Sled Areas in Blue River, BC

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Sled Areas for Every Skill Level

With acres of alpine forests and meadows, the trails that wind through Blue River are enough to excite any snowmobiler. Surrounded by incredible mountains and wildlife, it’s no wonder this area is known as the “jewel of the Yellowhead.” The following areas are a great mix of terrain for all riders.

  • Green = Areas for every skill level
  • Blue = Areas for experienced riders
  • Black = Areas for expert riders prepared for back-country survival

Groundhog East

Simple – Challenging Terrain

  • 21 km’s of Groomed Trail to Access Riding Area
  • Everything can be found here from sub-alpine meadows, small rolling hills and spaced trees, to steeper more technical riding towards the south.
  • This area is surrounded by Mountain Caribou Habitat. Please respect Closure/Boundary signage and stay on the Groomed trails until in the riding area. If Caribou or Tracks are spotted leave the area of visual and report the sighting to info@sledblueriver.com.
  • More info on Mountain Caribou Closures here.

Groundhog West

Challenging – Complex Terrain

  • 26 km’s of Groomed Trail to Access Riding Area.
  • Challenging terrain will be found here with short steep steps crossed with ravines and covered by trees makes for a great day of technical lines.
  • This area is surrounded by Mountain Caribou Habitat. Please respect Closure/Boundary signage and stay on the Groomed trails until in the riding area. If Caribou or Tracks are spotted leave the area of visual and report the sighting to info@sledblueriver.com.
  • More info on Mountain Caribou Closures here.

Foam Creek

Simple – Challenging Terrain

  • 14 km’s of Groomed Trail to Access Riding Area, once sufficient snow allows for the construction of a snow bridge across Finn Creek (Mid-December) grooming will commence
  • Large rolling meadows and skate park like features, also featuring steeper tree sections, and large expanses of steep open terrain will be found in Foam Creek.
  • This area is surrounded by Mountain Caribou Habitat. Please respect Closure/Boundary signage and stay on the Groomed trails until in the riding area. If Caribou or Tracks are spotted leave the area of visual and report the sighting to info@sledblueriver.com.
  • More info on Mountain Caribou Closures here.

White River

Simple – Challenging Terrain

  • 18 km’s of groomed trail leading to this chain of cut-blocks overlooking the small town of Blue River, great for family and beginner riders with an elevation around 6000’.
Groundhog East

Sled Areas for Experienced Riders

You have to be very experienced to get into these areas. Most of these areas are single tracks and require some huge climbs and tight turns. You’re riding up high through the trees.

Salmon Lakes

Advanced – Expert riding with the most extreme and complex terrain in the Finn Creek Valley

  • 23 km’s of Groomed trail that wedges down to 5 km’s of extreme complex single lane trail leading through steep hill side faces covered with deep snow, large rocks , stumps, trees, ravines, ice, and creeks. Only 60% of riders attempting to access Salmon actually make it.
  • If you’re lucky enough to gain access you will be rewarded with complex tree and sub-alpine terrain and wishing you packed more fuel.

Redsands

Challenging – Complex Terrain

  • 13 km’s of Groomed Trail, then 2 km’s of single track trail through large trees to access riding area with High alpine with large steep slopes covered by  trees makes for a great day of technical lines

Coulee's

Challenging – Complex Terrain

  • 35 km’s of groomed trail, then 1 km’s of single track trail through small and large trees up a drainage to access the riding area of treed meadows and sub-alpine features overlooking Murtle Lake in the Wells Grey Provincial Park.
  • This area is surrounded by Mountain Caribou Habitat and Provincial Park. Please respect Closure/Boundary signage and stay on the Groomed trails until in the riding area. If Caribou or tracks are spotted, leave the area of visual and report the sighting to info@sledblueriver.com.

Holy Grail & Big Blue

Complex Terrain

  • Advanced – Expert riding with some of the most extreme and complex terrain in the North Blue Valley.
  • 27 km’s of Groomed trail that wedges down to 10 km’s of extreme complex single lane trail leading through steep hill side faces covered with deep snow, terrain traps, avalanche paths, large rocks , stumps, trees, ravines, ice, open rivers and creeks. Only 60% of riders attempting to access these areas succeed.
  • If you’re lucky enough to gain access you will be rewarded with challenging and complex high alpine terrain and wishing you packed more fuel.
  • Access recommended only during Low Avalanche Conditions and Sunny Days.

Paradise & Horseshoe

Complex Terrain

  • Advanced – Expert riding with some of the most extreme and complex terrain in the North Blue Valley along with Holy Grail and Big Blue.
  • 5 km’s of Groomed trail to the Horseshoe turn off up the North Blue Valley that wedges down to 10 km’s of extreme complex single lane trail leading through steep hill side faces covered with deep snow, terrain traps, avalanche paths, large rocks , stumps, trees, ravines, ice, and creeks. Only 30% of riders attempting to access these areas succeed.
  • 27 km’s of Groomed trail to the Paradise turn off up the North Blue Valley that wedges down to 2 km’s of extreme complex trail leading up an Avalanche runout zone, steep hill side faces covered with deep snow, terrain traps, avalanche paths, large rocks , stumps, trees, ravines, ice, and creeks.
  • Access recommended only during Low Avalanche Conditions and Sunny Days.
*- Parking and Staging areas

Parking and Staging areas

Groundhog Mountain, Foam Creek and Salmon Lakes visitors should use the Finn Creek Parking Lot [Google Map]. Head south from Blue River on Highway 5 approximately 22 km, then turn left onto Finn Creek Road, which is located on the south side of Messiter Summit at the chain-off area.

Parberry and North Blue Valley: Highway parking is not permitted. Use the Red Sands Parking Lot [Google Map] Head North from Blue River on Highway 5 approximately 2km, then turn Right at the big bear statue onto Red Sands Rd.