We look forward to hosting you at Monashee Powder Snowcats this winter.
Monashee Powder Snowcats is located on the western side of the Monashee Mountains, ensuring monstrous amounts of light powder snow. In fact, the record for the second highest snowpack ever recorded in Canada was set at a mountain located near our area.
During the summer of 2010, we built our 6,000 sq. ft. Guest Chalet, complete with ensuite plumbing, heated flooring, a new hot tub and a large drying room. The Guest Chalet was joined with the Main Lodge by a covered walk-way. The ground floor of the Main Lodge was also renovated to give us a recreation room with a bar, billiard table and lounge area. There is more room to enjoy our delicious gourmet meals in our expanded Dining Room. The Guest Chalet has fourteen double-occupancy rooms and two single rooms. Please ask if you need a single room because you are travelling alone, snore loudly or are a light sleeper. We’ll do our best to accommodate your request in the order of need as above.
We are anticipating another great ski season at Monashee Powder. We look forward to seeing our returning guests and meeting those of you who are coming to ski with us for the first time.
Arrival is the day before your ski dates.
Our shuttle bus picks up at the Kelowna airport at 12 noon Thursday and Sunday for $78.40 round trip and will only be there if a reservation has been made. There are different pick up days in December - please call for a bus reservation. If you are driving, our meeting spot is further along the road at the Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe on Hwy 6 at 1:45 pm.
It will take another 2 hours to get to the lodge from this meeting spot, using our bus and the snowcat for transportation. Departure is after skiing on the last day of your trip. Only flights after 8:00 pm can be booked as we will not be at the airport until 7:10 pm. (Flights to Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver are available via WestJet or Air Canada.)
US Customers: There are no Seattle flights available until the next morning, so you will have to stay in Kelowna overnight. The Four Points Marriott is located 2 blocks from the Kelowna airport; we can pick up and drop off there. We do have a corporate rate and will give you the code when you book your trip.
What you are required to send to us BEFORE your trip
Complete and send a registration form found on our website under Guest Info and email, mail or fax them back one month prior to your trip.
If you have organized a group please ensure that all of your group members have received this guest information booklet and registration form.
Rooms are assigned & food allergies noted according to these forms.
Staff and safety
For your safety, all of our lead guides are either UIAGM or ACMG certified. However, not all the risks of backcountry skiing can be completely eliminated. You are obliged to accept this fact by signing a Waiver, Release from Liability and Assumption of Risks upon your arrival for your ski holiday. A sample copy of this form has been included in this booklet, please read it carefully before you arrive.
Our returning guide staff knows our terrain and they are professionals committed to making sure you have a wonderful and safe backcountry lodge experience.
What level of ability is required? How many runs per day do we ski? What about snowboarding and telemark skiing? What is the weather like?
Visit our FAQ page
All guests should fly into Kelowna, BC, arriving by noon the day prior to your first day of skiing. Return flights out of Kelowna should not be booked earlier than 8:00 PM on the last day of your trip.
If you live in Canada or overseas you should fly to Kelowna via Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal. Contact the following Airlines: Air Canada 1-888-247-2262 or WestJet 1-888-937-8538.
If you are flying from Seattle contact: Horizon Air or Alaska Air 1-800-252-7522.
To ensure that your boots arrive with you, we recommend that you bring them as carry-on luggage, check with your airline first.
Our shuttle bus picks up at the Kelowna airport at 12 noon Thursday and Sunday for $78.40 round trip and will only be there if a reservation has been made. There are different pick up days in December - please call for a bus reservation. If you are driving, our meeting spot is further along the road at the Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe on Hwy 6 at 1:45pm. It will take another 2 hours to get to the lodge from this meeting spot, using our bus and the snowcat for transportation. Departure is after skiing on the last day of your trip. Only flights after 8:00 pm can be booked as we will not be at the airport until 7:10 pm. (Flights to Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver are available via WestJet or Air Canada.)
US Customers: There are no Seattle flights available until the next morning, so you will have to stay in Kelowna overnight.
Delayed guests should call the MPS Lodge at 1-604-629-9810, please note this is a VOIP phone and may have to be dialed more than once to get through. If you are running late contact the bus driver, Dave at 250-558-9699 or Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe at 250-547-9660 . Meet Dave the bus driver by the information kiosk, near the baggage carousel.
Clothing and Equipment To Bring
Casual clothes and slippers for the lodge
A small thermos for hot drinks on the cat (we supply water bottles)
Ski goggles, snow boots and normal ski clothes that are suitable for all conditions and temperatures
Ski Boots - we recommend that you take them on the airplane with you as carry-on luggage if you can
Powder skis if you own them, otherwise you can rent ours. Check out our new fleet of rental skis. We provide ski poles with fat baskets for guests who rent skis.
