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Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours invites you to ride the deep powder snow of Revelstoke BC. Known for its massive annual snowfall of 16 to 20 meters (50-70 feet), the Revelstoke Mountains guarantee great snowmobile tours between November and May.
2013 marks our 19th year of Revelstoke snowmobile tours and we’re proud to be one of Canada’s best. When riding with us, you can count on our deluxe lodge facilities, great services, the best Skidoo mountain snowmobiles and exciting trips in the best powder snow of North America.
Trail & Mountain Information
Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours is the only operator licensed to seven of the best riding areas in Revelstoke. With pleasant temperatures of 0 to -10 degr C (32-15 deg. F), a large network of groomed trails and fantastic alpine terrain, there is great snowmobiling for everyone. And our Revelstoke accommodation Glacier House Resort is right in the middle of it with direct snowmobile access to the 3 most popular areas: Boulder Mt, Turtle and Frisby Ridge.
Most riding is done between 5500 to 7500 feet elevation
- Akolkolex & Mt McCrae: 18 kms south of Revelstoke. Great family area with 100 K of smooth non groomed trails and challenging alpine on Mt McCrae. Some avalanche risk.
- Boulder Mt : 2 Kms west of Revelstoke. 50 Kms of trails and over 150 sq kms of alpine bowls and meadows. New day-use club cabin. Famous climbs on Super Bowl, Turbo Hill and Sugar Bowl.
- Frisby Ridge: Most scenic riding area with meadows, bowls, hill climbs and a sensational 5 km ridge ride. 144 sq kms of alpine and 60 kms of trails. Please respect caribou closures. Private Great Canadian cabin and day-use club cabin.
- Eagle Pass: access via Turtle Mt or Sicamous: large area with several lakes, powder hill climbs and lots of fun tree riding.
- Mt. Hall/Coursier Lake: 40 Kms south of R. Over 150 kms of smooth non groomed trails and table top alpine area.
- Keystone /Standard Basin: large riding area 65 kms north of Revelstoke. Higher avalanche risk and rough 26 km trail to large alpine riding area. Day use cabin.
- Sale Mountain: smaller riding area 15 kms north of Revelstoke. Good early season riding, 20 km trail to small alpine. Please observe heli-ski and caribou closures.
- Turtle Mt: access from Boulder- Kirk-up trail. Non-groomed trail and steep mountain access. Large powder riding area with large variety of terrain. Recommended for experienced riders. Avalanche risk.
- Wap & Mable Lake: 18 Kms west from R. 150 Kms of non groomed trails with old cabins and lots of moose. Access to 3 alpine areas: Griffin, Begbie and Monashees. Great for family rides.
Grooming & Trailpass Information
The Revelstoke snowmobile trails on Boulder Mountain (including access to Turtle Mt) and Frisby Ridge are groomed by the Snowmobile Revelstoke Society on a regular basis 4 to 5 times per week, depending on conditions. A trail access fee of $ 20 is charged per snowmobile or skier/boarder.
Please note trail passes are included in all our tours and multiday rental packages.
The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and Revelstoke Snowmobile Society maintain cabins on Frisby Ridge (13 kms up the trail), Boulder (20 kms) and Keystone (middle of the alpine). They are warm-up shelters for day use only. Please respect the cabins and burn firewood only as you need it. Assist the club in keeping the cabins clean, pack out your own garbage and please clear snow off the steps and entrances when you are the first visitor of the day.
Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours also has a private cabin under crown tenure on Frisby Ridge. 'Glacier Station' is locked at all times and for private use only. Contact us if you need access to it for emergencies or event purposes.
Avalanche Conditions, Courses and Clinics
Avalanche risk on Boulder and Frisby Ridge is in general moderate due to the volume of riders compacting snow. However we recommend for all riders to the Revelstoke area to inform themselves of the current avalanche conditions for specific riding areas. Conditions may vary greatly in each area and some areas are more avalanche prone, due to the aspect, snow, local weather conditions and levels of remoteness. All avalanche gear can be rented at Glacier House Resort
Check Avalanche conditions
Any backcountry rider should have the following equipment and know how to use it:
- Up to date avalanche beacon with charged batteries
- Avalanche probe
- Non plastic avalanche shovel
- Spare food, spare clothes, communication & navigation equipment
Never ride alone and while riding do frequent terrain assessments for avalanche conditions. Keep a keen eye out for terrain traps, signs of past avalanches like flagging of trees or bare slopes, run-out zones and know when to turn around and find safer terrain.
