Conditions Report: That Sun Packs a Punch!

Did you all hear yet? We are going to be hosting the 3rd Riley Suhan Invitational this year on April 2, 2022. Find more info and sign up HERE!  If you’re interested in volunteering for the event, feel free to fill out this FORM and we will be in touch in the near future. Looking forward to a great event.

Photo: Tim Grey / March 8, 2022 / Dogtooth Range, Golden BC

A reminder to those heading to Quartz Creek these days, there are two parking lots! Look at the signs when you drive in and park in the appropriate location. Trucks and trailers to the LEFT and trucks with decks to the RIGHT.

Photo: Anett Meszaros / Golden, BC / March 5, 2022

Everyone is still having a great time out there by the looks of things. Even though it hasn’t snowed in a while, there is still some enjoyable sledding to be had if you go wandering a little off the beaten track.

Plan before you Play!


TCH-1 Highway status

Check the latest conditions as it relates to the Kicking Horse Canyon highway project here:

Kicking Horse Calendar



Well one thing is for sure, it’s still a bit cold this week… but BOY does that sun pack a punch and warm things up pretty quickly these days. Time to get your goggle tan on.

We aren’t expecting LOADS of snow, but we will definitely see some fresh stuff beginning on Friday and rolling through the weekend. And who knows, it might amount to a decent amount of snow! Those sneaky storms are always a possibility at this time of the year!



Things are fairly stable out there these days, but remember that small avalanches can have big consequences in extreme terrain or when there are terrain traps present. That means if you are above cliffs, a depression or a swathe of trees, you should be considering what could happen  if even a small slide comes down.  Be cautious with the new snow coming in this weekend. There are sure to be storm slabs forming on those old surfaces.

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 check out.


The cool temps are keeping the trails in nicer shape, but the warmer weather will bring more whoops. However! Groomers will be firing on all injectors for the next couple weeks to keep the trails as smooth as possible.

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!





Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Sunny and blue with snow on the way this weekend...but lots of packed snow out there. Go explore!
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: Packed powder....AKA tracks. But room to explore for sure!
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: Looking to get a decent amount of snow this weekend...FYI.
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: Grooming once a week currently
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $25
Parking: As per Quartz, Gorman
Road: N/A

Old Man

Conditions: Great coverage this year. Firm right now.
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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