Conditions Report: Golden Hour

It feels like spring has sprung and with it comes the best Golden hours; this time of year is when Golden really shines. In the last week conditions have been amazing and it looks promising for that to continue. We’ve had 30 cms of snow in the past week and there’s 20+ more in the forecast. The alpine continues to be the main area of snowpack stability concerns. There’s been plowing activity to note in the Quartz Creek area, Oldman is getting groomed and East Quartz has been groomed as far as we can. Only 23 sleeps left till the Riley Suhan Race!
Keep reading to hear more about sledding in Golden this week.

Getting some sunny pow on March 8, 2023

Quartz Cabin on March 2

Finding some fresh in the alpine on March 8.

Riley Suhan Backcountry Race

Only 23 sleeps left until the most awesome event in snowmobiling! Registration is OPEN for the 4th Annual Riley Suhan Backcountry race on April 1, 2023. Check the link for more info. Only 50 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 


We’ve been getting a lot of snow lately and another 30 cms arrived last week. The mountains are generally well coated and it’s full winter conditions for riding. Another 20+ cms is forecast this week and that should fill in some areas even more.

Looks like temps will remain cool, so the snow will stay preserved.




Please make sure you check  everyday you ride.

The alpine continues to be the main area of concern.

“The snowpack remains weak, requiring users to carefully select conservative terrain for a safe day. Avoid shallow rocky terrain where the snowpack transitions from thick to thin and you are more likely to trigger a large destructive deep persistent slab avalanche.” – copy and pasted from on Mar 9




Grooming operations for all 3 staging areas Quartz, Gorman and Silent are in full swing with grooms on the main trails scheduled as needed.

They have plowed a truck lane up to the 1km at Quartz, so people need to stay on the side trail and be aware of any traffic. No public traffic beyond the kiosk.

East Quartz got a pass up to the start of the slidepath, Oldman is getting a pass tomorrow.


Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Pockets of powder
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.

The main paths are compacted but there’s some good pockets to be had.


They have plowed a truck lane up to the 1km at Quartz, so people need to stay on the side trail and be aware of any traffic. No public traffic beyond the kiosk.

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 but it’s starting to feel like normal. The tree line and below hold the most snow. The alpine slopes should be considered very suspect for stability.

DFD warming cabin has been installed.



Silent Pass

Conditions: Fresh snow - powder pockets
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 has a lot of good spots left. The main trails have been compacted.

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: East Quartz got a pass up to the start of the slidepath this week. We can’t go further than that due to avalanche conditions.

Old Man

Conditions: Fresh
Grooms scheduled: Waiting for more snow
Fees: $30 - pay at Quartz Kiosk
Parking: At Quartz Creek upper lot
Road: N/A
Additional notes: Old man should is slated to get groomed this week.

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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