Conditions Report: Warm and Wet!

We were complaining about it being too cold last week and now we are complaining about it being too warm this week! What a wild ride we’ve been on in regards to temperature fluctuations. That being said, it is snowing up high right now and we think it’s gonna be good out there this weekend…! We are working on getting grooming back on track and hope the snow continues to provide us with all the joy we’ve been experiencing out here in Golden.


Mountain Sledder Must Read!

Check out this awesome article about the costs of Grooming! Big high fives to Mountain Sledder magazine for putting out this awesome piece. The expenses associated with running a grooming program like the one Sled Golden (and all of the BC clubs and societies) has is quite enormous. Click here to read on and find out more. Thanks for bringing this to light, it’s been on our minds.


Plan before you Play!

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TCH-1 Highway status

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

Kicking Horse Calendar



It was SUPER cold earlier this month, and now it’s warm, almost too warm… It looks to be cooling down slightly before the weekend which is good news,  but be sure to bring extra clothes to help stay dry and warm in case your gear gets wet!

There’s a blip of snow coming on Saturday and there’s sure to be some good views to be had on either side of the storm. Come and enjoy it, it’s never ending this year thus far.


With the warm weather, the avalanche hazard is definitely higher at the moment, but should be levelling out a bit by the weekend. Be sure to check the forecast here each day for accurate up to date information as the situation continues to change day by day!

Did you know that if you show proof of an AST (Avalanche Skills Training) course. you get $5 off a day pass at any one of our kiosks?


As long as those avalanche conditions cooperate with us we will have the trails all groomed up by the weekend. That being said, be sure to check social media for updates and always watch the Garmin grooming map (scroll down to see grooming in REAL TIME!).

Logging is supposed to be completed by the end of the week at Quartz, so stay tuned. Hopefully we will not have a 40 vehicle parking limit by Saturday morning. Fingers crossed!



Trail Area Conditions Reports

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Great!
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Sunday and as necessary on top of that - Dependent on avalanche danger
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the main highway lot. No limits!
Road: Side "bench" trail built for snowmobiles. Please use it and stay off the FSR.
Additional notes:

There is still active logging at Quartz creek at the 4km marker. There is a side “bench” trail that is meant to be travelled on. Please stay off the FSR as it is illegal to travel on it.  This is for the safety of everyone. Travel slow and pay attention.

Check in at the Quartz gate for the most up to date info.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Excellent
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Sunday and as necessary on top of that - Dependent on avalanche danger
Fees: $25
Parking: Park at the 3.5km lot
Road: Road has been in good shape!
Additional notes: Conditions up at Gorman have been excellent. 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: Haven't been there yet? Better go check it out.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Sunday, and as necessary on top of that - Dependent on avalanche danger
Fees: $25
Parking: Parking at the 31k
Road: Road grading occurring with anticipation of logging next week.
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 start mid-late January so have your radio ready!

East Quartz

Conditions: In great shape!
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $25
Parking: As per Quartz, Gorman
Road: n/a

Old Man

Conditions: Great coverage already!
Grooms scheduled: As needed
Fees: $25
Parking: At Quartz Creek main parking lot
Road: n/a

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Cleared but not groomed...
Grooms scheduled: TBD
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Logging occurring on the Donald FSR. This is a Non-continuous trail for now. We will provide updates once the trail is groomed and ready for use.

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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