Ski/Snowboard Boots – Don’t forget! If flying, we recommend packing these in your carry on. If your luggage is delayed, we can cobble together enough gear to make do until it arrives, but we can not outfit you with boots.
Clothing – A combination of warm breathable base/mid layers and wind/water proof shells work best for our moderate climate. This will allow you to adapt to different temps and levels of exertion. It can be cold and windy on the ridges, while the cat can be warm.
As there are no guest laundry facilities on site, pack several base layers to see you through the week.
Mountain weather can change in the blink of eye. If you find you don’t have the right gear, our retail shop stocks an excellent selection of base and outer layers ideally suited to our climate.
Skis and Boards – Our famous Kootenay “coldsmoke” can be challenging even with the most beloved “all mountain” ski or board. Unless you own skis/boards specifically designed for deep powder, do yourself a favour and leave them at home.
Our rental shop has over 50 pairs of new powder skis and a great selection of snowboards well suited to our conditions for only $35/day.
There is mounting evidence to suggest using AT boots with any downhill binding (even the Salomon Guardian MNC 16 AT/Downhill binding which we carry) can increase your risk of injury while skiing in the backcountry. We strongly encourage all our guests to use a traditional downhill boot/downhill binding combination. If you are hell bent on using your AT boots, you can rent a powder ski with compatible AT binding from ROAM in Nelson.
Electronics – Many guests enjoy using GoPros. Please be aware that chest mounted cameras can interfere with your transceiver signal and we recommend using a pole or helmet mount for your GoPro.
All electronics and metal interfere with your transceiver in varying degrees. We discourage carrying smart phones, heated gloves/vests, Bluetooth cameras, and even foil on cigarette, candy or lozenge packaging while on the mountain.
Helmets – While not mandatory, helmets are a proven way to protect against head injuries. We strongly recommend the use of helmets while skiing with us.
Airbags – There is no clear evidence that airbags increase avalanche survival in North America. There is some concern that airbags could even be a potential liability when skiing/riding in the trees. For this reason, we have not yet made the decision to supply airbags. For peace of mind, you are welcome to bring your own, or speak to the folks at ROAM in Nelson where you can rent them.
Around the lodge:
The atmosphere around the lodge is relaxed and casual. The lodge tends to be warm and most people are comfortable in jeans, a t-shirt or long sleeved cotton shirt. Go ahead and bust out the Hawaiian shirt if you like!
- Yoga/sweat pants for morning stretch class
- Bathing suit for sauna and hot tub