Conditions Report: April is No Joke

We’re getting close to the end of the season but April isn’t fooling around. Golden has seen a major reset of snow and there’s still more on the way. Grooming operations are continuing until April 11 but there’s new public health orders and recommendations to be aware of. Highway closures require increased planning.


The first extended closure (requiring motorists to use Highways 93 and 95 as an alternative route) will have a duration of approximately one month, from April 12 to May 14, 2021. Additional plans are also taking place for early April. See the Traffic Management page for details.

COVID Protocol:

Nonessential travel is not recommend at this time for both BC and AB.

Please wear your mask and observe social distancing while purchasing tickets or waiting in line. We need and appreciate your cooperation on this front.

The latest orders, restrictions and advisories for Covid 19 are here for both BC and Alberta:



The club has posted our COVID protocols here

Please advise yourself and abide by all provincial public health advisories. Sled Golden has a strong contingent of local members and participants and we are focusing on serving them during this time.

Snow and Weather

Golden had a major storm on Sunday (March 28) where approximately 40 cms fell in 24 hrs. This storm was a wild event that had strong winds accompany it. There was a lot of avalanche activity that occurred during the storm as well.


The cornices that formed this week are noticeably bigger and a lot more sensitive to failure.

We’re giving out tons of cool prizes for the rest of the season to people who show us some avalanche smarts – check out our contest here:

Show proof of your AST training any day this winter at get $5 off your day pass.

Please check for all updated avalanche forecasts and check out the MIN reports for our areas.


We’ve made the decision to stay open until April 11. Only 10 more days!  Mt7 got a couple grooms this week if you’re looking for an excuse to watch sunset from a “mountain top.”

We have our groomer tracking public for your consumption. Please see the section below the Trail Area Conditions Reports.

Sledding in Closures and National Parks

Unfortunately, there’s been some sledders tearing up Golden Alpine Holidays ski touring lodges terrain as of late. SledGolden is a member of GBRAP in which we have agreements in place to not sled in this terrain while the company is operating. This operation is important to the local economy and we ask that you do not sled in this terrain until April 15.

National Park Wardens will be increasing their patrols of boundaries in our areas, particularly in Quartz. In some areas, there has been excellent compliance, in other areas there’s been blatant disregard for the park boundary. Fines for using a motorized vehicle in the National Parks can be as high as $25,000. It’s also a black eye for the club to see sledders in the park, so please, just stay out. Park Wardens put another set of several signs along the borders so it’s going to be pretty hard to plead ignorance.

If you’ve got questions about what is a closed area and what is not, check out our overview map at .

Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Excellent powder throughout.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Fri, Sat (if needed), Sun
Fees: $25, $5 discount if you can prove AST training
Parking: Parking lots is getting muddy! Trucks with decks please park west of the kiosk, trailers use two lots on the east side.
Road: There's some crazy big frost whoops on the highway near Quartz - might want to slow down if you have a trailer.
Additional notes: Trail is in good condition – snow from kiosk.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Powder and wind buffed alpine. High winds raged up high in Gorman so the alpine has a wind skin.
Grooms scheduled: Thur., Sat.
Fees: $25, $5 discount if you can prove AST training
Parking: Both parking lots at 3.5 plowed.
Road: Road has been in good shape. Please yield to logging trucks.
Additional notes: Trail is getting thing and icy from the 3.5 km parking. The Sea-Cabin will NOT be pulled in to Gorman this winter due to the limited size and our COVID regulations. We’ll have it back in action next winter!

Silent Pass

Conditions: Deep. Excellent coverage.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Sat
Fees: $25, $5 discount if you can prove AST training
Parking: Please park ON THE ROAD (not in the turn around) at the 30 km.
Road: Road is getting gross from the 21 km onward. Call your KMs on your VHF radio! Channel RR-3.
Additional notes: Road is getting trenched: iced up in the morning and muddy in the afternoon. Call your KMs on your VHF radio! Channel RR-3. The road in from the 27-30km is SINGLE LANE. It’s more important that ever to carry a radio and call your kms. In many places, not being able to pass each other is a real thing.

East Quartz

Conditions: Fresh
Grooms scheduled: As needed
Fees: $25, $5 discount if you can prove AST training
Parking: At Quartz Creek parking (see above)
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Watch for overhead danger.

Old Man

Conditions: Good coverage.
Grooms scheduled: As needed
Fees: $25, $5 discount if you can prove AST training
Parking: At Quartz Creek parking (see above)
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Groomed to the end of the trail.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Groomed - not continuous! Getting a little thin in spots.
Grooms scheduled: As needed
Fees: $25, $5 discount if you can prove AST training
Parking: Park at Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: WBT is not a continuous trail this year due to logging operations. Closed at Cirque Creek from Gorman. Closed at Oldman turnoff from Quartz.  For both sides, it’s a there-and-back trail. If you ride through the plowed road sections you could get up to a $2500 fine as sledding on plowed roads is illegal.

Grooming Map

The map below is linked to the safety InReaches we have in our groomers and we have been able to make the tracks public.  How to use the map:

  • Press on the + next to the groomer/zone you want the latest information for.
  • Once the line is visible, press on the line to see the date & time the groomer was last in action.

This map only shows the most recent groom. You can inquire at any of our trailheads for additional grooming information, including number of riders since the last groom.

Weather & Avalanche Conditions


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