• Elevation: 8500 feet
  • Distance: 15 km from parking lot to riding area
  • Difficulty: Advanced

Riding Area

Old Man is a new riding area, opened by the Golden Snowmobile Club in 2018-19. This riding area has long been a locals’ favourite and is located conveniently close to the Quartz staging area.

Make sure your group has avalanche skills & equipment when playing in the backcountry.  Check out the Old Man 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 Conditions

Grooming for Old Man will be as needed, likely 1 or 2 times per week.  Please 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
  • $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 Old Man. 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

Old Man is located conveniently close to Quartz Creek (30 km by trail) and East Quartz (30 km by trail) so there are lots of options to play for a full day.

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