Canadian Wilderness Adventures Whistler Snowmobile Tours

What to Bring With You When Snowmobiling in the Backcountry

Backcountry Snowmobiling in Whistler

Any experienced or professional snowmobiler will tell you that when you are in the backcountry, your safety and survival teeters on two things; your raw instincts and the backpack. While you can’t do much about the former, you can control how good or complete the latter is. If you are wondering how this is possible, well, here’s a quick primer on what to bring with you when snowmobiling in the backcountry.

1. A First Aid Kit

This one is almost obvious. As long as you are heading out to the wild, whether for a simple hike or serious snowmobiling, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t leave your first-aid kit behind. After all, anything can happen out there, and the last thing you would want is to be injured in the middle of nowhere without the necessary supplies to dress even a simple wound.

That being said, your first aid kit should contain at the very minimum; a couple of antiseptic wipes, band aids, compress dressings, gauze, splints, triangular bandages, latex gloves etcetera. And that’s not all. Remember to have all of this (the kit) in a water resistant bag.

Whistler Backcountry beacon shovel probe


2.  Avalanche equipment

Always make sure to check the avalanche forecasts before heading out into the backcountry.  Make sure to carry avalanche safety gear, and ensure you have the knowledge and skills to use it.  A transceiver, probe and shovel are the most important pieces of equipment to have. Transceivers (beacons) help a rescuer quickly find a buried victim. Once you have used your beacon to narrow in on a buried person use you probe to pinpoint their location. Probes can also be used for checking snowpack depth and testing crevasse bridges. After locating the buried victim use your shovel to dig them up. Sometimes digging through avalanche debris can feel like digging through rocks so the shovel needs to be strong.  If you go on any of Canadian Wilderness Adventure’s advanced snowmobile tours you will be supplied with avalanche safety gear, as well as receive a tutorial on how to use this equipment properly.

3. Snowmobiling Tools

On a snowmobiling expedition, you will want to have the right tools for the job. This includes; screwdrivers, zip ties, wrenches, a shock pump, screwdrivers, a spare break lever and, of course, not forgetting hose clamps.

4. Your Ultimate Snowmobiling Survival Kit

Sometimes the unexpected will happen. Well, not just sometimes, but most often than not. If by any chance it happens, you will have to spend a night or two in the backcountry. For most campers and survival enthusiasts, this is usually their ultimate test of preparedness.

Don’t be the person who ends up shivering the whole night by themselves as they frantically call for help. Sway the odds to your favor by having a bunch of extra warm clothes in your backpack, water-resistant matches, flint, a bottle of clean water, headlamp, compass, sharp knife, flare, whistle, bivvy sack and high energy food, such as granola bars or jerky. Once again, all these should be in a water resistant bag.

5. Two Way Radios

Well, your iPhone will be pretty much useless out there in the backcountry where there is little to no signal coverage at all. If you find yourself stranded deep in the trees or under an escarpment and can’t see your mates, then the walkie-talkie will be more useful than your smart phone. If you can’t get your hands on these, then invest in a satellite phone and strap it securely inside your backpack.

About the Author

Jack Neely is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler. He’s been in several life or death situations, and he’s making an effort to spread his knowledge around the web to help others survive these situations as well. He’s also on the content team at The Tactical Guru.

Whistler Electric Snowmobile Tour

The movement towards Electric Snowmobiles

The electric snowmobile is not something that is going to be available tomorrow, but it is coming and Canadian Wilderness Adventures is committed to help lead the charge. In December 2008 Canadian previewed and tested a prototype electric snowmobile that was assembled by the McGill University Electric Snowmobile Team, with roughly $24,000 in research funding from Canadian and a donated snowmobile chassis.

This weekend Canadian got to test the first production electric snowmobile designed by Taiga Motors.  This electric snowmobile has zero emissions, is odorless, silent as a whisper (we couldn’t even believe it was turned on), and the only thing the electric snowmobile disturbed was the snow it was gliding on.

Samuel Bruneau, Paul Achard, and Gabriel Bernatchez started Taiga Motors in the fall of 2015 after graduating from McGill University. The project originated from a mashup of technologies that they had developed when they were building electric racecars and snowmobiles as part of their student project.  They have overcome many technical challenges to get the design to where it is today, some of which include designing an electric propulsion system that can operate smoothly in harsh environments while still remaining lightweight enough to compete with traditional snowmobiles as well as convincing investors that three recent engineer graduates have what it takes to build a company that competes with the big guys, such as Ski-Doo, Polaris, Yamaha, and Arctic Cat to name a few.

