Conditions Report: Golden Dec 23, 2016 | Mountain Sledder
Storms are coming and going and it’s piling up around Golden, BC.
Conditions are looking excellent heading into the Holiday season. There’s been 26cm snowfall at elevation in the last 24 hours at Kicking Horse, and that means upwards of 25% more than that at the nearby sledding zones.
It looks like the skies will take a little break for the next two days, then it will start dumping again on the night of Boxing Day when another moderate system rolls through.
Currently, snowpack depths at alpine are sitting around 150cm+, which is excellent for this time of year. For comparison, last winter the snowpack was less than 2m for nearly the entire winter.
So if you’re heading out for a riding holiday after Christmas, it’s going to be worth stopping in Golden.
Grooming is underway at all three maintained Golden areas, and trail fees are set at $25/rider.
Quartz — There is good coverage there and a solid base from rider traffic. The trail is in excellent condition. Parking is at the normal parking lot just off the highway. There are portable toilets now at the trailhead.
Gorman — Parking at 3.5km parking lot. The hill can be slippery at times, especially when it’s snowing. Although Gorman is notoriously rocky early season, it’s starting to fill in nicely, and riders have been pushing out into the adjacent drainages already.
Silent Pass — Parking is at 46.5km on the North Fork. Watch for active logging at all times. It’s deep out there, and low-down creeks are starting to fill in. Up top is good to go.