Cold and clear has been the theme for the last week as frigid temps and blue skies have ruled the days. Those willing to brave the weather have been rewarded with stellar views and predominantly stable snow. Travel has been good and deep snow has been found. There’s half a foot forecast for the weekend and but temps will stay low so bring an extra balaclava when you come.

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Cold air and clear skies make you feel like you can see forever. It’s been a good week to poke your nose in to places you haven’t been before.

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Exploring in the cold. Photo by @sledbiglines

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Snow Beta

In general the snow stability has been great but this cold air is allowing surface hoar to grow, especially on shady north aspects. With new snow set to fall this weekend, we anticipate any significant snow loads to react on this layer. Caution is always advised.

Please remember to check the avalanche conditions.

Purcell Mountains avalanche forecast on Dec 8, 2016

Purcell Mountains avalanche forecast on Dec 8, 2016

Weather

There’s almost half a foot in the forecast for this weekend. Temps will stay cool. Bundle up!

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Travel

The highways have been brutal lately. Please travel with care. Check out DriveBC for current conditions.

Riding Areas

In general, the cold weather keeps the trails in better shape than warmer weather. We’re all systems go with our grooming operations and all three of our managed areas have maintained parking lots that you can ride from to the zones.

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Good early season coverage. A lot of compaction from traffic. Snow is settled to a good base.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday evenings (Fridays and Wednesdays, if needed).
Fees: Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking: Regular parking lot. Lots of room for enclosed trailers.

-Firewood is scheduled to be stocked in the cabin (again) on Dec 9. Please use it conservatively.
-Portable outhouses have been installed in the parking lot.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Good early season coverage. Not very much traffic. Deep snow where it’s fresh and a lot of rocks beneath that snow. Groups have pushed into Holt and Lang. The lake is frozen.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday evening (Saturday evening – if needed).
Fees: Thurs-Monday ($25/rider).
Parking: 3.5km ‘lower lot.’ There’s plenty room for enclosed trailers.
Road: Road is scheduled to get sanded Friday Dec.9 AM. It has been reported as very slippery.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Good coverage. Still some open creeks. Snow down low is only ok. The high alpine has been pushed. There’s tracks most places now.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday (Saturday if needed)
Fees: Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking: Parking is about 100m after the Mcmurdo turn off at 46.5km. Try not to box anyone in. NO PARKING on the main road on weekdays please.
Road: Road is currently maintained by logging interests and there is active logging all week long. It gets plowed on Sundays. Please stay out of these guy’s way. We’re working on better communication from our kiosk to avoid any collisions.

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Quartz Creek Dec 8, 2016 Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

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Quartz Creek Dec 8, 2016 Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

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Smoothed out groomed trail on the Quartz Creek road on Dec 8, 2012

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Silent Pass is ready to go! Dec 8, 2016

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