Logistics

What To Bring

Our suggested packing list, as well as information on what to bring and what not to bring.

Suggested Packing List:

  • 1 pair of powder skis, boots, poles (no ski bag) – rental skis are available at the lodge.
  • OR snowboard and boots (no bag).
  • If you are renting a snowboard, we recommend bringing your own bindings.
  • Quality goggles and gloves
  • Outerwear suitable for all conditions and temperatures. Please wear on the helicopter to save space.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Layers to add or take off.
  • Bathing suit for hot tub (towels provided).
  • Slippers or shoes to wear in the lodge.
  • Comfortable clothing for after skiing
  • Prescriptions: carry in 2 places: one with you and one with your luggage, in case your luggage gets misplaced.
  • We take Visa or MC for lodge purchases.
  • Camera

Please do not bring the following:

  • Electrical appliances and blow dryers; we have some to lend you.
  • Alcoholic beverages, we sell it at the lodge.
  • Large hard sided suitcases.

Personal Electronic Devices:

Research has proven that any electronic device that sends or receives a wireless signal has the potential to interfere with the function of an avalanche transceiver.  This interference can compromise the capabilities of the transceiver and make it more difficult to rescue a buried person in the event of an avalanche.  With your safety as our top priority, we ask that you refrain from carrying any electronic device that may cause interference with an avalanche transceiver.  More information on the acceptable use of electronic devices can be found here.

Helmets

Chatter Creek Mountain Lodges recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner. For more information, please see the NSAA Helmet Usage Fact Sheet.

Baggage Allowance

Chatter Creek flies guests to and from the lodge by helicopter. Alpine Helicopters, our service provider has strict weight guidelines that we adhere to.

Chatter Creek flies guests to and from the lodge by helicopter. Alpine Helicopters, our service provider has strict weight guidelines that we adhere to.

Our baggage weight limit per passenger is 25 pounds (this does not include ski boots).

We ask that you keep the soft sided bag packed quite loosely for stowing into the helicopter baggage area.

We cannot accept hockey bags and hard-sided luggage. If you arrive with this type of luggage, we will ask you to repack.

We weigh bags and may have to ask that you repack to meet weight limits.

How To Get Here

Directions for how to get to the Chatter Creek Donald Airport

Directions To Chatter Creek Donald Airport

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Scan with your mobile device to view the Donald Heliport location on Google Maps.

From the West:

  • Follow Highway #1 east. As you get close to Golden you will see a Highway sign with ‘Golden 35km’. The turn off is 9 kilometers from this sign.
  • After you cross the bridge over the Columbia River you will turn left quickly on Donald Rd at the first pull out on your left….so you will need to slow down. If you reach the trucking Weigh Scales you have gone too far.
  • Shortly after the turn there is another intersection and Donald Road takes a sharp bend to the left. Follow the road to the left.
  • Approximately one km later, the road forks, take the right hand fork and continue to the first intersection.
  • At the intersection, or stop sign turn left onto the Big Bend Highway.
  • Chatter Creek is the first driveway on your right.

From Calgary and the East:

  • Go through Golden (the strip) and reach the last set of lights on the number #1 Highway (the Subway will be on your right).
  • From this point you will travel 24 kilometers to your first turnoff.
  • The turnoff will be your first right after the trucking Weigh Scales, onto Donald Road. If you cross the bridge, you’ve missed the turn off.
  • Shortly after the turn there is another intersection and Donald Road takes a sharp bend to the left. Follow the road to the left.
  • Approximately a km later, the road forks, take the right hand fork and continue to the first intersection.
  • At the intersection, or stop sign turn left onto the Big Bend Highway.
  • Chatter Creek is the first driveway on your right.

Traveling from Cranbrook and the South:

  • Follow Highway #95 through Golden.
  • Turn left onto the overpass which is posted: Revelstoke, Lake Louise, Banff.
  • Turn left and west onto Highway #1 posted: Scale and Revelstoke.
  • Go through Golden (gasoline alley) and reach the last set of lights on the number #1 Highway (the Subway will be on your right).
  • From this point you will travel 24 kilometers to your first turnoff.
  • The turnoff will be your first right after the trucking Weigh Scales, onto Donald Road. If you cross the bridge you’ve missed the turn off.
  • Shortly after the turn there is another intersection, and Donald Road takes a sharp bend to the left. Follow the road to the left.
  • Approximately a km later, the road forks, take the right hand fork and continue to the first intersection.
  • At the intersection, or stop sign turn left onto the Big Bend Highway.
  • Chatter Creek is the first driveway on your right.
What Time To Arrive

Please arrive at the heliport in Donald at the following times depending upon the date your trip departs…

Please arrive at the heliport in Donald at the following times depending upon the date your trip departs:

December: 2:00

January: 2:30

February: 3:00

March and April: 3:30

Please note that Donald is located in the Mountain Time Zone. (Same time zone as Calgary)

The first guests to sign in are the first guests to fly in. The same flight order will be used when you depart the lodge.

Please arrive on time, as late arrivals cause flight scheduling problems for all guests. If you are late, your flight may have to leave without you. Ground transportation may be available to take you to the lodge but this is not guaranteed. Operational constraints may mean that it is not possible to take you to the lodge by ground on the day you arrive, in which case you will be responsible for your accommodation costs until we are able to transport you.

In the event that ground transportation can be provided, late arriving guests will be charged an additional $350.

Flight times are important and rigid. The helicopters must be back on the ground in Donald thirty minutes before dark to comply with Transport Canada daylight flying regulations.