BC backcountry skiing and hiking lodge south of Revelstoke and east of Silver Star resorts in the heart of the Monashee

Sol Mountain’s BC backcountry lodge is in the heart of the southern Monashee Mountain Range, on the east side of Monashee Provincial Park, 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Revelstoke Mountain Resort and 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon.

Getting Here

Trips to the lodge in winter are solely by helicopter, a scenic 15-minute helicopter flight across the Monashee Range from the town of Cherryville, or a 25-minute flight from Revelstoke.
Sol Mountain is a helicopter - accessed BC backcountry lodge so all food and supplies must be flown in and out. It is essential that all guests pack light – please bring only what you need.

Travel Details

We primarily stage from Cherryville, British Columbia, and it is a small town best reached by flying into Kelowna International Airport. Because we fly to the lodge via helicopter early in the morning, most guests arrive in Kelowna the day before a fly day to Sol Mountain. To reach our staging area from Kelowna International Airport, drive 45 minutes north on Highway 97 to Vernon. Then travel 45 minutes east on Highway 6 through the town of Lumby to Cherryville. Look for our sign at River Ridge Golf Course on your left. We will meet you at River Ridge at 7:30 a.m. to sign waivers (and eat breakfast if you like). After breakfast we drive to Cherryville and turn left at the Tempo Gas and go 20 minutes north to our helicopter staging area. You will see our bright Sol Mountain sign on your right. The 15-minute flight to the lodge is included in the cost of your trip to Sol Mountain. In the event it is unsafe to fly due to bad weather the exchange will be postponed to the following day. (If this occurs, you will be responsible for your own overnight accommodations.) If it's more convenient for you, helicopter transfers are also available from Silver Star and Big White ski resorts at an extra cost. Please contact Arrow Helicopters, 250.837.6288.

Shuttle Services

For guests flying into the Kelowna International Airport, the Vernon Airporter at 1.250.542.7574 provides shuttle service to Kelowna, Vernon, and Silver Star. For small groups of 3 or more the best value is V.I.P Shuttle Service at 1.250.307.6269, they will provide full transfer from the airport, to a hotel, and to our staging area the next morning.  For full groups Contact Discover Okanagan Tours at 1.800.797.6335.

Pre-trip Accommodations

For local accommodations try Journey Inn, 250.545.2161 – it is close to good dining in downtown Vernon, or the Twin Creeks Motel in Lumby at 250.547.9221. They offer reduced rates for our guests. For accommodations in Revelstoke try the Revelstoke Gateway Inn, 1.877.837.8337. They offer reduced rates to our guests or the Samesun Hostel, 1.250.837.4050. If you want a more personal stay, try the Mustang B&B, 1.866.837.4665.

What to Bring

Photo by Bruno Long

Sol Mountain is a helicopter - accessed BC backcountry lodge so all food and supplies must be flown in and out. It is essential that all guests pack light – please bring only what you need. The lodge is well outfitted for entertainment needs, so you only need to bring what is important – skis! Guided and catered guests may pack up to 20 pounds of personal items in a small duffle bag in addition to ski gear and day pack, and self-catered guests up to 60 pounds per person in addition to ski gear and day pack. Wear your ski gear and boots for the flight in.
All bedding and towels are provided.
The less gear to transfer – the sooner we go ski touring on the first day of your holiday.

Backcountry Touring Gear

Skis (fat - minimum 90mm at waist) with AT or telemark touring bindings (inserts are not suitable) or split board, poles, boots, skins, ski clothing. Be sure to give new equipment a test run prior to your trip.

 

Backcountry Safety Gear

Avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, shovel, and pack.  We do have 4 sets of safety gear at the lodge available for guests to use at no charge – just reserve in advance.  You can also rent gear at Valhalla Pure Outfitter in Kamloops or Vernon http://www.vpo.ca/ , Valhalla Pure in Revelstoke (at 250.837.5517), and Union Cycle in Kelowna, 1.250.979.4327

Other

Headlamp, lodge clothes, and slippers or hut shoes. Music – CD’s or Ipod / MP3 player.

 

Gear is available at Little Mountain Outdoor Gear, Union Cycle and Valhalla Pure Outfitters.

Rentals

Rockered skis with slightly raised tips and tails are rapidly becoming the new standard in powder skis, providing better flotation in deep snow conditions - improving the ride up and down.  We have three sets of Priors new Husume or Voile Chargers rockered skis on Diamir Eagle AT bindings to demo at the lodge. Lengths are 163, 175 and 181 cm.  Available by the day or for the trip - best to reserve in advance.
For kids we have two sets of AT gear (105 and 115 cm) available to rent at the lodge.  Best to reserve in advance.
 
Rentals are also available at your local Mountain Equipment Co-op, True Outdoors in Vernon, Kamloops, and Kelowna, Valhalla Pure Outfitters in Revelstoke, and in Calgary at the U of C Outdoor Centre at 403.220-5038.


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“Not only is your ski area so amazing so were the hosts. I have nothing but good things to say about you and your operation.”

Steve Rahn Hunting Guide, Clinton, BC