The Many faces of Snowmobiling in BC
It’s not only about the Steep and Deep in BC
There is more than one way to slay some powder for not everyone is about boondocking and riding the steep and deep. Although BC is most known for it’s adrenaline pumping backcountry riding snowmobiling in British Columbia actually has many faces. Here is a look into other wonderful ways to enjoy BC while snowmobiling.
Sled-skiing: If you’re a skier or snowboarder British Columbia boasts some of the best terrain on the planet, offering ample access by way of logging roads and groomed trails, and even the one of a kind Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area in Valemount BC. Crystal ridge is open to the public offering 6 semi-cleared runs (2200 vertical feet each) with a designated uptrack for snowmobile travel. The closest relative would be similar to downhill mountain biking, where riders shuttle themselves up and take turns rippin the runs down throughout the day.
Site seeing: With the multitude of user-friendly groomed trails in BC, access to the beauty nature provides is a relaxing snowmobile ride away. You may choose to embrace a little bit of history while exploring the historic Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. Since its initial concept some 20 years ago, the GRST has progressed to include a legally established portion from 70 Mile House to just south of Horsefly. The trail was originally intended to start at Clinton and end up in Wells-Barkerville linking communities such as 100 Mile House, Horsefly and Likely along the way.
Photography: If photography is your passion, the British Columbia backcountry offers some of the most spectacular views and scenery that may seem surreal at times. Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Coast and Mountains offer a variety of photo worthy views including views of the ocean, ice-caves and stunning backcountry wonders that will take your breath away. Most every peak in British Columbia has a little something different to capture on film, and wildlife photo opportunities are endless. It is quite common to be on the winning side of temperature inversions if you’re a snowmobiler. While it may be socked in with fog in the valley bottoms, you’ll quickly burst above the clouds into bluebird skies, and endless views.
Expect to see moose, deer, flying squirrels in the south, elk, ptarmigan, grouse, pine martins, possibly even wolves and cougar. That is just the tip of the iceberg, for British Columbia boasts abundant and diverse wildlife populations. It is important to be wild aware when visiting the BC backcountry. Here are some tips.
Family Fun: With the 18,000kms of trails groomed and maintained by British Columbia Snowmobile Federation Clubs, family fun adventures are endless. You’ll enjoy smooth trails, great signage and warm up cabins to help little ones (and big ones) take the chill off or even have a nap in warmth and comfort. Pack the toboggans, hot dogs and hot chocolate and embrace quality time with the family surrounded by nature and fresh clean BC air.
Ice Fishing: Fishing in British Columbia is world renown and if you enjoy ice fishing we have a special treat for you. Of the 800 lakes in BC only 250 or so see active use. When the high mountain lakes freeze its game on for ice fishermen and women. Expect to see Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brook trout and landlocked Kokanee Salmon in the mountain lakes in central and southern BC. Northern BC lakes offer excellent Lake trout, Rainbow, Walleye and Northern Pike fishing with some reaching the 15 to 20 pound class. Many lakes offer groomed trails and rec site facilities including picnic tables and fire pits. Fishing licenses can be purchased online on the Government of BC’s website.
Guided tours: There are a multitude of professional snowmobile tour operators in British Columbia. They have machines to rent, safety equipment and the wisdom and skills to keep you safe while providing a wonderful snowmobile experience in British Columbia’s Backcountry. Here are a few options to choose from.
So as you can see, it’s not only about riding the steep and deep terrain in British Columbia. We have a little something for everyone. To find out more about our wonderful riding areas please continue to explore our website www.letsridebc.com