What a week it’s been and the party isn’t over! We’ve had over 1 metre of snow and there’s another half metre on the way. Of course heavy accumulations mean avalanche potential and it’s not exactly the easiest thing to perform grooming operations during storms like this but we’re doing our best. Please make note of the information posted below to make sure your experience is all it can be. Oh yeah, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

How it’s Been

It’s been a special week in Golden BC. The snow has been unreal! It’s been super deep, even in the most obvious and easy to get to spots. The sun has been cagey but there have been perfect moments when all things aligned for good.

Getting pitted in a sunny pocket. Dec 14, 2018 in Quartz Creek. Photo @sledbiglines

Getting pitted in a sunny pocket. Dec 14, 2018 in Quartz Creek. Photo @sledbiglines

Dave Treadway comes up for air.Dec 14, 2018. Photo @SledBiglines

Dave Treadway comes up for air. Dec 14, 2018 in Quartz Creek. Photo @SledBiglines

Snow and Weather

We’ve had over a metre of snow in the last week! And there’s over 40cms more in the forecast! It’s been warm in town during the days but the alpine is caked with new snow.

KHMR Snow Report on Dec 19, 2018

KHMR Snow Report on Dec 19, 2018

You never really know how a day in the mountains will go unless you’re there, but Snow-Forecast.com can give you an idea

Forecast for near Quartz Creek on Dec 19.

Forecast for near Quartz Creek on Dec 19.

 

Avalanche Conditions

There’s been A LOT of avalanche activity lately; there always is when it snows this much. Please be careful out there. This is a time to be conservative. 

Natural avalanche with wide spread propagation in Quartz Creek on Dec 14, 2018

Natural avalanche with wide spread propagation in Quartz Creek on Dec 14, 2018

Natural avalanche in Quartz Creek on Dec 14, 2018

Natural avalanche in Quartz Creek on Dec 14, 2018

Check out avalanche bulletins each time you go.  They’re updated daily and conditions can change quickly. 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.

Purcell avalanche forecast on Dec 19, 2018

Purcell avalanche forecast on Dec 19, 2018

 

Glacier National Park avalanche forecast on Dec 19, 2018

Glacier National Park avalanche forecast on Dec 19, 2018

*Please note: GSC grooming operations are responsive to WorkSafe BC protocols for avalanche safety. This means the GSC grooming operations are under the direction of a professional avalanche forecaster, who, at times, applies limits to the terrain that the groomer can pass through and this may affect the grooming product. Please adjust your expectations accordingly. *

WINNER WINNER!

Congratulations to Terrick Wilderman, you were the winner of our share and win contest for two nights at Kicking Horse Kabins!

EVENTS

Group Rides (Starting January 12 weekend)

Women’s Group Rides (Starting January 19 weekend)

Avalanche Awareness Days Jan 19, 2019

Poker Ride! March 9, 2019

Riley Suhan Invitational – April 6, 2019

GT or DIE, April 20, 2019

Travel on Logging Roads

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


Trail Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions: Approx 150cm of snow at cabin.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: Parking lot is cleared regularly
Additional notes:

Quartz has been deep! There’s also been a lot of avalanches.  Get it good but play safe.

PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE PARKS! Please don’t sled past a sign and in to the National Park. We got called this week from Parks Canada and they are going to up their enforcement in the area.

Please don't sled past the National Park boundary signs.

Please don’t sled past the National Park boundary signs.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Starting to fill in.
Grooms scheduled: Friday - full or partial, depending on avalanche conditions
Fees: $25
Parking: 4km parking lot.
Road: Road is plowed and sanded regularly
Additional notes: Gorman is starting to fill in. The alpine is caked with snow and the trees down low have been pretty good.

Silent Pass

Conditions: Deep
Grooms scheduled: Saturday
Fees: $25 or possibly pro-rated depending how the groom goes.
Parking: Parking is now at the 21km. Please respect this so the road can fill in.
Road: Please use radios on FSR. Channel is RR3
Additional notes:

It’s been deep in Golden and word is it’s even deeper in Silent Pass. It doesn’t look like we will be able to groom until Saturday due to avalanche restrictions. So please plan accordingly.

Logging operations are occurring in up the FSR this year but not up the North Fork (where Silent is). Therefore you can drive to the 21km parking lot but expect to encounter industrial vehicles.

 

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Groomed
Grooms scheduled: Friday, Dec 21
Fees: $25 payable at Gorman or Quartz kiosk
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a

Old Man

Conditions: Groomed, powder in the bowl
Grooms scheduled: Friday, Dec 21
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: First groom went down on Dec 21.  No beta on conditions in the bowl.

East Quartz

Conditions: Unknown
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: No grooms planned in East Quartz until the New Year and the storm snow settles down.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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