BIG MOUNTAIN TERRAIN. DEEP POWDER. WARM CABINS. EXTENSIVE GROOMED TRAILS.
Experience true mountain sledding in the Kootenays of British Columbia. From the Rockies to the Selkirks and the Monashees, the immense peaks, massive snow falls and wide-open valleys provide an epic diversity of snowmobiling for all abilities and desires. The endless terrain, groomed trails, local hospitality and sled culture, welcoming facilities, and the professional guiding and clinics make for an awesome trip this winter season. Tackle the Kootenays in one grand adventure or at your own pace.
Safety is Paramount. Always Be Prepared.
Please remember you are responsible for your own safety. Before you venture out please read the Avalanche Canada forecast for the area you are visiting and be sure to tell others where you are going or hire a professional guide. Everyone in your group needs to carry avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) and know how to use it. Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Courses are available throughout the region and highly recommended.
Upcoming Festivals & Events:
- December 1, Season Opener, Show & Shine, Gear Swap, Fernie
- December 15-16, Ladies Pro-Rider Clinic with Stephanie Schwartz, Fernie
- December 29, Bob Arnott Memorial Family Snowmobile Ride & BBQ, Fernie
- January 19-20, Snowmobile Avalanche Awareness Days, all locations
- February 16, Youth Day, Revelstoke
- February TBC, Sled Drags & Corbin Vintage Ride, Fernie
- March 2, Vintage Ride, Revelstoke
- March 16-17, Ladies Pro-Rider Clinic with Stephanie Schwartz & Nadine Overwater, Fernie
- April 6, Riley Suhan Invitational, Golden
- April 20, GT or Die, Golden
MOUNTAINS OF OPPORTUNITY.
Terrain: 50km of groomed trails, 3 riding areas.
Cranbrook has three main areas for sledding. The first, and the most popular is Lumberton which is a 25-minute drive from Cranbrook. Lumberton showcases 50 kilometers of groomed riding trails, a cabin and terrain for beginners to experts. The Lumberton area is maintained by the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club. The other two areas for sledding are Perry Creek and Wild Horse. These areas do offer terrain with varying difficulty, however, neither are maintained by the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club and are only recommended for more experienced riders.
BIG MOUNTAIN TERRAIN, SMALL TOWN VIBE.
Terrain: Over 240km of groomed trails, 4 maintained areas and 13 distinct zones with thousands of acres of open backcountry sledding.
Golden is your destination for big mountain snowmobiling for advanced mountain shredders, beginners or families. Quartz Creek is Golden’s most popular area with ample parking, great access to alpine bowls, and a cabin at the end of the groomed trail. Quartz Creek is also a trailhead for the West Bench Trail which is groomed from Quartz Creek to Gorman Lake.
Gorman Lake is Golden’s most advanced sledding zone. This local favourite has a new parking lot and is close to town. Silent Pass, south of Golden, is a beautiful intermediate area with alpine zones perfect for all abilities.
The Golden Snowmobile Club maintains all the groomed trails in Golden and provides weekly conditions reports. If you’re a first-time rider, or inexperienced in mountain riding, book one of Golden’s tour operators or guiding outfitters. They offer half or full day tours that will provide you with a memorable and safe mountain experience.
MOST POWDER PER PERSON!
Terrain: Over 100km of groomed trails. Thousands of acres of open backcountry sledding.
Revelstoke is renowned for snowmobiling with 11 designated riding areas and a variety of touring and rental companies.
1) Boulder is Revelstoke’s premier riding area with terrain for all riding abilities from open bowls to expert tree riding. 2) Frisby Mountain is another premier riding area that offers family to expert riding, treed areas to open bowls. 3) Turtle Mountain has long been a favourite for the more advanced rider. 4) Keystone is a very large area for more experienced riders with large bowls and very long climbs. 5) Mt McCrae offers great riding on 75 km of roads which go on forever. This is a super area for novice and expert alike. 6) Hall Mountain you can take the easier logging road route into the alpine or veer off into the trees for expert tree riding. For more of a family ride, stay on the road to Coursier Lake. 7) Wap Lake Road is great for family riding. Additional areas include Caribou Basin, Sale Mountain, Area 51 and Griffin. For more details, maps and conditions report check out the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club.
MINUTES FROM TOWN, MILES FOR EVERYONE.
Terrain: Over 160km of groomed trails, 5 distinct riding areas, three cabins, thousands of acres of open backcountry sledding.
Fernie offers the closest snowmobiling in BC for those travelling from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with convenient staging areas and groomed trails just minutes from downtown. Groomed trails lead quickly into the backcountry providing easily accessible trails and open riding for all abilities. The welcoming on-trail facilities of Wranglers Cabin and Rolling Hills Cabin offer a great spot to warm up, meet other sledders and enjoy a packed lunch or BBQ.
From the Coal Creek Staging Area, follow groomed trails for 31km to the cabins and gladed areas. The trail continues a further 21km to the Morrissey Staging Area and 16km to the Notch. Further riding is available in the Ram, Corbin and Hartley areas – each with their own staging points. The Hartley Pass Trail is also groomed regularly and leads to further alpine riding. Access to advanced alpine bowl riding popular with sled-ski tourers.
The Fernie Snowmobile Association provides maps, trail passes, grooming reports and more. Local sled operators provide rentals, sledding clinics, guiding and avalanche safety to ensure your time in the big terrain is fun and safe.
A GOOD PLACE TO BE MAKING FRESH TRACKS
Terrain: 0 km groomed trails, over 400km of backcountry roads & thousands of acres of open backcountry sledding.
The riding around Kimberley ranges from open logging cuts to techy passes that offer tight, steep trees with lots of gullies and creeks. There is terrain here to test anyone’s machine and ability. There are no groomed trails or warm up cabins so come fully prepared with a few basic tools, tow rope, warm clothes and lots of food and water because you will be on your own.
Kimberley is famous for sunshine and dry powder. The majority of the riding starts at 4000 feet above sea level. Here the larch trees offer a different kind of aesthetic from the dense pine you may be used to; larch trees lose their needles in the fall after turning to a majestic shade of yellow. The bare trees make it easier to navigate the terrain when challenging a tech side hill, descent or climb. Although the snowpack may be thinner than other areas, the generally colder temps keep it dry and light; perfect for bouncing down a pillow line or slashing into a deep turn.