Marmot Falls

Snowmobile in the Kootenays

As with ziplining, any snowmobile adventure tends to be as special as the location in which you do it. Toby Creek’s Paradise Ridge and Basin is about as special as it gets. Named after the rodents chittering in the trees around you, the winter spectacle of Marmot Falls is the result of ice forming at the top and bottom of the waterfall, eventually meeting in the middle to expand outwards. It’s the highlight of a memorable and must-do excursion for those exploring the Powder Highway.

Cost:  From $120 upwards, depending on the tour you choose.  Click here for the latest pricing.

Best time to go:  Operates in winter when the snow is on the ground.  Typically November to March.

Where to Stay:  Stay at the Panorama Mountain Resort, and time your trip with a wonderful ski trip on the mountain.   All accommodation at the resort is booked directly through the mountain.

Where to Eat:  For pub grub, hit the T-Bar and Grill at Panorama.  For more discerning fare, Alto is an excellent choice.  There are several other options at the resort, including The Great Hall which has a canteen for quick and easy meals.

Official Site:  Toby Creek Adventures

Getting There:  Toby Creek is located 1.5 km east of Panorama Mountain Resort & 20 km west of Invermere, BC.   To Toby Creek Adventures from the Main Highway turn-off to Invermere: from Hwy 93/95 you will turn into Invermere at the Tim Horton’s intersection with the large Invermere sign. Continue down the winding hill overlooking lake Windermere, cross the bridge, and proceed up a small hill with a rail bridge. Turn right immediately after the rail bridge, and continue all the way to the Toby Creek Adventures head office, approximately 19 km and 20-25 minutes of driving time.

Note from Robin:
Eight alpine ski resorts lie along a circular route known as the Powder Highway, encompassing the mountain towns of Fernie, Rossland, Nelson, Golden, Revelstoke, Invermere and Kimberley.  That’s a lot of terrain to cover, and it’s great to break up any ski trip with other activities.  Snowmobiling is super easy to pick-up and you can go as fast or slow as your nerves allow.   While in the region, rent some skates and head to Lake Windermere in Invermere to go for an epic slide along the world’s longest ice-skating trail.

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