More new snow and less cold is the music we will throttle to this weekend in Golden BC. Yes it’s going to be warmer and yes it is going to snow again. There’s 20 cms in the forecast by Sunday and the temps could be in the single (minus) digits. If it’s colder where you are then it might be time to pin it to the interior!

Because of cold and generally good trails we are skipping this Thursday’s regular grooms. Saturday night, pretty much everything is scheduled to get groomed.

Weather and Snow

Should be warming up by Sunday and there’s 19 cms in the forecast.

screen shot of weather and snow forecast on Jan 15

screen shot of weather and snow forecast on Jan 15

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

Avalanche

Travel and Terrain Advice (taken from Avalanche.ca on Jan 15)

  • Use caution on large alpine slopes, especially around thin areas that may propagate to deeper instabilities.
  • Recent wind has varied in direction so watch for wind slabs on all aspects.
screen shot of Purcell avalanche forecast on Jan 15

screen shot of Purcell avalanche forecast on Jan 15

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: Fri (17), Sat (18) and Sun (19)
Fees: $25
Parking: cleared
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

We’re working on getting firewood to the cabin.

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: Sat (18)
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: Sat (18)
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:

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: Sat (18)
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: Sat (18)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a

East Quartz

Conditions: packed powder
Grooms scheduled: Sat (18)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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