An introduction to the growing sport of snowshoeing with an exploration of Memaloose Trail in Manning Park. The area offers plentiful snow, moderate terrain and excellent views of the Cascade Mountains.
Memaloose Trail departs south from the Allison Pass works yard, following Memaloose Creek upstream through old-growth forests of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. You’ll enjoy scenic views of this beautiful stream corridor, sculpted by rounded pillows of mountain snowpack. On the trail, keep an eye peeled for wildlife tracks in the snow left behind by lynx and snowshoe hare, or the wing marks of hunting owls. The route offers safety from avalanches and experienced guides will keep you safe throughout the day.
Some cool stuff you’ll learn…
Leaders will show you tips for safe winter travel including avalanche safety. They’ll also share their knowledge of local plants and animals and their strategies for winter survival.
Comments from previous Women’s Snowshoe programs:
“Awesome leaders, very encouraging for (a) slowpoke like me!!!!”
“HMC staff provided excellent guidance… Superb leadership.”
“Everything was well thought out.”
“The back country expertise of the group leaders was commendable. The preparation of the organization for the outing’s safety, comfort and learning was of the highest quality.”
“Awesome information about trees, super interesting about avalanche features.”
“Excellent organization, safety, information and great spirit!”
$25 per person. Minimum age is 13 yrs.
Price includes snowshoe loaners if needed–just let us know when you register.
Special thanks to the UFV Kinesiology Department for their generous donation, allowing us to keep the price for this trip affordable!
Donations to Hope Mountain Centre are very much appreciated and will go toward more free and affordable family programs.
This program is aimed at beginner and intermediate snowshoers. Terrain is moderately-graded, and participants are encouraged to travel at their own pace. Trip leaders will guide you through valley-bottom forest, following Memaloose Creek. A portion of our leadership team will stay at the back with slower participants, so no one is left behind.
Round-trip distance will vary between 4 km and 8 km, depending on the fitness of the group.
Women of all ages are encouraged to participate, and women under 19 can come if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
9:00 AM – Gather at Hope Recreation Centre, sign legal waiver
9:15 AM – Leave Hope and drive up Highway-3 to Manning Park
10:15 AM – Arrive at Memaloose Trail (Allison Pass works yard, on RIGHT)
10:40 AM – Snowshoe beside Memaloose Creek
12:00 PM – Lunch and hot chocolate on the snow
3:00 PM – Return to parking lot
4:00 PM – Arrive in Hope
Participants must arrange their own transportation.
Participants will gather at the Hope Recreation Centre and convoy in their vehicles up Highway-3 to Manning Park. Car pooling is encouraged.
How to find Memaloose Trail Parking Lot:
Drive east out of Hope on Highway-3 for approximately 50 km. When you reach Allison Pass, you’ll see the highway works yard ON YOUR RIGHT.
TURN RIGHT into the works yard and park your vehicle there.
- Snowshoes (bring your own or borrow from us)
- Two ski poles per person – optional, but greatly improves stability
- Lunch and high-energy snack food
- Water (at least 1 litre per person)
- Winter boots or hiking boots (no runners please)
- Warm winter clothes, including jacket, nylon snow pants, gloves, toque, warm socks
- Sunglasses, camera, binoculars
- Foam pad to sit on in the snow
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
- knapsack to carry all your gear
Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.
A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY
Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants. While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.
Special thanks to the UFV Kinesiology Department and individual donors whose generosity make this low cost winter program possible.
Snow shovels were provided by Mountain Equipment Co-op through their Grassroots Product Donations Program.