A bathing suit for the hot tub.
Wear your ski jacket, boots and gloves on the bus and snowcat when you arrive.
Bring any medications you regularly take, there isn't a drug store near-by!
Ski & Snowboard Rentals
For Skiers: Monashee Powder has a varied selection of powder skis. We carry a Armada JJ, Armada Tracer, Armada Bubba, Rossignol S7, & Prior Overlord skis. The cost to rent these skis is $35 per day. An early rise ski refers to a tip that is bent up but the tail remains the same. For powder skiers this means the ski tips float up out of the deep snow without the tendency to dive.
The new rocker or reverse camber ski can be as extreme as having a bent up tip and tail, similar to a u-shape. These skis are the fastest growing innovation in ski design, they are purpose-built for big lines and backcountry skiing. For more information about Rocker skis click here. For more information about camber skis through videos click here.
Poles are provided along with rental skis. Guests must bring their own ski boots. The majority of our guides and guests use the wider powder skis. For maximum enjoyment of your holiday we recommend that you also use them.
For Snowboarders: We have a selection of powder boards available for rent, from 156 to 166 cm in length for $35/day. There are bindings on the boards, but bring your own and an adaptor plate (or your own bindings) just in case your boots don't fit our bindings.
You must have a valid passport (check your expiry date). Any past criminal charges, including DUI, will prohibit you from crossing the border. There are no refunds if you are denied entry to Canada.
Shuttle Service by Van
If you prefer to use a van service because you are traveling other places, Discover Okanagan Tours has years of experience in transporting our guests from the Kelowna Airport to the Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe.
Discover Okanagan Tours – call toll free at 1-800-797-6335
Shuttle Service by Helicopter
You have the option of flying via A-Star helicopter (4 to 5 people) from Cherryville or Revelstoke to our lodge and re-turn at the end of your trip with Arrow Helicopters. However, in past years we achieved only a 50% rate of completed flights due to weather so we continue to transport by bus and snowcat. It snows a lot here, so that means great skiing but unreliable helicopter access.!For more information please call Arrow Helicopters directly at 1-250-837-6288.
Please do not book your return flight before 8:00 pm on your last day of skiing. If you are traveling to the US through Seattle you will have to book a flight out the following morning. Guests will not be transported from the lodge early to accommodate flight schedules. The following is a list of possibilities for overnight accommodation including the new Four Points by
Sheraton at the Kelowna Airport which offers our guests a corporate deal. Our airport shuttle can also pick up and drop off our guests at the Four Points.
The Four Points by Marriot, Kelowna Airport 1-855-900-5505 Four Points booking
Holiday Inn Express, Vernon! 1-877-660-8550 Holiday Inn Express Vernon
Prestige Inn, Vernon 1-877-737-8443 www.prestigeinn.com
Best Western, Kelowna 1-250-860-1212 www.bestwestern.com
Days Inn, Kelowna 1-250-868-3297 www.daysinnkelowna.com
Fly and Drive
Unless you are going to ski resorts along the way, we strongly discourage flying to Spokane, Vancouver or Calgary and then driving to Monashee Powder. Flying directly to Kelowna is the best route. Please be advised that the road between Calgary and Revelstoke is periodically closed for avalanche control work.
Silver Star Mountain Resort and Big White
Due to the potential for delays and cancellations in airline travel, guests should consider a day or two of resort skiing locally prior to driving to Monashee Powder. Silver Star is the most conveniently located local ski resort since it is only a one hour drive from the Kelowna Airport and 20 minutes from Vernon. For more information about a trip to Silver Star or Big White contact:
Silver Star: 1-800-663-4431 or www.skisilverstar.com Big White: 1-800-663-2772 or www.bigwhite.com
Traveling by Car from Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle or Spokane
Distances to Vernon (add 45 minutes to get to Cherryville)
Vancouver to Vernon 426 km, 264 miles 5 hours
Calgary to Vernon! 556 km, 346 miles 7 hours
Seattle to Vernon 538 km, 333 miles 6 1⁄2 hours
Spokane to Vernon 451 km, 280 miles 7 hours
Approximate Driving Times
Kelowna Airport to Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe: 1 1⁄4 hours
Vernon to Cherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe:! 45 minutes (53 km, 33 miles)
Emergency Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance
Please review your medical coverage prior to your trip. It is highly recommended that all guests purchase trip cancellation and emergency medical insurance. This protects you in case of an unexpected cancellation or if a medical emergency interrupts you vacation with us.
Please follow this link for a quote from our preferred provider Lifestyle Travel Insurance Brokers: Request a trip insurance quote
American Express trip cancellation insurance is also available at a reasonable cost.