Revelstoke Snowmobiling

Why You Should Try Snowmobiling in Revelstoke

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There’s no outdoor activity quite like Revelstoke snowmobiling! The terrain, the snow, and the exhilaration are totally out of this world. To capture the most that Revelstoke has to offer, here’s a quick guide to this world-class snowmobiling destination.

From deep powder and thrilling jumps to stomach-dropping climbs, Revelstoke has earned a well-deserved spot among the world’s top snowmobiling destinations. The mountains here serve up a mix of top-notch terrain that ranges from smooth and easy trails to challenging alpine powder only veterans should attempt. This wide range of options is just one of the reasons why snowmobiling in Revelstoke is a widely renowned activity.

Revelstoke snowmobiling conditions

This area is truly blessed when it comes to snowmobile sledding conditions. Annual snowfalls range from 12-18 metres, creating incredible powder throughout the mountains.
The Revelstoke snowmobiling season typically runs from November to June, although seasonal closures due to caribou in some areas restrict certain snowmobiling areas earlier in the year. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to find amazing snowmobiling in Revy as the majority of sledding areas are within a 30 minute drive of Revelstoke – and some spots are just a few kilometres from town.
Thanks to the efforts of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and Snowmobile Revelstoke Society, you’ll discover miles of groomed trails perfect for both experienced riders and those who are new to the sport.

The best Revelstoke snowmobiling spots


BOULDER MOUNTAIN
One of the most legendary snowmobiling spots in BC, this mountain provides a unique mix of easy terrain for beginners and ultra-steep climbs for the pros.
With loads of deep snow, Boulder Mountain features more than 50 kilometres of pulse-racing trails spread across 150 square kilometres of meadows and alpine bowls. Cruise up Summit Trail for amazing views or power up Alberta Hill, which opens onto spectacular terrain.
When riders first arrive at Boulder Mountain, many power over to the ever-fun Super Bowl followed by a trip to the Sugar Bowl, which is just around the corner.
When the snow is truly deep, even the most skilled snowmobilers will find challenges. But this hill really does have something for everyone: beginners can enjoy some serious terrain safely while the experts can contend with steep climbs and deep powder.
Location
To reach the parking area (and other sledding areas), take Westside Road – just west of Revelstoke off Highway 1 – for about four kilometres. Watch for signs.
Details

  • There are 50 kilometres of groomed trails
  • You can normally ride Boulder from November to June
  • You’ll need to pick up a trail pass before you go sledding here


FRISBY RIDGE
A great spot for beginners and anyone else who loves pristine mountain scenery. Frisby Ridge is arguably the most visually impressive snowmobiling area in Revelstoke, with stunning meadows, hill climbs and a spectacular five-kilometre ridgeline worth raving about.
Groomed, well-marked trails guide you all the way from the parking lot right up to the highest view point – where sweeping scenery will leave you spellbound. Less experienced riders should always stick to the track; the powder just outside the trail can get pretty deep and plenty of sleds have gotten stuck not far from the beaten path.
Still, it’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular snowmobiling areas in Revelstoke. From family riding to expert backcountry terrain, this is a must-visit spot for snowmobilers.
Location
To access Frisby Ridge, you can park at the same parking lot for Boulder Mountain: take Westside Road – just west of Revelstoke off Highway 1 – for about four kilometres. Watch for signs.
Details

  • There are 60 kilometres of trails
  • Drop by the cabin and sign the guest book before hitting the ridge
  • Please be aware of seasonal snowmobile closures to protect Mountain Caribou. Go to the BC government website for more information


TURTLE MOUNTAIN
An ultra-long ride that carves through beautifully diverse terrain, Turtle Mountain is a superb spot for experienced snowmobilers. From deep-powder sections to jumps and challenging hill climbs, this one will keep you guessing the entire time. But because of the lack of packed trails, it’s not a good fit for beginners.
You’ll be snowmobiling in a wide open area where there’s a significant risk of avalanches, so always be aware of the conditions before you head out. Additionally, because snowmobilers access this area from the same parking lot as Boulder Mountain, truly ambitious riders can tackle the terrain in both these spots in a single day.
Directions
After parking at the lot for Boulder Mountain (off Westside Road), sled up the trail to Boulder (stay right at the junction) and cruise the Kirkup Trail which eventually gives you access to the Turtle Mountain area.
Details

  • These non-groomed trails are for experienced riders
  • Avoid sledding on heli-skiing runs in the area
  • Always check avalanche conditions before you head out


SALE MOUNTAIN
A popular, yet relatively small, riding area north of Revelstoke that offers some fun terrain. Sale Mountain normally provides the first – and last – snowmobiling of the season. This is because of the easy summit access thanks to a road that leads to a BC Hydro microwave tower at the top.
You’ll find some decent climbs and spectacular scenery from the summit. The early-season riding is especially good.
Location
Drive about 15 kilometres north of Revelstoke on Highway 23 towards Mica Creek. Access is right off the highway – parking is fairly scarce so use caution.
Details

  • 20-kilometre trail takes you up to the microwave tower at the summit
  • The area has a caribou closure from January 1 to April 15


MOUNT MCCRAE
This challenging spot offers a nice blend of road and alpine terrain. Located south of Revelstoke, most of the riding takes place on more than 75 kilometres of smooth, non-groomed roads. These routes are great for family trips or less experienced snowmobilers looking to hone their skills.
Veteran riders will also find trail access to the high alpine area, where plenty of challenges await. However, if you’re not familiar with this location it might be a good idea to hire a local guide.
Location
Follow Airport Way south from Revelstoke for about 20 kilometres until the road is no longer plowed.
Details

  • Never ride on active logging roads in the area
  • Always check on avalanche conditions before you head out
  • The riding altitude ranges from 900 to 2400 metres

Revelstoke snowmobile rentals

Snowmobile rentals can be found at Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours at their Glacier House location, a fabulous lodge with log cabins that overlook Mount Begbie. Both Boulder and Frisby Mountains can be easily accessed from here. Glacier House is a great place to stay if you are looking for the ultimate Revelstoke snowmobiling vacation.
Alternatively, in town snowmobile rentals can also be acquired from Revelstoke Snowmobile Tours or Revelstoke Sled Rentals.

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