Christmas came early for sledders in Golden BC. We’ve had approximately a metre of new snow in the last week and then it went bluebird! Avalanche conditions have been high so good terrain choices have been a must. This week coming up should be pretty great sledding. There’s not a lot of new snow in the forecast, but we don’t need it! There’s tons out there right now and it’s a really great time to go sledding. See ya soon.

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.

Quartz, Dec 23, 2019. Photo by @tgfg_

Quartz, Dec 23, 2019. Photo by @tgfg_

Quart, Dec 23, photo by @tgfg_

Quart, Dec 23, photo by @tgfg_

Weather and Snow

Looks like it’s going to be cold and clear. There’s not a lot of snow in the forecast, but that’s ok, because we don’t need it.

Weather near Quartz on Dec 24

Weather near Quartz on Dec 24

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

Avalanche

There’s a special public avalanche warning this week. Please read it!

Avalanche conditions screen shot on Dec 24

Avalanche conditions screen shot on Dec 24

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: Deep where no one has been. Packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: 23, 26,27,28,29,30, 1
Fees: $25
Parking: Plowed recently - good for trailers.
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

Quartz has been DEEP but it’s getting tracked out. It’s a good time to bring family and friends who aren’t the best danglers.

The cabin and outhouses have been getting regular cleans. There’s some broken glass around the outside deck. The roof should get shovelled this week.

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: Deep where no one has been. Packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: 23, 27, 29, 1
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:

Gorman is finally good to go. Watch those north facing slopes that have been easily triggered.

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

Silent Pass

Conditions: Deep where no one has been. Packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: 23, 27,30, 1
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:

Excellent sledding this week. It’s been deep in the trees. The alpine has seen some wind.

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: good
Grooms scheduled: 23, 1
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Got the family? Just want to go on a tour? West Bench is pretty good.

Old Man

Conditions: unreported
Grooms scheduled: 27, 29, 1
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Old Man should be a good alternative coming up this week.

East Quartz

Conditions: none reported
Grooms scheduled: 29, 1
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: Stay tuned.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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