Colder temps and half a meter of new snow are the big stories this week for snowmobiling in Golden BC. We’re back to normal winter conditions after an extended period of warmer temps up high. This however, is a time of caution as the new snow may prove to be reactive so avalanche safety should be a concern. We’ve had approx. 45 cms of new snow over the past week and now there’s 10-20 cms forecast in the next week with some blue skies too. All in all, it’s a pretty great time to get out to Golden and push a throttle.

It’s forecast to be cold in the next week. Make sure you dress appropriately and are prepared for self-rescue. It never hurts to throw in some hand and feet warmers in your pack.
Freshies on WestBench Trail on Dec 20, 2017. Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals.

Freshies on WestBench Trail on Dec 20, 2017. Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

Nice moment for a break on Dec 20, with Golden Snowmobile Rentals.

Nice moment for a break on Dec 20, with Golden Snowmobile Rentals.

Operations

We are operating 7 days a week at all 3 gates until after the holidays, with the exception of Xmas and New Year Day: those days are free.

Weather and Snow

Weather and snow forecast for near Quartz Creek.

Weather and snow forecast for near Quartz Creek.

Quartz Creek snow stake on Dec 20/17

Quartz Creek snow stake on Dec 20/17

KHMR snow accumulations for on Dec 20/17

KHMR snow accumulations for on Dec 20/17

Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Conditions on Dec 20, 2017

Avalanche Conditions on Dec 20, 2017

Avalanche conditions for Glacier National park.

Avalanche conditions for Glacier National park.

Please check with http://www.avalanche.ca/map everyday before you head out.

Road Safety

Using a VHF radio on active logging roads is an essential part of having a safe day. Please watch our road safety video to learn more.

Economic Impact Study

Don’t be surprised if you are asked to fill out a survey at one of our trail heads. We are conducting an Economic Impact Study in the next few weeks. We’re hopeful the results of this study will help us apply for more grants to continue to make snowmobiling infrastructure better. Thank you for your patience.

Economic Impact Study questions being asked in all 3 managed areas. Photo @sledbigilnes

Economic Impact Study questions being asked in all 3 managed areas. Photo @sledbigilnes

Member Cards

Riley Suhan picking up his member card with Riley Suhan on it.

Riley Suhan picking up his member card with Riley Suhan on it.

Your member card will be ready to pick up at whichever gate you choose to go to. If you purchased your membership online we’ll have your name and it will be simple matter of having you sign our waiver and picking up your card.  


Trail Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Great new powder. Hardpack underneath.
Grooms scheduled: December 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27.
Fees: $25 - Everyday except Christmas and New Years.
Parking: The parking lot is cleared on Dec 20.
Road: Watch for ice on the trail.
Additional notes:

The new snow has really helped out at Quartz. Conditions in the alpine are approaching mid-winter coverage and there’s good snow in the trees. Watch the buried surface hoar for reactions in the snowpack.

 

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Fresh snow. Thin snow on wind swept ridges.
Grooms scheduled: Dec 20, Dec 23, 27.
Fees: $25 - Everyday except Christmas and New Years.
Parking: Park at the "lower" (3 km) lot.
Road: Road is icy. Drive with caution.
Additional notes: Good snow in the sub-alpine. Still rocky in places.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Fresh snow
Grooms scheduled: Dec 21, 23, 27
Fees: $25 - Everyday except Christmas and New Years
Parking: Parking at 21km. Parking lot is cleared on Dec 20.
Road: Road to the 17 km has been cleared by Canfor, 17-21 was pushed by us (GSC)
Additional notes:

Seems like Silent got a bit more snow than the northern zones this past cycle. This seems like a good week to go to Silent.

Logging will be happening up Silent Pass Dec 27 – 29 – please use caution on the road then. They will be pulling out of Vowel Creek and back to the 6 km after the New Year (likely before Jan 10).

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Very thin
Grooms scheduled: No grooms scheduled until more snow arrives
Fees: $25 (pay at Gorman Lake trailhead)
Parking: Gorman Lake 3 km parking
Additional notes: WBT is still not groomed due to low snow. You can ride from the Gorman side on thin snow.

Avalanche Conditions

Please continually check Avalanche.ca for avalanche info

Weather Conditions

This weather report is a pretty good one that applies to most of our areas.

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