Silent Pass

Updated November 2021



Elevation: 8300 feet
Distance: 63 kms to Alpine
Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced

Silent Pass is a favourite riding area for many locals and features untold stashes of fresh powder when many other areas are pounded out. The trail is groomed most of the way to Silent Pass.  Once you leave the groomed trail there is a crux section ascending a waterfall but if you make it past that section (much easier to do when there is more snow cover) you’re in for a good time.

Make sure your group has avalanche skills & equipment when playing in the backcountry.  Check out the Silent Pass 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 at Silent Pass is as needed, often twice a week. Check out 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


Silent Pass does not have a regular parking lot as it varies annually depending on where forestry harvest is occurring.  There are two common parking areas, one at the 21 km point on the Spillimacheen North Fork FSR and one at the 45 km point.  Both are approximately the same size and are good for trucks with trailers, unless it’s a busy weekend, then it can be tight.  Please park with respect.


More Information

Access is to Silent Pass Staging is via Forest Service Roads (FSR). 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. All handheld radio users must call their location every KM. The radio frequency on the FSR at Silent Pass is RR3 (150.140). This required radio communication will help ensure safety for all road users. Never pass on the FSR, often vehicles pulled to the side are waiting for an oncoming logging truck to pass. Watch for posted signs, use caution at all times, and give logging trucks the right of way. Fines will be given for erratic driving or driving sleds on the road.

Check out our video on logging road safety by clicking here…

All users accessing McMurdo cabin via the groomed trail must pay a trail fee or be a club member.  The McMurdo cabin is not a day use cabin and can be booked for overnight use via the Columbia Valley Hut Society.

The Parson Store is selling gas including premium gas and diesel.