Plus 5 at Hankin Day use hut today. Lots of slide activity in Morning Bowl and Main Bowl. Some areas cleaned out to ground. Shallow weak snowpack everywhere. It will take an unusually snowy few weeks to build a skiable snowpack in the alpine. Interesting skiing below the Hut which is very different from "good skiing". Six people over at Hankin Fire lookout and 4 of us up at Hankin Hut. No one else around. Road looks well maintained.
One of the hot topics at BBSS meetings as of late has been the state of the Hankin Access road. It's a most satisfactory feeling to have all that talk translate into tangible benefits to our members. Schippers Creek Contracting has been working hard to save our trucks' paint jobs and to keep our access road plowable.
Have a look below.
If you see Chris of Schippers Creek Contracting of in town be sure to fill at least one of his hands with a beverage of his choosing and the other with a hearty high five.
Thank you to our money man, Brian Yamanka, for the pictures. And most of all thank you BBSS members for keeping the best ski area in the North alive and kicking. Now that we've put our money where our collective mouths have been for the past few months we hope you will too, and check in for our Work Bee this September. Check back here and our facebook page for details on how you can keep the Hankin Evelyn rec area alive and kicking for another great season.
It's been a long time since new text has been seen here. Digital tumbleweed has accounted for at least a third of site hits since last year's work be and the other two thirds were wayward keyboard surfers looking for directions and a couch to crash on.
This dark time has come to an end my friends and let me tell you why. This site not only informs potential visitors of the incredible experience that awaits them should they ever set ski to snow at our most excellent rec site. It also serves as tangible proof to our sponsors that the money they generously provide translates into exposure to potential customers or at the very least, gives a metric of their service to the community in which they do business.
I know your screen time is precious. With so many videos of cats crawling into fishbowls people walking into inanimate objects why should you spend any of it here? The reason my LOLcat video watching friends is this. Our sponsors keep the road to Hankin plowed, the outhouse open, and the firewood stockpiled. By coming here and looking at this very post your eyeballs, in their way plowed that road, and chopped a winter's worth of firewood. Have your eyes been going to the gym? They must have because that is impressive.
Enough talk. Here is a picture of Hudson Bay Alpine as viewed from town on August 20, 2015. So much snow!
I now turn the conversation over to you intrepid recreation site users. Now that our website is back in a state of producing content we at the BBSS would like to know what kinds of things you would like to see here. Let us know in the comments or contact us at BBSkiSociety@gmail.com
Thanks for the eyeballs!
Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society
Friends of Hankin,
Tomorrow, (yes-Saturday!) is the Hankin workbee.
Car pools will be leaving from Safeway parking lot at 9 am, otherwise meet at the Hankin main parking lot at or after 10 am.
Food and beverages will be provided (thank you to BV Wholesale!). Please bring any kind of brushing and safety equipment you have (chainsaws, axes, D-axes, radios, bucking pants, etc.).
We will have some mixed fuel for saws and chain oil available as well as some radios and axes (thank you 3 years in a row UTM Exploration).
We have a number of things on the to do list which you can find under the forums section. There's a variety of skills needed to maintain Hankin ranging from hiking to bucking so feel free to call something on the to do list if it interests you. It only takes a moment to create a login which you can use to share observations and take part in the discussion concerning maintenance.
If you have first aid training and can volunteer with our team of first aiders for the day, please contact::
Hope to see you all out there!
-Hankin Evelyn Rec Area
Please check out our sponsors page, these are all local businesses that continue to support and keep Hankin Evelyn viable!
First off, I'd like to thank our sponsors - without whom Hankin Evelyn Rec Area would not be viable.
Last Oktoberfest we raised plenty of good cheer to Ullr.
The music was tasty, the potluck was sublime, the sausages were hearty, and the beers were a varied mix from the cellars of former brewmaster in residence Tony Mondia and Dawn 2 Dusk.
All in all we managed to raise just over $1200. If any of you have a driveway that's over 5 kms long, the Hankin team salutes your tenacity to keep it clear in the wintertime. It's a lot of work!
Every dollar raised from Oktoberfest for the last 2 years (over $3000) has went to helping Hankin mountain recreation area remain accessible year round.
Oktoberfest is a great way to reconnect with your winter time buddies and recollect over who actually was and is the raddest. That and catch up, or whatever. There's also a safe bet you will meet some new sisters and brothers to do the backcountry thing with. Some caution is advised when taking the advice of "the best damn skier on this mountain!"
Good news: the Lederhosers and DJ K Doompapa are back, and we've got a whole mountain to ourselves for the evening!
The BV Nordic Club has been kind enough to allow us to use their clubhouse for the night of October 4th. If you've never been, it is well worth the trip up the mountain to check out the subalpine stars.
Things to bring:
- family and friends
- a stein to compete for the raddest stein award
- a side dish for the potluck
We have multiple bbqs so don't be shy about bringing something to grill.
Dirndl and lederhosen clad people are fully accepted and encouraged.
Any thing you would wear on schnee day is fair game as well.
If you can, please try to carpool, there will be a free shuttle service available to get down from the mountain. Loose ball bike ride down the mountain not recommended.
Hope to hoist a mug with you!
-Hankin Evelyn Recreation Area Team
TLDR - Oktoberfest oct 4th. Bring friends, mugs and food. Dress silly + have fun.
Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen for the 5th annual Oktoberfest! This year it will be kicking off October 4th (Saturday) at the BV Nordic Centre at 5 pm.
A potluck dinner will start things off. We will provide sausages, bretzels, and beer! Beer is available as always by donation with all proceeds going to the Hankin Evelyn Recreation Area road plowing fund.
Traditional oompa music (for the purists) will be followed by The Lederhosers and DJ K Doompapa who have promised to shake the snow out of Ullr's beard.
If possible please try to carpool or bike to the event, there will also be a free shuttle service available. Also if you have a large mug (stein) for drinking out of the numerous kegs, please bring it along!
Check out the BBSS facebook page for more info
Skied at Hankin yesterday. Plus 2, blowing like hell, breakable crust, beautiful day (anyone can ski powder). Lots of avi activity, mostly surface stuff but breaking deeper in spots. A couple skiers out of the US and a Shames guy all camping in parking lot. The US guys built a jump over the hood of their car and looked content to play in the parking lot.
"March 19th, 2014 Hankin Backcountry ski area.
A class 2.5 avalanche, in the main bowl above Hankin Hut, was triggered by a small cornice drop. The chunk of cornice slid down the upper 35 degree slope accumulating loose snow and where the convex slope angle increased to 45 degrees a fracture line propagated 40 metres across the slope and approx 40cm deep. The debris carried across the lower (20 degree) slope of the main bowl stopping just short of the last steep roll. Debris was 30 metres wide and approx 2.5 metres deep (deepest point).
A small, class 1 avalanche, (skier triggered/ski cut the slope), pulled out of Hut Chute 1 and ran to bottom of steep section (start zone 40 degrees, stopped as slope angle lessened to 30 degrees). Fracture line at the top was 10 to 15 cm deep and 8 metres long. The lee side of all these chutes are wind loaded and pull out easily. Temperature at 4700 feet was -5 in the morning and warmed to -2. Snow squalls, light flurries all day, winds gusting to moderate out of the SW. Still snowing at the end of the day and reports of more snow today. Expect some wind loading on this aspect as well. Probably a good time for heads up when skiing in the Alpine at Hankin."
-Text by Brian Hall