Getting to Snowwater

Our Location

Getting to our remote wilderness location can be tricky - but it's worth it!

Snowwater Lodge is located near Nelson, BC, at 5400ft (1640m) in the Bonnington Range of the Selkirk Mountains. All guests meet at the Snowwater Clubhouse, situated beside our base office, at 5:00pm the night before your skiing begins.  Getting to the lodge requires a shuttle from our base by truck and snowcat.  Relax with wood fired pizza and beer while your bags are tagged and you wait for everyone to show up. The entire trip up should take about 45 minutes by truck and snowcat.  Be sure you have signed your ONLINE WAIVER and your CONFIRMATION FORM before coming on the trip!

There is free parking available while you are skiing/riding with us.

When & Where

Arrival time: 4:30pm

Guests need to arrive no later than 4:30pm to sign in and prepare for the shuttle to the lodge which leaves at 5:00 pm.  Please do not be late as the shuttle leaves on time.


General Arrival Schedule:

  • COVID SAFETY: Please be sure to respect all signs, use hand sanitizer before entering any building, and wear a mask.
  • A health survey and temperature check will be administered before going to the lodge.
  • Arrive at our base office by 4:30 pm, park your vehicle, and turn in your keys at the office in case we need to move it when we plow. This also ensures you don't lose your keys!
  • Tag all luggage and confirm roommates.
  • Sign your 'paper' WAIVER.
  • At 5:00pm, you will be driven to 3 km and then move to the snowcat for the remainder of the ride to the lodge.
  • Arrive at our winter paradise and get settled into your room.
  • Join the orientation talk with a welcome drink in the main lodge bar at 6:30pm.
  • Dinner is served at 7:00pm.
  • Skis/boards are set up the following moring when the avalanche training takes place.

Meeting Place

Getting Here

24hr road info for the Kootenays

Driving from Spokane, Wa.

Most of our guests travel to our location by flying into Spokane, WA, and take a shuttle or rental vehicle (preferably a 4x4 with winter tires) from the airport.


There are many shuttles that service traveling to the Kootenays. Click here for a list of shuttles from Spokane, Kelowna, Vancouver, Castelgar, Calgary and more...

Border Information

Within Canada 1-800-461-9999

Nelway Border Crossing

Location: Between Metaline Falls, WA and Salmo, BC.
Hours: US and Canadian customs open 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight), daily

Patterson Border Crossing

Location: Between Northport, WA and Rossland, BC.
Hours: Canadian and US customs open 24 hours a day, daily

Do you have a criminal record or DUI?

Canadian Immigration regulations restrict anyone from entering the country who has a conviction that would be considered a criminal charge in Canada. People with DUI charges or drug convictions (anytime in recent or ancient history) have a very high probability of being denied entry into Canada. Your records in the US can be accessed by Canadian Customs & Immigration officers through cooperative agreements between the US and Canada.  For those who have a record, it is imperative that you pre-determine your entry status prior to arriving at the border. Snowwater Heli Skiing is not responsible, or liable, to make any compensation for guests who are denied access at the border.

Canadian and International travelers

*Please note:  As of May 18,2021, the Castlegar Airport is still closed due to COVID.  This may change as the border opens and the situation improves.  But at this time Trail ir Cranbrook are the only local airport open.

All European flights arrive to major Canadian cities like Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver and from there you can where to fly to locally. From Canadian cities, you have two options:

  1. Fly Air Canada to Castlegar airport (YCG), with a local shuttle to Nelson. Rental cars are also available (Budget and Practicar). Please be warned, flights are often cancelled due to stormy weather so we recommend spending a day on the slopes at Red Mountain Resort or Whitewater Resort prior to your arrival day.

    Local Shuttle:

  2. Fly Pacific Coastal Airlines ( to Trail, BC (YZZ), from Vancouver’s south terminal. This airport is 1 hour from our base, but it is a little more reliable (11% actually) than Castlegar. Book your practicar rental ahead and pick it up directly from the airport (

Private Aircraft

Castlegar is the only airport locally that allows for international private jets. Please call for details.  Cranbrook is the other option, but it is a 3 hour drive away.

Late Arrivals

It is the responsibility of the guest to be on time. Please call us if you are running late (250-359-7665). Guests who miss the scheduled departure will need a private shuttle to the lodge at a cost of $200 per person. We do not operate lodge shuttles past 6:30pm. If you are too late, you will have to spend the night in Nelson and incur extra accommodation and food expenses.

We recommend flying/driving in a day early and warming up on a local ski hill if you think you might not make your trip on time. We are conveniently positioned between two great ski areas. Both Whitewater Ski Resort and Red mountain are located with an hour from our base.

If you are running late, please call us! Cell reception is spotty on the drive from Spokane, so please notify us if your plane arrives late or you run into difficulties in Spokane.

Contact Snowwater Heliskiing

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  • Fax: 250-359-7650
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