A challenging snowshoe climb to Zoa Ridge offering excellent mountain views of the Coquihalla Summit area.
The route follows a relatively steep track through open areas and forest to the sub-alpine at Zoa Ridge. You’ll enjoy the stunning views of Coquihalla Mountain, Yak & Nak Peaks, Jim Kelley Peak and Falls Lake far below the ridge.
Although the terrain is steep and rugged, the route offers safety from avalanches. Professional guides and educators will lead this trip will introduce you to this exciting snowshoe route while teaching winter ecology, avalanche safety and safe snow travel.
Comments from previous advanced winter programs:
“Kelly & Stan did a great job! Informative, knowledgeable, & Fun!”
“Safety clearly was a priority and the experience and knowledge of the guides was very impressive. Every one worked together well as a team and there was a great feeling of camaraderie that was initiated by the way the guides treated each participant. Well done!”
“I would definitely attend more events with the Hope Mountain Center in the future and will recommend them to friends.”
“Quality of guides was excellent. It was nice to have Kelly to discuss trees, plants, animal tracks, etc and Stan to share his knowledge of his work as an avalanche technician. Felt very safe during the trip. Adequate information provided to be successful building a snow cave, but still allowed for creativity. Had a great time, THANK YOU!!!”
“Very well done. Thank-you all very much.”
The route to Zoa Ridge is 4 kilometres one way, with a 630-metre (2,067 ft) elevation gain.
Participants must have good cardiovascular fitness, stamina, and balance.
Hope & District Recreation Centre parking lot (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope). All participants must arrange their own transportation. Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre and convoy in vehicles up the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy. #5) to the Falls Lake trailhead (Exit #221).
Participants must arrange their own transportation. Participants will gather at the Rec. Centre (1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope), and convoy in vehicles up Highway-5 to the trailhead (Exit #221, 46 km east of Hope).
Depending on conditions, we may recommend winter tires.
How to Find the Trailhead: Drive east out of Hope, on the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy. #5). After approximately 50 km, you will see Exit #221 (Falls Lake). Make a right-handed exit off the highway here and proceed through the tunnel to the parking lot for the Falls Lake Trail. We will gather here and begin snowshoeing by 9:00 AM.
- Snowshoes (bring your own or rent 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
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Foam pad to sit on in the snow
- Snow shovel if you’ve got one (Hope Mountain Centre will bring some too)
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.