Conditions Report: Awesome and Caution

With 55cms + of new snow in the last week, winter is full swing in Golden. There are a lot of awesome pockets  out there to be shredded from all three of our main trailheads. The alpine still deserves a lot caution in terms of stability with buried weak layers and windslab. There’s 12 cms more forecasted for the week and once it’s done, the sky is going blue! Grooming operations are continuing to keep the trails flat and it’s looking like a great weekend to head to Golden.
Keep reading to hear more about sledding in Golden this week.

Gorman Feb 28

Lang, Feb 28

Lang Feb 28

If you’ve seen the pink sled below, please contact police. It was stolen in Calgary on Tuesday.

Riley Suhan Backcountry Race

Registration is OPEN for the 4th Annual Riley Suhan Backcountry race on April 1, 2023. Check the link for more info. Only 70 spots left!


TCH-1 Highway

Highway 1 is open east of Golden with scheduled stoppages and overnight closures. It’s always good to check : Kicking Horse Canyon Calendar 


Over a metre of snow has fallen in the last 2 weeks (55cms + in the last week) and you can imagine that it gets pretty deep where no one has been. There have been alpine winds that have touched the recent snow and you can feel it in the alpine. Below treeline is shaping up better than it has all year.

Looks like temps will remain cool, so the snow will stay preserved.

There’s 12cms in the forecast and the blue sky is on its way.



Please make sure you check  everyday you ride.

The alpine winds have been at play and a lot of natural avalanches are occurring right now with the storm snow, especially in the alpine.

“Steer clear of freshly wind loaded features. Wind slabs are expected to remain reactive to human triggers.

Avoid thin and rocky start zones, especially in the alpine and upper treeline where deeply buried weak layers remain concerning.

There are preliminary reports of a serious avalanche incident near Invermere today. We do not currently have anymore information on this.” – copy and pasted from on Mar 1




Grooming operations for all 3 staging areas Quartz, Gorman and Silent are in full swing with grooms on the main trails scheduled as needed.


Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Pockets of powder
Grooms scheduled: Regularly / As needed. Wed/Fri/Sun
Fees: $30
Parking: At main lot - Trucks in the upper west, Trailers in the upper lots to the east.
Road: groomed
Additional notes:

Quartz is fully operational. Regular grooming to the cabin is occurring. Day tickets will be sold and passes checked 7 days a week.

The main paths are compacted but there’s some good pockets to be had.


Gorman Lake

Conditions: Best it's been all year
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $30
Parking: 3.5km lots
Road: Watch for ice spots
Additional notes:

It’s a thin year in Gorman area but it’s starting to feel like normal. The tree line and below hold the most snow. The alpine slopes should be considered very suspect for stability.

DFD warming cabin has been installed.



Silent Pass

Conditions: Fresh snow - powder pockets
Grooms scheduled: Thursday/Saturday - as required
Fees: $30
Parking: 31km - leave room for large trailers to turn around.
Road: active logging on road.
Additional notes:

Silent has a lot of good spots left. The main trails have been compacted.

Please note that the kiosk will now be issuing parking passes for the Silent Pass parking lot. Vehicles in the parking lot will be cross checked with pass purchases to help ensure that we can continue to pay for operations in this area.

Silent Pass Parking

East Quartz

Conditions: Fresh
Grooms scheduled: waiting for avalanche clearance
Fees: $30 as per Quartz
Parking: Main Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: The road to East Quartz has not yet been groomed this season but several groups have been up there. We’re waiting on avalanche clearance to proceed.

Old Man

Conditions: Fresh
Grooms scheduled: Waiting for more snow
Fees: $0
Parking: At Quartz Creek upper lot
Road: N/A
Additional notes: Old man is on standby for avalanche clearance

Westbench Trail

Conditions: not passable
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $0
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: not open at this time

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: (works on Chrome but may not work on Safari. iPhones may or may not work properly)

  • 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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