When You Go:
Travel time to Powell River is anywhere between four and six hours. Access from Vancouver is via Highway 101 and two B.C. Ferries trips (Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay; Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove). Powell River is also accessible via B.C. Ferries from Courtenay/Comox on Vancouver Island.
Access into the Knuckleheads is via logging roads. Due to active forestry activity in the area, public travel is restricted from Monday to Friday unless you are carrying a VFR radio to communicate with the haul drivers. High clearance 4x4 vehicles (equipped with chains) will get you the farthest. There are kitchen facilities, including a propane stove for baking brownies once you get back from a big day of skiing. There is no charge to use the Vic Cole cabin (sleeps 10), however donations are appreciated and Knuckleheads memberships are available off their Facebook page. There are kitchen facilities, including a propane stove for baking brownies once you get back from a big day of skiing.
Skiing in backcountry areas means severe weather and avalanches are real hazards. You and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient—carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training. Familiarize yourself with #LeaveNoTrace principles and BC Adventure Smart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors; and always remember the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.
Doc Pow has provided a pretty detailed story on how to get to this amazing place – click here to read.
Useful websites include:
Stay on top of what's happening in the backcountry with Knuckleheads Winter Recreation
Sunshine Coast Tourism can help you plan your search for untracked powder.
Townsite Brewing is a "must visit" for anyone visiting PowTown.