• Elevation: 8500 feet
  • Distance: 14 km from parking lot
  • Difficulty: Advanced

Riding Area

East Quartz is another great riding area near Quartz Creek.  This trail is a left fork, shortly before you reach the Quartz Creek Cabin. The trail takes you into some beautiful alpine bowls for shredding but also crosses some active avalanche paths. Please check the Avalanche forecast for South Columbia and the Purcells before heading out to this zone.

Make sure your group has avalanche skills & equipment when playing in the backcountry.  Check out the East Quartz Avalanche Terrain Evaluation System (ATES) map below (click on the image to view full screen and then right click to save the image in a larger file):


Grooming and Trail Conditions

Grooming for East Quartz will be as needed, likely 1-2 times per week.  Please check our weekly grooming reports for more details.

Trail Fees

  • Trail fees are being collected at the gate
  • $25.00/sled per day. Credit card, flash debit, apple pay or cash accepted.
  • GSC memberships available.
  • More information on our Trail Fees page


Quartz Creek staging area is the parking for East Quartz. Quartz is located metres off Highway 1, 40 km west of Golden. Quartz parking area has three large lots. Trucks with decks can park closer to the kiosk (turn right when arriving).  Truck with trailers have to park in the two lots to the left of the main entrance.  There is a one-way traffic flow through this area – turn left just before the kiosk and then left again to enter the upper parking lot.  You can exit by descending to the lower lot then turning right to get back toward the highway.

More Information


East Quartz is located conveniently close to Quartz Creek Cabin (6 km by trail).