Winter

While the Chilcotin is not as well known for its winter recreation as it is for its summer, it is gaining a reputation for having
some of the best powder in British Columbia for both snowmobiling and heli-skiing.

Standing on top of Trumpeter Mountain.

On Top of Trumpeter Mountain


Snowmobiling.We are very fortunate in the West Chilcotin to be blessed with cold, sunny days and conditions perfect for the winter recreationist be that cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, or snowmobiling. This area is bordered on the west and southwest by the Coast Mountain Range. While inland of the mountains it can be arid or have low snowpacks, if you are near the mountains or in them, you'll have more snow than you know what to do with and most of the time, it's powder! That means it's premium snow for heli-skiing and perfect for snowmobiling. We all snowmobile locally on mountains and surrounding hills around Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake, but the main snowmobiling is in the Rainbow mountains with a large parking area for trailers at the entrance. It is a popular attraction for sledders from all over BC. Come check it out!

Cross country skiing in the Rainbow Mountains.Snowmobiling isn't the only fun we have in winter. Many resorts that are still open throughout the West Chilcotin can point you in the right direction if you would like to indulge in some cross country ski trails or snowshoeing and if there's a lake in the vicinity, chances are pretty good there's a skating rink as well. Tatla Lake has miles of groomed cross country ski trails and there are groomed trails across from the parking lot into the Rainbow Mountains. There are some trails to be found around Nimpo Lake, and snowshoeing? Well, you can do that pretty much anywhere you like, including on the lakes if you prefer to deal with less snow. Or just bring your fishing rod and go ice fishing! Many of the communities have winter festivals and events so check with your accommodations provider for the dates you will be visiting. Nimpo Lake has an annual New Years Eve party with food, music, lights, bonfires, blazing Swiss candles, skating, and an ice bar. It's all on the ice and it just can't be missed if you're here then. Or just pack your woolies and come out to the West Chilcotin to have fun. There are always cool things to do!

Lacing up for hockey on Nimpo Lake.

Lacing up for lake hockey

One of the many winter parties around a fire.

Campfires are a favorite at winter events and festivals, or just about anytime!

Investigating huge blocks of ice that have fallen onto a lake.

Investigating huge blocks of ice that fell off a mountain into the lake.

Snowmobile riders stand to look at the view.

Overlooking the view from atop Trumpeter Mountain bordering Tweedsmuir Park.