The snowmobile is currently in the first phase of development and the sled we got to test was the prototype. The next step of the project is to customize the design and build 10 units from the ground up that will be distributed to Taiga Motor’s testing partners across Canada next winter.

So how does it actually work you may ask. Well…. From the riders perspective the snowmobile works very similarly to a regular one, just with better handling, less noise and no emissions. On the technology side, it is comparable to electric cars, but there is more of an emphasis on keeping everything lightweight. The only drawback for some if the restricted range, but as battery technology keeps improving, Taiga Motors is able to offer an even greater range than combustion sleds. For now though you just plug it into your standard outlet or connect to a standard electric car charger and wait 50 minutes and then you can travel up to 100 km.

When asked what the future of this project will be Taiga Motors said “The Ultimate goal is to give any snowmobile rider the option for an affordable high performance electric snowmobiles with a minimal environmental impact.”

All photos by Calling Mountain Productions.  

Whistler mountain snowmobile

10 Commandments for The Mountain Snowmobiler:

Whistler mountain snowmobile

Canadian Wilderness Adventures knows what it is like to get stoked on heading out and up on what looks to be like an epic day…bluebird, lots of fresh pow…but please remember to always play it safe.  Canadian Avalanche Centre has these 10 Commandments to always keep in mind.

Know the current avalanche forecast

Have a plan for your trip & choose terrain based on the avalanche forecast

Have a Plan B for simpler terrain if avalanche conditions are at all questionable or have changed rapidly

Ensure that everyone in your group has a properly working avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe on
their person and knows how to use it

Only allow one person on a slope at a time

If crossing an avalanche path expose only one person at a time

Watch or gather in safe area, never in avalanche run out zones or terrain traps

Always pay attention to snow conditions and the terrain above you as you move through areas

Gather frequently in safe areas, and discuss your route observations

If you others in unsafe situations, speak up

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Whistler snowmobile tour at night

Night Snowmobiling – 25 years of Whistler’s best night activity


Whistler snowmobile tour at night

For 25 years Canadian has been offering Whistler’s best night adventure, night snowmobiling up Blackcomb Mountain. After the mountain activities stop for the day Canadian offers exclusive access to the mountain by your own snowmobile. The night sky come to life each night, equally enchanting on the clear nights or the storm nights, there is nothing else like it.  The village lights glow below as you climb to the Crystal Hut.  From up here under the night sky, you can get the most epic view possible of Whistler.  As you climb wide switchback trails the bright headlights shine on the snow, glistening magically.  The ultimate night adventure for couples as you have a cozy romantic ride on your own snowmobile under the beautiful night sky of Whistler.  To learn more about each tour: The Night Rider, Blackcomb Mountain Safari, or Crystal Hut Fondue dining tour by snowmobile or snowcat… have a look at our night tours.

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Whistler Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobile to breakfast at our private backcountry cabin


Canadian Wilderness Adventures Whistler Snowmobile Tours

The snow is here and it’s the perfect time to book a Canadian Yukon Breakfast snowmobile tour up to our private log cabin in the beautiful Callaghan Valley. Cooked on an old fashioned wood stove, this skillet style mountain feast includes Canadian back bacon, Yukon gold potatoes, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, and bell peppers along with pancakes and real maple syrup. After you have had your fill, rip it up on the frozen lake, or head off into the alpine before you descend back to reality.

Departs: 8:00am

Duration: 4 hours

Cost: $209 single  $169 per person sharing

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Whistler Fondue Dinner

Fondue Tour wins Canadian Signature Experience award

Canadian Signature Experience logo for Whistler fondue tour

This exclusive dining experience is recognized by The Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience (CSE) – a stamp of quality recognized by the international tourism marketplace.

Journey to the quaint and charming Crystal Hut perched atop Blackcomb Mountain at 6000ft by snowmobile or snowcat. The night sky glows with the reflection of lights on snow. Upon arrival our Chef will treat you to a locally inspired cheese and broth
fondue dinner, accompanied by wine and followed by fresh baked pie from the wood fired oven. Step outside to enjoy a rich array of alpine colours and panoramic views of the surrounding Coast Mountain Range from the deck of the rustic CANADIAN style logcabin, or simply relax and enjoy our live entertainment.

Enjoy a fun fondue dinner in Whistler at night