I write while listening to cabin shaking roofalanches which always means…Snow!
We have had a solid run the past few days and things are rapidly improving. SBR board will be in discussions this week regarding opening up for the season. Hopefully really soon!
As always we will do our best to keep the site updated as decisions are made.
Don’t forget to follow our Instagram and/or Facebook (#sledblueriverbc) accounts for updates, contests, and SBR gear!
Huge thank you to the team at Glacier Mountain Lodge. Each year they play a big part of our operations by both sponsoring the club but also functioning as a bit of a head office for us. Thank you so much!
Well, after a long wait we finally have Finn!
It will be opened February 3, 2023. This has been a tough one for us and we have done the best we can to with access. It has been graded for 2 months and will not be perfect till we get a bit more snow down low but WE HAVE ACCESS! Your patience with us is greatly appreciated.
Please check in the booth attendant as there is one more machine to come down so we want everyone to be safe.
What a great week. Snow, Cabin Fever and now Finn. Thank you all for your support. Have you seen our promo vid that Aaron Leyland did for us? Check it out!
We are sorry for the all the delays with Finn Creek. Sadly this is completely out of our hands. We are hoping for very early February and to be in full swing for the weekend of the Cabin Fever Dance!
We will update social media with news of the opening as soon as we are able.
We are hoping to have Finn back soon. We have been told they are working on the final hauling and machine removal over the next few days. With any luck mid next week we will in full operation with Finn Staging area.
We thank you all for your patience and support this season. Things are starting to turn around and we are getting into the winter groove.
Don’t forget the Cabin Fever Dance! February 4, 2023. If you can think of a better way to support you club just let us know! I promise you, you can’t!
We will be showing our new promo video from Aaron Leyland and some past season highlights. Once things heat up Dr. Love will get it rolling.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Click the Dance Promo below for all details.
We have had a few great days in Blue River! I quote: “one of my best days yet!” (just 3 days ago) from a long time Blue River resident. We have Coulees opened up and the other open zones have some fantastic riding. Unfortunately, there has been a delay for Finn Creek staging area. So many factors affect the the logging industry so it is very hard to predict. At this point we are hoping to gain access for Ground Hog and Salmon around January 20, 2023. We will update the website and announcing openings on instagram and facebook as things develop.
We have had a lot of questions about Foam. We will not have access to groom Foam this season. We are hopeful for next year if the pipeline work in the area is completed.
We thank everyone for their patience this season.
It is snowing in Blue River. Trails are coming together and we have started opening more zones! Coulees will be open January 10, 2023.
Thank you everyone for you support over the start of this season. For a small not for profit organization it is a challenge to keep things together at times and this is one of those times. We know you love it here in Blue River and we will continue to do our best to ensure safe, environmentally sustainable and fiscally responsible access to the best snow in the world!
We have finally seen the snow we need! The base is growing (150cm at 6200ft) and things are starting to look better. Our grooming team has been working hard and we have Red Sands groomed to the typical turn around.
Communication this season has been a challenge. The sled areas remain the most accurate information we can provide. We are hesitant to suggest concrete days when the logging will be finished as they are always subject to change and they can’t really give us set days. At this point nothing has really changed with respect to their end dates so do be careful if you are going to a zone that we have indicated has active logging.
We are already working hard with folks in the logging industry, government partners and the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation to improve the communication from industry to our organization with a goal of trying to avoid the current situation of having 3 separate companies in 3 different trail heads we operate. It is a hard situation and we can promise you we are doing our best.
At this point logging in Red Sands will be occurring all season. Logging in Coulees and at Finn should be done mid January. “Should” is the most accurate word we can offer at this point.
Thank you to everyone for your patience. This is a really hard situation for the club from an operation view point and from a fiscal view point. We appreciate any and all support to help us get through these challenging times.
We at SledBlueRiver are gearing up and looking to open our first booth Friday 16, 2022. As I am sure you all know this will be a bit of a limited opening. Our Red Sands staging area is cleared and ready to go. From there we can access White River and the Fingers. In addition we have worked with the logging crew on Red Sands to be open for Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s. Please be sure to check in with the booth attendant before heading up Red Sands to be sure you have the latest information. The logging is at ~ 4.7k up the Mud Lake FSR and despite our agreement with the logging crew extreme caution should be exercised. We can ride our machines from the parking lot.
While we are opening, it should be remembered that riding is still early season. Especially at lower elevations. Looks like snow in the forecast so this could change fast but for now do ride careful.
Due to the limited snow at low levels grooming remains a challenge so please be patient with us until those beautiful flakes start to fly. And they will. They always do.
Photo Below: White River Deep snow Dec 11, 2022
We have been keeping a close eye on the weather and the lower snow levels over the past week. At this point our grooming program has not started. We are aiming for Friday December 16th weather permitting. Certainly riders have been out and have been having fun. It is early season riding and I wouldn’t trust too many lumps and bumps. Unlike our friends at VARDA I doubt the bumps are unicorns or honey badgers but they still may not be too good for sled so ride easy. Its early. If you know Blue River you know the snow will come.