On request we can present your riding group with an avalanche safety clinic or refresher. Intended to provide you with safety information, as well as current conditions, these clinics are great for our visiting sledders. A refresher on how to travel safely in avalanche terrain and the safe use of safety equipment, the clinics to not replace avalanche courses, but intend to make you more aware of traveling in avalanche terrain and put those at home at ease. Contact us at 1-877-837-9594 for information on clinics.
Snowmobile services at Glacier House Hotel & Resort
Glacier House Hotel & Resort is the only Revelstoke Resort offering Direct Snowmobile Mountain Access. That's right ! Park your sled next to your cabin or at the lodge and ride directly to the highest peaks around. A heated workshop, ample and secure parking, on-site fuel, snowmobile tours, rentals, guide service are all offered at the resort.
On Site Services
- Snowmobile Rentals: Our sister company Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours offers the best Skidoo rental snowmobiles in Revelstoke at the best prices. Our 2012 600 and 800 cc Skidoo mountain models, are state of the art and right on site, ready to ride, with no trailering needed. Check out multi-day all-inclusive rental packages for great savings.
- Snowmobile Tours: Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours runs their trip right from Glacier House. Great snowmobile trips in Revelstoke range from easy 2 or 3.5 hour introductory rides, to night rides or all-inclusive 2 to 5 day snowmobile tours in the high alpine of Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge.
- Snowmobile Shop: 92 octane fuel, 2-stroke oil, belts and more to keep you going.
- Quality riding gear from Scott, HMK, Motorfist. CKX Helmets, Scott Gloves, Baffin boots, Scott goggles and more.
- Workshops with lift, welder, and some parts in stock to assist you with breakdowns .
Our Main lodge offers:
- Gift Shop: Our gift shop features a variety of souvenirs, shirts, hats , drinks, cuddly teddy bears, snacks, Canadian souvenirs and more. In the winter we carry a full range of snowmobile oils, octane booster, sunglasses, hats, riding gear like helmets, boots etc. in our snowmobile shop too.
- On site Dry room. Located on the second floor this special room lets you dry your winter gear. The heat comes on automatically in the evening and dries all your gear overnight.
Legendary for it's alpine backcountry access, Revelstoke offers a mountain biking experience that changes with the seasons. From it's location on banks of the mighty Columbia River, Revelstoke has two entire mountain ranges to use for a playground. Spring and early summer offer the trails of the Inland Rainforest with tacky dirt, big trees, and an otherworldly sea of green.
As the summer heat pushes the snow back to the summits, the trails of Revelstoke climb upward to an entirely different type of riding, and the high mountain jewels of the area are revealed. Alpine adventure abounds in both the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges, whether you are looking for shuttle accessed downhill riding, a cross country tour, or just pedaling to see what's on the other side of that mountain.
Revelstoke is home to some of the best recreation opportunities in the world. Hiking, biking, climbing, paragliding, and water sports complement a variety of museums, art galleries, shops, and services. After a long day in the saddle, enjoy great eats at one of the many restaurants in town, and choose a comfortable place to stay in our variety of accommodation options.
Bring your bike to Revelstoke and you won't believe the places two wheels will take you.
Frisby Ridge alpine Trail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSstKjUXd-A
Perhaps the most accessible alpine mountain bike trail in BC, the new Frisby Ridge Trail offers a perfect introduction to the high elevation adventure Revelstoke has to offer. Starting at an elevation of 1330m, this trail climbs gently but steadily for 12km before descending to a sub-alpine lake. The views along Frisby Ridge are nothing short of spectacular and there are many opportunities to stop for pictures and a rest. Once you've turned yourself around the descent back to the parking lot is a fast and flowy piece of heaven. Remember, uphill riders have the right of way so use caution when approaching the many blind corners. It is important to note that there is no water between the trailhead and the lake so riders should prepare accordingly.
