Hang on for the ride of your life and sail through some of BC’s deepest powder in an area so vast, so pristine you’re not only in nature you’re part of it.
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Prepare for the ride of your life
They are called Bluebird Days — glorious blue skies after a night of epic snowfall. In Valemount, we get our fair share of these days, along with space to stretch out and postcard perfect scenery — climb high to see the valley stretch out before you in it’s snow-covered perfection and look up, up, up at the Rocky Mountains standing as sentinels at your back.
Come along for the ride on some of the best sledding terrain in Canada, where snow-packed mountains and valleys still feel wide open and untouched. Feel the power of your machine as it chews through fresh powder and push your own endurance. The jagged peaks and the pristine river valleys — along with virtual oceans of champagne powder — combine to offer up the perfect canvas to paint the sledding adventure of your dreams.
A Trail for Every Sledder
You’ll find miles of terrain for every level of rider at the foot of the Monashee Mountains and in sight of Mount Robson, the Rocky Mountain’s highest peak. There are four managed snowmobile areas that require trail passes, making for hundreds of kilometres of backcountry trails to pilot your snow machines. If you’re looking to test your skills, there are plenty of unmanaged tactical and treed rides and because the area is such a draw for sledders from across North America, Valemount’s terrain is excellently mapped. Go on your own or with a pro — guided outfitters can’t wait to take you for the ride of your life.
Outrun winter’s cold embrace on the back of your trusty steed — feel the ice crystals form in your hair as it trails out of your toque and catches in the arctic wind. Breathe in the scent of this alpine forest, and, when you get to the top, stop. Turn off the engine and listen for the stillness the snow has brought. This is snowmobiling in Valemount’s backcountry — a full sensory experience.
Westridge Family Loop
If you’re a first-timer, head out to the Westridge Family Loop, which has beginner to intermediate terrain with an option to branch off to the upper Westridge area’s expert terrain. Grab your gear and go — the low elevation 22-kilometre (14 mi) loop inspires you with fantastic views of the valley and the community of Valemount. There’s a warming hut at the far end of the site — perfect for thawing out before getting back in the saddle — and in the upper Westridge area, experts find enormous bowls, breathtaking scenery and deep, deep powder.
Those of us who call Valemount home know that when Allen Creek opens, winter has officially begun. The first area to open each year, Allen Creek has it all — lakes, bowls, meadows and climbs steep enough to make your heart race going up and coming back down. Elevation ranges from 1,676 to 2,286 metres (5,500 to 7,500 feet) — it’s a massive space to explore, though only the experienced or the guided should travel to the outermost edges.
If you’ve got the spirit of a conqueror running through your veins, get your fill of thrill at Chappell Creek. Considered our prized jewel, elevation ranges from 1,829 to 2,438 metres (6,000 ft. to 8,000 ft.), in an area that holds some of the best, undisturbed snow in the valley. This trail takes you soaring higher than you thought possible. Up here, you’re with the birds of prey; you are part of the wilderness and at home in the terrain. You’ve made it farther than most people ever dare to dream, and you’re going to do it again and again because now you’ve discovered how high you can go it’s impossible to stop climbing.
Ever hear of powerboarding? We’re home to the world’s only sled-assisted ski hill, Crystal Ridge, where you can race to the top of the mountain with your skis strapped to your sled and launch yourself back down through some of the best powder in the country. Accessed from the Westridge staging area, find a 13-km (8 mi) long access trail to the junction point where the 4-km (2.5 mi) long up-track begins. Created and managed by VARDA, Crystal Ridge has six runs, each with a vertical drop of approximately 670 metres (2,198 ft).