Conditions Report: Sunny Traction

There’s a high pressure ridge over Golden BC right now that’s making for some beautiful sunny days in the mountains. With 20cms of new snow over the last week, there’s fresh tracks to be had and the cold temps are keeping it preserved. There’s some fun powder pockets to be had and the traction on climbs is all time. The avalanche danger continues to be moderate and grooming teams are keeping the trails flat. The mountains are calling this weekend and you should go.

Powder turns in Upper Holt on Feb 14

Fresh tracks in Gorman on Feb 14.

Looking down onto Gorman Lake with the pass to Lang on the left on Feb 14, 2024


TCH-1 Highway

BIG NEWS! Highway 1 is fully open east of Golden with NO scheduled stoppages and overnight closures.: Kicking Horse Canyon Calendar 

Warning! – Just east of Quartz the frost heaves are worse than ever this year. Slow down if you’re hauling weight…

CALL YOUR KMS!. Please note there is a lot of industrial traffic on the Dogtooth FSR this year. Grab a radio and call up on RR27

Snow & Weather


It’s not epic deep, but there are some worthy pockets of fresh snow that are available for the taking. The best spots are in the alpine. We’ve had approximately 20 cms of new snow in the past week; there isn’t much in the forecast but there is some sun. There’s approximately 150cms of snow as an average base.

Temps have been quite cold this week and the alpine remains quite cool during the day, even when it’s full sun. This has preserved the snow but riders thinking it will feel like spring might regret leaving their extra puffy layer in the truck.

Fresh tracks in Gorman on Feb 14.

Wheelie in Gorman on Feb 14

snowforecast near quartz on Feb 15

Avalanche Safety

Avalanche Conditions

Check everyday you ride!

From on Feb 15: “Tracks on a slope do not mean it is safe. Deep persistent slabs are a low-probability, high-consequence avalanche problem that are best managed by choosing to ride conservative terrain.”

Travel and Terrain Advice from Feb 15:

  • Be mindful that deep instabilities are still present and have produced recent large avalanches.
  • Be aware of the potential for surprisingly large avalanches due to deeply buried weak layers.

screen shot of Purcell region on Feb 15



Grooming operations are in full swing this weekend and trails are staying smooth with the cold temps. Special thanks to the grooming crew who went over and above the call of duty and flattened a lot of nasty whoops above the cabin in Quartz; this was much appreciated.

smooth base area and trails above the cabin in Quartz on Feb 10


Staging Areas Latest Info

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Pockets of soft snow. Alpine is where it's best.
Grooms scheduled: As needed
Fees: $30/sled
Parking: main parking lot. Trailers in upper east lots - sleds on trucks in lower west

Silent Pass

Conditions: Pockets of soft snow. Alpine is where it's best.
Grooms scheduled: As needed.
Fees: $30/sled
Parking: 47Km on McMurdo road
Road: Logging activity past the 47 km turn off. Use a radio to call you kms.
Additional notes:

Road was plowed on week of Feb 5. Gnarly frost heaves at 30-31 km got filled with gravel on Feb 7. Tight access on the last couple kms; use your radio to communicate. Parking lot is good for trailers.


Gorman Lake

Conditions: Lots of soft snow. Alpine is where it's best.
Grooms scheduled: as needed
Fees: $30/sled
Parking: lower 3.5 km lot
Road: A lot of active logging traffic on road. Call your kms! RR27
Additional notes: FSR is very slippery. Be cautious, especially coming down.



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