The laws governing snowmobile use differ by province and can be confusing. Here, we make it easier to understand what local and out of province snowmobilers will need in terms of insurance, registration and licensing to ride B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Smithers is a Swiss-alpine themed town in northwestern B.C. that’s shadowed by the dramatic peaks of Hudson Bay Mountain and surrounded by three mountain ranges. It’s a natural tourist destination. It’s also one of the best places in B.C. to find deep, untracked snow, amazing alpine vistas and terrain that suits a wide range of snowmobilers—from trail riders, families and beginners who are just learning the ropes to seasoned big mountain riders, tree riders and frequent flyers.
Smithers, B.C., snowmobile trail map
Hard copies of the snowmobile trail map can be picked up at the Visitor Centre. Driving directions to the staging areas can be found on the Smithers Snowmobile Association’s website.
Top snowmobile trails and best places to snowmobile in Smithers, B.C.
The Smithers Snowmobile Association has five maintained sledding zones. Each are equipped with cabins and all five are within a 30-minute drive from town. If this is your first visit to Smithers, you might want to try the following most popular areas:
The Onion snowmobiling area near Smithers, B.C.
The Onion snowmobiling area is part of Babine Mountain Provincial Park and sledders can make use of two special permit areas: Four Lakes and Cronin. Rated for beginner to experienced, the Onion includes an easy ride to the first shelter where there are powder meadows to carve and rolling hills to play on. Beyond, there is steeper terrain, trees, gullies and even glaciers to ride.
The Dome snowmobiling area near Smithers, B.C.
Families and novice riders will love the Dome. Located 25 kilometres from Smithers, the Dome is a mountain sledding area that offers scenic views and gentle, rolling hills without the intense challenge.
The Microwave snowmobiling area near Smithers, B.C.
For steep and deep terrain that will test even the most experienced of mountain riders, there’s the Microwave. Big alpine bowls, steep climbs and epic hills and valleys make this a thrilling zone to explore.
Where to buy a snowmobile trail pass in Smithers, B.C.
Annual memberships and day passes can be purchased at any of the sled shops in town. Day passes are also available 24/7 at the front desk of the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge.
Smithers, B.C., snowmobiling conditions
Smithers, B.C., avalanche bulletin
It’s important to check the current avalanche bulletin from Avalanche Canada before you head out. Smithers snowmobiling areas are in the Northwest Inland region forecast. To get the bulletins on your smartphone, you can download Avalanche Canada’s app from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.
Local snowmobile club in Smithers, B.C.
Since 1973, members of the Smithers Snowmobile Association (SSA) have been working tirelessly to keep riding areas open and easily accessible for everyone. They maintain five sledding areas, seven cabins and numerous kilometres of trails. See the SnoRiders’ club profile or visit the SSA’s website for more info.
Top winter activities in Smithers, B.C.
- Skiing and snowboarding at Hudson Bay Mountain
- Cross-country skiing at Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre
- Snowshoeing in the Babine Mountains Provincial Park
- Heli-skiing in the Skeena Mountain Range
Smithers, B.C., tourism info
See the Tourism Smithers website for more information about snowmobiling and other winter activities in Smithers.
Driving distances to Smithers, B.C.
- From Prince George, B.C.: 4.5 hours
- From Grande Prairie, AB: 10 hours, 15 mins
- From Saskatoon, SK: 17 hours
Smithers, B.C., snowmobile dealers
- Trails North Powersports is Polaris dealership that supplies parts, accessories and service as well.
- Wayside Service (Harley-Davidson of Smithers) is an Arctic Cat dealership that has sales, accessories and service.
- Evergreen Industrial Supplies is a Ski-Doo dealership that has sales, service and parts.
Snowmobile-friendly businesses near Smithers
Trail maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to Smithers, B.C.
Snowmobiling in Smithers this winter? Don't miss these top trails.by Danielle Cameron