Conditions Report: Golden Mar 8, 2017
Word on the street is that Monday Funday was the best riding conditions we’ve had so far this winter in the Golden area.
Photos courtesy of Jordan Dechka
And conditions look to improve with even more snow headed our way throughout the end of the this week and into the weekend. At the moment its alternating hour by hour between puking snow and clear patches. The forecast shows that it will pick up again Thursday afternoon and start hammering that night. Friday morning and afternoon show the heaviest snowfalls, and it will continue with light snow through Saturday, eventually tapering off before another pulse early next week.
Temperatures should remain cool enough for good riding at all elevations, until the next cycle after the weekend which looks to bring warmer temps.
As always, check avalanche.ca before heading out, and plan your riding accordingly. There is a forecaster blog that talks about the persistent weakness issue that is becoming a problem again, especially with new loading.
Grooming is underway at all three maintained Golden areas, and trail fees are set at $25/rider.
Quartz — Quartz should be in primo shape through this week and especially heading into the weekend after heavy snowfall on Friday morning. 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 like it should be this weekend. We’ve surpassed a 200cm base by now, which is the benchmark for a quality season. That means that Gorman is as filled in and it’s gonna get, and all pillows and mushrooms should be ripe for launching. Riders have pushed all areas, although tracks will likely not be pushed after the late in the week storm.
Silent Pass — The road has been cleared as of Feb 22. Parking is at 46.5km on the North Fork. Park snug to your neighbour so there’s enough room for everyone. Soft snow should be in no short supply for the weekend. Plan to stick to the meadows and lakes areas and steer clear of runout zones.