Conditions Report: C’mon Snow!

Early season conditions continue to be the norm here in Golden but we’re hoping the new snow in the forecast may change things up for the better. People have been getting after it and considering how low the snow is, the travel has been pretty good.  Is it possible to have a fun day out sledding right now? Yep. But if you’re traveling here this weekend, it’s best to keep your expectations in check as it’s a low snow fall. Keep reading to find out more.

Pow in Silent Pass on Nov 19, 2022

Upper Silent Pass on Nov 19, 2022

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TCH-1 Highway

Highway is OPEN east of Golden as of Nov 25! This is a week earlier than planned. There are still overnight closures and stoppages during the day. It’s always good to check : Kicking Horse Canyon Calendar 

Quartz Construction: Also worth noting is that there is a significant amount of construction happening right around the turnoff to Quartz Creek. So far the delays have been minimal but they’ve got signs up that say to expect them.

Construction near Quartz turnoff. Nov 10


Things started off good this month with a big dump of snow but we’ve seen a significant drought since then. We’ve been getting dribs and drabs but it hasn’t really been enough to change anything. The only saving grace is that the snow that has fallen is nicely consolidated and it’s allowed for better than expected travelling conditions.

There’s 28cms of snow forecast in the next week and that will be a welcomed gift. We need another meter.


There’s still currently no official danger ratings published by Avalanche Canada yet. You can always check the MIN reports out on Av Canada.

With long periods without snow surface hoar forms and there will no doubt be a sliding layers that have formed, so definitely pay attention to that when the new snow comes.

Don’t forget Av Canada is having a snowmobile raffle fundraiser.


We tested the waters last week and there wasn’t enough snow to groom. We are going to try again this week and the results will get posted to our Facebook page.

Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: thin!
Grooms scheduled: Nov 24/25 if possible
Fees: $15-$30 once (if) we groom and dependent on how good the trail is.
Parking: Parking on the side of road 1.5km up.
Road: Active gravel pit mining occurring from the 1.5km down. Watch for big trucks and don't block their way
Additional notes:

Active mining taking place at from the 1.5km.

There’s a new drying rack up at the cabin. Thanks to Golden Snowmobile Rentals for installing it.

New drying rack is being installed at the cabin

Gorman Lake

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: $0
Parking: no info
Road: no info
Additional notes: not recommended.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Thin but you can get most places
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: N/A
Parking: near trail head
Road: active logging all the way to trail head
Additional notes:

Silent has seen significant logging this fall. Canfor is actively logging in the area and you can drive all the way to trailhead. There are some parking spots that have been pushed in. Big trailers are not recommended.

The path into Silent got pushed in on Nov 19. The coverage is very sparse in the area but you can get surprisingly just about everywhere. Even the waterfall feature at the end of the trail in has moderate coverage; we’ve seen it look worse…

Waterfall feature on Nov 19.

East Quartz

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $0
Parking: As per Quartz,
Road: N/A

Old Man

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $0
Parking: At Quartz Creek upper lot
Road: N/A

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:

  • 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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