Conditions Report: Golden Jan 12, 2017
Cold, clear and cold are the words to describe the conditions in Golden this early January.
We had a small system roll through and dump around 10-15cm in town on Monday. Otherwise, it’s been blue skies and frigid temps all week long.
Looking ahead, the cold, Arctic air should give way to a westerly flow through the weekend. It will start to warm up on Friday and continue to get warmer with the possibility of snow on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
But for sledders looking to ride Golden this weekend, know that it will be cold, but not brutally so. Conditions are ripe for travel at the moment with clear skies, good visibility and firm snow. You’ll have to go looking for fresh stuff, but it’s there for those who seek it. Dress up warm and go exploring!
There has been some natural and triggered avalanche activity in the area in the last few days. Wind slabs are the concern at present. Check out avalanche.ca for more info from the latest bulletin.
You’ll still find blower pow in wind protected areas like down in the trees.
And don’t forget to bring a headlamp! The days are still short this time of year, and sometimes it’s so good that you just can’t help but stay out after dark!
Grooming is underway at all three maintained Golden areas, and trail fees are set at $25/rider.
Quartz — There is good coverage and a solid base from rider traffic during the holidays. Expect the main areas to be pretty pounded out with the good visibility we’ve had in the last couple of weeks. 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 now in mid-season form. Riders have pushed all areas in the last few weeks.
Silent Pass — Parking is at 46.5km on the North Fork. Watch for active logging at all times. The alpine has seen a lot of wind, but soft snow can be found in the trees yet.