Head to Houston for exceptional sledding

Mountain snowmobiling at its finest

by Jessica Kirby

The main draw

Riders can find easy, moderate and advanced riding only 15 kilometres from town on the Telkwa Range, one of the most popular and diverse areas in the region.

Take Highway 16 west and turn off onto Morice River Road to kilometre 4. Hang a right down the Biamac Road and then take a left onto the Wolcott, across the Morice River Bridge. Follow the Wolcott up to kilometre 8 and the parking lot is two kilometres on the left.

The cabin is at about 4,400 feet and from there on it’s nothing but alpine, meadows and hill climbing in this challenging area. The trail is groomed 11 kilometres from the parking lot to the cabin, and then loops one and a half kilometres around the lower side. Veer off the trail for meadow riding and a scenic across the mountain top.

Stop for a play in the Shoot Out, where a valley and meadows offer an easy ride, or head up to the Meat Cache for some steeper terrain and an amazing view.

Sledders’ hangouts

Houston riders get together in the mornings at any of the local service stations, the 7-11 and Elements Restaurant. The Pleasant Valley Restaurant and Sunshine Inn also offer a warm haven where sledders can start their adventures.

Extended stay

The Dungate Meadows west of Houston are a nice easy ride through meandering meadows and groomed trails, or play near the cabin, where riders could easily spend an entire day exploring.

The Sibolas consist of three mountain ranges about 101 kilometres to the south of Houston, but well worth the drive if you’ve got more than a weekend in town. Many people head to this area in the spring, when the longer light of day makes a full day of riding hills, meadows and the alpine all the more enjoyable.

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