Explore Revelstoke’s Alpine Terrain on Snowmobile
With annual snowfalls of 12-18 metres (40-60 feet) pretty much guaranteeing face shots, moderate winter temperatures and a huge variety of terrain to suit any level, and a strong sense of camaraderie among riders, Revelstoke snowmobiling is some of the world’s finest. That’s the reason why some of the world’s top snowmobiling pros call this place home!
The BC snowmobiling scene is really taking off, and Revelstoke is at the forefront. The city has long been a hub of mountain snowmobiling, and it’s only getting more popular as folks realize what we have to offer. Looking for ideas on where to go? Here’s a jam-packed two day itinerary to give you a great taste of Revelstoke snowmobiling.
There’s a thriving Revelstoke snowmobiling community, and the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club is the beating heart. For 2016-17 they have a brand new welcome centre to directly serve Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge, typically the first stopping points for visiting sledders. Read more about their expansion on our blog.
Revelstoke Groomed Trails
Throughout the winter, the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club posts a daily Grooming Report so you know what to expect when you head out into the hills. Trails on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge are groomed, and offer easy access to ungroomed areas in the alpine.
Revelstoke Snowmobiling Riding Areas
There are plenty of Revelstoke snowmobiling options within a short drive, including Boulder Mountain (view trail map), Frisby Ridge (view trail map), Turtle (view trail map), Griffin (view trail map), Caribou Basin, Sale (view trail map), Keystone (view trail map), Area 51, Mt. McCrae (view trail map), Hall (view trail map) and Wap Lake Road.
You’re responsible for your own safety when you’re snowmobiling. Before you venture out for some Revelstoke snowmobiling, you need to read the avalanche forecast from Avalanche Canada, Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization which based right here in Revelstoke. Their public avalanche forecasters write daily forecast for the regions around Revelstoke and beyond. Read the North Columbia forecast, and the South Columbia forecast.
Everyone in your group needs to carry avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe), and know how to use it. If you have never taken an avalanche skills training (AST) course, consider taking one here in Revelstoke.
Easy: Novice or riders with limited experience will love the 1 hour “Cabin Run,” offered by Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours. Certified Guides will give beginners an idea of what snowmobiling in Revelstoke is all about, by teaching the basic skills and techniques for operating a snowmobile. The tour heads up the trails along Frisby Ridge to a lovely cabin overlooking the surrounding mountains. Ride as a single, or double up if you aren’t comfortable driving.
Intermediate: Those with previous snowmobiling experience but no sled can find rentals available at various locations in town. If you are looking to hone in on your skills, there are many multi-day clinics that include rentals. If you have your own ride, groomed access to your alpine powder paradise is available at Boulder or Frisby. Remember that you are in the backcountry, and we urge riders to check the avalanche bulletin and ride with buddies.
Difficult: If you are familiar with the snowpack, head to one of these epic zones: Sale and/or Keystone in the north, or Hall and/or Area 51 in the south.
Revelstoke Snowmobiling FAQ’s
Where can I find out more about Revelstoke snowmobiling?
The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club is a great resource for learning more about the snowmobiling in and around Revelstoke. This community-minded club is in its 49th season of operations!
How much does it cost to use the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club trails?
The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club maintains and grooms the trail systems on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge. Both of these areas require either a daily trail pass or a yearly membership.
Revelstoke Snowmobiling – Locals Tip
Consider buying a yearly Revelstoke Snowmobile Club membership if you anticipate riding a lot. You’ll also become a member of the BC Snowmobile Federation and get a free subscription to SnoRiders West magazine.