Some of northern BC’s best sledding

Deep snow, endless terrain and a long riding season are only three of the countless reasons why Houston is a northern snowmobile haven.

by Mason Buettner

A snowmobiler on an orange and white sled getting some air.
Snowmobilers can't get enough of Houston sledding conditions. Cindy Sullivan photo

Houston is located roughly three and a half hours northwest of Prince George on the Yellowhead Highway and is home to some of northern British Columbia’s best snowmobiling. Houston receives approximately 160 centimetres of snow annually, with an average winter temperature of minus 12.7 Celsius. Add those two statistics together and you get an abundance of dry northern white gold.

The Houston Snowmobile Club maintains four different riding zones including Dungate Meadows, Telkwa Range, Morris Mountain and the Rhine Ridge/Sibolas zone. The Telkwa Range, Dungate Meadows, and Rhine Ridge/Sibolas zones all have cabins available for snowmobilers to use. The Telkwa and Dungate Meadows zones also have approximately 100 kilometres of groomed trails.

There are also numerous riding zones surrounding Houston which aren’t maintained by the club. It is advised to go out with someone who knows the area well. It can be easy to get lost in unmarked alpine areas.

Houston has numerous accommodation and food options for your next northern snowmobile getaway.
 

The windshield of a snowmobile is show in the forground and a stunning view of the Telkwa Range is off in the distance.
Snowmobiling in the Telkwa Range near Houston, B.C. Terry Close photo
A snowmobile overlooking the Telkwa Range in Houston, B.C.
Overlooking the Telkwa Range. Stephen Ringland photo
A striking photo of a snomobiler silhouetted against a golden sunny sky.
Ride the Range snowmobile area near Houston. Claudia Brietzke photo

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