Winter in Wells
Check out this video on cross country skiing in Wells!
Check out this video on snowmobiling in Wells!
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Come and explore on your own or join us for one of the annual winter events:
- Cross country ski around the world at the Gourmet Ski
- Visit Barkerville during the Victorian Christmas or enjoy there new Shamrock Tube Run
- Get the best poker hand on the annual Snowmobile Poker Run
- Join at team at one of the various curling bonspiels
- See sled dog teams in action as part of the Sled Dog Mail Run
- Troll Resort has an impressive vertical at 527m (1729ft) and a longest run of 6km.
Winter is a magical time here in the Cariboo Mountains. It is not unusual for us to get over 20 feet of snowfall during a season. The Cornish Mountain Non-Motorized Trail Network includes 25 kilometers of groomed and ungroomed trails for all ability levels. The network travels through an interesting wetland where moose, ptarmigan and wintering swans are sometimes seen and then climbs the forested slopes of Cornish Mountain for fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Some of the trails are track-set in the winter. Track-setting is done on an as-needed basis by volunteers, and depending on recent weather conditions, track-set trails may be in less than perfect condition. Be sure to make your way up for the annual Wells Snowman Gourmet Ski Tour, a fantastic family-friendly event that involves skiing and eating in the local trail network.
With all that fluffy snow, the powder hounds take to the mountains. There are several popular areas for backcountry skiing, telemarking and snowboarding, including Mt. Agnes and Mt. Murray. The Cariboo Ski Touring Club operates huts in the Mt. Murray area, and both areas are easily accessible for day trips from Wells and Barkerville.
Snowmobile use is permitted on many trails in the area. By using the specially designated snowmobile corridor through the community snowmobilers can gas-up and reach their accommodation without having to load up their snowmobiles. Riding opportunities include hill climbing at Mt. Agnes, alpine riding at Bald Mountain or Yanks Peak and trail touring from Prince George, Likely or Quesnel. Our area is home to red-listed Mountain Caribou. Snowmobilers must familiarize themselves with Caribou Closure Areas and avoid these areas and any Caribou that you may encounter outside of these areas.
Trails are groomed on a regular basis and trail passes are available at local outlets in Wells as well as at a specially designed snowmobiler check-in near the entrance of Wells. For more information, including up to date snow conditions be sure to check out the Wells Snowmobile Club website. The Wells Snowmobile Club has more detailed information on snowmobile use and services in the area. Snowmobiling is a great way to get into the back country that would be difficult to access in any other way. Remember that many of the trails are shared use - please be courteous to other trail users such as skiers and snowshoers.
Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the Mt. Trail Network. Whether you are interested in sticking on the marked routes or venturing through a short cut, with all the snow that we get up here, put on a pair of snowshoes and you can go almost anywhere! Remember to leave a detailed itinerary with somebody if you are planning a backcountry adventure.
One of the most interesting winter time activities in the area is Dog Sledding. Take advantage of the miles of groomed trails to tour the winter backcountry in this enduring sport.Dog sledders from right across the world come to Wells to take part in the prestigious Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run, scheduled annually for the fourth weekend in January on a trail that starts in Quesnel and ends in Wells.