Elkford Snowmobile Association
Elkford is snowmobile friendly allowing riders to access the trail system right from their hotel provided each machine carries on-road insurance and a valid license plate. Area riders value this unique privilege and very much understand how easily it could be lost.
Trails and Riding Areas
Family trails generally run up the Elk Valley which stretches more than 60km north from town to the Alberta border. We groom these trails when we can but the last few years the roads have been ploughed due to pine-beetle timber harvesting. When roads are ploughed riders can still access the valley via the power-line trail on the east side of the river.
By far the most popular riding areas are the meadows and alpine bowls at Koko Claims which is up Crossing Creek, just a few km west of the staging area. Elkford Snowmobile Club Volunteers groom the 20 km of main trunk trail weekly.
The “Claims” main trail is also the gateway to infinite family riding on unploughed forest service roads in the Bull River valley to the west. The only limitation to how far you can go on those trails is how early you get up in the morning and the amount of fuel you can carry.
The bowls at Mear Lake and Smith Basin in the Koko Claims area are accessible by intermediate riders. The trails into Tundra and The Gorge are for advanced riders with bigger machines. The amazing valley that is Wayne’s World can be accessed by advanced riders in late winter.
Avalanche activity in the alpine is high so riders are advised to check current conditions, but the valley itself is quite safe.
The Elkford Snowmobile club is a member of the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation ( BCSF )
Starting with the pitch-in / clean-up in the spring club members work throughout the year clearing trails and staging areas. The clubs work with Forest Lands and Natural Resources (FLNR), Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC), and local government, landowners and RCMP, to address noise, safety, and wildlife concerns. The groomed trail is signed to show the highly active avalanche areas. The Club has provided a beacon check station along the beginning of the trail to allow riders to test that their beacons are transmitting. Elkford Snowmobile Association advises all riders to have probes, shovels, and beacons with them. Avalanche conditions are updated regularly on the Avalanche Canada Website. We encourage all riders to check this website at the beginning of each day they go out riding.
At the top of Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail, in the meadow, the club has provided a warm-up Cabin and Outhouse for all riders to use.
The snowmobile club owns a cabin located 35 km north of town. The cabin sleeps 12 and is available to members and guests; member bookings are coordinated through the cabin boss.
The ESA meets once a month with each meeting’s date and time being determined at the previous meeting. Usually, we meet at the Elkford Community Centre in a meeting room.
The ESA Club hosts an Annual Family Poker Ride, complete with a free hot dog lunch. We try to also participate in as many community events as we can each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How many miles of groomed trails are there to ride?
A. Up to 100 km of groomed trails depending on the season snowpack and local logging activity.
Q. When is the sledding season?
A. Could be as early as mid-November thru to late May / June depending on the snowpack in the season.
Q. How much snowfall does Elkford receive?
A. 10 – 16 feet depending on the season and snowfall.
Q. What makes Elkford a great destination for sledders?
A. In a word, undiscovered! Located at the end of the highway, unlimited wilderness, abundance of wildlife, groomed trails, lots of fresh snow, ride from town.
Snowmobile Trail Passes & Membership
A printed snowmobile trail map is available with the purchase of a Season’s Pass during the active snowmobile season. Day passes and season passes for the trail are available at The Fas Gas and Race Trac Gas Stations, as well some days at the Intersection of Trail 7 and Koko Claims or the Trail Head. Other area maps including hiking, camping, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing, etc are available at the Visitor’s Centre at the Elkford Community Centre.
Snowmobile trail passes support year-round trail maintenance, and our groomer operation and maintenance.
Prices $20 per day for day passes per machine, $60 per machine for a season trail pass
Season Trail Passes are included with membership – you can join our organization online at https://esa-bcsf.silkstart.com/join, or through Tonda Wilson, our Membership Team Lead. (Primary $136.50/year, Secondary $126.50/year, Child $68.25/year, Senior $89.25/year, non-riding member $47.25/year (no trail pass)).
Warning: Weather and terrain in the Elk Valley’s backcountry is severe and changes rapidly. Many popular trails are NOT maintained so proceed with caution. Always wear an avalanche transceiver. Winter logging operations may occur at any time on the designated snowmobile routes. Please check the Canadian Avalanche Association Web site for current avalanche bulletins. The current weather for Sparwood / Elkford is available on the Environment Canada web site.
Please note that the Elk and Bull River Valleys have many areas with high wildlife values and many routes have restrictions to motorized recreation (see map). Do not ride here with loud aftermarket pipes. If you encounter moose, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, or bears please slow down or stop. When encountering persons afoot, on cross country skis, or on snowshoes then please be respectful and slow down and consider riding another area for the day. If you encounter persons on horseback, immediately stop your engine and wave them through.
For more information on safety, the environment, or issues related to snowmobiling please visit BC Snowmobile Federation.
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Rhonda Down President 403-331-1914
Elkford Snowmobile Association
PO Box 41
Board of Directors
|President||Rhonda Down||(403) 331-1914|
|Vice President||Dave McArthur||(250) 425-5461|
|Secretary||Tonda Wilson||(250) 433-7024|
|Treasurer||Sandy Lafontaine||(250) 425-5598|
|Social Media and Public Relations||Matt Down||(250) 332-1914|
|Property Management Team Lead||Louis Bourgeois||(250) 425-5598|
|Safety and Trails, Groomer Team Lead||
|Membership and Trail Pass Team Lead||Tonda Wilson||(250) 433=7024|