Sledding conditions have been really good in Golden lately. We’ve been getting a small but constant set of nightly snowfalls and the temperatures are a lot more reasonable. There’s a lot of powder if you can get into a stash where others haven’t been. Temps look good going forward and there’s more snow in the forecast. Seems like sledding in Golden is the right thing to do this weekend.

 

Quartz creek on Jan 18.

Quartz creek on Jan 18.

Quartz on Jan 18, 2019.

Quartz on Jan 18, 2019.

Weather and Snow

The temps are reasonable and there’s 22cm of snow in the forecast. Looks pretty good!

Screen shot of condition forecast near Quartz

Screen shot of condition forecast near Quartz

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

Avalanche

Looks like a good weekend to travel.

Screen shot of avalanche conditions for the Purcells on Jan 22.

Screen shot of avalanche conditions for the Purcells on Jan 22.

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: Deep where people haven't been. Main bowls are tracked.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday (22), Friday (24), Saturday (25), Sunday (26)
Fees: $25
Parking: cleared
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

Fire wood has been replenished. Good riding conditions.

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: Wind buffed up high, powder in the trees.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday (22), Saturday (25)
Fees: $25
Parking: 4 km (lower) parking lot.
Road: Road can get slippery - There's logging happening past the fork at the parking lot - Radio RR27 / 151.37
Additional notes:

Travel all over is possible. The alpine has seen strong winds.

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: Pretty good, powder where others haven't tracked it out.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday (22), Saturday (25)
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 been good lately.

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: Wednesday (22)
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: WBT is in great shape. Now’s a good time.

Old Man

Conditions: tracked powder
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday (22)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: We’ve been hearing good things about Oldman.

East Quartz

Conditions: packed powder
Grooms scheduled: Friday (24)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: Creek draws were playing nicely this week.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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