Ski touring is the ultimate way to enjoy fresh untracked snow, but available terrain is limited to access from the highway or ski hill. Due to recent increasing popularity of touring, you may not be alone in locations such as Rogers pass, Kootenay pass and the backcountry off of Kicking Horse.
Backcountry lodges offer helicopter accessed, fully catered, fully guided ski touring trips of varying lengths, (as well as self-catered and self-guided), but the increasing popularity of such trips are now making it nearly impossible to book less than a year in advance.
Hey guys! My name is Riley Suhan, I am born and bred in Golden BC with a passion for sledding and have been at it since I was 3 years old. I have enjoyed the beautiful valley of Golden for 24 years and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. It’s the perfect place to pursue my passion for mountain sledding.
The most important things to bring while snowboarding with a snowmobile in Golden, BC. Or skiing, if you’re into that kinda thing.
Going snowboarding with a sled in the backcountry requires a little more preparation than heading to the ski hill. It might be a good idea to make a list of things to bring with you.
Things you won’t find in the backcountry:
Generally, the further west down the Columbia valley one travels, the more snow you will find; the further east down the valley, there are more sunny days. Golden is kinda smack dab in the middle of the delicate balance between sun and snow. The cold weather blowing from the Rockies in the Yoho valley keeps temps cold, the sun out, and the snow light and dry throughout the season. Golden is all about having the best of both worlds.
When the sun isn’t shining, it’s time to go play in the trees; this is 98% of the time in January and February, so having a good stash of tree riding spots is key. The mountains around Golden are synonymous with incredible alpine riding and easy access, but just off the groomed trails are playgrounds of deep snow and perfectly spaced trees. I’m not gonna let you in on all my secret spots, but I will say this, head to Silent Pass to explore a little beyond the groomed trails and rolling alpine.
Living in Golden gives me pretty easy access to a lot of different sledding areas in; deep tree riding and wide open alpine riding is available in the neighbouring towns, however, why would I leave when I can get all that here?
I always talk about getting out and exploring new towns and new ranges to the north and closer to the coast, but when it’s good, why go anywhere else? Golden is good. Real good, and real good often.
Spring is my favorite time of the year to ride for a few reasons:
The flagship area for snowmobiling in Golden is Quartz Creek, easy access right off the TransCanada highway, large cabin, and groomed trail right into the alpine make it the perfect area for a family ride but also offers technical riding for the experienced riders. Quartz creek borders Glacier National Park and on clear days provides riders with breathtaking views of glaciers, the Beaver Valley, Rogers Pass, Mt. Sir Donald and a myriad of other peaks.
Getting everyone and their gear to a sledding zone can sometimes be a bit of a nightmare, especially if highway conditions are less than favorable. A reliable truck with good winter tires is the best way to travel in the mountains, but what if you would rather stay off the highway altogether? Or maybe a late night caused a bit of a sleep in?
We are lucky to live in an area where we are free to explore our mountains at will, only the valley bottoms and areas close to the roads are private property. The Rocky and Purcells Mountains around Golden don’t care about what the Canadian dollar is doing, or what the price of oil is; time stands still and the only thing that matters is the mountain in front of you. The logging and mining industry not only brings employment to the province of British Columbia but they also build roads for resource extraction that we can use to access the backcountry