Conditions Report: Spring Daze

Spring has sprung this past week and it’s been fun shredding powder under the bright blue sky. This week coming up, the snow taps will turn back on and we have 19 cms in the forecast. A mix of sun and clouds and temps staying cool in the alpine means that the snow will be hanging around for sometime; there is still lots of powder where no one has been. Warmer temps in the low valley mean the trails get bumpy more quickly but our grooming team is working in all staging areas to keep things flat. The Riley Suhan race is only 9 sleeps away and there’s only 44 spots left.
Keep reading to hear more about sledding in Golden this week.

Milking the late evening light to get one more jump in. March 19

Spring turns on March 19.

Evening light is the best. Run turns on March 19.

Riley Suhan Backcountry Race

Only 9 sleeps left until the most awesome event in snowmobiling! Registration is OPEN for the 4th Annual Riley Suhan Backcountry race on April 1, 2023. Check the link for more info. Only 44 spots left!


TCH-1 Highway

Highway 1 is open east of Golden with scheduled stoppages and overnight closures. It’s always good to check : Kicking Horse Canyon Calendar 


It has been mostly blue bird skies this past week and not a lot of snow fell. This week coming up it looks like 19cms in is in the forecast and a mix of sun and cloud.

The sledding has been excellent and there have been many high fives thrown. Look for this to continue for the week to come.

March 14 in Quartz


Please make sure you check  everyday you ride.

The alpine continues to be the main area of concern.

“Danger ratings have declined but the inherently weak and dangerous snowpack structure remains.

A moderate rating reflects the possibility of large, high-consequence human-triggered avalanches. Remain diligent in your terrain selection by avoiding steep, rocky, wind-affected terrain and choosing small, low-consequence features.” – copy and pasted from on Mar 23




Grooming operations for all 3 staging areas Quartz, Gorman and Silent are in full swing with grooms on the main trails scheduled as needed.

Spring afternoons mean there may be some grooming restrictions due to increased avalanche danger but our grooming crews are working around these as best they can.

They have plowed a truck lane up to the 1km at Quartz, so people need to stay on the side trail and be aware of any traffic. No public traffic beyond the kiosk.

East Quartz got a pass up to the start of the slidepath, Oldman got groomed last on March 16.


Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Pockets of powder
Grooms scheduled: Regularly / As needed. Wed/Fri/Sun
Fees: $30
Parking: At main lot - Trucks in the upper west, Trailers in the upper lots to the east.
Road: groomed
Additional notes:

Quartz is fully operational. Regular grooming to the cabin is occurring. Day tickets will be sold and passes checked 7 days a week.

The main paths are compacted but there’s some good pockets to be had.


They have plowed a truck lane up to the 1km at Quartz, so people need to stay on the side trail and be aware of any traffic. No public traffic beyond the kiosk.

road for first 1km. expect it to be plowed for trucks and groomed on the other side.

parking lot looking good on March 14

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Best it's been all year
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $30
Parking: 3.5km lots
Road: Watch for ice spots
Additional notes:

It’s a thin year in Gorman area but it’s starting to feel like normal. The tree line and below hold the most snow. The alpine slopes should be considered very suspect for stability.

Avalanche activity in Gorman on March 11

pow in Gorman on March 11

DFD warming cabin has been installed.



Silent Pass

Conditions: Fresh snow - powder pockets
Grooms scheduled: Thursday/Saturday - as required
Fees: $30
Parking: 31km - leave room for large trailers to turn around.
Road: active logging on road. Road has been ploughed so it will get muddy in warm temps.
Additional notes:

Silent has a lot of good spots left. The main trails have been compacted. It’s deep where no one has been.

Please note that the kiosk will now be issuing parking passes for the Silent Pass parking lot. Vehicles in the parking lot will be cross checked with pass purchases to help ensure that we can continue to pay for operations in this area.

Please stop in at the kiosk even if you are not going to be riding Silent.

Silent Pass Parking

East Quartz

Conditions: Fresh
Grooms scheduled: waiting for avalanche clearance
Fees: $30 as per Quartz
Parking: Main Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: East Quartz got a pass up to the start of the slidepath this week. We can’t go further than that due to avalanche conditions.

Old Man

Conditions: Fresh
Grooms scheduled: Waiting for more snow
Fees: $30 - pay at Quartz Kiosk
Parking: At Quartz Creek upper lot
Road: N/A
Additional notes: Old man got groomed on March 16.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: not passable
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $0
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: not open at this time

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: (works on Chrome but may not work on Safari. iPhones may or may not work properly)

  • 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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