Santa sure was good to us. We’ve had another 50+cms of snow in the past week and now the skies are mostly blue and the temps are just about right. If you’re thinking about coming snowmobiling in Golden, it’s probably the right call.

How it’s Been

It’s been a great Christmas week in Golden BC. We’ve had some snow, a bunch of sun and it’s been an absolute gift to go sledding. The pow came in early in the week with a bunch of wind, which has sculpted the snow in places (but not in a bad way), and then the skies cleared and let us have some fun. We have excellent coverage for December and it’s time to party the new year in by shredding it.

Mountain Motorsports crew on Dec 21st in Quartz. Photo @sledBiglines

Mountain Motorsports crew on Dec 21st in Quartz. Photo @sledBiglines

Mountain Motorsports crew on Dec 21st in Quartz. Photo @sledBiglines

Mountain Motorsports crew on Dec 21st in Quartz. Photo @sledBiglines

Mountain Motorsports crew on Dec 21st in Quartz. Photo @sledBiglines

Mountain Motorsports crew on Dec 21st in Quartz. Photo @sledBiglines

Snow and Weather

We’ve had about half a metre in the last week. There’s not a ton in forecast but the sunny skies will keep you inspired.

KHMR weekly snow report on Dec 26

KHMR weekly snow report on Dec 26

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

Snowforecast for Quartz area

Snowforecast for Quartz area

Avalanche Conditions

We always warn people to be careful because the mountains are a harsh mistresses. Chicken little does seem a little quiet this week…

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 forecast on Dec 26

Purcell forecast on Dec 26

Glacier NP avalanche forecast on Dec 26.

Glacier NP avalanche forecast on Dec 26.

*Please note: GSC grooming operations are responsive to WorkSafe BC protocols for avalanche safety and working alone. 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. *

 

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: Daily
Fees: $25 / Sled (except New Years Day)
Parking: Parking lot is cleared regularly
Additional notes:

Quartz has been great but it also sees a lot of traffic. Our plan is to have it groomed everyday during the holiday season. Still great snow where people haven’t been.

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.

Gorman Lake

Conditions: Good December conditions.
Grooms scheduled: Wed/Fri/Sun.
Fees: $25 / Sled (except New Years Day)
Parking: 4km parking lot.
Road: Road is plowed and sanded regularly
Additional notes: Great riding in Gorman. People have been exploring, but there’s still many nooks and crannies left untouched.  Now that West Bench Trail is in, you could consider the super loop…

Silent Pass

Conditions: Deep
Grooms scheduled: Thu/Sat/Mon.
Fees: $25 / Sled (except New Years Day)
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:

Reports out of Silent have said that the riding has been really good. Deep snow where no one has travelled and easy to get up to the popular areas.

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: Last groomed on 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: Last groomed on 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