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Snowcat skiing and boarding tours from a lodge in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia


Experience some of the best powder skiing and boarding in North America on these snowcat skiing adventures in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia. Blessed by phenomenal average annual snowfalls of about 60 feet, BC's Monashee Mountains offer even the highly accomplished skier a wide variety of snow-blanketed terrain. The reliable and versatile snowcats take you to some of North America's most challenging cat skiing slopes. 

The Monashee Mountains are known for copious amounts of deep, light powder covering 17,000 acres (66 km2) of exceptional terrain. Guests will enjoy an untouched winter wonderland with no line-ups, no towers and no gondolas; just 24 people enjoying the best that guided backcountry skiing has to offer.

From Garnet Ridge in the north, to Mimulus Lake in the south, guests have the type of variety usually reserved for heli-skiers, and it's anything but boring! The guides and staff find it exciting to get out and ski or ride every day. There are open bowls, hidden chutes, mellow lines for some and the steeps for others. The open tree skiing is exciting and our guiding staff can help you find the easier lines on the run if you are new to skiing in the trees. However, for anyone who is nervous – you don't ski the trees, you ski the spaces – once you think and ski like that, it changes your skiing and you’ll be whooping along with the rest of the group.

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TRIP DETAILS
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ACCOMMODATIONS
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DATES & PRICING
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TRIP TYPE
Snowcat Skiing
SEASON

December to early April

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
24
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your lead guides have ACMG guiding qualifications, and they pay close attention to all aspects of safety. There are 2-3 guides for every group of 12.

RESTRICTIONS

Skiers 14-18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will be required to ski 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. 

Maximum of 12 skiers per group and 24 skiers per holiday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Powder skis and equipment. Rentals available.

Skiing 15,000 to 18,000 vertical feet per day (10 to 14 runs varying in length from 1,000 to 4,000 vertical feet)

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end near the town of Cherryville, BC, east of Vernon. 1 1/4 hours from the Kelowna airport. Transfer from the River Ridge Golf Course in Cherryville, BC to the trailhead the day before your first ski day is included. Shuttle service to and from Kelowna airport can be added to your package.

WEATHER

Winter temperatures will average from 5 to -20 degrees Celsius.  The Monashee Mountains are blessed by phenomenal average annual snowfalls of about 60 feet.

REGION
Okanagan Thompson British Columbia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Snowcats and equipment for transporation to the lodge.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Ski suit, pants, snowboots, hat, gloves, warm fleece or wool underclothes, long underwear, bathing suit.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The lodge is centrally located in the ski terrain, which allows for a 10 to 15 minute cat ride to your first tracks of the day. Compared to a town-based ski holiday, this means that you get more time on the mountain, more time relaxing and more laughs with your new friends.

The Main Lodge is inviting with an open dining room, wine bar and separate lounge area upstairs. Downstairs is complete with the full service Treewell Bar, pool table, flat-screen TV, comfortable couches and breathtaking 360° vistas of the Monashee Mountains. In the Main Lodge they provide Wi-Fi satellite internet so you can tell your friends and family about the great ski day you just enjoyed.

The Guest Chalet, completed in November 2010, is a 3-storey (6000 sq ft) lodge that sleeps all 24 guests in 16 bedrooms. Each room has its own en-suite and thermostat to control the in-floor heating. Your hosts have added a larger drying room with an air-circulated boot rack plus an area for your clothing. A larger hot tub is now located on the Chalet deck and we kept the original hot tub so there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the mountain views and alpenglow.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

The on-site chef will provide delicious meals served family-style in the lodge and created with fresh ingredients and organic meats.

Enjoy three meals a day freshly prepared by the excellent chefs. The baker sets out a lovely lunch buffet every morning so you can choose from a great variety of fresh foods and home-made breads. You have complimentary hors d'oeuvres after your long day of skiing, which can be enjoyed at our full service bar, on the couch beside a soothing fire, or even in our relaxing hot tubs with friends. 

The chef features British Columbia wines from the Okanagan Valley chosen by the wine representative. The wine selection varies in price and taste, the bartender or staff members will be happy to advise on their favourites. They do charge a corkage fee for wine brought into the lodge by guests.

Available December - early April with Flexible Durations
$1000.00 / per person per day - CAD
High season from mid January to mid March. 2, 3 and 4 day packages available. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
If you cancel prior to Nov 15: Your deposit will be refunded if/when we fill the spot with another person at the full price, and you will be subject to a $50.00 administration fee per seat. If we sell the cancelled seat at a reduced standby rate later in the season, then you will be refunded only the amount by which total monies (yours and the other person) received exceeds the regular price of the seat, minus the $50.00 administration fee per seat.If the seat cannot be filled, then you forfeit the deposit paid prior to the date of the cancellation. If you cancel after November 15: All monies paid will be refunded if and when we fill the spot with another person at the full price, subject to an administration fee of 5% of the cost of the seat. If we sell the cancelled seat at a reduced standby rate later, you will be refunded the amount paid by this last-minute guest, less the administration fee of 5% of the cost of the seat. If the seat cannot be filled, you forfeit all monies paid.
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