Santa is on his way and it looks like all the nice sledders are going to get their snowy wish. We’ve had 20-30 cms of new snow this week and there’s another 47cms of white fluff in the forecast. Things are stacking up nicely in the zones and we’re bracing for a solid swell here through the weekend. It seems like pinning it to Golden for the weekend with your buddies is the move to make, before you get locked down with family.

The snow has taken its time to show up in Golden this week and we’ve had some high alpine winds. Things are still pretty good though.

Ho Ho Holy Cow it's snowing!

Ho Ho Holy Cow it’s snowing!

Silent Pass, Dec 18, 2019. Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

Silent Pass, Dec 18, 2019. Photo by Golden Snowmobile Rentals

Weather and Snow

Zip up your collar, it’s going deep! Sunday could be all time.

Snow forecast for Quartz area on Dec 18

Snow forecast for Quartz area on Dec 18

Check out our webcam, weather data (including snowfall) and the local weather forecast on our webcams page:  www.sledgolden.com/webcams-and-condition

Avalanche

New snow means chances of avalanches goes up. PLEASE be careful out there. It’s time to be conservative.

screen shot Dec 18

screen shot Dec 18

Screen shot Dec 18

Screen shot Dec 18

 

Please check out avalanche bulletins (https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/purcells) each time you go.

If you can ride in the mountains you’re probably travelling in avalanche terrain. Please be careful and submit what you see to the MIN Network.

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Travel on Logging Roads

Please observe proper safety on the logging roads. Radio channel in Silent is RR3 (150.140)


Trail Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Getting deep
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fees: $25
Parking: Plowed recently - good for trailers.
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

Quartz is filling in. Expect it to be good this weekend it and probably busy.

The cabin and outhouses have been getting regular cleans. There’s some broken glass around the outside deck. Please watch yourself.

PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE PARKS! Don’t sled past a sign and in to the National Park. This seriously impacts our relationship with the Park and our ability to keep areas open and open new areas. We don’t have caribou in Golden, but we are not immune from closures.

Please note that avalanche safety protocols sometimes affect our grooming schedule. Ask the gate staff in the morning about the last groom.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Thin powder
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Sunday
Fees: $25
Parking: 4 km (lower) parking lot.
Road: Road is really slippery to 4km - There's logging happening past the fork at 3.5 km Radio RR27 / 151.37
Additional notes:

The trail in to Gorman is pretty good. The sledding above is still thin. There have been high alpine winds this week.  The parking lot is good for trailers.

Please be aware of active logging on the road. The Radio Channel is RR27 or 151.37

Silent Pass

Conditions: Powder and Packed Powder
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Sunday
Fees: $25
Parking: 46km - Do not park where it is posted no parking.
Road: Please use radios on FSR. Channel is RR3 (150.140) - Logging trucks have been driving FAST!
Additional notes:

Silent has good accumulations in the trees and is still a little thin in the alpine. There was high winds this week up high.

Please keep in mind there is active logging taking place very near to the parking lot. Please do not follow the plowed road to the “end” or park in signed no-parking areas. Riding a snowmobile on a plowed road is illegal, so if you can’t snag a spot in the lot drop off your sled and park elsewhere, don’t ride on the road.

Logging operations are ongoing this year and you can expect to drive to the 46km mark this year. That means you must have a VHS Radio in your vehicle to travel down the active logging road.  Check out our video on logging road etiquette here.  The Radio Channel is RR3 or 150.140.

 

Westbench Trail

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: We will be trying to put a full groom on WestBench trail this Friday. Stay tuned here for more info after we get back.

Old Man

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: Sunday
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: We’re going to try to get in to Old Man this Friday for the first time.

East Quartz

Conditions: none reported
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: We will be trying to push East Quartz this Friday.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/GC-HeliSki/6day/mid

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