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There are plenty of great reasons that snowmobilers keep heading to Valemount, B.C. An expanse and variety of terrain should keep even the easily distracted rider engaged. Add in great snow, a beautiful area and an active local riders organization and you’ve got a great destination. If visiting, just remember to observe all signage for caribou closures or heli-skiing areas. But otherwise, ride on—for days on end if you have the time.
Trail map of Valemount, B.C. snowmobiling areas
For information on snowmobile trails in Valemount and how to find staging areas, download the SnoRiders trail map.
Main snowmobiling trails in Valemount, B.C.
You’ve never Ridden in Valemount before? Clemina Creek is a great consideration for first-time visitors. With wide groomed trails, tree riding and expert mountain sledding, there is terrain that will appeal to any level of rider. There is a maintained cabin to warm up in and have your lunch as well as an outhouse facility.
With 5,500 to 7,500 feet in elevation, Allan Creek is a fantastic area to ride starting early in the season. The large area provides family-friendly riding around the cabin area, while advanced riders can consider venturing farther afield. It is, overall, a great area for sledders who are looking for big mountain riding. The Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) is working on a new cabin in the Allan Creek area. The new cabin will honour the memory of Valemount's legendary Tony Parisi. The cabin should be completed for the 2018/2019 season.
Get away from the crowds by exploring the Chappell Creek area. Although you won’t find a warm-up cabin and trails are groomed less often, Chappell Creek generally provides excellent snow levels. This beautiful peaceful area requires a 26-kilometre ride to the exceptional alpine sledding, but great powder can still often be found at lower elevations.
Westridge Family Loop
As the name indicates, this 22-kilometre loop is an excellent option for beginners or those who want an easy way to work into bigger riding. Riders who take this option will also enjoy a nice view of the valley and the town of Valemount. There are many trails to explore in this area although it is rarely groomed. It has a small warming cabin roughly half way through the loop.
It’s not Valemount’s largest riding area, but Keyhole offers fun terrain for technical riders. Access Keyhole from the Clemina Creek parking area. With features that might remind riders of a natural skate park, keep an eye out for rolls, pits and halfpipe-like areas.
Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area
The first of its kind in B.C., the Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Area on Mount Diefenbaker offers six semi-cleared runs of 2,200 vertical feet each with a designated uptrack for snowmobile travel. Access is via the Westridge Staging Area west of Valemount. The hill is free to use, but donations are certainly welcome.
Valemount, B.C. snowmobile club
VARDA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the backcountry so that snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy it for many years to come. VARDA has its own office in Valemount, and sledders are welcome to stop in to gather more information and talk shop with the general manager, Curtis Pawliuk.
Valemount, B.C. tourism info
Sledder hangouts in Valemount, B.C.
- The Moose Neighbourhood Pub is a popular gathering for sledders.
- Caribou Grill on 5th Avenue is another spot where sledders can have a post-sledding meal and drink.
- The Cranberry Lounge in the Best Western Plus Valemount Inn & Suites features a drink menu and traditional American pub fare.
Snowmobile-friendly businesses near Valemount
Trail maps, top snowmobile trails, club contacts and other useful information you can use before planning a snowmobile trip to Valemount, B.C.
CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism Promotion and Development goes to VARDAby Kyle Born