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Many communities in BC feature dedicated snowmobiling areas, and nearly 70 clubs across the province maintain trails. Popular destinations include the vast network in and around Wells, near Barkerville, and the sledding areas near Kamloops, which boast plenty of space for fast, open-throttle runs. Several ski resorts also offer guided trips customized to any skill level. Try riding to a mountaintop fondue dinner in Whistler or backcountry cabin in the Kootenay Rockies. 


West of Whistler, tour the twisting trails and open backcountry of the Callaghan Valley. The area is perfect for all levels of riders and offers wide, easy trails, spectacular scenery, and open play areas.

Sicamous, east of Kamloops, is one of the best sledding areas in Western Canada. Groomed forest service roads allow access to four different alpine areas, each of which is home to deep snow and a chalet for when you need to warm up.

The Kootenay Rockies region attracts riders from across North America. Revelstoke is a renowned winter recreation destination, and Golden offers high-alpine terrain and plenty of challenging rides. Near Fernie, trails are groomed and maintained throughout the Elk Valley.

Further north, the snowmobiling club in Valemount maintains a network of trails in and around the Rocky Mountains, and Mackenzie is a snowmobile-friendly community that offers easily accessible trails into the backcountry.

Snowmobiling in backcountry areas means severe weather and avalanches are real hazards. You and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient—carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors. Remember the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. 

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