Sledheads love the scene in Sicamous

A little exploring can reveal some great climbing areas near Sicamous and the best boondockin’, tree weavin’, follow-the-leader terrain around

by Karissa Gall

The main draw

The Queest (pronounced like quest) sledding area, one of four main sledding areas in Sicamous, offers riders up to 35 square kilometres of deep-powder sledding country and a spectacular view from above. 

Exciting hillclimbs converge at an elevation of over 2,000 metres, where views of the Eagle Valley, Mara Lake, Shuswap Lake and the Monashee range can be enjoyed on a clear day. A ride up to the A-frame chalet is also worth the time just for the scenery—not to mention the surrounding meadow, which serves as a great play area.

The trailhead for Queest is just a five-minute drive from downtown Sicamous. Parking is available, with good access for trucks and trailers. 

Sledders’ hangouts

  • Joe Schmuck’s Road House offers one of the best breakfasts, with sledding videos playing in the background to get you revved up for a day of riding.
  • After a day of riding head to Moose Mulligan’s Pub and Restaurant for good food and drinks.

For an extended stay

Eagle Pass: Described by riders as a hillclimber’s dream, Eagle Pass is a steep alpine area for advanced riders who have big sleds and an appetite for adrenalin. Rugged and more remote than the other main riding areas, Eagle Pass offers breathtaking views, lofty peaks reaching well above 2,000 metres and a wide open riding area with lots of powder where riders can challenge themselves and their machines. At present there is no chalet here. The trailhead for Eagle Pass is approximately 29 kilometres east of Sicamous and 43 kilometres west of Revelstoke.

Blue Lake: Featuring wide open alpine and subalpine terrain and a chalet located in an open area with a training hill for novices, Blue Lake can accommodate novice and family riders and those who like to explore the backcountry without encountering overly steep terrain. But don’t be deterred if you’re an extreme rider—a little exploring can reveal some great climbing areas and the best boondockin’, tree-weavin’, follow-the-leader terrain around. The trailhead for Blue Lake is about 17 kilometres east of Sicamous.

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