Nothing says Happy New Year like a fresh reset of powder! Golden has been great over the holidays and with 30-40 cms in the forecast this week it will only get better. There is significant avalanche danger this week so please play safe. Our trails are in great shape and if you can make it out this week, you probably should.

There’s been some awesome deep days over the holidays. Blue sky and powder are our kind of thing.

Turns in Quartz over the holidays. Photo by @TGFG_

Turns in Quartz over the holidays. Photo by @TGFG_

Powder in Quartz over the holidays. Rider Dave Best, Photo @TGFG_

Powder in Quartz over the holidays. Rider Dave Best, Photo @TGFG_

Weather and Snow

There’s a mix of everything in the next week. 30-40 cms are forecasted along with cold temps, wind and some sun. Best to be prepared for everything this week.

Snow and weather forecast for near Quartz on Jan 1

Snow and weather forecast for near Quartz on Jan 1

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

Avalanche

Straight up, there’s some spook in the snowpack right now and it’s very much time to be conservative. We’re seeing big avalanches in the Purcells and the added snow will only complicate things. Please play safe.

Dec 29 avalanche picture from Lang trees area.

Dec 29 avalanche picture from Lang trees area.

Screen shot of Purcell avi forecast on Jan 1.

Screen shot of Purcell avi forecast on Jan 1.

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.

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: Packed powder. Heavy traffic over holidays.
Grooms scheduled: Wed (Jan 1), Thur (Jan 2), Fri (Jan 3), Sat (Jan 4), Sun (Jan 5)
Fees: $25
Parking: Plowed recently - good for trailers.
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

Quartz got hit hard over the holidays. The new snow will be a nice addition. Looks like a reset is in order.

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: Thur (Jan 2), Sat (Jan 4)
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 still thinner than it looks. The new snow will help. Lots of people have been out.

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

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

Silent Pass

Conditions: Deep where no one has been. Packed powder.
Grooms scheduled: Thur (Jan 2), Sat (Jan 4)
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 got hit hard over the holidays but there’s a bunch of snow forecasted so expect a good reset

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.

 

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

Westbench Trail

Conditions: good
Grooms scheduled: Thur (Jan 2), Sat (Jan 4)
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: Good coverage
Grooms scheduled: Thur (Jan 2), Sat (Jan 4)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Old Man got hit hard over the holidays but there’s a bunch of snow forecasted so expect a good reset.

East Quartz

Conditions: Still thin
Grooms scheduled: Thur (Jan 2), Sat (Jan 4)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: It’s still thin but fun can be had in East Quartz. The lower trees have been tasty. Watch the avalanche terrain.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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