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Monashee Mountains in British Columbia, Canada – About 30km southwest of Revelstoke and 30km south of Highway 1. The only access is from Cherryville, BC on Highway 6, between Vernon and Nakusp.
A visit to Monashee Powder will usually entail skiing both open bowls and steep tree runs. Powder skis make skiing deep snow much easier for any skier; however, you should be capable of skiing black diamond runs. We reserve the right to restrict unskilled skiers from participating, but we will try to help guests improve so they can join the group on the easier runs. No refunds will be available for these guests if they can’t handle the terrain.
We have a shuttle bus that will pick you up at the Kelowna International Airport at 11:45am on the day prior to your ski dates, and it will return you to the airport on the last day of your trip by 7:10 pm. The cost is $65.00 per person plus tax for the return trip; please contact us ahead of time as reservations are required. Look for the bus with the snowflakes on it!
If you are not flying in, you will need to be at the River Ridge Golf Course in Cherryville on the afternoon before your trip. The bus will stop here briefly to pick up guests and will be leaving for the trailhead by 2:00 pm.
Guests must be strong intermediate skiers capable of dealing with deep powder snow in the backcountry.
A visit to Monashee Powder will usually entail skiing both open bowls and steep tree runs. Powder skis make skiing deep snow much easier for any skier; however, you should be comfortable skiing black diamond runs. We reserve the right to restrict unskilled skiers from participating, but we will try to help guests improve so they can join the group on the easier runs. No refunds will be available for these guests if they can’t handle the terrain.
We normally ski 10 - 14 runs per day. On the first day of your ski holiday you will likely ski approximately 12,000 vertical feet due to the morning beacon search. On subsequent days you will ski between 15,000 and 18,000 vertical feet.
No, we do have some exciting runs, but most runs are not extreme. We ski a variety of slopes during the day, the steepness that we ski is dictated by the group’s ability and by the avalanche hazards. During times of high avalanche danger, we will ski runs that are of lower angles and supported by trees. With our large terrain, we’ve always been able to have a great day of skiing without risking the chance of a slide from a slope above.
Yes, if there is room guests can combine trips. Our longest visitor stayed for 11 days! Luckily he was very strong and very young! By checking our availability schedule, guests can put trips together to make 5, 6 or 7 day trips beyond the usual 3-day long weekend or 4-day mid-week trips. This is a remote lodge, so guests who want to depart in the middle of a 4-day trip will have to have a vehicle with 4-wheel drive at our trailhead. The logistics can be worked out with Tom & Carolyn.
We welcome everyone to come and enjoy our powder. Snowboarders and telemark skiers need to be experienced in all backcountry conditions including treed terrain. Our guides do their best to accommodate all of our guests. However, there may be times when traversing and uphill climbing is necessary.
Monashee Powder Lodge is located in the Monashee Mountain Range, which is a very snowy location. We receive an average of 60ft of snow per year. In December and January the daytime temperatures are -5° to -15° Celsius; in February and March you can expect 0° to -10° Celsius. Prior to mid-February a cold front can lower the temperature to -20° or -30° Celsius for a few days. Please be prepared for all mountain weather conditions. Over 90% of the time you will encounter good or excellent snow and weather conditions. Our policy is to ski and try to have fun no matter what the conditions. Please accept the fact that we cannot control the weather, and that no refunds or rain checks are given for bad weather. (Bad weather means a rain storm which often changes to snow as the temperatures drop. It’s quite amazing how the snow “recovers” from the rain as the snow isn’t packed by groomers.)
All of our guests are asked to complete and return the registration form. Our chefs can accommodate any special dietary requirements and food allergies but we must receive your form before you arrive. Please email or mail the completed form to us prior to your arrival. Forms that are sent by fax may not be picked up in time during the season, so email is recommended.
Please do not bring beer since it is heavy and often breaks on the trip up (usually on someone else’s luggage!). A corkage fee of $10 per bottle is charged for wine. Monashee Powder’s bar stocks a selection of liquor, beer and fine B.C. wines.
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Our wake-up call is at 7 am which includes coffee served in the Guest Chalet. Breakfast is at 7:30, and guests make their own lunch from the sumptuous lunch buffet with a large variety of meats, cheeses, home-made bread, salads, fruit and treats. Then we head out to ski at 8:30 am. While riding on the cat, guests snack or eat lunch as they please, with water bottles provided. Guests arrive back at the lodge about 4:30 pm, to enjoy appetizers, drinks, the two hot tubs, a game of pool, view they day's photos on the flat-screen TV and share a few stories with new friends before dinner at 6:30 pm. There is also the option of a therapeutic massage from our registered massage therapists before or after dinner.