Winter Pre Trip Info

If you get no Joy from snow, you’ll have less joy in yer life
and the same amount of snow!

Our fantastic custodians will connect with the trip leader 1 week prior to your adventure. They will go over any last minute questions and arrange to meet you in Kaslo. They will meet you at the office and each member of the group will fill out the waiver/release agreement. If you have questions earlier contact to get connected with your custodian.

Kaslo Downtown Office: 312, 4th St. Kaslo, BC Office # 105 (Large brick building across from the Husky gas station).
Meeting time Sunday morning 7:30 am

Getting Here

Start your engines! Plan to arrive in Kaslo on the Saturday before your trip.

  • Nelson 1 hr
  • Castlegar 1.5 hrs
  • New Denver 1 hr
  • Vernon 3 hrs
  • Revelstoke 3.5 hrs (there is a ferry crossing on this route)
  • Spokane 4.5 hrs

Note: if you are flying back home from Spokane we recommend you book a flight for the Monday unless there is a “Red eye” on Sunday. You never know how long a border crossing can take !

MAP 82F/14 … 1:50,000 scale .
UTM = 489949E 5530191N
Carlyle Radio Frequencies = LAD 2  – 158.94

Where to Stay

Kaslo MotelDowntown Kaslo250-353-2431
Kane’s Landing5 min walk to Downtown Kaslo250-353-8582
Ainsworth Hot Springs15 min. south of Kaslo250-229-4212
Sentinel Resort 10 min. south of Kaslo250-353-2246
Kaslo HotelDowntown Kaslo250-353-7714
On the Cliff B and B5 min south of Kaslo250-353-7647
Reservations Recommend 

Kaslo Amenities

All shops are open Saturdays until 17:30 and are located on Front Street.

Groceries: Front Street Market, Cornucopia, Erics Meats.
Health food stores: Sunnyside Naturals.
BC Liquor Store.
Home Hardware for Misc. hardware supplies.
Restaurants: Blue Bell Bistro, Waypoint, Buddy’s Pizza
Micro Brewery:  Angry Hen brewing.

Allowable Gear Weight

Very Important: To ensure safe helicopter travel, flight weights are set at a maximum allowable.

Trip TypeWeight Allowance (including Skis/Boards)
Catered50 lbs. per person
Self- Catered80 lbs. per person
Gear means: Skis, day packs, all packed clothes, all food, liquor and anything else you will be bringing.

Helicopter Logistix

We work with the incredible crew at High Terrain Helicopters Ltd. and operate the A-Star- B2 – 5 passenger with a ski basket.

BE ON TIME, being late effects over 2 dozen folks and equipment. The helicopter waits for no one and the outgoing group will not be delayed if the incoming group is late. You’re either ontime or not on the helicopter.

Helicopter Staging Area:Kaslo, North end of Airport.

Coming from Kaslo, drive towards Nelson, at the crest of the first large hill; turn RIGHT onto Balfour Ave. Towards the airport.
After turning onto Balfour Ave. stay on this main road without turning left or right for 3 km. Drive past the fenced in area and continue to the end of the airstrip. Staging area will be on your left.

Standard Flights:

For a group of 10 guests and leaving from Kaslo Airport there will be a total of 3 passenger flights . Gear is loaded onto the machine with passenger flights in cargo compartment and outside cargo/ski “basket”


Sorry “Dogs Are Not Allowed” except for human powder hounds. Other Guests may be allergic.

Emergency Equipment at the Lodge

Self-Guided groups have access to the following equipment in case of emergency:

  • We have an AED Defibrillator
  • A light portable cascade rescue toboggan,
  • spine board, leg splints,
  • oxygen,
  • white gas stove and pots,
  • emergency tent,
  • a rescue pack which includes: a tarp, a sleeping bag, 2 blankets, cervical collar, a “rescue bubble” and 50-meter rope.
  • There is a rescue plan with the important Phone #.
  • You and your group are responsible for any other first aid gear needed

We recommend that you all carry a first aid kit, while you are skiing.


Extended medical and cancellation insurance is available and recommended, call your travel agent or Lifestyle Financial for more information. Lifestyle Financial is located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley who help insure Adventure tourism vacations across the world, or right here in Canada.

Global Rescue

Global Rescue is a medical evacuation and crisis response company that provides evacuation services for skiers all over the world.
For more information go to Global Rescue.

We highly recommend groups purchase medical and trip cancellation Insurance. Contact your local provider.


We have radio communication at the guides/custodian cabin. If you are up at the lodge and there is an emergency at home, have people call or email  Melissa  250-353-1094.

We recommend groups bring in at least 1 Sat phone.
***Please note communications in remote locations can be unreliable and there can be lenghty “lag” times between communications.
We will supply the group organizer with a VHF radio that can be used in the field for emergencies. VHF Radio communication in the field has its limitations. If you have your own programmable radio our frequency is as follows 158.94


You Bring

  • Re-usable lunch containers or food storage bags
  • Hut shoes/slippers (Swag for sale: Ambler Felted Slipper)
  • Snow boots for heading to and from the Sauna/Outhouse (we have some extras too)
  • Towel for the sauna
  • Headlamp
  • Ski Crampons? (if ya got em, ya might as well bring em)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sat Phone (one per group if possible)

We provide

  • Power: Mount Carlyle is mostly Solar powered, but we have a generator which we will run as necessary in the evenings. Charge your, radios, cameras and headlamps, etc.
  • Bedding: everything you need for a blissful sleep
  • Tunes: Bose bluetooth speaker
  • Household Items: All toilet paper, cleaning products and soaps for dishes
  • Shower Items: Dr. Bronners soap and Oneka Shampoo & Conditioner
  • There are ample tools for any necessary equipment repairs

Tips for successful packing

  • Snacks and fluids can be packed in small cardboard boxes and taped closed.
  • Other than your wallet and passport, vehicle keys; Do not load your daypack with anything else other than what you would take as for a day of backcountry skiing/boarding.
  • All extra clothes and misc. should be packed in a small to medium sized Backpack/ Duffel Bag
  • It is important to be all packed prior to arrival for the flight in.
  • Dress as for a day of skiing, you will need to wear your ski boots on your flight in.
  • Skis should be strapped or taped together.
  • No ski bags please. Your skis and poles will be part of your passenger flight.
  • Split boards are fine in one piece. REMOVE bindings.
  • RETURN GUESTS: No more net loads, everything goes into helicopter now.

The KMH personnel will deal with all the helicopter logistics, loading and unloading.
You will be given a helicopter safety briefing by the Pilot once all the gear is organized.

Last Minute Questions

Once our season starts, it’s best to contact Melissa for reservation, and payment questions at 250-353-1094 or email

For other logistical questions contact your custodian at otherwise Brian direct at