Snowmobiling in Athabasca County
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Athabasca is one of Alberta’s top sledding zones equipped with extensive trail networks and accessible staging areas. Snowmobilers can ride 300-kilometers of groomed trails in a couple of feet of snow. It might be less snow than the mountains, but there’s still an ample amount to enjoy the ride.
Free, hard copies of the trail maps are available at the following locations:
- Athabasca Outdoor Products
- Kal Tire
- Buy Low Foods
- Cheap Seats Sporting Goods
- Athabasca County Office.
Planning a Snowmobile Trip
Planning for your ride is always an important factor in making your trip a success. Whether you’re going for the afternoon, the day, or camping overnight, make sure you have everything you need.
Basic snowmobiling equipment and survival gear includes:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Tool kit
- Pocket knife
- First aid kit
- Radio or cell phone
- High energy food and drinks
- Tow rope
- Waterproof matches
- Extra key
- Axe and saw
- Reflective material
- Thermal blankets
- Spark drive belt and spark plugs.
Make sure you have a map and compass, extra mitts and socks, extra boot liners, flares, metal cup or pot, and extra fuel. Pack smart and check your gear each time before you head out, and file your plans with family and friends to let them know where you’re planning on going and when you will return.
Always remember to carry your sled registration and insurance documents.
For more information on snowmobiling safety tips, download a copy of the Athabasca River Runners Snowmobile Club map by clicking here.
Suggested Day Trips:
Spotted Horse Lake Loop
Beginning at #13 Staging Area on the trail map
One of the most popular trails is the Spotted Horse Lake Loop. It extends an existing trail from Spotted Horse Lake, back around to the original main trail. The trail is a scenic loop where riders can enjoy winter views at their best. There are also two warm-up cabins on that loop. The first, newer cabin, is one-kilometre off the main trail, nestled next to September Lake on the west side of the loop. The second shelter is located on the island at Spotted Horse Lake. Both stops are equipped with firepits.
Beginning at #16 Staging Area on the trail map
For a popular scenic route, take on the Bilsky Loop; named after the local club’s co-founder, Dave Bilsky. It is a 45-kilometer route that takes snowmobilers through river valleys, boreal forest and over rolling hills. The trail begins just outside of town limits, and has the option as a loop or connection into the main trail system for a longer excursion.