Canadians know how to embrace the cold. When the snow falls, everyone gets outside and celebrates winter. When Expedia asked us where we’d like to go for our next adventure we naturally said somewhere cold. We wanted to show the world that winter can be fun and there is no better place to celebrate winter than in Whistler, British Columbia. After a fresh snowfall in Whistler, tourists and locals alike hit the trails not only to ski and snowboard, but to snowmobile the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains.

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It had been a great snowfall the night before and now that it was the weekend, we were warned that the trails on Cougar Mountain were going to be busy today. Surprisingly we barely saw another soul.

The Snowmobile Tour

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The Chalet in the Forets

We had booked our snowmobiling trip with The Adventure Group (aka TAG) located in the heart of Whistler Village. A shuttle picked us up at a central location and whisked us out to the middle of the forest to begin an enchanting trip through snow covered evergreen trails. We arrived at the lodge just as giant snowflakes started to fall making the scene feel even more like a fairytale than it already was. The weather was balmy, the snow was accumulating quickly and we were excited to get on the sleds and enjoy the afternoon.

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The Snow is coming down hard in Whistler

The Snowmobiling Tours in Whistler offer trips for all abilities. Neither Dave nor I had been snowmobiling since we were teenagers, but we’ve had our fair share of motorized vehicle adventures in recent years. From driving quad bikes, to dune buggies and driving zodiacs in the Alaskan waters, we felt confident behind the wheel of a sled, so we signed up for an intermediate trip through the trails.

Snowmobiling Whistler

snowmobiling Whistler

Dave and Deb enjoying the winter fun

The intermediate ride was an excellent choice as there were some great climbs and super descents and we reached great speeds. This wasn’t your average trail ride puttering along at 10 km an hour, this was a thrill ride through the mountains man. We didn’t feel that we needed more from our snowmobiling adventure at all – Except for more time because we had so much fun!

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Going through the basics of snowmobiling

We started with a quick refresher course on how to start and stop the machines and within minutes we were on the trail. I loved the fact that the guide didn’t take it easy. We’ve been on a few ATV tours in recent years where we put putted along bored out of our minds. In Whistler though, the snowmobiling was fast and furious and we weren’t stopping unless someone got stuck.

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Dave getting into the swing of things snowmobiling

One time that someone happened to be me. I was at the front of our line of 4 following our guide and he went over a bit of an intimidating snowbank. He made sure to hit all the snow banks, hills and slopes that were in his way, so I followed suit. One was just a little too steep and a little too deep and I chickened out half way through. Oops.

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Deb Get’s Stuck in a Snowbank

If only I would have committed to going through, but instead I let go of the gas and got stuck. I had to flag down our guide for him to come back and push me out. I felt a little foolish, but at least I didn’t roll the thing. Dave naturally went over every obstacle with ease.

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Dave’s a natural on the snowmobile

The scenery was absolutely beautiful but because the snow was coming down so hard, we didn’t get the huge mountain vistas that one would normally see on this excursion. That’s alright by me though, I loved snowmobiling through the thick flakes. It felt like Christmas, only better!

To find out more about snowmobiling in Whistler visit the Adventure Group. Prices start at $129.00 per person

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11 Comments

  1. Salika Jay

    Funny as it may sound, since I’ve been living in a tropical island for a while now, away from Calgary, sometimes I miss the snow. Snowmobiling sounds thrilling and something I’d like to try.

  2. Jeremy Branham

    The only time I’ve gone snowmobiling was 13 years ago at Lake Tahoe. It was a lot of fun. However, I was a little tentative about it too. They were a lot of fun and the scenery was beautiful. Maybe it’s time I try it again and let loose a little this time :)

    1. debndave Post author

      Definitely! I think that you’d totally be a wildcat on it. If you’re anything like the way you ride a mechanical bull ;-) I felt the same way, I thought I was going to be tentative, but I ended up letting her rip. Following the guide gave me the confidence to go for it.

  3. Nicole @ Suitcase Stories

    Ive never gone snowmobling but oh my god, its on the list now! This looks amazing and so much fun!

    We have however been to Whistler and LOVED it! It was only a day trip while staying in Vancouver so we’ve promised ourselves to go back and spend more time in this beautiful area. I think when we go back, we will definitely have to give this a go!!

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Nicole, glad you made it out to Whistler, even if only for a day. It’s beautiful isn’t it. Snowmobiling is so much fun, I’d love to do a hut to hut snowmobile trip next year.

  4. Iain Mallory

    That looks like so much fun and a bit different from my last experience of snowmobiling with record low temperatures in Finland, I’ll tell you all about it over a beer one day.

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