Welcome to the first conditions report for SledGolden for the winter 17/18 season. In this report we will cover latest conditions, a grooming operations update and also fill you in with a few more news items. Thanks for supporting snowmobiling in Golden, we’re really looking forward to a great year.

We have been getting a lot of enquires about conditions for snowmobiling in the Golden area. We’ve had a couple of big storms, some cold temps and some great very early season riding.

Snow
We have about 70 cms of settled snow accumulated in the alpine areas of the Dogtooth range (where Quartz and Gorman are). There was a big storm last week that brought almost 90 cms of powder up high but the accumulations were much less down low. This snow has settled out significantly over the course of the week. Currently in town there is a small layer of white covering the grass.

Weather
Weather looks unsettled over the weekend with heavy snow loads coming in early next week. It’s colder than you think it’s going to be up high so make sure you dress warm if you’re going out. Always a good idea to be prepared for self rescue.

Grooming
Grooming operations have NOT started. We feel that we want to wait for one more big dump before we risk our brand new (to us) equipment. Subsequently, there is no charge to sled on any of the trails around Golden this week. But you can also expect that the trails will be bumpy and not maintained.

New Day Pass Payment Options.
Heads up! We will now be able to process Credit Card, Interact flash (tap debit only), Apple Pay, and cash for payment at our trail heads. We haven’t started charging yet, but when we do, we would prefer you pay with your credit card.

 

Here’s some recent pictures and video from Quartz

Tim Grey photo - all rights reserved. Ben Bernasconi Rider. Quartz Creek, Golden BC Canada.

Rider: Ben Bernasconi. Quartz Creek, Golden BC Canada. Nov 5, 2017 -Tim Grey photo

Ben Bernasconi in upper meadows at Quartz Creek, Golden BC Canada. Photo - Tim Grey

Ben Bernasconi in upper meadows at Quartz Creek, Golden BC Canada. Photo – Tim Grey

Nov 5th conditions on Quartz Road

Nov 5th conditions on Quartz Road

Quartz, Nov 5, 2017 creek crossing.

Quartz, Nov 5, 2017 creek crossing.

Check out this epic video from Monday Nov. 6 the Mountain Motorsports team.

New Equipment!
Say Allo to our little friend! We’re pretty pumped to have a new (to us) 2009 Prinoth Bison to groom Quartz Creek with. We executed a major purchase this off season and are really excited to have a high quality and reliable machine to groom our busiest area.

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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.

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Weather and snow forecast near Quartz Creek Nov 9-14

Please Weather and snow forecast near Quartz Creek Nov 9-14

 

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Avalanche Training
Hey you! Get educated. For real, this isn’t a joke, playing the mountains can literally be a matter of life or death. Please get yourself educated before you venture into the backcountry.

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http://hangfiretraining.com/ 

 


Trail Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions: packed powder
Grooms scheduled: not yet
Fees: $0
Parking: Please park at main lot. The parking lot is clear with a skiff of snow on it.
Road: Road is ok for sledding. the first 6-8km is very thin with pebbles underneath.
Additional notes:

The access to Quartz involves no less than 2 creek crossings that are between 6″ and 3′ deep. The trail in is not groomed and you can expect whoops. Sledding above the cabin is possible with good (very) early conditions. Approximately 70 cms of compact snow covers the bowls.

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.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: We have no data from Gorman at this time. It's probably way too early to head into the rock fields.
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: $0
Parking: no data
Road: no data

Silent Pass

Conditions: no data
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: $0
Parking: no data
Road: no data
Additional notes: If you’ve been to Silent please let us know. Word on the rumour mill is that we might have to groom from the 6km road mark from late November 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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