2019 started off where 2018 left off, in deep pow and there’s no sign of it letting up. In fact, as good as last week was, this week’s forecast makes 2018 look like chump change! It’s hard to believe it’s only January but there’s no rest for the wickedly awesome, so anyone sledding in Golden this week is likely to have a good time (if powder is your thing) With over 60cms+ in the forecast it’s time to just enjoy the lower angles and let things settle, which means stay away from avalanche terrain. No sense tempting fate with steep slopes. Our grooming operations team has been doing their best to keep up and stay safe during these storms. Please check back repeatedly to find the most current info as we do update this page as soon as we know how things are going to be.
How it’s Been
Last week was pretty great. We had some snow and blue and a lot of people who were stoked.
Snow and Weather
KHMR reported 35cms last week, but honestly, it felt like more.
It’s going to dump this week! There’s 64cms in the forecast and the temps are cold. Your boss won’t even notice you’re gone…. cough cough.
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.
There’s A LOT of snow coming this week. Obviously this is a time to tap’r cool. Play in low hazard areas and have a blast.
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.
*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. *
Group Rides (Starting January 12 weekend)
Women’s Group Rides (Starting January 19 weekend)
Travel on Logging Roads
Please observe proper safety on the logging roads. Radio channel in Silent is RR3
Quartz has been great but it also sees a lot of traffic. If the parking lot is full you can expect some bumps on the trail with all this fresh… but may that makes it worth it. Enjoy the new snow this week.
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.
Trucks with trailers are not recommended to attempt Silent this weekend. The grader that cares for the road is broken and conditions are not ideal.
Trail was groomed to the end before the groomer went on strike on the way home (at 54 km). Parts have been ordered for the machine (arriving Monday) so we should be back up and running by Tuesday.
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.