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Clemina Snowmobile Area

Parking Lot: East side HWY 5, 30km south of Valemount.
Groomed Trail: 17k, cabin GPS N52.538042lat, W118.946563.
Elevation: 5500-8000' Google Earth or Map

Excellent riding for all levels, better area during bad weather with more low elevation and tree riding. A little easier to navigate for first time mountain riders. Dixon Glacier closed to April 30.




Allen Sledding Area

Parking Lot: West side Hwy 5, 35km south of Valemount.
Groomed Trail: 8km, cabin GPS: N52.577228lat, W119.160908.
Elevation: 5500-7500' Google Earth or Map

This is the largest managed area near Valemount, the trail has steep inclines, easy riding around the cabin but better suited for intermediate level riding and up with very challenging riding further back.





Chappell Snowmobile Area

Parking Lot: West side HWY 5, 58km south of Valemount.
Semi-Groomed Trail: 26k, no cabin
Elevation: 6000-8000' Google Earth or Map

This area can offer the deepest powder in the valley with riding for all levels. The trail is long and can be rough, added risk of being remote with no cabin.




Lucille Snowmobile Area

Access is through village via 1st street to Sansom Rd.
Parking Lot: 0.5k on Lucille Mtn. service rd. 3km southeast of McBride.
Groomed Trail: 12.5km Cabin GPS: N53.1520, W120.1450
Elevation: 2650 to 6200' Google Earth

Riding for all levels, better riding area during bad weather with lower elevation trail riding & tree riding. Some very challenging riding even for experienced if going further back, with dangers if visibility is poor.







Renshaw Snowmobile Area

Access is before village, North of HWY 16 via Mountainview Rd.
Parking Lot: 21km northwest of McBride on McKale Forest Rd. (4WD)
Groomed Trail: 30km, cabin GPS: N53.2818, W119.5814
Elevation: 5300 to 7200' Google Earth

Largest mapped snowmobile area in B.C. with awesome riding for all levels throughout, vast area can be difficult to navigate in bad weather with many dangers if visibility is poor.




Bell Mountain Sled Area

Access is after village, south off HWY 16
Parking Lot: 13km west of McBride
Groomed Trail: 12km, cabin GPS: N53.1713, W120.1943
Elevation: 3400 to 5600' Google Earth

Awesome Scenery and family oriented riding for beginner to intermediates. Fun for anyone on calm sunny days with deep powder. Shared use area. Respect skiers by keeping to the right on the trail. Wide open and exposed so lower elevations, creek beds and treed areas better during high winds.









Horsey Creek (unmanaged)

Access is on Colt Rd., North off HWY 16
Parking Lot: 8km west of Terracana, no cabin
Elevation: 2500 to 7500' Google Earth

Only 8km from Terracana, a favorite extreme riding area. For extreme riders only due to a very challenging entry up waterfall and very narrow avalanche terrain. Opens up onto 3 lakes with added access to many hidden bowls. Local guide highly recommended!!!



ALWAYS BE PREPARED
RIDE SAFE ... always be prepared when mountain sledding even if you are planning a short day out:
Take avalanche courses, practise regularly & make sure you know how to use your equipment. Always wear a beacon. Carry a shovel and probe in your backpack. Check avalanche conditions before going out and make sure you are aware of weather and other issues affecting snow pack and level of risks! Be prepared to fend for yourself, the mountains are subject to sudden weather changes - fog, heavy snow, extreme weather changes and you can become separated from your group. These 'rules' apply to backcountry travel any time of the year:
  • Have a plan, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Never travel alone. If you injure yourself while alone, your chances of survival are reduced.
  • Carry a map and compass. A GPS is helpfull - know how to use it.
  • Carry a beacon, probe and shovel. Take avalanche courses.
  • Prepare as though you plan to spend a night or two out.
  • Pack energy bars or similar emergency food - make sure it's fresh.
  • Carry spare clothing - especially gloves, socks, warm hat.
  • Carry a space blanket, it can act as a windblock to keep you warmer.
  • Carry fire starter (solid BBQ starter works well, or homemade blocks of paraffin poured over dry sawdust in a muffin tin).
  • Carry wooden matches in a dry container with a bit of waxed paper. If you don't have a waterproof container, use a 35mm film cannister.
  • Carry a good first-aid kit, a flashlight (make sure the batteries are charged - LED type are longer lasting) a light stick and signaling devices (flares, a whistle, a mirror, a sheet of red plastic to lay on the snow as a ground sheet or to signal aircraft.
  • Always carry spare gas, a spare drive belt, spark plugs (make sure they are working) and an extra piece of starter rope.
  • Carry a length of strong tow rope.
  • Carry a hatchet and/or sturdy knife.
  • Know how to build a snow or tree shelter. It's a basic skill that could save your life!
  • If it becomes obvious you will have to spend a night out, gather fuel for a fire early in the day - don't wait until dark. Build a shelter near your snowmobile, as it is the source of things you can use to stay alive. It can serve as a windbreak when there is nothing else.