Conditions Report: DEEP!

Oh man it’s good out there! We’ve been waiting for a big storm and we were finally rewarded this week with 50+cms. All the main zones got a reset and it is officially deep out there. Avalanche conditions continue to be tricky and the wind has touched the new snow already in the alpine, but the riding in the trees is amazing. It’s gone cold, there’s blue sky and there’s another 16cms in the forecast. If you like powder riding. Now is the time…
Keep reading to hear more about sledding in Golden this week.

Pillow popping in the pow on Feb 22, 2023

boosting into a disappearing act on Feb 21.

snow ghost on Feb 21

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 


The snow is just awesome right now. In the trees, where no one has been, it’s handlebar deep. It’s also cold, so pack a puffy jacket and 2 balaclavas; it’s totally worth the frost bite by the way (even though it doesn’t have to be if you dress properly)!

There’s 16cms in the forecast and the totals are really starting to add up. We’ve had over 1 meter of snow in the past 2 weeks.



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.

“Continue to give the recent storm snow time to settle and stabilize. New snow overlays a complex and generally weak snowpack.” – copy and pasted from on Feb 22




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: Fresh snow - deep
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.

All the low hanging fruit got a good reset this week. Time to pluck a ripe one off the vine.


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. The tree line and below hold the most snow. There was some wild wind this week but it’s deep where it’s loaded.

DFD warming cabin has been installed.



Silent Pass

Conditions: Fresh - really good - deep
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 is good right now.

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: We took the cat up Oldman without the drag but it’s not ready yet for a groom. We will access as we get more snow.

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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