Locals invited to sled Sterling Mountain

The Skeena-Valley Snowmobile Association is gearing up for their biggest event of the year, Snowarama, on Sunday Feb. 21.

Aaron Seaton and Will Orrey on the slopes of Sterling Mountain early this year

The Skeena-Valley Snowmobile Association is gearing up for their biggest event of the year, open to all snowmobilers on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Snowarama is an annual 15-kilometre ride for snowmobilers, who head up to the first cabin on Sterling Mountain where the club has a free barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs and smokies for all the riders.

“It’s a great community event,” said club secretary treasurer Gerry Comerford.

“It’s the biggest event of the year for our club… a family event,” he added.

“The big thing is to try and get not only you as a individual rider, but also your family members and friends to come out for the day. It’s just getting everybody out, get together and enjoy the social aspect once we’re up at the cabin with the barbecue.”

The event is open to anyone in the community with a snowmobile and raises money for the local Lions Club.

The trail will be freshly groomed, with open slopes for riders who want to hit fresh, un-groomed powder on the ride up.

“We would like to see somewhere between 75 and 100 people; that would be great!” Comerford said, adding that turnout is weather dependent. “We always hope for a nice day.”