March 9, 2017 Golden BC Snowmobile Conditions

Wow, it’s deep out there! Snowmobiling conditions in Golden BC are incredible right now. But it’s also important to remember with all this snow and wind comes increased avalanche risk and  it’s a really good time to play it smart. Luckily, there is tons of snow that is in manageable  terrain and there’s more on it’s way. We’ve got 60-70cms forecast to fall in the next week, 37 cms of which is due before Sunday morning. Temps are also looking like they will hold above 2000 m so the powder will stay cold.

Brandon Wiesener Pillow Popper (1 of 1)

bwiesenser about to disappear in 3-2-1. Photo @sledbiglines

wiesener deep (1 of 1)

Who turned out the lights?! Rider @bwiesener Photo @sledbiglines

Justin Pillow Popper (1 of 1)

Justin Jansey finds playing in  powder in Quartz Creek on March 4, 2017 Photo @sledbiglines

Justin deep (1 of 1)

Powder in Quartz Creek on March 4, 2017. Rider  Photo @sledbiglines Rider:  Justin Jansey


Snow Beta

We had 66 cms reported at KHMR over the week. The best snow is sitting in the trees where alpine winds and lower elevation warming have not effected things as much.

KHMR snow report on March 9

KHMR snow report on March 9

The lower elevations have seen the largest temperature fluctuations as of late and it’s mostly crusty below 1800M (5,900ft).

Avalanche Conditions

Please always check for the latest updates.

PLEASE READ THIS BLOG —> Early March Concerns    <—-

Avalanche Conditions for Purcells on March 9, 2017.

Avalanche Conditions for Purcells on March 9, 2017.

A wind swept ridge in the Dogtooth Range on March 7,2017. The cornices are HUGE and could easily fall.

A wind swept ridge in the Dogtooth Range on March 7,2017. The cornices are HUGE and could easily fall. photo @sledbiglines

Avalanche caused by remote trigger on March 4, 2017 in Quartz Creek

Avalanche caused by remote trigger on March 4, 2017 in Quartz Creek. Photo @sledbiglines  


There’s 60- 70+cms forecast this week! Looks like it’s going to be deep and cold!

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Riding Areas

Quartz Creek

Conditions:  Deep powder and packed powder. Wind swept ridges up high. Icey  down low.
Grooms scheduled: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday evenings (Fridays and Wednesdays, if needed).
Fees: Everyday  ($25/rider).
Parking:  Parking lot will be  cleared as needed. Lots of room for enclosed trailers. Portable toilets in parking lots.
Propane and firewood have both been restocked in upper cabin.  Please use conservatively.

Gorman Lake

Conditions:   Deep powder, powder, wind effected powder. Icey  down low.
Grooms scheduled:  Thursdays and Saturdays
Fees:  Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking:  3.5km lower lot. There’s plenty room for enclosed trailers.
Road:    Plowed on March 8 and scehduled to be plowed and sanded on March 11.   No matter how much work we do this road it’s very icey in the morning and evenings even if we sand it.
—>We’ve had 3 trucks off the road on the  Dogtooth FSR (Gorman Lake access) this year.
–>The Dogtooth FSR  is a steep, winding, mountain road with big exposure off the sides. By the time you realize you’re going too fast, it’s too late. The smart driver pops it in the 1st gear and lets their engine do the breaking on the way down.

Silent Pass

Conditions:  Powder. Incredible in spots. Icey down low.
Grooms scheduled:  Thursdays (Saturdays if required)
Fees:  Everyday ($25/rider).
Parking:  Parking is about 100m  after the McMurdo turn off at 46.5km. Try not to box anyone in.  NO PARKING on the main road on weekdays please.
Road:  Road is scheduled to be plowed on March 11. It was graded on Feb 22, 2017. Logging interests are no longer maintaining the road from the 21km and beyond.

Please watch our road safety video.

West Bench Trail

Conditions:    Groomed all the way from Gorman to Quartz on Thursday,  Feb 23, 2017
Grooms scheduled:  As needed
Fees:  Everyday ($25/rider) payable at Gorman or Quartz trailhead.
Parking:  Park at Gorman or Quartz parking lot.

Mt. 7

Groomed on Jan 28, 2017 to the main paragliding launch. It’s snowed since but the conditions remain good.


Susan Lake

Groomed on Jan 24, 2017



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