Overview

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

Riding Area

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.

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

Parking

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. 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. 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.

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.