Conditions Report: Final Week: Let’s Race!

It’s the curtain call for grooming in Golden this weekend. All the zones had a groom this week but that will be it for the season after the weekend. The Riley Suhan Race is this weekend in Quartz and you can still register to race (in person at the riders meeting on Friday). If you’re not racing, it’s damn fine time to spectate as well.

Riley Suhan Race 2024!

spring explore missions



TCH-1 Highway

BIG NEWS! Highway 1 is fully open east of Golden with NO scheduled stoppages and overnight closures: Kicking Horse Canyon Calendar 

Warning! – Just east of Quartz the frost heaves are worse than ever this year. Slow down if you’re hauling weight…

CALL YOUR KMS! Please note there is a lot of industrial traffic on the Dogtooth FSR this year. Grab a radio and call up on RR27

Snow & Weather


We’ve had 20-30 cms of snow in the past week and the riding up high has been great. There’s not much more in the forecast this week but the temps will remain cool and that will preserve the snow. It’s definitely still worth coming out, so don’t pull the golf clubs out just yet.

snow forecast for Quartz area on April 4

Quartz on March 15

Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Conditions

Screen shot of on April 4

Check everyday you ride!

From on March 20: “Accumulated new snow is developing into storm slabs. Back off steep terrain if you see evidence of nearby avalanches or signs of instability like cracks in the snow surface.”

Travel and Terrain Advice from March 20:

  • Avoid steep, rocky, and wind effected areas where triggering slabs is more likely.
  • The best and safest riding will be on slopes that have soft snow without any slab properties.
  • The more the snow feels like a slurpy, the more likely loose wet avalanches will become.



Grooming is unfortunately coming to end this weekend. Silent is finished, Gorman will get one more groom when the cabin comes out and Quartz will be finished this weekend.

FRESH groomer in Quartz on March 6


Staging Areas Latest Info

Quartz Creek

Conditions: good snow up high
Grooms scheduled: Friday night
Fees: $30/sled till Sunday
Parking: main parking lot. Trailers in upper east lots - sleds on trucks in lower west

Silent Pass

Conditions: Pockets of Pow
Grooms scheduled: done for the year.
Fees: none
Parking: 47Km on McMurdo road
Road: Logging activity past the 47 km turn off. Use a radio to call you kms.
Additional notes:



Gorman Lake

Conditions: good snow up high
Grooms scheduled: done
Fees: none
Parking: lower 3.5 km lot
Road: A lot of active logging traffic on road. Call your kms! RR27



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