Snowmobiling was one of the things I was really excited about doing since I moved to Whistler and boy, it didn’t disappoint. I had a chance to try snowmobiling in Bulgaria once before, but was too wimpy to drive myself so I just got a ride along. This time I was not going to wimp out!
A guided snowmobile tour with Extremely Canadian in Whistler takes you to the Callaghan backcountry, which has spectacular scenery, and after a couple of weeks of heavy snow, there was plenty around. After a safety briefing we got on the snowmobiles and headed down the track. I couldn’t quite get the hang of it and within the first few corners this happened…
This wasn’t a problem for the tour guide though, (apparently it happens a lot!) who got out his tools and got a few of the guys in our group to pull it out and we were good to go again. I took it nice and steady for a while but then went the opposite way to the group, so I tried reversing and the snowmobile fell over. The tour guide had to come back and rescue me again…. I did try to lift the snowmobile back up, but they were heavier than I thought!
A little bit further up the trail, we ended up at the frozen lake. We all did laps of the lake and could really put our foot down without getting in each others way. That was so much fun. We even went down a big drop at the side of the lake. It looked fine from a distance but when we got to the top of it, I realized how steep it was. I just had to go forward and let the snowmobile go down… amazing! We carried on further up and the views were amazing. I was concentrating so much that I hadn’t noticed how high up we had gone. We stopped to take photos and jump off the snowmobiles into waist deep snow…
On the way back down I finally got the hang of the driving and started to go pretty fast. The trail had just been groomed so it was nice and smooth, I think I hit about 85 kilometres (52 miles) an hour on the way down.
Snowmobiling was an amazing experience that I’d recommend to anyone. On some of the tours you can get a fondue dinner at a cabin at the top, if I do it again I’d definitely do that one!
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