Conditions Report: Snow Parade

Conditions in Golden remain quite good for sledders. There’s been a lot of traffic in our zones but there’s also been some snow blow in nicely and more is on its way.

Dec 16: Quartz Creek | Photo: Golden Snowmobile Rentals

We’ve put the tracks on our last cat and if everything goes right, Gorman will get its first grooms of the season this week. Avalanche conditions could be tricky this week and of course, there’s travel advisories out.

COVID Protocol:

Just in case you didn’t know there’s a pandemic happening.  The latest orders, restrictions and advisories for Covid 19 are here for both BC and Alberta .



The club has posted our COVID protocols here

Please advise yourself and abide by all provincial public health advisories. Sled Golden has a strong contingent of local members and participants and we are focusing on serving them during this time.


Approximately 20-30 cms fell this week and the skies were a mixed bag of sun and cloud. Temps have remained cool and somewhat constant and Golden was mostly insulated from the melt freeze that seemed to affect other major riding areas in Interior BC. The winds have enabled what snow did fall to accumulate nicely in the trees. After all the weekend traffic, things have been shockingly good.

Snow and Weather

A series of frontal systems is moving through the province and each one is carrying snow. There’s approximately 40 cms forecasted in the next week. Temps will remain cool and might turn cold by the end of the weekend. Typically Golden plays exceptionally well when the storms go cold when they leave…


A lot of new snow with wind is trending the avalanche conditions higher this week. It’s time to be very aware of rapidly changing conditions.

As always, we ask that you check for all updated avalanche forecasts.

Are you new to the backcountry?

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Two factors worth noting about mountain safety this year are:

  1. We are seeing an increase of new backcountry users and many are not experienced in mountain safety. It’s reported some of these people are not willing to learn and are acting dangerously.
  2. There is a deficit of avalanche input information this year due to the fact that many commercial ski and snowboard operations are not operating due to COVID.

Huge Thanks!

Just wanted to take the time to give a huge thanks to everyone that has been involved with getting us going this year. There’s been a significant effort behind the scenes.

Big shout out to Dan More from Rise above Welding for his preseason welding work. He rebuilt the broken hitch on the Quartz drag and made a custom hitch to accommodate the gooseneck on the BR350 at Silent. This, along with giving us access to his shop has been a huge reason we’ve been able to make our grooming program happen this season.

Thanks to all of our staff as well for adapting to the changing times. Feel free to tell them you appreciate them.

Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Excellent early season. New snow in the trees.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun.
Fees: $25
Parking: Main parking lot is plowed. Please do not drive up the trail.
Road: Groomed from parking lot.
Additional notes: A lot of traffic last weekend but new snow has filled things in nicely.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Filling in, but still thin.
Grooms scheduled: Dec 16, 19 (tentative).
Fees: $25 if groomed
Parking: Park at main lot at 3.5 km
Road: Road is in rough shape. Very icy.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Excellent early season. A lot of traffic but also new snow. Best snow is in the trees.
Grooms scheduled: Wed, Sat.
Fees: $25 / sled
Parking: Please DO NOT park at the 27. Please park at the 30 km ON THE ROAD (not in the turn around). Please keep the turn around free at the 30km so that trucks with trailers can turn around.
Road: The loggers working west of the 27 km point have asked us to please NOT park at the 27km. We’ve made a good turn around at the 30 km mark but ask that people do NOT park in the turn around. Reminder, give loggers the right of way. Call your KMs on your VHF radio! Channel RR-3. If you don’t have a radio, follow (do not pass) a truck and they will call you in as well.
Additional notes: Still easy to find fresh.

East Quartz

Conditions: Thin and sporty.
Grooms scheduled: Road building is delayed until next week
Fees: $25
Parking: See Quartz Creek.
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Attempts at E Quartz last week didn’t materialize and it looks like it will be another week due to high avalanche hazards. Don’t bring your novice buddy up there. It’s early season, adventure sledding up there.

Old Man

Conditions: Thin.
Grooms scheduled: None
Fees: $25
Parking: See Quartz Creek.
Additional notes: We put our first groom into Oldman Monday Dec 7. Still too early for a grooming drag.  The waterfall access area is still full of rocks.  Tread carefully.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: No information yet.
Grooms scheduled: None.
Fees: $25
Parking: Park at Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: WBT is not a continuous trail this year due to logging operations. You can ride from Gorman to just before Wiseman Corner. You can ride from Quartz to Oldman. For both sides, it’s a there and back trail.

Weather & Avalanche Conditions


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