Mount Carlyle Lodge Feb 24-March 3, 2019

This trip is now fully booked. Contact us to enquire out our waiting list.

Join us for a week of guided and catered skiing out of Mount Carlyle Lodge. We will helicopter in to the lodge on Sunday February 24th, 2019 and fly back out the following Sunday, March 3rd. During our stay we will have two ACMG certified Mountain Guides leading the groups on day trips from the hut each day. Each evening we will return to the lodge to enjoy the sauna followed by a delicious meal prepared by the cook.

Sitting at 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) on a small sub-alpine knoll, Mount Carlyle Lodge enjoys grand views of high summits, nearby ice fields and the deep wild valleys of B.C.’s Kokanee Range. In the winter, Carlyle provides exceptional access to an endless variety of awesome backcountry skiing and snowboarding options.

Feb 24-March 3, 2019
$2775/person CAD + 5% GST
(Discount available to ACC Vancouver Section Members)

Logistics

Getting to Kaslo, Meeting Place, Staging Info

If you are flying from out of town the most convenient international airport is Castlegar, a 2 hour drive away. However, be forewarned that it has the nickname “Cancelgar” for a reason. Creston is a lot more reliable, and not much further away (2h30). Either way you’ll need to rent a car to get to Kaslo.

If you’re driving in from Vancouver it’s about a 9h30 drive whether you route through Revelstoke (Hwy 1), Kelowna, or Hwy 3. From Calgary it’s about 8 hours whether via the Trans Canada or via the southern route (the south route avoids the possibility of a road closure through Rogers Pass).

Let’s have dinner together at the BlueBelle Bistro & Beanery at 6:30 pm on Saturday night. At that time we’ll discuss the logistics of the next day in detail.

Accommodation in Kaslo

Stay in Kaslo Saturday night. Here’s a list of suggested accommodation. Reservations highly recommended!

Kaslo Motel: Downtown Kaslo close to center of town. 250 353 2431

Kaslo Manor Lodge 250-353-2999

Kaslo Hotel 250-353-7714

On the Cliff B&B: 5 min south of Kaslo, 250-353-7647

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort: 15 min. south of Kaslo 250- 229- 4212

Staging Logistics

The main thing to know being that we will meet at the heliport at the north end of the Kaslo Airport. Meeting time Sunday morning is 8:30 a.m.

BEST BE ON TIME: Your being late effects over 2 dozen folks and equipment. However, if for some unforeseen reason (better be a good reason ) Contact Highland helicopters (250-265-3434) by 8:00am if you will not be arriving to the helicopter staging area on time. If you do end up missing the flight, all is not lost — we’ll get you there — but it will cost you a substantial additional fee ($500 or more) for a charter flight into the lodge.

Coming from Nelson: drive 1 km past the Esso Gas Station in Kaslo, (on your right), and turn LEFT onto Balfour Ave.

Coming from Kaslo: drive towards Nelson, at the crest of the first large hill; turn RIGHT onto Balfour Avenue towards the airport.

After turning onto Balfour Avenue stay on this main road without turning left or right for 3 km. You will be driving past a few airplane hangers on your left after a small hill. The KMH helicopter staging location is at the very end of the airstrip on the left. Once you arrive, you will meet a KMH representative who will start organizing things for the helicopter flights in.

Difficulty

Difficulty

  • Day trips, hut-based
  • Hut elevation 2160 m (7200 ft)
  • Mixed groups (separated into Relaxed and Normal pace)
  • Glaciated terrain
  • Steep treed skiing
  • Powder skiing and ski mountaineering

Equipment List

Mount Carlyle Lodge Ski Touring Equipment List

Clothing

  •  Wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
  •  Long underwear top – synthetic or wool
  •  Light fleece or wool sweater
  •  Wind shell – nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type jacket
  •  Waterproof breathable jacket
  •  Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
  •  Long underwear bottoms – synthetic or wool
  •  Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
  •  Waterproof breathable pants
  •  Warm hat – wool or synthetic
  •  Brimmed cap for sun protection
  •  Face warmer – scarf, neck tube or balaclava (optional)
  •  Light gloves – wool, synthetic or leather
  •  Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
  •  Spare gloves or mitts
  •  Handkerchief for blocking the sun (optional)

Snow Safety Equipment

  •  Avalanche beacon with good batteries (and spares)
  •  Shovel
  •  Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)

Travel Equipment

  •  Skis or split board
  •  Ski strap
  •  Ski or snowboard boots
  •  Poles
  •  Climbing skins
  •  Skin wax (or a candle)
  •  Ski crampons (optional; if you had them might as well bring them)
  •  Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
  •  Ski helmet (optional)

Personal Equipment

  •  Pack (30-40 litres)
  •  Reusable lunch containers (for sandwiches, etc.)
  •  Sunglasses (both orange and dark lenses help a lot for travel in all conditions)
  •  Goggles (orange lenses)
  •  Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
  •  Head lamp with good batteries
  •  Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L)
  •  Lunch bag or container
  •  Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Compeed/Second Skin blister pads)
  •  Pocket knife (optional)
  •  Camera (optional)

Hut Gear

  •  Duffle bag for flying into the lodge
  •  Shoes, slippers or sandals for inside the hut
  •  Winter boots for travel to the outhouse (boots at the hut for you to use as well if you prefer)
  •  Hut clothing
  •  2 Towels (one for shower, one to sit on in sauna) and swimsuit (optional) for sauna
  •  Personal medications and toiletries
  •  Ear plugs
  •  Reading material
  •  Chargers for electronic devices (normal AC power is available). Note that pillows and duvets supplied at the lodge

