Dec 29, 2016 Golden BC Snowmobile Conditions

Snowmobiling in  Golden over the holidays has been amazing. We’ve  had 48cms of recorded snowfall in the Dogtooth Range in the past week and there’s  another 25cms in the forecast. It also looks like the sun might come out in the next few days, which means that if you can get to Golden BC to snowmobile, you should. Seize the days because now is the time to get it good!

Here’s some pics from the last week:


Deep shredding in the trees at Quartz Creek on Dec 28, 2016. Photo by GSR


Deep shredding in the trees at Quartz Creek on Dec 28, 2016. Photo by GSR


Snow Beta

A lot of new in the past week means conditions are good but also the possibility for avalanches increases.  Please stay vigilant with safety and remember to check the avalanche conditions.

KHMR snow report on Dec 29, 2016

KHMR snow report on Dec 29, 2016



Quartz Creek snowplot Dec 28, 2016

Quartz Creek snowplot on Dec 28, 2016

Quartz Creek snow plot on Dec 28, 2016. There’s significantly more snow at higher elevations.


It warmed up a bit when the snow fell but it looks like temps will cool down again when the skies clear.


The highways continue to be full winter driving conditions. Please travel with care. Check out DriveBC for current conditions.

Riding Areas

Great conditions in all 3 of our managed areas. All areas are groomed regularly and parking lots are cleared weekly. There is good coverage this year and we’ve enjoyed a great year so far.

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Good coverage. Deep snow where fresh. A lot of compaction from traffic.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday evenings (Fridays and Wednesdays, if needed).
Fees: Everyday  ($25/rider).
Parking: Regular  parking lot maintenance is occurring. Lots of room for enclosed trailers.

-Firewood has been  stocked in the cabin (again) on Dec 21st. Please use it conservatively.
-Portable outhouses have been installed in the parking lot.
-2 full, 30lb propane tanks were stocked at the cabin on Dec. 2

Gorman Lake

Conditions:  Not as much traffic as Quartz means some deep snow where it’s fresh. Higher avalanche risk due to steep terrain should be considered.
Grooms scheduled:  Groomed Dec 28th. Scheduled for Jan 1, 2017.
Fees:  Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking:  3.5km ‘lower lot.’ There’s plenty room for enclosed trailers.
Road:  Not terrible. We’re keeping an eye on it and will sand regularly.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Good coverage. A lot of new snow.
Grooms scheduled:  Groomed on Dec 28.
Fees:  Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking:  Parking is about 100m  after the McMurdo turn off at 46.5km. Try not to box anyone in.  NO PARKING on the main road on weekdays please.
Road: Road is  currently maintained by logging interests and there is active logging all week long. It gets plowed on Sundays. Please stay out of these guy’s way. We’re working on better communication from our kiosk to avoid any collisions.

West Bench Trail

Conditions:  We’ve finally got a groom in on WBT.  Riding from Gorman to Wyseman corner is now good. Wysemen Corner to Quartz is  has not been groomed and is still thin.
Grooms scheduled:  Gorman to Wyseman was groomed on Dec 26.
Fees:  Everyday ($25/rider) payable at Gorman trailhead (or Quartz, but access is not recommended from Quartz as of yet).
Parking:  Park at Gorman parking lot.  (Quartz end not recommended)

Road Safety is KEY! Get a radio that can call RR frequencies, call your markers and PULL OVER for bigger traffic.

Road Safety is KEY! Get a radio that can call RR frequencies, call your markers and PULL OVER for bigger traffic.  Pic by @SledBiglines


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