It’s been a wild week here in Golden BC and snowmobiling conditions have ranged from deep blower powder to rain soaked elephant snot. Elevation is the biggest determining factor right now, as an ‘atmospheric river of warm moisture’ is upon us. Conditions are changing by the hour through to the weekend. Read on to find out the latest.

We’ve had approximately 25 cms of snow in the past week, followed by rain on Wednesday & Thursday. There’s 37 cms in the forecast for the Quartz Area before Tuesday morning.

Moisture, warm temps and a lot of wind mean the probability of avalanches is significantly increased.  Please continually check http://www.avalanche.ca/ if you choose to venture out.

Groomer at Quartz Cabin on Nov 20 . First time of the season.

Groomer at Quartz Cabin on Nov 20 . First time of the season.

Smooth trail on Nov 20, 2017

Smooth trail on Nov 20, 2017

Covering the creek crossings on the Quartz trail on Nov. 20, 2017.

Covering the creek crossings on the Quartz trail on Nov. 20, 2017.

New Webcams! Check out http://sledgolden.com/webcams-and-conditions/ to see our new webcams and temp read outs. We’ve installed solar panels that feed a satellite system which will remotely update the conditions at Quartz on an hourly basis.

Quartz Creek snow stake at Cabin.

Quartz Creek snow stake at Cabin.

 

Snow / Weather

We’ve had approximately 25 cms in the past week . There’s 37 cms in the forecast for the Quartz Area before Tuesday morning.

Kicking Horse Resort Snow Report on Nov 22, 2017

Kicking Horse Resort Snow Report on Nov 22, 2017

Weather and Snow forecast for near Quartz Creek

Weather and Snow forecast for near Quartz Creek

 

  Snow hammering down in Quartz parking lot on nov 21, 2017   A post shared by Sled Golden (@sledgolden) on

 

Avalanche Safety

Moisture, warm temps and a lot of wind mean forecasts for Avalanche probability spike.  Please continually check http://www.avalanche.ca/ if you choose to venture out.

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Trail Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Good early season sledding - deep powder and packed powder depending on temps and elevation.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday evenings (Nov 23-25)
Fees: $25 Nov 24, and on.
Parking: Please park at main lot. The parking lot is clear with a skiff of snow on it.
Additional notes: Quartz Creek full trail was groomed on Nov. 20th (Monday evening) all the way to the cabin. Creek crossings are now filled in with snow.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Powder and packed powder
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: $0
Parking: no data
Road: ROAD IS A SHEET OF ICE! Chain up or you won't make it.
Additional notes: We’ve had limited reporting out of Gorman. Traditionally, it takes longer for Gorman to fill in than Quartz or Silent. Road is very icy to get to parking lot.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Alpine has been really good early conditions, approach is experts only
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: $0
Parking: Parking at 17 km.
Road: Road is icy. Do not try to travel past the 17 km staging.
Additional notes: Silent alpine has been reported as excellent early season. The approach is still suspect. Word on the rumour mill is that we might have to groom from the 6km road mark from early December and on this winter.

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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