The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club enjoys big natural advantages. Local sledding mountains, including the main groomed-access riding areas of Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge, enjoy tons of snowfall accessed from convenient parking areas.
But the club, which was formed in 1968, isn’t content to rest on this advantage, as they approach 50 years of pushing forward with new projects.
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club builds new welcome centre
Currently, their new welcome centre is nearing lock-up phase and is scheduled for completion in 2016. The facility will host their groomers, allowing for better upkeep. It will have a welcome centre where staff can assist sledders with information and advice on the local mountains, and spread awareness about safety and all the riding opportunities in the region. The welcome centre will directly serve Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge, which are typically the first stopping points for snowmobilers from out of town.
I met with Revelstoke Snowmobile Club president Daniel Kellie at the new facility, where workers were assembling the giant timber frame entrance way to the new building.
Kellie said that knowledge and safety awareness will be a key function of the facility. The deep powder mountain riding available in Revelstoke is a unique experience, and visitors need to be aware of what they’ll face and be equipped to deal with adverse situations the mountains will send your way. Staff will be on hand to assist and providing riding tips and advice.
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club applies for tenure to groom new snowmobile areas
In potentially big news for the club, they are applying for management agreements so they can groom trails leading to several other popular sledding mountains, including Hall Mountain, Sale Mountain, Turtle Mountain, and Griffin Mountain. Their applications are winding their way through the process, and actually moving forward with the plans would happen in phases over several years.
The expansion plans are in response to ever-growing numbers and feedback from users, who want better season-long access to more riding areas. Expanding groomed access will relieve pressure on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge, which is getting more popular each year.
Each year, the club hosts several events that are a good introduction to the strong local snowmobiling community.
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club Youth Safety Day Feb. 13, 2016
This new youth-focused event introduces young riders to key avalanche safety concepts.
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club Vintage Ride March 5, 2016
Meet at the back Boulder Mountain parking lot and travel up the mountain for a show and shine at noon at the Boulder Mountain Cabin. There will be lots of trophies for costumes and best vintage sleds from each decade.
Snowarama Snow Drags, March 6, 2016
Watch head-to-head snowmobile racing at the Frisby Ridge parking lot with racing starting at 9 a.m. Racers compete in various classes, including vintage.
Revelstoke Snowmobile Club Ladies’ Ride Mar. 26, 2016
This annual ladies’ event features guided group rides on Boulder Mountain and a fun evening event with prizes afterwards.
For more on the Revelstoke Snowmobile club, and for more details on these events, visit their website.