Selkirk Wilderness Skiing Weather Forecast

Today's Forecast
Updated at: 6:37pm PDT - Apr 07th 2014

April will bring spring storms and sunny days to please all who want to be pleased. Maybe a little spring skiing, maybe a little gardening.  We're all done skiing for this season, it was a fabulous one by all accounts. We hope to see all of you again next season and maybe some new faces too. Have a good summer!

Temperature (2200m / 7200ft): 0

Winds (2200m / 7200ft): Calm

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Snow Conditions
  • Conditions as of: Apr 09th 2014
  • New Snow (past 24 hrs): 0
  • New Snow (past 72 hrs): 15 cm.
  • Snow Conditions: Schmoo throughout now, although our staff ski day on Sunday the 6th was outstanding dry spring powder on north slopes up high.
  • Snow Depth (2200m / 7200ft): 325
  • Freezing Level: AM valley bottom / PM mountain top 2500 m
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SWS FAQs what our guests want to know

Below you will find a list of questions we’re commonly asked.  Feel free to contact us if you’ve got any more!

Why choose Selkirk Wilderness Skiing?

We are the original cat skiing company. Allan Drury, our founder, chose Meadow Mountain for its spectacular, varied terrain and incredible annual snowfall. We welcome only 24 guests per week with 15 staff to attend to your every need. Our unique 5 day, 6 night package means you can enjoy 5 full days on the mountain. Your last day is not shortened and you are not unceremoniously hussled out as you are with some other operators. And, as we don't operate on the weekends, the mountain has a chance to reset, resulting in some epic Mondays!

With 2 snowcats running and a back up cat on standby, you will never miss a day of skiing or riding. Our remote lodge is comfortable, warm and inviting. You can expect delicious, home cooked meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Our staff are second to none. Many of them have been with SWS for many years and take great pride in providing the best possible experience for our guests. 

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Where are you located?

We are in the Southeast corner of B.C. in the West Kootenay Region. Our office and meeting place are located in Meadow Creek, just 100km north of Nelson on Highway 31.

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How do I get there?

You can drive right to our base station in Meadow Creek. We will then transport you up to our lodge by snowcat. Many of our US guests fly into Spokane WA and then rent a car and drive up to Meadow Creek. Our closest airport is Castlegar BC and can be accessed via Calgary or Vancouver. There is a shuttle service from Castlegar Airport to Nelson BC. Reservations are recommended. Please see "Links" for their contact information. Pick up can be arranged from Nelson with notice.

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How do I book?

Please contact our office to make a reservation:

Phone 1-800-799-3499
Fax 250-366-4419
Email info@selkirkwilderness.com

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What is included in the cat skiing package?

*Five days of skiing
*Six nights accommodation
*All meals
*Guide service: 2 or 3 guides per group of 12
*Safety gear including one guest pack with shovel and probe, a transceiver and a radio

Please note: Your package does not include rental equipment, alcohol or gratuities. If you feel you've been well taken care of, it is customary to tip between 5 - 10%. 

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What is the elevation of the lodge?

1280m (4200’).  What is the elevation at the peak? 2500m (8200’).

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How many runs do you average in a day?

8-12 runs per day varying in length from 1000 to 4000 vertical feet, totaling approximately 12,000 to 18,000 vertical feet per day.

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What is the annual snowfall?

Over 10 metres (400 inches) annual snowfall. Average Feb. daytime    
temperature is -6 deg. C (21 deg. F)

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What is your terrain like?

Our terrain is as varied as it is spectacular. The towering summit of Mt. Cooper stands guard over it all and the adrenaline can’t help but run full throttle. From short, steep, cliff riddled tree runs, 4,000 foot descents that dive down through open faces into perfectly spaced glades then through towering cedar and hemlock trees older than Canada itself right to the front door of the lodge.

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Do you have to be an expert skier?

You do not have to be an expert powder skier. We do recommend that you are a strong intermediate skier in good physical condition able to ski down most Black Diamond runs in control. Powder instruction is available.

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Do you have private rooms?

Yes. We have 10 single rooms and 7 double rooms.

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How can the lodge be contacted?

p: 1-800-799-3499, 250-366-4424
e: info@selkirkwilderness.com

Our lodge can be contacted via our office in the valley. All messages and faxes are sent to the lodge daily.

In the event of an emergency guests can be contacted via radio on the mountain.

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Do you provide avalanche safety gear?

All of our guests are provided with a digital Barryvox Pulse transceiver and are trained in its use. Besides the avalanche safety gear that our guides carry, we provide each guest with sleek Dakine packs that contain a shovel and a probe, as well as a radio for emergency use.  These packs must be carried by guests every run.

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What kind of certification do your guides have?

Our lead and rear guides are fully certified according to the standards set by the Helicat Canada Association (formerly BCHSSOA). Visit our safety page for more info on our guides and their certification.

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