New Denver, a quiet town of 750 people, is the closest town south of our departure point. Nakusp is the closest town north. They have all the necessary services (accommodation, restaurants, fuel, simple groceries). New Denver is 1 hour driving time north from Nelson or Castlegar on Highway 6. If you are coming from the Trans-Canada Highway, Nakusp is 2 hours driving time south from Revelstoke, on Highway 6. The Shelter Bay Ferry is 45 minutes from Revelstoke, and leaves every hour, on the hour, 6 am to 11 p.m.
PRE TRIP NIGHT
Most skiers spend their pre-trip night in New Denver. There are several accommodation possibilities: Dome Quixote, Smiling Hills are our local suggestions, but a complete list can be viewed here for New Denver area, and here for Nakusp.
MEETING THE SNOWCAT AT 1030AM SUNDAY
Your ski week begins at 11AM at the snowcat staging area in Hills. To get there drive 13 km north of New Denver or approx. 30km south of Nakusp on Highway 6. At the south end of Hills, turn onto Bonanza Road (left if coming from New Denver, right if coming from Nakusp) and go 1 km to the bridge. The Shannon Creek Forestry Road goes off to the right just after the bridge, and this is where the snowcat will be waiting. We then sign waivers, load your gear onto the snowcat and depart on the journey to the lodge. We depart from the lodge at 9:00AM on Sunday at the end of your ski week, arriving back at the vehicles by 10:30 AM.