We meet in Nelson at 8am on Monday or Friday and 12 noon on Saturday at Kootenay Valley Helicopters (KVH 250-505-2150) down at the airport next to terminal building. KVH will conduct a helicopter safety briefing and sign waivers. One flight will depart from Nelson and the remaining flights from Hall Siding 15 minutes south of Nelson. A representative from KVH will lead a convoy in your vehicles to this location. Please assist by being on time and by understanding that poor visibility or high wind can delay departures at either end. Most of the time this might involve an hour or so delay however once or twice a year it can mean a delay of 24 hours, in this case we neither compensate the group in Nelson nor bill the group at the lodge.
Pre Trip Planning
You should check weather and avalanche information at http://www.avalanche.ca/forecasts/kootenay-boundary
Equipment List – avalanche gear ( transceiver, shovel, probe ), ski gear ( splitboard/skis, poles, skins, boots ), clothing ( base layer, fleece layer, outwear, down vest/jacket, hut clothing ( jeans/shirt, socks/slippers etc ), first aid kit/repair kit, headlamp, emergency shelter, water bottle, map/compass/gps, eye/sun protection and bed sheets. We have a small amount of rental equipment available including transceivers, shovels and probes. Please bring a towel for the sauna. Rental equipment also available at ROAM shop in Nelson. Weight limit for gear is 50lbs per person and add 50lbs per person for food for self-catered groups. Space is also at a premium in the helicopter so pack tightly and avoid bulky items. The helicopter can fly your avalanche airbag cannisters.
Large size laminated map at Lodge. Click here for hi-resolution digital file suitable for printing. Do you like Google Earth – this file is for you!
Communication – there is cell phone reception from most of the peaks and some ridges around the lodge. 911 is the emergency number. Inreach satellite text with custodian at the lodge.
Self Catered Trips – Bring all your own meals. There is a basic supply of standard spices and condiments including milk powder, coffee, salt/pepper, cinnamon etc. Be aware of Canadian border restrictions on bringing some fresh food items. There is a basic grocery store in Salmo and large grocery stores in Nelson. Please bring cans of beer rather than bottles, or preferably liquor as it’s quicker ( and lighter ).
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