Valemount invites you to sledding heaven

With stellar terrain and a welcoming community, Valemount has what it takes to make snowmobilers happy

by Danielle Cameron

A sledder is shredding fresh powder in Chappell Creek in Valemount.
This dynamic image was taken at Chappell Creek, one of Valemount's most famous riding areas. Follow a 26-kilometre trail to reach an elevation ranged from 6,000 to 8,000 feet, then play in some of the deepest snow you have ever experienced. Under normal conditions, this area is groomed and makes for easy riding. You can find the trailhead accessing Chappell Creek by travelling 58 kilometres south of Valemount to the west side of Highway 5. Chappell Creek is a caribou-sensitive area, so please respect the boundaries. Dan Roberts photo/submitted by Jennifer Robinson

Snowmobiling is a vital part of Valemount culture, and winter recreationists are welcomed with open arms. The community is a prime location for sledding, nestled in the mountains with brag-worthy snowfall every year. There are groomed trails and alpine cabins maintained by the Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) and lesser-explored territory in the Cariboo, Monashee and Rocky Mountain ranges. 

At the end of your ride, stop in at one of the local restaurants or accommodations—the staff there are always happy to take care of snowmobilers.

If you aren't convinced yet, one look at these photos will inspire you to head to Valemount this season. 

A sledder is cruising through deep dry pow with bluebird skies in Valemount.
Deep, dry powder and bluebird skies—this is a typical Valemount sledding scene. The average annual snowfall in Valemount is 1,400 centimetres at 1,800 metres, making it one of the top snowmobiling destinations in B.C. Photo courtesy VARDA
This snowmobiler is kicking up powdery snow on a mountaintop in the Clemina Creek area.
Clemina Creek is another local snowmobiling hub. Due to its easy yet scenic riding, this trail is a good choice for first-time visitors. It offers wide, well-groomed trails, tree riding and also expert mountain sledding opportunities, so there is something for every level of rider. The Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) maintains a cozy cabin in the Clemina Creek area. Cale Bargen photo/submitted by Amy Flowers

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