Crowsnest South Snowmobiling
The 17th most popular snowmobile trail in Alberta.
Tuesday 19 July 2016 06:14 GMT
Southwest of Calgary, the Crowsnest Pass trail system has 200 km of well-groomed, partially signed snowmobile trails. This is one of the most popular and scenic sledding areas in Alberta.
The snowmobiling trails are located south and north of the town of Coleman. The trails roll over hills past dramatic, craggy snow-capped peaks. With elevations ranging from 5,000 up to 7,500 feet, the average snowfall of 25 feet offers up plenty of play areas in the steep bowls off the main trail systems, including Lynx Creek Basin (Blairmore Staging Area), Westcastle, Lost Creek Basin (Carbondale Staging Area), York Creek Basin (Blairmore Staging Area), and Window Mountain Basin (Atlas Staging Area).
The 200km of groomed trails are maintained by the Crow Snow Riders snowmobile club. In addition, there are 1,200km of marked trails in the region, too. The Crow Snow Riders club also maintains two day-use cabins for warming up. There is one in the south section at the entrance to Lost Creek (20 miles south of Blairmore), and there is one in the north section about 12.5 miles up the Atlas area on Smith Creek.
The trails are typically discussed as either A) north of Highway 3 leading north through the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve to Cataract Creek Snowmobile Staging Area, or B) south of Highway 3 leading south to Waterton Lakes National Park.
Overall, Crowsnest South is the 17th most popular snowmobile trail of all 47 snowmobiling rides in Alberta. Several of the better snowmobile trails are nearby Crowsnest South including Crowsnest North and Castle Special Management Area.