Conditions Report: Watch the Heat

Colder temps and some new snow will continue to make this season awesome in Golden.  Please make sure your registration and insurance is in order, as we’ve seen conservation officers and RCMP making appearances at the trail heads. Avalanche conditions and good weather have allowed for many a great day lately.  The forecast looks like it’s going to be another good week here.


How It’s Been.

New snow in the morning and we're excited!

New snow in the morning and we’re excited!

A nice day near Silent Pass, March 21, 2018

A nice day near Silent Pass, March 21, 2018


Approximately 17cms in the forecast this week and a mix of sun and clouds.

Weather for the upcoming week.

Weather for the upcoming week.


Please stay tuned to for the most up to date avalanche forecasts.

screen shot of conditions for the Purcell mountains on March 21, 2018 from

screen shot of conditions for the Purcell mountains on March 21, 2018 from


If you see any avalanche action going on, use the Mountain Information Network to share your photos and information.

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Are you booked in for the Riley Suhan Invitational?  Relay-style all mountain race on April 7 in Quartz Creek.

Riley Suhan. Photo @sledBiglines

Riley Suhan. Photo @sledBiglines

GT OR DIE: Great news! We’ve announced Saturday April 14th as the date for this year’s GT or DIE races! It’s going to be a good time and there’s expanded events for kids during the early part of the day.

GT or Die gathering is on April 14th.

GT or Die gathering is on April 14th.

Road Safety

Using a VHF radio on active logging roads is an essential part of having a safe day. Please watch our road safety video to learn more.

Economic Impact Study

Don’t be surprised if you are asked to fill out a survey at one of our trail heads. We are conducting an Economic Impact Study  this winter. We’re hopeful the results of this study will help us  get more  funding to continue to make snowmobiling infrastructure better. Thank you for your patience.

Economic Impact Study questions being asked in all 3 managed areas. Photo @sledbigilnes

Economic Impact Study questions being asked in all 3 managed areas. Photo @sledbigilnes

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Compact snow and settled powder in the trees.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fees: $25
Parking: Cleared
Road: New access road has been plowed for logging operations - see below**
Additional notes:

Quartz has seen heavy traffic but is still giving up a few powder stashes. Firewood has been re-stocked. The new stove we put in the cabin is not functioning as well as we hoped. Keep the door closed to preserve heat.

**Please note that logging operations have started in Quartz up to the first gate (approx 3km). Riders need to stay off the road and on the trail on the side. This is critical. We will have to share access to Quartz with the loggers this spring.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Compacted powder and blown in powder
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Saturday
Fees: $25
Parking: 3.5km
Road: Road is in good condition but watch for ice with freeze-thaw conditions
Additional notes:

Gorman is in great shape. A lot of people have been using the area but the snow and winds continue to bring good coverage. Please park efficiently.

** watch out for the groomer drag on the trail around the 5km mark **


Silent Pass

Conditions: Great powder up high
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at 21km.
Road: Logging in progress. Please use caution!
Additional notes:

The road to Silent is significantly improved with regular grader service as logging has resumed.  We’re still parking at the 21 km but now it’s easier to get there.

The riding around treeline is excellent.


Westbench Trail

Conditions: Good condition from end to end
Grooms scheduled: Last groomed on March 19
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz (see above)
Additional notes: An excellent time to check out West Bench Trail. Get it before it melts out.

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