Conditions Report: Beauty Blue

Golden received 20-30 cms in the past 7 days. Temps are forecast to be cool and there’s a ridge of high pressure, which can mean blue sky and sun will out.  There has been some recent high winds and much of the alpine snow reflects this.

Grooming operations are good shape with all grooming machines expected to operate this week.

COVID Protocol:

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

Seems like a good time to explore. The main areas have seen heavy traffic but there still lots of snow in them hills.


We’ve made up some new signs that will get placed at the trail heads soon. They are another reminder to keep avalanche safety top of mind.

Forecasts are saying “Conditions are more complicated than meets the eye. Wind-drifted snow and a buried weak layer warrant careful evaluation in specific areas.”

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


The cooler temps and reasonable snowfall mean things are back to normal in our grooming ops. We don’t expect any avalanche safety operating restrictions this week. We had a very busy weekend and so we added an extra groom at Silent on Monday. Somebody thought it would be a great idea drive up the Silent trail with their truck again. They made it 4km this time… is this a thing?  We’re working on making our groomer tracking software live to the public so people can see where and when the groomer has been operating. It might be a while but know that the wheels are in motion on this idea.

Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Fees: $25
Parking: Cleared.
Road: Groomed from parking lot.
Additional notes: A lot of traffic in Quartz the last week.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Powder/ packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Sat.
Fees: $25
Parking: Park at lower lot 3.5km.
Road: Road has been in good shape.
Additional notes: A lot of active log hauling in Gorman. The kiosk attendant can call up the road for you if you don’t have a radio. RR 27 is the channel. Please yield to logging trucks.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Sat
Fees: $25
Parking: Please park ON THE ROAD (not in the turn around) at the 30 km. Please DO NOT park at the 27. Please keep the turn around free at the 30km so that trucks with trailers can turn around.
Road: The loggers working west of the 27 km point have asked us to please NOT park at the 27km. Reminder, give loggers the right of way. Call your KMs on your VHF radio! Channel RR-3.
Additional notes: Still easy to find fresh.

East Quartz

Conditions: Unreported.
Grooms scheduled: Fri
Fees: Same for Quartz.
Parking: At Quartz Creek parking (see above)
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Watch for overhead danger.

Old Man

Conditions: Unreported.
Grooms scheduled: Thur
Fees: $25
Parking: At Quartz Creek parking (see above)
Road: n/a
Additional notes: We still haven’t gotten the skid trailer up Oldman yet.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Quartz to Wiseman corner is pretty bumpy.
Grooms scheduled: Gorman to Active logging area Thurs or Friday. Quartz to Oldman, completed on Monday.
Fees: $25
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.

Weather & Avalanche Conditions


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