Things To Do
Deep powder and blue skies are right here, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Valemount is the ideal place for your next extraordinary winter experience.
Let the Mountains Move You in Winter
To say we have snow here is an understatement. We get an average base of 1,400 centimetres (46 feet) at 1,800 metres, for some of the best winter sports terrain in all of Canada.
Explore miles and miles of expertly managed sledding terrain at the foot of the Monashees in one of four managed snowmobile riding areas. It’s best to book a guide to experience the sheer scope of the area. For a unique experience, head to Crystal Ridge, the world’s only sled-assisted ski hill. Race to the top of the mountain with your skis or snowboard strapped to your sled. To truly comprehend the beauty of this place you need a pair of fat skis and a ride. Head up to the best powder via Snowcat or in a helicopter. People travel thousands of miles to go dog sledding here.Get ready to holler “Mush!” as you embark on this once-in-a-lifetime encounter.
For peace and tranquility, experience cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Valemount. Head along the Robson River to Overlander Falls and unearth the beauty of the old-growth forests. You haven’t skated until you’ve tried open air ice-skating on Cranberry Marsh. Skating here is something we cherish in Valemount.
- Book a guided snowmobile tour with Alpine Country Rentals and truly experience the mountains. Ride groomed trails and access remote alpine winter landscapes.
- Prowl up Mica Mountain in the heated cab of a Snowcat and have the ride of your life as you ski or snowboard 300 to 900 vertical metres back down.
- Yell “Mush!” as you drive a team of sled dogs on a true Canadian dog sledding adventure.
- Learn to skate the way the best in the NHL did, on a pond. Take the family out for a day at Cranberry Marsh.
- Snowshoe or cross-country ski in the moonlight with a few friends and record the peacefulness of the moment in your mind’s eye.
- Grab your showshoes and sleep in one of the YORA backcountry cabins. Wake up to blue sky and a big day ahead.
- Snowshoe the hiking trails at Mount Robson Provincial Park and bring your camera on the good chance you spot some winter wildlife.
- Get a group of friends together and book the heli-skiing vacation of a lifetime. Discover waves of champagne powder right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
- Grab your skis or snowboard, fire up the snowmobile and head to Crystal Ridge, the only sled assisted ski hill in the world.
- Test your snowmobile free-riding skills at the popular Keyhole area for a variety of terrain with many opportunities to get airborne.
- A trail pass is required when sledding VARDA-managed trails. By riding in Valemount you’re contributing to snowmobiler avalanche education. For detailed riding information, visit ridevalemount.com
- All snowmobile tours take place in a wilderness environment where there is little or no cell phone connection
- Always check current avalanche conditions before heading into the alpine.
- Never head out alone. Leave an itinerary with someone and report upon your return and always travel in pairs
- Be prepared for variable conditions. Weather conditions change dramatically at high altitude
- Remember to bring your camera/video camera. Words can’t describe your adventure, so make sure you take lots of pictures and videos so you can tell all your friends about it when you get home.
- Dress warm! Layers work best for skiing and snowshoeing. Peel off a few layers when you’re working hard.
- For outdoor ice-skating weather conditions vary. Always proceed with caution and check with area locals before heading out to ensure ice depth is safe for skating
- Wear sunglasses and pack sunscreen. Valemount is known for its crystal clear days
- Pack it in and pack it out. If you’re bringing food and beverages onto the trails, make sure you take your garbage with you
When to Go
- All our winter adventures are dependent on Mother Nature.
- Snow usually starts to fall in mid-November and thoughts turn to spring in late March.
- Our Snowcat season can sometimes last throughout April.
- Check with the Valemount Visitor Centre for up-to-date conditions.