Make your own tracks
Peace. Feel it here, in the trees and in the mountains above you. Feel it in the wind that buffets your face as you take stride after stride, making fresh cuts in the snow. Hear it in the call of the birds and listen closely — it’s there deep inside you, in the sound of your own heartbeat as it thrums a melody in your chest reminding you that you are alive, you are living — and this is as good as it gets.
North America offers hundreds of opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, but none are wrapped up in as pretty a package as you’ll find right here in Valemount. Snow blankets us from mid-November to April and sometimes beyond, burying the streams and brooks and capping off the majestic mountain peaks leaving a serene wilderness just waiting to be explored. Join a group of locals and watch the day turn to night. Ski through the moonlight, letting the romance of the moment paint an unforgettable picture in your mind’s eye.
Whatever you wear — cross-country skis or snowshoes — there is no limit to where you can go and what you can do next; in Valemount, the only limit is time, and if you run out of time this year don’t worry, there’s always next season.
Two skis and a heartbeat
Push your endurance or take it easy. Spend an hour or spend the day. Wake up in the morning and let your mood dictate how far you can go and what you can accomplish on the wide-open easy trails of Jackman Flats and Camp Creek. Easy loops for beginners pair with hilly stretches that leave you feeling breathless on the way to the top, and giddy on the long, exhilarating way down. Whatever your skill and whatever your fitness level, stop and appreciate the quiet beauty reflected in the Cariboo and Rocky Mountain Ranges that rise up to greet you. Get out of the ruts and carve your own path at Tete Jaune — a favourite haunt for locals where the fun starts just as the road ends. Slice through the snow and wind along the trail until you happen upon the marsh. Hold your breath as you watch the view open up and the brilliance of the scene unfold before you in the sunlight, and exhale — this is what you’ve been waiting for!
Blaze your own trail
What does an adventure-seeking hiker do when the snow is falling and the trails are shrouded in champagne powder? They put on snowshoes of course. The Valemount area is known to harbour some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. In winter, the Overlander Falls Trail becomes a work of art as the snow falls, covering the lushness in a soundproof cocoon. Explore how seasons change the shape of the landscape as you snowshoe along the trail. Close your eyes and feel your heart rate slow; give thanks that you could be here in this shining example of Canada’s wilderness, when so many others chose to stay home.