Off-road vehicle registration

Off-road vehicle registration available Monday, Nov. 17


VICTORIA – Safe and responsible use of B.C.’s backcountry gets a boost on Monday, Nov. 17, with the upcoming launch of the registration system for off-road vehicles, as well as increases to safe access for highway crossings for recreational off road vehicles.

To provide plenty of notice and allow for a smooth transition, the new registration system is currently voluntary for operation on Crown land, but will become mandatory on June 1, 2015. The combined cost of the number plate and registration fee is $48.

Effective Nov. 17, off-road vehicle owners can obtain a one-time registration for off-road vehicles that is integrated within the pre-existing structure of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) motor vehicle registry. This will reduce implementation costs and allows off road vehicle owners to register at any of the 900-plus ICBC insurance brokers in the province.

These changes, made possible by the passage of the Off-Road Vehicle Act on March 24, 2014, support the Province’s Off Road Vehicle Management Framework. The framework will help British Columbians get out and enjoy the beauty of the province’s backcountry and ensure off-road vehicles, including snowmobiles, are driven in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

In addition, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act regulations, effective Nov. 17 will allow off-road vehicle operators greater access to highways, including the ability to:

  • Cross a highway without having to obtain an operation permit if the crossing is controlled by a stop sign or traffic light.
  • Cross a highway where local police authorize through an operation permit.
  • Load or unload in a parking lot without an operation permit.
  • Obtain an operation permit with an extended term of up to two years.

To date, the Off-Road Vehicle Management Framework has been implemented in stages. Future regulations will follow that will flesh out ORV rules of operation, safety standards, penalties and conditions of use for a wide range of modern ORVs, including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or “quads”, dirt bikes and side-by-sides (e.g., Rhinos and Argos).

For more info check out the government website.

ABCSnow Feb/Mar Newsletter


The Feb/Mar edition of the ABCSnow Newsletter Sledtracks is available online.



Special Public Avalanche Warning



The CAC has issued a Special Public Avalanche Warning for Most of BC’s Mountainous Regions

 You can view the SPAW here


Canadian Avalanche Centre warns of

significant potential for large,

destructive avalanches in forecast regions


Feb 20, 2014, Revelstoke, BC: The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for recreational backcountry users in all of the CAC’s forecast regions, except the North Shore Mountains and the Yukon. This warning is in effect immediately and extends to the end of the day on Wednesday, February 26.


The problem is a result of the extended dry period of late January and early February, explains Karl Klassen, Manager of the CAC’s Public Avalanche Warning Service. “That long drought left the surface of the snowpack in very bad shape,” says Klassen. “Now the new snow is sitting on one of the worst weak layers we’ve seen in a few years. That weakness is currently anywhere between one and two metres deep so when it’s triggered, the resulting avalanches are very large.”


The problem layer is widespread and with a weather forecast calling for clearing skies, the CAC is urging recreational backcountry users to be very conservative in their terrain choices. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand for powder after that dry spell but this weak layer is going to be a problem for the foreseeable future,” says Klassen. “Staying safe will require patience and discipline as long as this layer is in play.” The weak layer will likely persist after this warning expires and recreationists are urged to stay cautious in avalanche terrain.


Everyone in a backcountry party needs to carry an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel and be well-practiced with their rescue skills. The CAC strongly recommends that backcountry users take an Avalanche Skills Training course, and check the avalanche bulletin regularly to keep informed of conditions in their area.


More detailed information is also available on the CAC blogs and forecasts at


For more information

Mary Clayton, CAC Communications Director

Office: 250.837.2141 (228)

Mobile: 250.837.1492

Large Race Course

There is a large race course set up on South Green Lake near Access 4 (in front of 391)

It is marked, but be careful when riding at night.

Special Public Avalanche Warning

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Most BC Avalanche Regions

Recreational backcountry users urged to exercise extra caution this coming weekend

January 16, 2014, Revelstoke, BC: The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for most regions of British Columbia including the Northwest Inland, South Coast Inland, Sea to Sky, North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, Lizard Range, and South Rockies. This warning applies to recreational backcountry users and is in effect from Friday, January 17 to Monday, January 20.

Road Crossing Permits

The road crossing permits are available from Peter McKie. They will be available at the General Meeting on January 13. If you require the crossing permit before the meeting, give Peter a call.

Some info from the government website about road crossing permits:


RCMP issued permit requirement:

The Motor Vehicle Act Regulations states that no person shall drive or operate a snow vehicle or snowmobile on a highway in unorganized areas of the Province unless he is the holder of a permit issued by a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stationed nearest to the place where such operation will take place.

Therefore, to operate a snowmobile on a trail within highway right of way the operator must obtain a permit. The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the snowmobile has been registered, licensed and has proper insurance. The permit also makes sure that the operator of the snowmobile has a valid driver’s license.


Safe and Happy Sledding!

South Side Ice Thickness

The South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department drilled the lake last Saturday, December 21 and would like to report the following conditions of ice on the south side of the lake:

Access 2 – 10”

Access 7 – 9”

Access 11 – 8”

Access 14 – 7”

All tests where done at 150’ from shore
SGLVFD Fire Chief
Peter McKie

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