• Elevation: 8500 feet
  • Distance: 14.4 km from parking lot to cabin
  • Difficulty: Beginner to advanced

Trail Conditions

Full grooming schedule is under way with 4 grooms per week. The new car park has been plowed and is ready for use (to the left is ideal for enclosed trailers, sled decks etc to the right). A great base for this time of year, enjoy the conditions.

Please check the Avalanche forecast for South Columbia and the Purcells before heading out to this zone.

Make sure your group has avalanche skills & equipment when playing in the backcountry.


Grooming for Quartz Creek is every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday night.

Trail Fees

  • Trail fees are being collected at the gate
  • $25.00/sled per day. Credit card, flash debit, apple pay or cash accepted.
  • GSC memberships available.
  • More information on our Trail Fees page

More Information

Quartz Creek is the Golden Snowmobile Club showcase area and is groomed on a regular basis. This area is located approximately 45 kilometers west of Golden on Highway 1. You can ride in on a scenic groomed trail to the Golden Snowmobile Club cabin. Those looking for powder and more of a challenge can venture past the cabin into the famous Prairie Hills. Be aware of avalanche hazards in the Prairie Hills.

Check the map at the trail head to ensure you are not entering Glacier National Park or heli skiing areas, as snowmachining is not permitted in these areas. Individuals snowmachining within national park boundaries may be prosecuted, resulting in a maximum fine of $25,000 and/or seizure of snowmachine. Look out for the yellow boundary markers and large “No Snowmobiling” signs below and understand where the “height of land” is during your trip, as these delineate the national park boundary. Park Wardens patrol the boundary regularly, so be prepared to produce identification at their request and be able to articulate where you are at any given time.