Snowmobiling in Golden this week has been all about getting up high above the clouds. There’s been excellent travel on powder and packed powder and it the temps have been great. We’re excited to announce that we got a fresh groom in to Susan Lake this week. We do this once or twice a year for trail riders and ice fisherman.

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It’s nice to see some warmer temps. Silent Pass snow plot, Jan 22, 2017 Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

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Brandon Wiesener flying high in holt on Jan 26th.

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Silent Pass, Jan 23, 2017. Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

Snow Beta

The week started out with very cold temps and high winds. Then, a warm storm came in and deposited 30-50cm with the temps spiking above 0 degrees in town. The conditions can be good out there but also there should be heightened avalanche awareness.

Always remember to check the avalanche conditions. 

**Please acquaint yourself with this important blog from Avalanche Canada regarding the recent snowmobiler avalanche death in Valemount. Our hearts go out to the affected friends and families of this tragedy.**

KHMR snow report

KHMR snow report on Jan 26, 2017

Avalanche Conditions for the Purcell Range on Jan 26, 2017

Avalanche Conditions for the Purcell Range on Jan 26, 2017

Weather

Looks like it will stay mostly sunny with a small hit of snow on Sunday.

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Travel and Active Forest Road Safety

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The roads to the zones are generally in good condition this week but please keep in mind we’ve had 3 trucks off the road on the Dogtooth FSR (Gorman Lake access) this year.  Gorman is a steep, winding, mountain road with big exposure off the sides. By the time you realize you’re going too fast, it’s too late. The smart driver pops it in the 1st gear and let’s their engine do the breaking.

The highways also continue to be full winter driving conditions (Jan 18, 2017 was especially gnarly). The warmer temps, that hover right on the freezing line are a recipe for black ice. Please travel with care. Check out DriveBC for current conditions.

Logging Road Travel

This is a truck vs logging rig accident that required an emergency helicopter evacuation in 2016. DON"T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU

This is a truck vs logging rig accident that required an emergency helicopter evacuation in 2016. DON”T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU

There have been numerous incidents in the last couple of years between logging trucks and snowmobilers. Please read the following guidelines and watch the new video we just made.

  • When entering onto an active logging road proceed with extreme caution. 
  • Never attempt to pass a logging truck. If it pulls over, it is most likely preparing to meet another truck. 
  • Every log truck has radio communication. If you do not have a radio, you are safest to follow behind a log truck and it will call your position for you. 
  • If using a radio, call your kilometre locations and indicate whether you are traveling ‘up’ or ‘down’ .
  • Always call your location when starting out from the parking lot, starting onto a new road and at the ‘must call’ signs. 
  • Always yield the right-of-way to logging trucks. 
  • There are many wide spots along the way. Anticipate the location of the loaded truck and pull into a wide spot before you meet and wait for the truck to pass. 
  • When pulling over into a wide spot, park as far up as possible to leave room behind you for others. 

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Looking to buy a VHF radio so you can communicate properly on forest roads? Please call Alpine IT in Golden BC.

Riding Areas

Not a lot of new snow this week but clear skies up high and nice temps have made for great sledding.

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Great riding on mostly packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday evenings (Fridays and Wednesdays, if needed).
Fees: Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking: Parking lot was cleared Jan 18th, 2017. Lots of room for enclosed trailers. Portable toilets in parking lots.
– Propane and firewood have both been restocked in upper cabin.  Please use conservatively.

Gorman Lake

Conditions:  Good powder and deep in the trees where others haven’t been.
Grooms scheduled: Thursdays and Saturdays
Fees: Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking: 3.5km ‘lower lot.’ There’s plenty room for enclosed trailers.
Road:  We’ve had 3 trucks over the bank this year! PLEASE drive slow.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Great riding a good time to explore.
Grooms scheduled: Thursdays (Saturdays if required)
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.

Please watch our road safety video.

West Bench Trail

Conditions:    Riding from Gorman to Wiseman corner is good. Wisemen Corner to Quartz is has not been groomed and is still thin.
Grooms scheduled: Gorman to Wiseman was last groomed on Jan 25.
Fees: Everyday ($25/rider) payable at Gorman trailhead (or Quartz, but access is not recommended from Quartz as of yet).
Parking: Park at Gorman parking lot.  (Quartz end not recommended)

Susan Lake

Groomed on Jan 24, 2017

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Susan Lake groom on Jan 24, 2017.

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