Off the sled tracks

Ski-Doo backcountry expert Dave Norona discovered epic snowmobiling in the Shuswap Highlands on a December 2013 sled trip

by Dave Norona

A Ski-Doo XM parked in an open meadow.
This is what the area has to offer in every direction. Dave Norona photo

In British Columbia, you don’t have to go far to escape into the mountains, but if you’re a passionate sledder like me, then you are always looking for that next adventure. Well, I found it at Grizzly Lodge.

Grizzly Lodge is a 12,000-square-foot cabin nestled 20 miles into the bush near Scotch Creek, B.C.—or about two hours from Kamloops, B.C. Even though Grizzly Lodge is well off the beaten path, this awesome place has room for 20 to 24 adults comfortably. It also has a hot tub, a pool table, a fully stocked bar, Internet access, television and some of the best home-cooked food that you can imagine. 

More about the riding

None of this really matters anyway because you are here for the sledding! The riding stretches 120 square kilometres from Grizzly Lodge at 2,000 feet and reaches an elevation of 7,500 feet at Mount Pukeashun. There is everything from tight, steep trees to wide open alpine bowls that are filled with the most delicious interior powder. Let’s just say that you can ride for days up here and only discover a postage size area that will be sure to leave you with a huge grin on your face.

Grizzly Lodge opened for business five years ago, and in that time owner and operator Adam Trainer and his young amazing staff have dialled in everything that any sledder or family of sledders would need to enjoy this wonderful spot.

Once you arrive at Grizzly Lodge and drop off your lodge clothes, it’s off to discover the untouched powder that awaits in every direction. No matter what type of rider you are or what kind of terrain your group desires there is something for everyone. And if you are a snow bike rider, then be prepared for the most awesome terrain you can imagine.

Grizzly Lodge was initially built as a cat-skiing lodge in 2004 by a group of Europeans; it couldn’t compete, however, with the likes of Mustang Powder and Chatter Creek Snowcat Skiing lodges and was forced into bankruptcy only two years after its opening. What this means is that it is an incredible place to sled-ski.

No matter what your objective is at Grizzly Lodge, there is something for everyone and there is absolutely nothing like coming down off the mountain and hopping out of your gear into a waiting hot tub while a crackling fire and a delicious meal is being prepared for you!

To see more of the snowmobiling terrain in this area, check out Dave Norona’s video on YouTube

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