Group Gear (supplied by the guides)

  •  Altimeter
  •  Map and compass
  •  GPS
  •  Snow study kit
  •  Snow and/or bush saw
  •  First aid kit
  •  Emergency tarp
  •  Emergency toboggan
  •  Group repair kit
  •  Radio & satellite phone
  •  Ropes for glacier travel

Misc

  •  Beer, wine, liquor
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Booking

Registration and Waivers

Please use our Online Registration Form before proceeding with any payment. It’s a two-step process, requiring you to read through and sign the waiver first, and then collects your personal information securely. If you have any questions or do not understand anything to do with the waiver or application form please contact me at twolfe@sawback.com asap.

Mount Carlyle asks you to sign an additional waiver upon arrival, this is found here. Please take the time to look through it, read it, and understand it before proceeding with your registration.

Payment, Booking Conditions

The fee for the week is $2775 CAD + 5% GST, or at a discounted rate of $2575  + 5% GST for ACC Vancouver Section Members. A $500 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Final payment of the balance is due by September 15th, 2018. You will be invoiced for your payments after you have confirmed your interest in the trip. Please note that initial deposits are absolutely non-refundable, and final payments are non-refundable after the September 15th payment deadline. Get your cancellation insurance if you’re at all worried about our strict cancellation policy!

Credit Card payments are encouraged, especially if you have a card with trip cancellation insurance! Charges are made in CAD (foreign payments are converted to your local currency at your card company’s rate). We charge an additional 3.5% fee for card transactions. If your credit card provides you with cancellation insurance for this trip indicate this on your registration form and we will lower the convenience fee to 2%.  Cancelled trips that have cancellation insurance are much less of a headache for everyone. Please consider this option. It could be a very affordable way to protect yourself. But look carefully into your credit card’s fine print to make sure this trip is covered.

Non Credit Card Payments from Canadian clients: If you do not wish to pay by credit card we ask that you pay by E-transfer, sent to twolfe@sawback.com. There is no additional fee for Canadian E-transfers.

Mailing address: Please send cheques in CAD to Thomas Wolfe, 234 Grizzly Cr, Canmore, AB T1W1B5, Canada

Snow and Climate

Mount Carlyle is in the heart of the Kootenay’s, BC’s snowbelt. Expect a lot of snow. Late February temperatures could range anywhere from -20°C to +5°C though so come prepared for anything!

Other Info

Packing & Misc:

Pack your “stuff” directly into your ski pack and a small to medium sized duffle bag, 60 litres max. Please avoid using the large duffle bags/packs and anything with wheels or hard sides, as they are awkward to handle and difficult to load into the helicopter.

We do not provide any alcoholic beverages, however you are welcome to bring some along with you. Bring beer in cans. Small kegs are fine – no giants. We suggest that you pack your alcohol separately from your duffle to avoid any possible spills during transport.  

We supply all linen and quilts so you don’t need a sleeping bag. Please bring a towel for the sauna.

Skis are best strapped together with your poles but please leave ski bags behind for the flight into the lodge.

Shovels and probes should be inside your ski pack both for the flight and for day to day ski touring. Everyone is advised to dress for skiing when they get on the helicopter so you should have your ski boots on and all other footwear packed safely in your duffle bags. It’s too easy to lose a single boot in all the powder that will be blowing around and you want to start out with dry feet.

Amenities at Mt. Carlyle Lodge: Drying area, Electricity, Indoor Toilets, Equipment rental, Maps, Running water, Satellite, radio or cell phone service, Sauna, Water closet, Wood heat

Bedding: We supply all bedding.

Carlyle also supplies: All toilet paper and soaps for dishes, general hygiene, shampoo etc.

Workshop: There are ample tools for any necessary equipment repairs.

Tunes: There is a BOSE Bluetooth player ( no batteries needed).

Power: We have ample power so you can power your chargers for your, radios, cameras and headlamps, etc. We have a generator which we will run as necessary in the evenings. In the name of conservation we try to organize as much charging as possible at one time. Bring a quick charger for batteries if possible.

NTS Mapsheet is: 82F/14 (1:50,000 scale)

Lodge UTM is: 489949E 5530191N

Carlyle Repeater: Rx: 164.565 CTSS Tone 110.9 Tx: 168.585 CTSS Tone 110.9. BOTH Receive and transmit are WIDEBAND.

Want to know more? Click here for even more info on the lodge.

Guides

Photos of this trip’s guides can be found on our Guides and Partners page.

Guides

Tom Wolfe (Mountain Guide ACMG/IFMGA) has been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home with wife, son and daughter. He guides year around, with winters being a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada.

Conrad Janzen (Mountain Guide ACMG/IFMGA) has been guiding mountain adventures throughout the mountains of Western Canada since 1998 and lives in Harvie Heights with his wife. He currently splits his time between mountain guiding and working for Parks Canada on the Visitor Safety team based out of Lake Louise.

Finally, your week at Carlyle includes superb meals. These are prepared by Carlyle’s in-house chef who consistently amaze guests with her beautiful, tasty, and abundant food. We are happy to accommodate special diets as needed (additional fee applies).

Our goal is to provide you with the best skiing possible from the comfort and ease of a fully catered backcountry chalet.