Top 10 best places to snowmobile in B.C.

Where to go for the ultimate B.C. backcountry snowmobiling experience

by Kirsten Armleder

A group of snowmobilers on bc mountains.
If you love mountain snowmobiling and being in the backcountry, then B.C. is where it's at. Throttle Ops Photography

British Columbia is arguably one of the best places in the world for mountain snowmobiling. Why? For one, the snow—or as some call it, white gold. In some places, it can reach depths of 40 feet. Then there are the trails. With support from the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation, this province is home to over 3,000 kilometres of maintained snowmobile trails. Through valleys and passes, these trails take riders to snowmobiling areas in world-class mountain ranges.

So where to begin, now that we’ve whetted your appetite? Below, and in no particular order, we’ve prepared a list of the top 10 best places to go snowmobiling in B.C.:

Revelstoke

Revelstoke, which has the Monashee and Columbia Mountain ranges on its doorstep, gets hammered with an annual snowfall of 460 inches (40 feet). Add in groomed trail access and sled-in, sled-out resorts and it’s no wonder filmmakers and snowmobilers from around the world place Revelstoke at the top of their must-ride list. See our Revelstoke section for more information. 

A snowmobiler slashes into the deep snow around Revelstoke.
Shayne Simpson revels in the white gold of Revelstoke, B.C. Ryen Dunford photo

Sicamous

Readers of SnoRiders magazine ranked Sicamous, which is Revelstoke’s next-door neighbour, as their Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in B.C. for 2016. This small town in B.C.’s southern interior is home to four mountain sledding areas that offer everything from beginner-rated trails to the steep and deep stuff—not to mention the scenery, which will also take your breath away. See our Sicamous section for more information. 

A group of snowmobilers on top of a lookout.
Take some time to enjoy the views while sledding Sicamous. Wally Taylor photo

Golden

Golden is another snowmobiling destination that is top ranked by our readers. It offers an overabundance of light, dry powder and big mountain riding opportunities. New to the sport? There’s no need to feel intimidated because Golden has several snowmobile tour providers that can cater to your riding needs. See our Golden section for more information. 

A snowmobiler lays down a carve in Golden.
Around Golden, there are 11 maintained and non-maintained areas to choose from. Monte Smith photo

Valemount

If we were to rank the destinations on this list by their snowmobile-friendliness, then the Village of Valemount would probably be No. 1. In addition to a warm welcome, snowmobilers will also find easy access to three alpine riding areas, a 22-kilometre family trail and a designated area for sled-skiers. See our Valemount section for more information. 

A snowmobiler in a mountain bowl.
Find your freedom in Chappell Creek near Valemount. Photo courtesy William Chitty

Houston

Houston is a top contender in our annual SledTown ShowDown contest. Located in the northern interior of B.C., it offers big backcountry riding options with a relatively small population of sledders—which means there is a lot of untracked snow to enjoy. See our Houston section for more information. 

A snowmobiler overlooking a lake in Houston.
The Sibola mountains near Houston are ripe for the taking. Steve Arky photo

Whistler

Some of the biggest names in snowmobiling have taken up residence in Whistler. Why? Because of the swamp-deep snow and truly big mountain terrain. They’re willing to share, of course, and that’s why you’ll find businesses like Chris Brown’s Ride Whistler, Geoff Kyle’s Freeride, She Shreds Mountain Adventures (run by Julie-Ann Chapman), and SnowRide Adventures (run by Jorli Ricker). See our Whistler section for more information.

Two snowmobilers carving a line downhill in Whistler.
Tom Cepek and Julie-Ann Chapman carve a downhill line through Whistler’s deep coastal powder. Matthew Mallory photo

Elk Valley

The Elk Valley, and more specifically Fernie, is another B.C. snowmobile destination that ranks high on our snowmobiling radar. Around this tight-knit little ski town you will find lots of technical tree riding and snow aplenty. And if you’re looking for a tour guide, there are a few great choices in town. See our Fernie section for more information.

A snowmobiler carving the snow in Fernie.
Located in the heart of the Rockies, Fernie is a tree rider’s paradise. Throttle Ops Photography

Radium Hot Springs

Radium was another top contender in our SledTown ShowDown contest. This small town, which is situated on the edge of Kootenay National Park, offers light, dry powder, sledding on a glacier and and mineral-rich hot pools. See our Radium Hot Springs section for more information.  

Snowmobiler hitting a wind lip in Radium.
Enjoy amazing, high-country terrain around Radium Hot Springs. Kirsten Armleder photo

Wells/Barkerville

It’s not every day that you can access mountain snowmobiling areas from a historic gold rush town. That should be reason enough for Wells/Barkerville to be on this list; however, this area is also home to a variety of B.C. snowmobiling opportunities—from Yanks Peak to the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. For more information, see our Wells and Barkerville section.  

Snowmobilers trail riding up Yanks Peak.
Take in views of the Cariboo Chilcotin region while sledding up to Yanks Peak near Wells/Barkerville. Geoff Moore photo

Smithers

Smithers is a beautiful, European-inspired mountain town that is surrounded by wilderness. Snowmobilers here have access to five separate alpine riding areas with emergency/warm-up shelters at each. For more information, see our Smithers section.

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