Head to Houston for fabulous mountain riding

This northern B.C. destination is an unbelievable winter playground

by Jessica Kirby

Houston, B.C., offers up mountain riding, deep powder and forests to explore—all moments from town. A vast groomed and ungroomed trail system spans hundreds of kilometres, with terrain that welcomes the novice and challenges the best.

Les Auston with the Houston Snowmobile Club said visitors should hook up with a local when exploring unmarked trails, to help navigate the vast mountain regions in this unbelievable winter playland.

Morice Mountain

The scenery at Morice Mountain will take your breath away. Located only 28 kilometres from town, it represents a nice ride in a mountain setting, with some areas suitable for novice sledders and others that can be quite challenging. There is a private cabin at the edge of the alpine, but beyond that motorized use is prohibited.

Driving directions: Head to the Morice River Road and at 28 kilometres turn left onto Carrier Forest Service Road and stay left at six kilometres. At 10 kilometres turn left and follow the trail to the alpine.

Grooming season: Not groomed

Difficulty level: Novice, intermediate, expert

Tableland Mountain

A one-hour drive from Houston to Tableland Mountain offers up real adventure. The terrain flows from meadows to hills and typical mountain conditions, and riders should be skilled in avalanche awareness. Locals recommend hitting Tableland Mountain in the spring, from mid-January to March.

Driving directions: This area can be accessed off the Lamprey Forest Service Road off the Morice Forest Service Road at 65 kilometres.

Grooming season: Not groomed

Difficulty level: Intermediate to expert

Sibola/ Rhineridge

Great mountain riding can be found at Sibola/Rhineridge once the club breaks trail, which is usually sometime in December. Get ready for meadows, alpine and great hillclimbs. There are few marked trails, so heading out as a group and with a local rider is recommended. There are club-maintained cabins in both areas.

Driving directions: The staging area is located 100 kilometres from Houston on the Huckleberry Mine Road (Nadina Road). It can also be accessed from the Sweeny Forest Service Road.

Grooming season: Not groomed

Difficulty level: Intermediate to expert

Club tip:

Les Auston with the Houston Snowmobile Club said visitors to Houston should track down a local to show them around unmarked areas, which can be quite vast.

“Mountainous areas are prone to adverse conditions and, although many types of riders can ride them, conditions and areas differ and have many different risks,” he said.  

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