Conditions Report: Hot Sun

The sun is out and the temps are high this week in Golden. There’s some great spring riding to be had but an expected spring avalanche cycle should keep everyone in mellow terrain with NO overhead danger. has rated the danger level as high for the weekend. Grooming ops will be affected by these ratings and we can only groom when safe to do so. It’s a good time to play it safe and not put yourself in big paths or danger.

spring riding in mellow terrain is the name of the game this weekend.

Epic views at Quartz on Mar 6

Riley Suhan Race 2024!

And in other big news the Riley Suhan Invitation Race is ON! Mark April 6 on your calendars and sign up soon if you want to guarantee a spot!


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 new snow in the past week. The weekend will be hot and sunny but it looks like things will cool down next week and more snow is expected. There’s currently 26 cms in the 6 day forecast.


Mellow terrain in Quartz on Mar 6

snow forecast on Mar 15

Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Conditions

HIGH avalanche conditions this hot weekend

Check everyday you ride!

From on March 15: “Avoid being in or under avalanche terrain.

Intense spring sun and rising temperatures are making large natural avalanches likely.

Stick to low-angle slopes, avoid overhead hazards, and choose smaller objectives.”

Travel and Terrain Advice from March 15:

  • Only the most simple non-avalanche terrain free of overhead hazard is appropriate at this time.
  • Be aware of the potential for large, deep avalanches to run full path or even longer.
  • A moist or wet snow surface, pinwheeling and natural avalanches are all indicators of a weakening snowpack.
  • Cornices become weak with daytime heating or solar exposure.



Grooming may be affected by avalanche conditions this weekend. We will be grooming when our forecasters say it’s safe. Warm conditions make trails whoop faster.

FRESH groomer in Quartz on March 6


Staging Areas Latest Info

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Pockets of Pow
Grooms scheduled: March 15
Fees: $30/sled
Parking: main parking lot. Trailers in upper east lots - sleds on trucks in lower west
Additional notes: parking lot cleared Feb 29

Silent Pass

Conditions: Pockets of Pow
Grooms scheduled: as needed
Fees: $30/sled
Parking: 47Km on McMurdo road
Road: Logging activity past the 47 km turn off. Use a radio to call you kms.
Additional notes:

Road is getting gooey. Silent was groomed on the 14th


Gorman Lake

Conditions: Pockets of Pow
Grooms scheduled: as needed
Fees: $30/sled
Parking: lower 3.5 km lot
Road: A lot of active logging traffic on road. Call your kms! RR27
Additional notes: Gorman was groomed on the 13th



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