking trail!  I made it to my goodnight beer and warm bed without an epic – but it was close. ?

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 24 Update

Thanks to everyone who sent in updates after the recent snowfall – Robin, Carolyn, Mike and Justin. The most recent update was from 6pm on the 24th. 12 inches at the summit and snowing lightly. Still passable with one lane and chains are recommended for travel.  Snow from Tenquille Branch to Hope Creek. The Conservation Officer was at the Pemberton side earlier in the day checking for hunting regulations etc. Good to see them out there!

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Hurley Summit 6pm Nov 24 - Photo by JB

Hurley Summit 6pm, 12″  Nov 24 – Photo by JB

Summit at 3pm 10 " Photo by Carolyn

Summit at 3pm 10″ Photo by Carolyn

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November 21 Update

NOV 21 Update –  Looks like conditions haven’t changed from the 19th and there is still snow at the summit. Thanks to Ted and Tish Rayner for the latest update and photos. Came northbound today. Washboard up to the summit, snow cover started at 4200 feet to the summit with 6 inches of snow but bare tracks on the road. From summit down to Gold Bridge road was in better shape with little washboard.

Thanks to Alan Simmons for the Nov 19 update and photo.  About 6 inches of snow at summit but tracks almost to the ground.   Lots of washboard.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  Have a safe drive!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Hurley summit Nov 21. Photo by  Ted Rayner

Hurley summit Nov 21. Photo by Ted & Trish Rayner

November 19 conditions

November 19 road conditions. Alan Simmons photo

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