Blue sky, reasonable temperatures and great snow are the trifecta needed to have a perfect day in the mountains and Golden BC has these ingredients in spades this week. Coming out this week is sure to make a memory. So this summer when you’re at the lake and chatting with your buddies, how about you fill in stories from your awesome week in late Jan 2019?

How it’s Been

Golden has been remarkably consistent the past couple of weeks. We haven’t had any huge dumps lately but we’ve been getting little 5-7cm resets and a lot of blue sky. In short, it’s been really great riding, exploring and adventure weather.

Snowbiking in Holt on Jan 21, 2019. Pic @sledbiglines

Snowbiking in Holt on Jan 21, 2019. Pic @sledbiglines

Snowbike fun in Gorman. Pic @sledBiglines

Snowbike fun in Gorman. Pic @sledBiglines

Snow and Weather

KHMR reported 20cms in the past week and we’ve had over 5 metres of snow this season!

KHMR snowreport

KHMR snowreport

Looks like sun, good temps and a bit of snow. Yup, perfect adventure weather.

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.

Forecast near Quartz

Forecast near Quartz

Avalanche Conditions

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.

Beacon Basin is installed for 2019 season in Quartz.

Beacon Basin is installed for 2019 season in Quartz.

screen shot of Purcell avalanche bulletin on Jan 23

screen shot of Purcell avalanche bulletin on Jan 23

screen shot of GNP avalanche bulletin on Jan 23

screen shot of GNP avalanche bulletin on Jan 23

*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. *

 Donations NEEDED!

PLEASE HELP GORMA

PLEASE HELP GORMA

GORMA needs to raise $7500 to cover the costs of insurance for the moto track in Golden.  We are accepting donations at all of our trailheads and via our online store.
(update the quantity amount to increase your donation).

 

EVENTS

Group Rides (February 10, Silent Pass)

Women’s Group Rides (February 17, Quartz Creek)

Poker Ride! March 9, 2019

Riley Suhan Invitational – April 6, 2019

GT or DIE, April 20, 2019

From our Sponsors

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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: Approx 220 cm of snow at cabin.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: Parking lot is cleared regularly
Additional notes:

Quartz has been awesome lately. Several little resets of snow over the past couple of weeks. Powder and packed powder in high traffic areas. Really good sledding when you can find untouched sposts. Great coverage.

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 coverage.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday / Saturday
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: 4km parking lot.
Road: Road is a little loose with soft snow, please use caution
Additional notes: Gorman has filled in nicely. The cold weather keeps the trail groom in good condition. Great powder in the bowls.

Silent Pass

Conditions: good coverage
Grooms scheduled: Thursday / Saturday
Fees: $25 / sled
Parking: At 24 km. Please park responsibly and don't snowmobile on the plowed road
Road: Please use radios on FSR. Channel is RR3 (150.140)
Additional notes:

Silent had a full groom on Sunday and is scheduled for others on Thursday and Saturday.

Logging operations are ongoing this year, currently up a spur off the FSR at 21 km. Therefore you can drive to the 24km parking lot but expect to encounter industrial vehicles nearly the entire way. Please review our road safety video and drive with care.

Summit Lake riders: The logging operation has cleared a small parking area about 2 km up the spur road at the 21 km.  Do not park at the normal parking at 21 km and ride on the plowed road.

Westbench Trail

Conditions: Groomed
Grooms scheduled: Last groom January 17, next groom scheduled for Thursday Jan 24
Fees: $25 payable at Gorman or Quartz kiosk
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: It can get bumpy at the Quartz end but has been kept pretty flat otherwise.

Old Man

Conditions: Fresh! Not much traffic up Old Man yet.
Grooms scheduled: Last Groom January 17, next groom scheduled for Thursday Jan 24
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Trail is good, once you get off WestBench Trail. It’s gotta be deep up there and it’s not seen much traffic.

East Quartz

Conditions: Unknown
Grooms scheduled: N/A
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: No grooms planned in East Quartz at the moment.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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