March 21, 2015 Conditions Update - Golden BC | Mountain Sledder
March 21, 2015 – Quartz Creek, Golden BC – Poor snow conditions have been definitive of this season. Yet Golden BC has been one of the few areas consistently holding down good riding conditions, but as of March 21 things have become even better. A storm has been hammering the place this past week. It may be raining down low but anywhere around and above the 2000m mark is getting fresh pow, effectively resetting winter and renewing the potential for deep days. It just so happens that there’s more in the forecast, so if the longevity of the riding season was in question before, it is no longer. With the continued dumping of heavy wet snow we’re sure to be riding well into spring as usual.
There’s a good 1-2 feet of fresh powder in the trees all the way up to the alpine. Conditions are typical of spring storms with heavier wet snow, but we’ll take it. It’s deep enough that you can crank carves and get away with it, only tagging the crust at the bottom every now and then. It also sets up quickly, which makes breaking trail fairly easy with a couple passes. That being said, caution needs to be taken with the recent storm loading, with risk of human and naturally triggered slabs, especially on steep slopes.
There was a guarantee of over the hood powder runs. The highlight of the day was carving deep descent lines and mobbing a few pillow hits. As with most storm days, the majority of our time was spent riding in the trees, but when the light got slightly better some opportunities presented themselves to shred some even deeper powder at higher elevations. And if you’re a sled skier/snowboarder there were a few crews getting the goods in the mountains today. Good times all around.
The short term forecast promises more excellent deep days, so if you have the chance to go riding, do it. Happy pow carving. –BW