Access: From Revelstoke head west on Highway #1, at the Highway #23 junction (traffic lights here), turn right (north) onto Westside Road. Drive for about 8km to a point where it turns into an odd 4 way junction leading off onto gravel logging roads. To this point, don’t be fooled by the Frisby Ridge Snowmobile signs, some point the right way, some don’t! Turn left on the Frisby Ridge Road (signed as such), and there is also a tall cedar post with a small blue sign indicating “Rec Trail” with an arrow and bike symbol. All subsequent junctions are signed similarly, and will lead you 9km up the gravel road to the parking area (trailhead kiosk here). The access is 2 wheel drive accessible, but we recommend a vehicle with some clearance. Cycling from town to the trailhead adds about 2 hours and 800m of climbing.
Distance Information: 12.9km one way
Elevation Information: 1330m (parking lot) to 2030m (high point)
Rating: intermediate XC
This great downhill trail, accessed from the same logging road as the new Frisby Ridge XC trail, is one of the classic DH trails in the area. With great cliffside views of the Jordan River below (careful) and steep terrain that will have you shaking out your arms more than a few times on the descent, this trail offers up a downhill experience that will have you returning lap after lap trying to memorize each curve, berm or steep roll. Some fall maintenance and a few well placed reroutes, an improvement in flow, sightlines and drainage will make the experience on this trail even better for the upcoming season. Connect this trail after riding the new Frisby Ridge XC trail to make en epic ride that will give you mix of every kind of riding you may be looking for. A minimum of an all-mountain bike is advised for this trail.
Elevation Information: 1100m to 600m
Rating: expert DH
Access:From Revelstoke go west on Highway #1, at the Highway #23 junction, turn right (north) onto Westside Road. Drive for about 8km to a point where it turns into an odd 4 way junction leading off onto gravel logging roads. To this point, don’t be fooled by the Frisby Ridge Snowmobile signs, some point the right way, some don’t! Turn left on the Frisby Ridge Road (signed as such), there is also a tall cedar post with a small blue sign indicating “Rec Trail” with an arrow and bike symbol. All subsequent junctions are signed similarly, and will lead you up the gravel road. At 6.2km, there is a small amount of parking, the trail entrance can be found a short way down the road to the left. The access is 2 wheel drive accessible, but we recommend a vehicle with some clearance.
The trail system on Mt. Macpherson is a growing and evolving entity. With new trails being built every year and a 15 year history etched in the dirt, these trails showcase the time and energy the Revelstoke Cycling Association has poured into the local riding community. Featuring over 40km of single track trails built in a variety of styles, you'll find a ride to suit any mood. Looking for a fast and flowing roll? Check out Hemlock Groove and Yew R Here. Think the old school technical lines suit you better? Try Root Canal or test yourself on Tantrum. For those looking to chase gravity, TNT or Berm Donor are a sure bet. But remember, you are just a likely to find someone climbing these trails as descending. So familiarize yourself with the local code of conduct conveniently posted on the trailhead kiosks.
Distance Information: Approximately 40km of XC trails
Elevation Information: Approximately 500m – 900m
Rating: Approximately 20% easy, 60% intermediate, and 20% difficult XC
Access – To get to the lower parking area head west from Revelstoke on Highway #1, turn left (south) onto Hwy #23, at 4.5km turn right (west) onto the Griffith Creek FSR (there is a small sign). 300m up the road there is a kiosk, creek, and small car park, but no outhouse. To reach the upper parking area, drive 6.5km south on Highway #23 from Highway #1. The car park is located on the west side of the road, where the nordic lodge is located. There is an outhouse at this location.
