This story is part of a feature that first appeared in print in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine’s December 2021 issue. Read the entire e-edition here:
Revelstoke’s winter clubs are pillars of the community. No matter how you choose to slip, slide or shred on the snow and ice, there’s a group of volunteers and enthusiasts ready to welcome you in.
For our Revelstoke Winter Clubs feature, we invited local winter sports activity clubs and club-like organizations to share an update on their activities, tell us about what they have planned this season, and let potential new members know how to get involved.
Here is what the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club had to tell us:
Q: What are the main activities of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club?
A: The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club holds a trail management agreement with the British Columbia Provincial Government to maintain 150 kilometres of trails, two staging areas, and emergency shelters on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge.
While incredible terrain and huge snowfalls make for amazing conditions, the club’s dedication to advocating for backcountry access, environmental conservation, and rider safety are their top priorities.
With Snowmobile tourism bringing in $31.2 million to Revelstoke annually, the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club plans to become the global leader in sustainable snowmobile tourism and continue showcasing Revelstoke as a world-class snowmobiling destination.
Q: What is new with Revelstoke Snowmobile Club over the past year
A: The off-season provides time for staff to complete critical maintenance and undergo planning for seasons to come. Here are some of the activities the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club has managed to complete in preparation for the 21/22 season:
Trail maintenance and brush removal on the Boulder Mountain trail, electricity added to the West Boulder ticket booth, electricity and Wi-Fi added to Boulder Mountain main ticket booth, hazardous trees cleared from around Frisby Ridge and Boulder Mountain cabins and painting the cabin interiors.
On top of maintenance, the club was in the position to add to the winter trail maintenance and operations equipment by adding a new trail groomer, side-by-side ATV for summer maintenance and winter parking assistance, and a Skid-Steer Bobcat for crucial equipment and grounds maintenance.
The summer period also provides time to continue progressive discussions with Recreation Sites and Trails British Columbia to ensure the club is operating in accordance with the agreement to respect the local mountain caribou and ensure operations are sustainable for the environment.
Q: What activities or events does Revelstoke Snowmobile Club have planned for the 2021-22 winter season?
A: Revelstoke Snowmobile Club will hold two events this season, and everyone is invited to attend.
The first is an Annual Club Day which combines the fun of sledding with important mountain education. There will be avalanche safety training, information about the tools you should carry in the backcountry and provide you with the best mountain knowledge from the most experienced locals. While this is happening, there will also be competitions, raffles, games, food, and drinks for you and your young sledders.
The second event gives attendees the opportunity to shine up those old sleds and bring them for a cruise up to the Boulder Cabin for the Vintage Ride Day. As well as a poker run on the way up, at the cabin there will be a freshly groomed trail, an oval track, and a drag strip in the meadows for those that want to test their sled’s horsepower.
The Annual Club Day will take place on Saturday, February 19, 2022, and the Vintage Ride Day on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Anyone with a passion for snowmobiling is encouraged to follow Revelstoke Snowmobile Club on social media as there are many contests and fun giveaways that happen throughout the season.
Q: How can potential new members get involved with your club?
A: Revelstoke Snowmobile Club is one of the oldest and largest snowmobile clubs in British Columbia that has been built by members for members.
Everyone is invited to join, as a member you are invited to attend monthly meetings to present fresh ideas, volunteer for activities and events, or participate in the strategic direction of the Club as a Director. New to snowmobiling and want to experience what Revelstoke has to offer before becoming a member? Not a problem.
All the information you need is in one place. From sled rentals to detailed information about Revelstoke’s riding areas, the website will be able to answer your questions. Visit sledrevelstoke.com and follow Revelstoke Snowmobile Club on Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and YouTube.