Conditions Report: Sunny Times

We’ve had 85cms in the past week and now it’s going sunny. Temps are warming up and the blue skies are on their way. Our beacon basin is in at Quartz, there’s some good deals to be had and GORMA could really use your help… Please keep reading to find out more.

How it’s Been

Last week was crazy! Deep pow but high avalanche risk.

Rocky Point Dec 22 (14 of 25)

Snow and Weather

KHMR reported 85cms in the past week and we’ve had over 5 metres of snow this season!

snow report from KHMR no Jan 9, 2019

snow report from KHMR no Jan 9, 2019

Looks like it’s sunny and warm this week.

You never really know how a day in the mountains will go unless you’re there, but can give you an idea.

Screen Shot 2019-01-09 at 8.27.06 PMAvalanche Conditions

Conditions are still considerable. Consider these avalanches that happened in the Dogtooth range near Gorman this week…

Avalanches in the Dogtooth range on Jan 7, 2018.

Avalanches in the Dogtooth range on Jan 7, 2018.

Screen Shot 2019-01-09 at 9.00.12 PM

Check out avalanche bulletins each time you go.  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.

Purcell forecast screen shot on Jan 9, 2018

Purcell forecast screen shot on Jan 9, 201

Beacon Basin is installed for 2019 season in Quartz.

Beacon Basin is installed for 2019 season in Quartz.

*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. Please adjust your expectations accordingly. *

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Donations NEEDED

GORMA needs to raise $7500 to cover the costs of insurance for the moto track in Golden.  We are accepting donations at all of our trailheads and via our online store.
(update the quantity amount to increase your donation).



Group Rides (Starting January 12 weekend)

Women’s Group Rides (Starting January 19 weekend)

Avalanche Awareness Days Jan 19, 2019

Poker Ride! March 9, 2019

Riley Suhan Invitational – April 6, 2019

GT or DIE, April 20, 2019

Travel on Logging Roads

Please observe proper safety on the logging roads. Radio channel in Silent is RR3

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Approx 200 cm of snow at cabin.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: Parking lot is cleared regularly
Additional notes:

Great coverage.

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.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Good coverage.
Grooms scheduled: Wed/Fri/Sun
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: 4km parking lot.
Road: Road is plowed and sanded regularly, please use caution
Additional notes: Good coverage.

Silent Pass

Conditions: good coverage
Grooms scheduled: TBC - groomer still broken
Fees: $25 / sled (when groomed)
Parking: At 21 km. Please park responsibly and don't snowmobile on the plowed road
Road: Please use radios on FSR. Channel is RR3
Additional notes:

Groomer is broken down at the 54km. We’re trying to get the machine up and running ASAP and will post updated grooms here as soon as we have news.

Logging operations are ongoing this year, currently up a spur off the parking lot at 21 km. Therefore you can drive to the 21km parking lot but expect to encounter industrial vehicles the entire way. Please review our road safety video and drive with care.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Groomed
Grooms scheduled: Last Groom January 5
Fees: $25 payable at Gorman or Quartz kiosk
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: It can get bumpy at the Quartz end but has been kept pretty flat otherwise.

Old Man

Conditions: Fresh! Not much traffic up Old Man yet.
Grooms scheduled: Last Groom January 5
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Trail is good, once you get off WestBench Trail. It’s gotta be deep up there and it’s not seen much traffic.

East Quartz

Conditions: Unknown
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: No grooms planned in East Quartz at the moment.

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