A sled-ready town

Houston is upgrading its trail network

Person snowmobiling
Head to Houston for the ride of your life. photo courtesy Terry Close

As any snowmobiler can tell you, terrain characteristics can determine the quality and skill requirements of a ride.

Houston, B.C., has something to boast about in this regard—with a selection of desirable trails and progressive efforts being made to expand and improve them.

“The sledding terrain goes from trail riding that the whole family—from small children to grandparents—can enjoy, right up to extreme mountain climbing,” said Terry Close, an avid Houston snowmobiler.

The Houston area has been a great place to snowmobile for some time, but many riders are unaware of the new changes that have been planned for their enjoyment.

“This past summer we had 65 kilometres of our trails brushed and widened,” explained Close, “which will make it much easier to keep them groomed once the snow flies.”

The trails in Houston are maintained with the comfort and safety of sledders in mind. Snowmobilers can enjoy the luxury of a warm, dry place to duck into while taking a break during a long ride, or in the case of an emergency.

“We have three snowmobile cabins, all with heaters and emergency equipment,” said Close.

Plan ahead for the perfect ride

Before exploring the Houston territory, visitors should know some of the key in-town locations and the general distances to each of the nearby trails.

“Most of our riding areas are a short distance from town,” said Close, “with two of the more extreme areas being an hour’s drive away at least.”

Houston business owners demonstrate their support for sledders by accommodating riders’ needs whenever possible.

“There are three motels in town with lots of room for trailers, and two shops to find all the parts you might need,” said Close. “We have two large-tracked groomers and two snowmobile groomers (that we use) to keep the trails in two of our riding areas in great shape.”

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