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.
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. All food and supplies must be flown in and out. It is essential that all guests pack light – please bring only what you need.
We primarily stage from Cherryville, British Columbia, 45 min east of Vernon, easily 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.
We meet the morning of your trip at the River Ridge Golf Course (250.547.9660) in Cherryville at 7:30 am to sign waivers and have breakfast if you like. To reach our meeting 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.
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.)
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 groups of 3 or more A1 Bus Ltd provides full transfer from the airport, to a hotel, and to our staging area the next morning.
For local accommodations in Vernon our guest receive a discounted rate at the Best Western Plus and Fairfield Inn and Suites, or the Twin Creeks Motel in Lumby at 250.547.9221. 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, they have a geat stay and ski package.
Sol Mountain is a helicopter - accessed 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. Guests can do laundry at the lodge.
1. Personal Gear (30 L duffle bag - no hardshell luggage please)
2. Day Pack (25 - 40 L) with:
3. What to Wear
Layering is best for managing body temperature. We need to stay cool on the climb, and warm on the descent. Guests often over dress for the climb. Avoid bulky, insulated outer layers.
Skis (fat - minimum 100mm 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.
BOOTS, boots, boots! Foot comfort is priority 1. Be sure you have comfortable touring boots. New boots should be used and broken in prior to your trip. If you are renting bring along your alpine boots in case.
Any questions about gear feel free to contact us at the office.
Guests bring their own digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, shovel, and pack. We do have 5 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 True Outdoors in Kamloops or Vernon, or Skookum in Revelstoke.
Rockered skis with slightly raised tips and tails are the new standard in powder skis, providing better flotation in deep snow conditions - improving the ride up and down.
We have four sets of Priors Husume or new DPS Wailer 112 rockered skis on Diamir Eagle AT bindings to demo at the lodge. Lengths are 163, 168, 178, 176 and 184 cm. Available by the day or for the trip - best to reserve in advance. For kids we have four sets of AT gear (105, 115, 140, and 160 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, Powder Rentals in Revelstoke, and in Calgary at the U of C Outdoor Centre at 403.220-5038
Sol Mountain’s BC backcountry lodge is in the heart of the southern Monashee Mountain Range, a 2.5 hour drive from Revelstoke or Nakusp on the east side of Monashee Provincial Park.
Summer guests access the lodge by 4WD vehicle on bumpy brushy forestry roads, good clearance and good tires required! Shuttle options or helicopter transport from Revelstoke is available.
It is a 2.5 hour drive from Revelstoke or Nakusp. From Revelstoke travel south to Shelter Bay Ferry, and from Nakusp travel south to Arrow Park Ferry. Follow our signs and detailed directions for the 55 km of forestry road to our lodge access road from the North Fosthall drainage. From here guests hike into the lodge and all gear and food is brought in by Sol staff or one guest vehicle.
Enjoy the scenic stops at waterfalls and rec sites along Arrow Lake.
Local shuttle service is available for guests that do not have a suitable 4WD vehicle for driving the forestry access road to the lodge.
For full groups requiring transportation to the lodge we recommend van shuttle with Revelstoke Taxi or Everything Revelstoke. Wandering Wheels and Kruger Expediting can transport part groups and bikes. Helicopter transport is also available from Arrow Helicopters – enquire for rates.
Sol Mountain is a fully serviced backcountry lodge complete with electricity and indoor plumbing, and a wood-fired cedar sauna.
The lodge is well outfitted for entertainment needs (including a bar) with books, games, stereo system (bring your MP3 or CD’s), a guitar, box drum, and mandolin.
All bedding and towels are provided. Lodge Items to bring: Headlamp, lodge clothes, and slippers or hut shoes. Music – CD’s or ipod / MP3 player. Hiking guests should be prepared for mountain weather. Here is a basic list:
Guides are prepared for emergency situations with basic first aid and overnight gear. Self-guided guests should bring emergency gear.