Sledding in Golden BC has been wild this past week. We’ve had about a meter of new snow and it’s been deep just about everywhere  around here. The cold is coming in and we’ll be working hard to make sure the trails are flat for the weekend. Should be good!

Pow in Quartz. Rider: Aaron Bernasconi, photo: TGFG

Pow in Quartz. Rider: Aaron Bernasconi, photo: TGFG

Weather and Snow

It’s going to get cold! But just in case you’re really bored and want to really get geeky about it getting cold, follow this link.  The good news is that there’s still 15cms of snow in the forecast too.

screen shot of weather forecast near Quartz

screen shot of weather 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

The warnings are quite strongly worded still.  Please be careful.

Screen shot of avalanche forecast for Purcells on Jan 8

Screen shot of avalanche forecast for Purcells on Jan 8

Dec 29 avalanche picture from Lang trees area.

Dec 29 avalanche picture from Lang trees area.

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! A lot of snow everywhere!
Grooms scheduled: Thur (9), Fri (10), Sat (11) and Sun (12)
Fees: $25
Parking: Should be good for the weekend
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

 

It absolutely dumped in Quartz this week! The powder is handle bar deep and then some in the trees. The parking lot has been a bit of a disaster as it’s been hard to keep up with all the storms. Grooming has also be hard to stay up on due to storms and avalanche closures. However, things should be good to go for the weekend. We’ll get the parking lots cleared and the trails groomed flat.

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.
Grooms scheduled: Gorman: Thur (9) Sat (11)
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 has been good. There’s a lot of new snow in the area and potential for big avalanches. Play safe.

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!
Grooms scheduled: Silent: Thur (9), Sat (11)
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:

There’s a ton of snow at Silent and the road clearing, parking lot clearing and grooming is all trying to catch up. We should get in there on Thursday to clean things up for the weekend.

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: deep
Grooms scheduled: West Bench: Thur (9), Sat (11)
Fees: $25
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: WBT has been buried with snow this week. We’re looking to get it flat on Thursday.

Old Man

Conditions: Deep
Grooms scheduled: Old Man: Thur (9), Sat (11)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: We haven’t heard but we can imagine it’s buried in there. We will try to get it flat on Thursday.

East Quartz

Conditions: Still thin
Grooms scheduled: East Quartz: Thur (9), Sat (11)
Fees: $25
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: East Quartz is usually the last of our zones to get the grooming love so once we get everything else flat, we’ll work on it. Hopefully Thursday.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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