Quartz Creek

Updated November 2021



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.

Currently, we are staging sledders at the gate in 20 minute increments to allow for logging trucks to be on the road. Please be patient this season.

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


Quartz staging area 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 and turning right to get back toward the highway.


More Information

Check the map at the trail head to ensure you are not entering Glacier National Park or heli-skiing areas, as snow-machining is not permitted in these areas. Individuals snow-machining within national park boundaries may be prosecuted, resulting in a maximum fine of $25,000 and/or seizure of snow-machine. Look out for the yellow boundary markers and large No Snowmobiling signs and understand where the height of land is during your trip, as these delineate the national park boundary. Park Wardens patrol the boundary regularly, so be prepared to produce identification at their request and be able to articulate where you are at any given time.