Conditions Report: Scratchers Down, It’s Warm Out There!

Spring riding is upon us and what a great Spring it’s been so far! With a full reset up high and warm temperatures at the staging areas, this might just be our favourite time of year to ride.  With limited fresh snow on the trail these days we are getting into the season of overheating and potential loss of a lug or two. Check out this video from CKMP on how to preserve your track!

Photo: Tim Grey / Rider: Riley Suhan / March 19, 2022

Riley Suhan was out this last week getting ready for the big event next weekend. He’s got some sweet moves lined up… Didn’t hear about the race? It’s not too late. There are 3 spots left. Sign up here! If you’re available and interested in volunteering, we have a few spots left for that as well. Fill this form out and we will be in touch shortly! Volunteers will receive a discounted membership for the 2022/23 season as well at some sweet swag and a guaranteed great day!
For more information about the event, have a look at our website.


A big shout out to all our sponsors this year. We couldn’t have done it without you. We appreciate all of your support this year and thank you for your generosity to the sledding community!


Plan before you Play!

TCH-1 Highway status

The highway will be closing April 20, 2022 for a month. Until then, check the latest conditions as it relates to the Kicking Horse Canyon highway project here:

Kicking Horse Calendar



Looks like a small amount of precipitation coming this weekend, hopefully not in the form of rain!  Those freezing levels are getting high with the incoming weather system, so get up high to find the goods early next week. Enjoy the mild winds and the warm temps this week. Summer feels like it’s just around the corner!


Avalanche danger is improving out there, but there are still avalanches being triggered, particularly on old surfaces that the newer snow is not bonding well to!  South (and solar) aspects in particular need attention paid to them as the days start to warm up. A reminder to look up and consider the overhead hazard (especially with solar input on the rocks) when travelling through terrain!

Avalanche Canada has a great amount of resources on its site. Find the link here but feel free to check out other parts of the website because there is lots to learn.


We’ve decided to stay open until April 10th this year!  Hopefully the roads will hold up until then, but we will keep you updated on the access the our zones as much as we are able.

Check below for the Garmin grooming map for updates (scroll down to see grooming in REAL TIME).  Let us know how it is out there these days!


A reminder that CLOSED areas are closed for a reason. There are agreements in place with GBRAP that do NOT permit sledders in other tenure holder’s terrain while they are operating during the winter season. This includes Heli Ski tenure … If we keep seeing non compliance with this it will more than likely not be a good result for the snowmobiling community, so please be aware of where you can and cannot be. Familiarize yourself with the closures here on our website.





Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Spring conditions!
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and as needed!
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the main highway lot.
Road: Back to normal use. No trucks on the road permitted.
Additional notes: Trucks and trailers park in the upper lot, trucks with decks park in the lot where the Sled Golden kiosk lives. Thanks!

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Spring riding these days!
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Saturday, and as needed.
Fees: $25
Parking: Park at the 3.5km lot
Road: Road is in great shape!
Additional notes: Equipment hauling happening on the Dogtooth FSR as local contractors perform “right of way” (road building). There’s quite a bit of room for parking at the 3.5km, but keep it tight.  Gorman has been busy this year so be prepared for a full lot!

Silent Pass

Conditions: Spring conditions!
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Saturday and as needed
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the 31k
Road: Road is in great shape!
Additional notes: The road to Silent is in good shape at the moment, and don’t forget, we have a parking lot at the 31 k which is new this year. Expect active logging to be happening now, so have your radio handy!

East Quartz

Conditions: Spring riding these days!
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $25
Parking: As per Quartz, Gorman
Road: N/A

Old Man

Conditions: Spring conditions!
Grooms scheduled: As needed
Fees: $25
Parking: At Quartz Creek main parking lot
Road: N/A

Westbench Trail

Conditions: The trail is continuous now and in good shape!
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: If you’re looking for a cruise and  great views, the WBT is a great option and we are lucky to have it in such great shape right now. Thanks to the grooming staff for all their hard work getting it sorted this season!

Grooming Map

The map below is linked to the safety InReaches we have in our groomers and we have been able to make the tracks public.  How to use the map:

  • Press on the + next to the groomer/zone you want the latest information for.
  • Once the line is visible, press on the line to see the date & time the groomer was last in action.

This map only shows the most recent groom. You can inquire at any of our trailheads for additional grooming information, including number of riders since the last groom.

Weather & Avalanche Conditions


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