Logistics

What To Bring

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

Suggested Packing List:

  • One pair of powder skis and boots OR snowboard and boots
  • We provide ski poles free of charge.
  • Rental skis and snowboards are available for $30 per day.
  • For snowboard rentals we recommend bringing your own bindings.
  • Goggles, gloves, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Outerwear suitable for all conditions and temperatures.
  • Clothing layers so you can adjust for a variety of conditions.
  • Bathing suit for hot tub (towels are provided).
  • Casual clothing, slippers or shoes to wear in the lodge.
  • Prescriptions, carry in two places, one with you and one with your luggage, in case your luggage gets misplaced.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard or cash for purchases made at the lodge.

Backcountry Safety Equipment:

Chatter Creek provides every guest with a small backpack that includes a compact shovel and collapsible avalanche probe.  We also supply a radio and avalanche transceiver for everyone.  Please consider saving space and weight on the helicopter flight by planning to use the gear we provide.  If you have your own Avalanche Balloon Pack (ABP) you’re welcome to bring it or you can rent one from us at the lodge.

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.

Please do not bring the following:

  • Narrow skis that are not suitable for powder skiing.
  • Ski poles (we provide ski poles at no charge).
  • Electrical appliances and blow dryers; we have some to lend you.
  • Alcoholic beverages, we offer a wide selection of wine, spirits and beer.
  • Large hard sided suitcases.
Baggage Allowance

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

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

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

Only soft sided bags will be accepted.

We cannot accept giant duffle 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.

Please do not bring ski poles, we provide them at no charge.

How To Get Here

Directions for how to get to the Chatter Creek Heliport.

Directions To Chatter Creek Heliport

From the West:

  • Almost immediately after you cross the bridge over the Columbia River you will turn left onto Donald Road.  Watch for the sign and exit on the left. If you reach the weigh scale station you’ve gone too far.
  • Follow Donald Road and the Chatter Creek heliport signs to a 4-way intersection.
  • At the intersection turn left onto the Big Bend Highway.
  • Chatter Creek is the first driveway on your right.

From Calgary and the East:

  • Travel through Golden to the last set of lights on Hwy 1 (Subway will be on your right).
  • Travel 24 km to the Donald Road turnoff.
  • Turn right on Donald Road, a short distance past the weigh scale station.
  • Follow Donald Road and the Chatter Creek heliport signs to a 4-way intersection.
  • At the intersection turn left onto the Big Bend Highway.
  • Chatter Creek is the first driveway on your right.

Traveling from Cranbrook and the South:

  • Follow Hwy 95 through Golden.
  • Turn left onto the overpass posted: Revelstoke, Lake Louise, Banff.
  • Turn left onto Hwy 1 west.
  • Travel west to the last set of lights on Hwy 1 (Subway will be on your right).
  • Travel 24 km to the Donald Road turnoff.
  • Turn right on Donald Road, a short distance past the weigh scale station.
  • Follow Donald Road and the Chatter Creek heliport signs to a 4-way intersection.
  • At the intersection turn left onto the Big Bend Highway.
  • Chatter Creek is the first driveway on your right.

 

Note:  Google Maps erroneously identifies part of Donald Road as Log Dump Road.

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.