Elevation: 8500 feet
Distance: 14.4 km from parking lot to cabin
Difficulty: Beginner to advanced
Quartz Creek is Golden’s marquee riding area with easy access from Highway 1, three alpine bowls and further access to much more terrain, a short trail ride and a cozy cabin. If you want real time information on how the conditions look at Quartz, check out webcam and live weather reporting. Quartz Cabin has outhouses, a BBQ, and internet during the winter months.
Make sure your group has avalanche skills & equipment when playing in the backcountry. Check out the Quartz Creek Avalanche Terrain Evaluation System (ATES) map (click on the image to view full screen and then right click to save the image in a larger file).
Grooming and Conditions
Grooming for Quartz Creek is as needed, often 4 or 5 times per week. Please check our weekly grooming reports for more detailed information.
Check the Avalanche forecast for South Columbia and the Purcells before heading out to this zone.