Winter Sledding

Welcome to the Robson Valley

Sledding in McBride

Where the ride is high and wide!

Avalanche conditions are changing daily – please check the avalanche website (below) for more detailed information before you head out. Avalanche beacons and safety gear are highly recommended and are available for rent or sale at the local sled shops.

Current Trail Conditions

Our snow conditions information line is up and running, for current updates please call 250-569-8871 or call the Visitor Centre toll free at: 1-866-569-3366 between the hours of 10am-4pm daily.

Have fun and stay safe!

Remember:

When you come to BC this year remember to bring your paperwork that shows ownership of your sled – police are cracking down on thieves and proof of ownership will save you all sorts of hassles!

Avalanche Warning!

PLEASE CHECK THE AVALANCHE WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION:  http://www.avalanche.ca

The information line, 1-250-569-8871 is up and running – For the latest updates please call the information line or the Robson Valley Visitor Centre toll free at: 1-866-569-3366 between the hours of 10am-4pm daily.l

GROOMER is EL-JA Grooming

McBride Info Centre: 1-866-569-3366
EL-JA Trail Info Line: 1-250-569-8871

TRAIL USER PASSES:

Trail User Fees are determined and enforced by the Ministry of Forests and Range. For the exact wording of the regulation, click here

BEST VALUE

Season’s Pass: $250 ($150 for McBride Big Country Snowmobile Club members)
Season Pass available at Spindrift.

DIGITAL CELL PHONE SERVICE

now accessible for Telus & Bell customers through most of the valley, from Legrand (17km west of McBride) to south of Valemount.

McBride Big Country Snowmobile Club is credited with the building and continuing maintenance of the two cabins – one on Lucille Mtn and one up the Renshaw -great for warming up, having lunch or just taking a break!
McBride Community Forest has built a new cabin on Bell Mountain.

Cross Country and Heli Skiing areas are off limits to sledders. Please stay in the designated sledding areas.

Remember, as hikers use our trails in the summer it is the responsibility of all sledders to respect the environment and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Please pack out any garbage and leave the mountains as you found them – beautiful!

ALWAYS BE PREPARED

Even if you are planning a short day out, you should always be prepared to fend for yourself. The mountains aresubject to sudden weather changes – fog, heavy snow, extreme temperature changes – or you could become separated from your group. These ‘rules’ apply to backcountry travel at any time of the year.

    • Make a Travel Plan. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

    • NEVER travel alone. If you injure yourself while alone, your chances of survival are reduced.

    • Carry a map and compass. A GPS is helpful – know how to operate it.

    • Carry a beacon and probe and know how to use them.

    • Prepare as though you plan to spend a night or two out.

    • Pack energy bars or similar emergency food – make sure it is fresh.

    • Carry spare clothing, especially gloves, socks, touque.

    • Carry a space blanket – it can act as a windbreak to keep you warmer.

    • Carry fire starter (solid BBQ starter works well, or homemade blocks of paraffin poured over dry sawdust in a muffin tin).

    • Carry matches in a dry container with a bit of waxed paper. Wooden matches are a must. If you don’t have a waterproof match container, use a 35mm film cannister.

    • Carry a good first-aid kit, a flashlight (make sure batteries are charged – LED type are longer lasting), a light stick and signaling devices (flares, a whistle, a mirror, a sheet of red plastic to lay on snow as a ground sheet or use to signal to aircraft).

    • Always carry spare gas, a spare drive belt, spark plugs (be sure they are working) and an extra piece of starter rope.

    • Carry a length of strong tow rope.

    • Carry a hatchet and/or sturdy knife.

    • Know how to build a snow or tree shelter. It’s a basic skill which could save your life!

    • If it becomes obvious that you will have to spend a night out, gather fuel for a fire early in the day – don’t wait until dark. Build a shelter near your snowmobile, as it is the source of things you can use to stay alive. It will also serve as a windbreak when there is nothing else.