What can a good dose of crazy + inexperience + adrenaline junkie = ?… A trip to Whistler in Canada and snowmobiling through the mountains of course!
So the few hour drive from Vancouver to Whistler started. As I had to arrive by 11am we didn’t stop to take photos, so I took many along the road as we carved through snow capped mountains.
So when I tell this story, I often get told I’m crazy, or at least I know they are thinking it. I have never ridden a snowmobile before, or jet-ski, motorbike or any other off road machines. However, I thought to myself, I have only one day to see Whistler… I cannot ski, and I cannot snowboard, and I really want to see the scenery. So I booked myself in to snowmobile, but! I skipped the beginners tour and went straight to the Intermediate, I’d see more that way, right?
It was the most dangerous thing I have done (although some would say escaping a charging rhino is pretty dangerous too – context I worked at zoo).
Snowmobile Tour Company Canada:
Canadian Wilderness Adventures (ph: 604.938.1616) took me on this tour and it’s not for the faint hearted, and there’s no backing out once you are out there. You need to be 16 + and have a drivers license, also being physically fit is recommended.
I HIGHLY recommend this experience, a fantastic team and with all gear, snowmobile, and 3 hour trip included. To snowmobile with Canadian Wilderness Tours it cost roughly $280 canadian dollars and it was well worth the experience. It was physically exhausting and you did feel like you had done 10 reps of 100 pull ups and push ups and ached for days after.
200cm of snow, wow! Talk about a full week of huge snow dumps and then becoming fine and sunny when I went out there. A high avalanche risk day it was perfect to carve huge snow waves with the machines. As we climbed higher to the summit there was more ice on the snow and it became quite treacherous when taking tight hard corners.
Before we even got up to that difficult point, I came off my machine when a small snow wall collapsed underneath me. The safety cord slipped straight off my hand instead of coming out of the machine, so I must have looked hilarious chasing down my snowmobile. The tour guide came straight over to check on me, I had pockets full of snow but that was about it!
On my Ski-Doo our first stop at a frozen lake before continuing up the mountains.
We stopped, almost at the top, this is the final frozen lake we tore up in our Ski-Doo machines. Note the size of those trees compared to the snowmobile. If you look at the snow you can see all the tracks we carved into the mountains with our Ski-Doo Snowmobiles! Good fun!
Also, despite having never ridden anything like it before, I was never the last in the pack, keeping up with the group and I was told I was a ‘natural’… maybe they didn’t see me fall off? haha. The down hill journey was the most epic, seeing the scenery in front of you rather then behind and being able to go much faster, it was fantastic. The machines can reach 100km but due to the conditions of the track we couldn’t go quite that fast. There are many amazing photography opportunities and I did keep my camera in my pocket.
We stopped at a few places on the way back to Vancouver, this was just one of the many stunning locations.