Snowmobiling in Golden BC has been great this week and with snow and sun in the forecast we think it will only get better towards the weekend. It’s a good time to be cautious with avalanche hazards spiking.

AVALANCHE AWARENESS DAYS: Postponed to January 27! Join us at Quartz Cabin for Avalanche Awareness days. We’ll have fun prizes for beacon searches in our Beacon Basin, a BBQ and general good times.If you’ve passed Avalanche Safety Training (AST) get $5 off your day pass at any of our managed areas all weekend.

Here’s some media from some usual suspects around Golden BC.

Kayli Dentman in the trees by RSuhan.

Kayli Dentman in the trees by RSuhan.

Weather

First some snow, then some sun. That sounds about right.

Forecast near Quartz Creek

Forecast near Quartz Creek

Snow

About 20 cms of snow fell this week and there’s approximately 30 more in the forecast.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort snow report

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort snow report

Avalanche

Heads up! It’s a good time to be very cautious. Please check www.avalanche.ca every day before you venture out.

Screen shot of the avalanche forecast for Purcell Mountains on Jan 9, 2017

Screen shot of the avalanche forecast for Purcell Mountains on Jan 9, 2017

Events

AVALANCHE AWARENESS DAYS:Postponed to January 27! Join us at Quartz Cabin for Avalanche Awareness days. We’ll have fun prizes for beacon searches in our Beacon Basin, a BBQ and general good times.If you’ve passed Avalanche Safety Training (AST) get $5 off your day pass at any of our managed areas all weekend.

BBQ will be firing for Avalanche Awareness days.

BBQ will be firing for Avalanche Awareness days.

GT OR DIE: Great news! We’ve announced Saturday April 14th as the date for this year’s GT or DIE races! It’s going to be a good time and there’s expanded events for kids during the early part of the day.

GT or Die gathering is on April 14th.

GT or Die gathering is on April 14th.


Trail Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions: There's powder in the trees and where others have travelled less.
Grooms scheduled: Jan10,12,13,14
Fees: $25 - Everyday
Parking: The parking lot is cleared
Road: Watch for ice on the trail.
Additional notes: Quartz has seen heavy traffic lately but there’s always a spot that has the goods.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Powder and packed powder, thin snow on wind swept ridges.
Grooms scheduled: Jan. 11,13
Fees: $25 - Everyday except Tues/Wed
Parking: Lots of parking at 3 km (main) lot.
Road: It's a steep mountain road, please use chains and lower gears.
Additional notes: Gorman has seen some wind so the best snow is in the trees. You might have to travel far to find the best snow.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Powder and packed powder
Grooms scheduled: Jan 10,13
Fees: $25 - Everyday except Tues/Wed
Parking: Parking at 21km.
Road: Road is passable to the 21km parking lot.
Additional notes: The long sled in means that the good riding snow has been more preserved than usual in Silent. The GSC paid for road clearing on Dec. 29 from the 7km to the 21km. There has been snow since then but not enough to stop traffic from getting to the 21km parking lot.  Updates on maintaining this road will be a week by week decision.

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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