It’s been a cold winter but conditions are turning spring-like this week in Golden BC. The temps have warmed up and we’ve had 20-30 cms of snow. If you’re venturing out to Golden this week, don’t forget your sunscreen.

Fresh reset in Holt.

Fresh reset in Holt.

Weather

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We got a nice reset on Monday. There’s a bunch of fresh snow out there now.

Temps are warming up this week and the sun is staying out.

snow conditions for March 13, 2019 near Quartz

snow conditions for March 13, 2019 near Quartz

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

Avalanche Safety

Check out avalanche bulletins (https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/purcells) each time you go.  Conditions are moderate in the alpine right now, but considerable below treeline so it’s a good time to keep your heads up in areas you’d normally consider safer. Avalanche forecasts are 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.

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Grooming

As the winter warms up, trails will get roughed up more quickly. Getting the zones early in the day will give you a better ride.

*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. The turnaround points are normally at 11 km in Quartz, 14 km in Gorman, and 48 km at Silent. Please adjust your expectations accordingly. *

Events

Dr Poz says the Riley Suhan Invitational will be very nice.

Dr Poz says the Riley Suhan Invitational will be very nice.

 

Poker Ride! March 23, 2019 – Ride the WestBench Trail from Gorman to Quartz and collect poker cards to play during the BBQ wrap-up at Quartz Creek.

Riley Suhan Invitational – April 6, 2019 – The first back-country snowmobile race is now in its second year.  Registration is now open – limited to 80 riders, first come, first served.

GT or DIE – April 20, 2019 – Extreme GT-ing in the alpine.  Need we say more.

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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.
Make a donation here:  https://squareup.com/store/golden-snowmobile-trails-society/item/donation-gorma-track (update the quantity amount to increase your donation).

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: Mostly firm snow with some fresh if you look for it.
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: Plowed but watch out for soft spots
Road: n/a
Additional notes:

Trail in is smooth. Tracked powder in the alpine.

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. Pow in the deeper reaches of the zone
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday,
Fees: $25 / Sled
Parking: 4km parking lot.
Road: Road is steep and can be slippery, no matter how much we plow & sand.
Additional notes: Trail in is smooth. Tracked powder in the alpine.

Silent Pass

Conditions: packed powder
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday
Fees: $25 / sled
Parking: At 24 km. Please park responsibly and don't snowmobile on the plowed road
Road: Please call every KM on FSR. Channel is RR3 (150.140)
Additional notes:

Silent has been awesome this year with less traffic and more space than our other areas. Might be time to check it out if you’re looking for pockets of fresh snow.

Trail in is smooth. Tracked powder in the alpine.

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 call your location every KM.  Handheld radios don’t have the same reach as the truck radios so although you might be able to hear the big trucks they will not be able to hear you.

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: Friday
Fees: $25 payable at Gorman or Quartz kiosk
Parking: Gorman or Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Good condition and staying flat. Stay tuned for our Poker ride on March 23!

Old Man

Conditions: Fairly firm with a few pockets of fresh
Grooms scheduled: Friday
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: n/a
Additional notes: Trail in is smooth. Tracked powder in the alpine.

East Quartz

Conditions: Unknown
Grooms scheduled: Wednesday
Fees: $25, payable at Quartz
Parking: Quartz
Road: N/A
Additional notes: Partial groom scheduled for Wednesday night. Tracked powder in the alpine.

Avalanche Conditions

https://www.avalanche.ca

Weather Conditions

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

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