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Guide to Snowmobiling in Pemberton

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Here in Pemberton, we’re always looking for ways to enjoy the local mountains. Whether we’re on skis, a split board, a mountain bike, or our own two feet, our mission is to have as much fun as possible while playing outside. But one of our very favourite ways to enjoy ...

Here in Pemberton, we’re always looking for ways to enjoy the local mountains.

Whether we’re on skis, a split board, a mountain bike, or our own two feet, our mission is to have as much fun as possible while playing outside.

But one of our very favourite ways to enjoy the mountain air and, of course, the epic powder, is sitting atop a snowmobile.

Sledding is perhaps one of Pemberton’s worst kept secrets, as evidenced by the impressive machines sitting in local truck beds or parked in driveways around town. Our community loves snowmobiling because it takes us deep into the backcountry in a short amount of time. It allows us to escape the crowds and to access pristine terrain – and it’s a heck of a rush, too.

Whether you’re looking to try snowmobiling for the first time or you’re eager to take your skills to the next level, there are several awesome resources available right here in our own backyard. Here’s what you need to get going, from where to sled, who to sled with, how to improve your skills, and where to get the gear.

How to Find the Best Locations

We are lucky enough to be surrounded – literally — by some of the world’s best snowmobiling terrain, and the possibilities for exploring are just about endless. Broken Boundaries Adventures has assembled a great summary of some of the best riding areas in the Sea to Sky area, which includes several local favourites. Sled Pemberton also offers some good maps to help you plan your next adventure. Whether you’re sticking to the Pemberton backcountry or are exploring the rest of the Sea to Sky, you’re sure to find some excellent adventures.

pemberton sled

Photo credit: Peter Lalor

How to Assemble a Killer Crew

Meet fellow local sledders and support those who make it safe and fun for you to ride by joining thePemberton Valley Snowmobile Club. Member perks include savings on insurance and safety courses, access to VIP deals for sled-related expeditions and purposes, and, of course, legal access to some of the best riding zones in British Columbia. Becoming a member is a great way to stay informed about local conditions, and it’s a great way to meet other sledding enthusiasts.

snowmobiling pemberton

Photo credit: Peter Lalor

How to Acquire Top Notch Skills

Whether you’ve never sat on a snowmobile in your life or you’ve been at it for a few seasons, there is always room to improve upon your technique, safety skills, and avalanche awareness. Luckily, there are a ton of local providers that offer lessons and training, no matter what it is that you want to work on.

A few options include She Shreds, an adventure company run by legendary local Julie Ann Chapman offering courses and clinics geared specifically towards women, and Snow Ride Adventures, which offers boots camps for experienced riders, technical riding clinics, and avalanche safety clinics. Even the best of the best snowmobilers are continually adding to their knowledge repertoire, so educate yourself!

sled pemberton

Photo credit: Peter Lalor

Where to Pick Up Quality Gear

Most local outfitters offer rentals for everything you’ll need to enjoy some time out in the backcountry.Valley Chainsaw is the local shop to hit up if you want to invest in your own sled – and trust us, after a few trips out into the mountains, this will become your new goal. Valley Chainsaw also sells boots, helmets, gloves, eyewear, and the rest of your snowmobiling kit. Now you’re ready to have the adventure of a lifetime!