Post has been updated with a photo of the summit taken on Monday. Thanks to Mark from NSMBA.ca for the photo.
The Hurley is close to opening, however it is not officially open as yet. Backcountry Snowcats have spent time, fuel, wear and tear on their snow cat to do some work in the road from just south of the summit to the Face Mt turnoff. They have removed 5 feet of snow from the centre of the road and the road is now down to the ice layer. However, 30 cm of snow has fallen since this was done. Warm spring days have arrived but the nights have still been cool. They are advising that travel is not recommended without a shovel, good winter tires, 4×4, and chains. Some vehicles have made it through but they have also towed 2 vehicles that were stuck. Thanks to Kathy for this update!
If you appreciate the work that they have done to speed up the opening you can make a donation towards fuel at Sally’s Pub. We definitely appreciate the work that Reg and Kathy from Backcountry Snowcats do on the Hurley all winter with the grooming of the road and the updates that they provide so please show your appreciation!
Opening updates will be posted as they come in.