The Mount Macpherson trail head is seven kilometres south of Revelstoke on Highway 23, with an elevation of about 640 metres. There is a large trail map situated beside the trail fee collection hut and smaller maps posted at main trail junctions. In all, there are 26 kilometers of groomed trail. All trails are set for both classic and skating techniques. The best trails for skating are: Mickey Olson Loop, Easy Al’s, and Main Loop. Bathrooms are available at the day lodge, and an outhouse is behind the Ole Sandberg Cabin.
Dogs are permitted only on the dog specific loop: Roadway Ramble, Easy Al’s and BCIT
Connector – Short Hop, Ellie’s. The parking lot and stadium area is a mandatory on-leash area. Our complete Dog Policy can be viewed here, and the Dog Map can be viewed here.
Non-members are required to pay a day use fee. A yellow metal trail fee box accepts fees when the day lodge is not staffed. Family means a minimum of 3 persons, including one or two parents or legal guardians and their unmarried children. Youth means an individual older than 5 and less than 16 years of age. Children 5 years of age and younger can ski for free, but must still pay the $10 CCBC insurance fee. Membership information is available here.
Backcountry skiers en route to “The Fingers” via the Mountain Climb Trail are required to pay a $5 parking fee. This helps to offset costs associated with grooming and clearing the parking lot. Backcountry skiers are welcome to use the day lodge to get ready during opening hours. “The Fingers” is avalanche terrain and outside the club’s User Agreement area. Skiers will need backcountry travel knowledge and gear.
The Ole Sandberg cabin is 2.5 kilometres from the parking area, at the junction of Main Loop, Log Roller and Creek Crawl. It’s situated so that several different loops can be skied from its location. The cabin is heated with a wood stove and has a huge covered porch. An outhouse is located close by. First aid supplies and equipment (toboggan) are stored at the cabin as well. The cabin is not intended for overnight use.
For our complete Rescue Plan, please click here. You are responsible for your own safety when skiing the Macpherson trails. You can help yourself and others by carrying a cellular phone, and being able to describe where you are. Should a situation arise where you or someone else requires assistance, contact Revelstoke Search and Rescue. They can be reached through the RCMP by calling 911. Revelstoke Search and Rescue is a volunteer group that maintains a snowmobile with a toboggan, and have members trained in first aid. Call ahead to the hospital, 250-837-2131, to let them know you are coming.
While waiting for the snowmobile to arrive (this will take awhile), it is important to keep the victim warm. The club provides backpacks containing insulating pads, blankets, and first aid kits. These are kept at the Ole Sandberg Hut and at the trailhead booth in the parking area. The groomer also carries first aid materials.
People skiing to “The Fingers” should be knowledgeable about backcountry travel in avalanche terrain and have the necessary safety equipment. “The Fingers” is outside of the area included in the club’s User Agreement.
You can rent cross-country skis at these locations in Revelstoke. Availability is limited.
Flowt Bikes and Skis
709 Victoria Road
Skookum Cycle and Ski
118 Mackenzie Avenue