Conditions Report: Game On

We’re happy to report that recent snowfalls have improved the riding significantly. One should still expect early season conditions but the coverage is pretty good. Quartz is fully operational now and parking is from the main lot. Gorman will also be groomed for the weekend. Avalanche Canada is now doing regular daily updates so also be sure to check in with their info. It will be cold and sunny this weekend so make sure you pack your balaclava.
Keep reading to hear more about sledding in Golden this week.

Nov 28th, 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


Approximately 30-40 cms of snow fell this week and it’s made a much needed difference to the riding conditions. The air has been quite cold and the snow lingers in the air after you’ve roosted through it.

There’s not a lot of snow in the forecast for the next 5 days but there will be some sun, which always makes for fun riding. Arctic air will be with us for a few days here and it will be quite cold, especially in the wind,  so make sure you dress appropriately.


Avalanche Canada is now doing regular forecasts and danger warnings now. Please make sure you check in there everyday you ride. 

“Stiff pockets of wind slab may be lurking behind terrain features like ridges and ribs. The best riding is where the snow is deeper and provides support but stick to moderate slope angles, and seek out wind-sheltered places.

Hitting early-season hazards like rocks and stumps can also be a day wreaker.” – from Av Canada bulletin on Dec 1.

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


Good news! Quartz is fully operational. Regular grooming will be occurring now for the rest of the season. The plan is to get Gorman operation for the weekend as well. Silent will still be a week or two.

Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Good early season coverage
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:

We’re happy to say Quartz is now fully operational. Regular grooming to the cabin is occurring. Day tickets will be sold and passes checked 7 days a week.

There are still a lot of early season hazards but the riding has been quite good.

Riders leaving from Quartz parking lot on Nov 27, 2022

Nice conditions in the upper bowls at Quartz on Nov 27

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: Early Season
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $30
Parking: 3.5km lots
Road: Watch for ice spots
Additional notes: Gorman is set to be groomed and operational for this weekend. You can always check out live tracking system to know when it has been groomed.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Good early season coverage
Grooms scheduled: none
Fees: N/A
Parking: currently 46km
Road: active logging from 27km down
Additional notes:

All logging equipment has been pulled from the McMurdo area. There are still 12 loads to be pulled out of the 31km parking lot. There will be active logging along the 27km road all winter so make sure you’ve got a radio and are calling kms.

Parking is currently at the 46km on McMurdo road but the the 31km parking lot is where we will be operating from this winter.

Grooming operations are still 1-2 weeks away in Silent for us.

Waterfall feature on Nov 19.

East Quartz

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $30 as per Quartz
Parking: Main Quartz
Road: N/A

Old Man

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: none yet
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: (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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