Conditions Report: Suntan Times

Spring is here and its getting HOT in the mountains.  A bit of snow, a bit of sun, and good times were never so good.

We’re set for small refresh of fresh snow on Thursday night then wall-to-wall sunshine over the weekend with temperatures near 0*C during the day and down to -10*C overnight. Mint spring riding.


Please stay tuned to for the most up to date avalanche forecasts.  Normally these conditions mean great stability so plan for some good days!

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). Right now there are preparation crews on site. Riders need to stay off the road and on the trail on the side. This is critical. There will not be much traffic until early March. We will have to share access to Quartz with the loggers this spring.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Compacted powder on main trails.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday
Fees: $25
Parking: Cleared
Road: Road is in good condition but watch for ice with freeze-thaw conditions
Additional notes:

The road to Gorman has been graded but could still be icy, please proceed with caution. The riding is good in spots less travelled.


Silent Pass

Conditions: Compact snow
Grooms scheduled: Friday, Sunday
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at 21km.
Road: Parking at 21 km. Logging in progress. Please use caution!
Additional notes:

The road to Silent is significantly improved with some grader service on Feb 15.  We’re still parking at the 21 km but now it’s easier to get there.

Lots of snow in the zone once you get there.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Good conditions, a few bumps
Grooms scheduled: Last groomed on Feb 27
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz (see above)
Additional notes: The trail is holding up pretty well since the last groom.

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