Conditions Report: Game On! Silent Pass opens this weekend!

After some wild early season conditions we’re excited to announce that Silent Pass will be OPEN for riding starting this Friday, December 10th! Catch some fresh grooming action! With lots of riding ahead of us this season, it’s not too late to pick up a membership for you or someone you love. Passes can be purchased online or at any one of our gates. Click here to purchase and get to sledding that much faster!

Silent Pass trails open Friday Dec 11th

Snow and Weather

Even though it rained on us last week, we got away with it! The higher elevations managed to stay soft. That being said, some of the trails in the trees got a little bit icy, so keep your head up with this fresh snow on top. There might be some hard chunks underneath (the crust is up to 20cm thick in some areas)!

With dribs and drabs of fresh snow in the forecast and seasonal temps continuing, we can expect a good weekend ahead of us… there could be up to a foot of fresh snow on Saturday too, so get ready for it!


There’s up to 30cms of fresh snow out there in areas and the wind has been blowing it around the past few days, making for variable conditions in the alpine. Watch out for wind-loaded features and always keep in mind the deeper layers that are easier to trigger with a snowmobile. The snow will continue to fall on the weekend, so be looking out for the changing conditions that come with increased precipitation! And don’t forget check the forecast before you go!


Parking at Silent Pass

There’s a new parking lot? WHAT?! Yes, it’s true… we have a proper parking lot this year. This doesn’t mean we’ll have a proper parking lot EVERY year, but this year, we do. Drive up to the 31k, and you will find yourselves an easy to turn around place to call home for the day. You’re welcome. But seriously, thanks to the folks at Canfor for making this a reality for us this year. We couldn’t have asked for a better pre-Christmas gift!


Grooming: Huge Thanks

We’re thankful for the hours our grooming staff have been putting in, getting our cats purring & those trails groomed! With some unforeseen issues we are finally moving in the right direction and we are back on track with our regular grooming operations. Check social media for updates on grooming.

Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Excellent early season. Fresh snow, packed base, 180cm at the cabin. 
Grooms scheduled: Friday, Sat, Sun - working on adding the upper cabin trails this weekend!
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the 9k mine site area. Please do not park below this as there is active hauling happening currently.
Road: Plowed and graded
Additional notes: Don’t forget your radio! Tune into RR27 and stay in touch with the logging trucks that you will meet on the road. Find a good spot to pull out of the way for them when they are on their way down.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Great early season conditions, but watch for rocks still in the talus zone
Grooms scheduled: Friday - and as needed
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the 3k lot
Road: Plowed and in good repair

Silent Pass

Conditions: Great early season conditions!
Grooms scheduled: Thursday - and as needed for the weekend
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the 31k. Please park here, there's lots of room!
Road: Plowed and graded. Not sketchy like last week!

East Quartz

Conditions: No information yet
Grooms scheduled: None
Fees: $25
Parking: At the 9k mine site as per Quartz
Road: Same as Quartz

Old Man

Conditions: Decent early season
Grooms scheduled: Not yet! But soon.
Fees: No fees
Parking: Parking in the main Quartz lot to access Old Man.
Road: n/a

Westbench Trail

Conditions: No information yet
Grooms scheduled: None
Fees: No fees
Parking: n/a
Road: n/a
Additional notes: West Bench Trail will be discontinuous for the majority of the season while logging is occurring 10km up the Donald FSR. If it becomes continuous, we will do our best to groom it as necessary. Stay tuned for more information.

Weather & Avalanche Conditions

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.


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