**Updated Saturday, Feb 2 @ 9 pm ** It’s been a couple weeks of blue sky so we’re keen for the new snow in the forecast on Thursday and Friday. With up to 25 cm expected in all of our areas and clearing skies throughout the weekend you can expect conditions will be all time in Golden this weekend.
It’s been a great week of sunshine and cooler temperatures. Riding has been great with lots of little pockets of fresh snow to be blasted but those have dried up just in time for the storm that’s coming in this week.
We’ve got a storm rolling in Thursday night – Saturday morning that should bring 25 cm of fresh to all of our areas.
Check out avalanche bulletins (https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/purcells) each time you go. Conditions are moderate right now but they’re sure to skyrocket with the fresh snow this weekend. They’re updated daily and conditions can change quickly. If you can ride in the mountains you’re probably travelling in avalanche terrain. Please be careful and submit what you see to the MIN Network.
Join Avalanche Canada technicians at Quartz Creek cabin on Saturday, February 16 to learn more about the MIN Network and practise your partner rescue.
With the warmer temperatures and fresh snow this weekend you can expect the trails will get whoop-y faster than on a cold and dry day. We’ll keep you posted at the each gate but you can expect with 80+ riders the trail will get bumpy.
*Please note: GSC grooming operations are responsive to WorkSafe BC protocols for avalanche safety and working alone. This means the GSC grooming operations are under the direction of a professional avalanche forecaster, who, at times, applies limits to the terrain that the groomer can pass through and this may affect the grooming product. The turnaround points are normally at 11 km in Quartz, 14 km in Gorman, and 48 km at Silent. Please adjust your expectations accordingly. *
Group Rides (February 10, Silent Pass) – meet at the gate kiosk at 9:00 am and ride with like minded sledders to learn the zone and the secret spots!
CAA Avalanche Technician Visit (Saturday, February 16, Quartz Creek) – learn from the experts: MIN Network reporting and transceiver search and rescue.
Women’s Group Rides (February 17, Quartz Creek) – join a group of local women for a day of shredding and learning!
Poker Ride! March 9, 2019 – Ride the WestBench Trail from Gorman to Quartz and collect poker cards to play during the BBQ wrap-up at Quartz Creek.
Riley Suhan Invitational – April 6, 2019 – The first back-country snowmobile race is now in its second year. Registration is now open – limited to 80 riders, first come, first served.
GT or DIE – April 20, 2019 – Extreme GT-ing in the alpine. Need we say more.
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Parking: Lot is plowed but hard to keep up with snow this weekend - soft in spots
Quartz has been awesome lately. Powder and packed powder in high traffic areas. With up to 25 cm expected on Friday, it’s only going to get better.
PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE PARKS! Please don’t sled past a sign and in to the National Park. We got called this week from Parks Canada and they are going to up their enforcement in the area.
Conditions: Good coverage.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday / Saturday
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: 4km parking lot.
Road: Road is steep and can be slippery, no matter how much we plow & sand.
Additional notes: Gorman has filled in nicely. The cold weather keeps the trail groom in good condition. Great powder in the bowls.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday / Sunday
Fees: $25 / sled
Parking: At 24 km. Please park responsibly and don't snowmobile on the plowed road
Road: Super ICY on Saturday/Sunday - use chains. Please use radios on FSR. Channel is RR3 (150.140)
The trail up Silent is good to go with regular grooming. The road is super ice with the rain we had down low on Friday. Use extreme caution on the road and bring chains.
Logging operations are ongoing this year, currently up a spur off the FSR at 21 km. Therefore you can drive to the 24km parking lot but expect to encounter industrial vehicles nearly the entire way. Please review our road safety video and drive with care.
Summit Lake riders: The logging operation has cleared a small parking area about 2 km up the spur road at the 21 km. Do not park at the normal parking at 21 km and ride on the plowed road.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, January 31
Fees: $25 payable at Gorman or Quartz kiosk
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Additional notes: Good condition and staying flat. Expect some bumps after the weekend with the fresh snow and warm temperatures.
Conditions: Packed snow, a refresh will fluff it all back up.
Grooms scheduled: January 31
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Additional notes: Trail is good and the bowl has also been excellent. It’s a small area so can get tracked out fast – go early!
Grooms scheduled: January 30
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Additional notes: Partial groom scheduled for Wednesday night.