Wether it is in summer or winter, Gorman Lake is one of Golden’s favourite “local” spots to enjoy the outdoors.
It has been gaining popularity amongst sledders and the Golden Snowmobile Club has invested some money to make the area as accessible as possible. Last week they levelled out a new parking lot, which will hopefully hold up to 35 more vehicles.
“A lot more people are discovering Gorman Lake as a sledding hot spot,” said Aaron Bernasconi, secretary for the snowmobile club. “It’s definitely a local hidden gem, but more and more people, even tourists, are becoming aware of it.”
There has been parking at the entrance to the area for a long time, but with so many trucks, many of which carry trailers, the club decided that they needed more room.
Silent Pass is another growing hot spot, but the parking area changes every season depending on snow, making it difficult to make any permanent parking lot.
Through the provincial Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) that Golden is a part of, the club gets funding to groom and maintain the trails, which Bernasconi says has helped increase the usage.
“Our program over the last few years has become really consistent. Most people know what to expect and know that it’s a good product. They expect grooming to be good, and we put a lot of emphasis on that,” he said.
Aside from the RMI money that help the club, they also receive funds from local businesses who sponsor them, which allows them to take on projects like the new parking lot.
“Snowmobiling does bring in a fair amount of tourism and economic benefit to the community…and it’s nice to see that businesses see the value and invest,” said Bernasconi.
“It brings money back to Golden, and it’s good for everybody. So we’re very grateful to the businesses who help us provide such an amazing product.”