Gorman Lake

Updated November 2021



Elevation: 9000 feet
Distance: 20 kms to Alpine
Difficulty: Advanced

Gorman is a hill climbers paradise and is groomed on a regular basis. This is an area for those extreme riders who enjoy adrenaline ascents and descents on their machine. This area is also the access to Upper Holt, and Grizzly, East Quartz and Cirque. This area is not recommended for beginner riders. This is also in an area with numerous avalanche paths, so be sure to know the avalanche hazard and how to use your beacon, shovel and probe if you go.

If you’re into a mellow day, park at Gorman’s staging area to ride the West Bench Trail to Quartz Creek (80 km round trip).

Make sure your group has avalanche skills & equipment when playing in the backcountry.  Check out the Gorman Lake 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 is normally scheduled twice per week.  Check our weekly grooming reports for more information.

Please check the Avalanche forecast for South Columbia and the Purcells before heading out to this zone.


Trail Fees

  • Trail fees are being collected at the gate
  • $30.00/sled per day.  Credit card, flash debit, apple pay or cash accepted.
  • GSC memberships available.
  • More information on our Trail Fees page


Gorman Lake has two large parking lots at the 3 km point on the Dogtooth FSR. The road between the gate kiosk and the parking area is steep and has significant exposure. While we plow and sand the road regularly, the smart sledder will take it slowly, be cautious of oncoming traffic and use their engine brakes when descending at the end of the day. People make the costly mistake of driving off this road every year.


More Information

Access is to Gorman Lake Staging is via Dogtooth Forest Service Road. There is often active logging on this road over the winter . Sledders are advised that use of VHF radios is mandatory 7 days per week or while active logging is occurring. This required radio communication will help ensure safety for all road users. Watch for posted signs, use caution at all times, and give logging trucks the right of way.