The Keystone Standard Basin trail sets the standard for epic alpine rides. Only 2km of technical climbing from the parking lot and you burst into the alpine, with kilometers of buff singletrack snaking across the basin before you. The month of August sees these meadows blazing with wildflowers while every day of the year you will be surrounded snow covered peaks and distant glaciers. After several kilometers of fast singletrack and a superb climb through numerous avalanche paths you'll be treated to an eye watering descent to a sub-alpine lake. Here beside the lake is a cabin and this is were most folks will rest up before tackling the trail in reverse.
Distance Information: 11km to the cabin
Elevation Information: 1800m to 2200m
Rating: expert XC
Access: Turn off Highway #1 and drive 50kms north of Revelstoke on Highway #23N. Turn right (east) on the Keystone FSR. Drive a further 15km’s of dirt road to reach the trail head almost at tree line (road junctions are signed). The road is rough in spots but can be driven with a high clearance 2wd. This road is subject to logging traffic, a VHF radio is recommended.
Golf in Revelstoke
Revelstoke, a Classic Golf Experience... Combine the Revelstoke Golf Course with a stay at Revelstoke's Glacier House Hotel & Resort and you have a winning golf package. The scenic Revelstoke golf course was created in 1924 and is surrounded by the glaciated peaks of the Columbia mountains. The par 72, 6537 Championship course offers all golf amenities including a clubhouse/ restaurant, golf shop, rentals and golf pro. More info on the Revelstoke Golf Club.
Relax at night in the comforts of Glacier House deluxe fireplace rooms or log cabins, enjoy dinner in the bistro restaurant or on the patio and go for a soak in the hot tub or indoor pool.
ATV & Moto sports More info coming soon.
10 Great Rides Motorcycle map Now available.
Pick up at Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce or Glacier House Resort.
This map offers 5 great rides on pavement in the Revelstoke area, as well as 5 great off Road enduro rides for all you KTM , BMW and other off-roaders.
Revelstoke hiking at its best! Alpine or trail hiking, Revelstoke offers some of the most spectacular scenery and lots of peace and quiet.
This is no Jasper or Lake Louise, where you are sharing the trails with hundreds of wannebee hikers and city slickers. It's the real thing.
Free Hiking around Glacier House Hotel & Resort
A variety of self-guided trails start right at Glacier House and lead to look-outs, a sensational waterfall or the high alpine of Frisby Ridge .
Guests can obtain a map at the front desk of the lodge.
1. Glacier Hike - easy 1 km
A short 1 km hike leads around the proerty. Stop at the pond in the early morning or evening and watch the beavers.
2. Look Out trail. - strenous 1.5 km
A short powerful hike up the bluffs to the south is rewarded with great views of the city and the Columbia Valley
3. Moses Creek Waterfall - moderate 4 km 1-1.5 hr.
A relatively easy hike takes you down through the forests in 25-40 minutes to the gorgeous Moses Falls that tumble down in a narrow forested canyon. Best time is June and early July for massive water in the falls and in September when the Moses Creek Spawning Channel is visited by thousands of Kokanee and Dolly Varden, who come here to lay their eggs. A more strenuous 45-60 minute trail up-hill brings you back to the lodge. Good hiking shoes recommended
4. Frisby Ridge - Moderate 5-6 kms 1.5-2 hrs.
Follow the forest roads up the mountain for 1.5 kms and loop back via the north. Nice views of the Revelstoke Dam and valley on your way back down.
Guided Hikes from Glacier House Resort
Visit the alpine of Frisby Ridge and have lunch at our private cabin 'Glacier Station at 6200 ft. Guided hikes and helicopter assisted hiking onto Frisby Ridge are available on request. Put your group together and come out for a week of hiking in late august when the wildflowers are blooming. Kootenay House with its multiple bedrooms and outdoor hot tub offers ideal accommodations for hiking parties of 8 or more.
Call 1-877-837-9594 or E-mail us with your hiking wishes.
Other Favorite Hikes around Revelstoke
- Hiking in Mt. revelstoke Nat. Park. Spectacular hiking starts across the valley with easy trails leading to alpine lakes.
- Climb Mt. Begbie: our highest peak in the valley can be climbed up to the glacier, or go to the top with a guide.
- Visit the alpine of the Keystone Basin and hike into an old cabin for grand views of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains .