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Custom Bookings – Revised System & Proceedures

Folks; In an effort to improve the Custom Booking option, lessen the guesswork and some of the frustration we’re sensing out there, we are experimenting with a ‘Calendar Preview‘ of  the next dates open for requesting. You’re among the first to see it and hopefully benefit by it. !You can still ONLY request the open date when it becomes eligible by the same 2 month + 2 week rule! To view the Calendar Preview, go to:  https://cvhsinfo.org/columbia-valley-huts-book-online click the Green boxed link: Custom Calendar Booking […]

Jumbo Hut Firewood -Update Dec 10th

Heads up the new firewood is quite damp from the rain & wet snow a month ago when it was flown up. It’s well seasoned wood, just wet from that recent exposure. The good news is there is older dry firewood BEHIND the new , towards the East wall. We recommend: *Take solid fire starter with you, always a good thing in your pack. Once you have a good fire started with the dry wood, dry out some of the […]

Price Increase effective November 2021

It’s been many years since we’ve had a price increase, and like so many other businesses currently, our costs are going up too. We feel our Huts are still very good value compared to the rest of the Backcountry Hut Market. An increase of $10/per night ($2.50 per person approximately) – is effective November 2021.

Winter 2021-22 Hut transportation options – updated December 15th.


Whitetooth Heli  8Km south of Parson     Contact Dirk@whitetoothheli.com       (250) 344-1135  (cel)

Dirk operates an A Star with seats and ski basket for 4. His Kingsbury or McMurdo pricing is a straight per person basis of $420 each, round trip. ie delivery and later pickup included. Minimum group size 3. He can also do Jumbo Hut trips for $2000, or $1250 to Olive or Dave White Huts from his pad – 8km south of Parson. That cost is each trip in or out, not round trip.

Alpine Helicopters  Golden  Contact golden@alpinehelicopters.com       (250) 344-7444

Kingsbury or McMurdo delivery or pickup from Golden airport: approx $915 each way, dovetail flights with the prior or following party can halve the cost.   Lifting from McMurdo Cabin to Kingsbury (works well to ski out to McMurdo in stable spring conditions and continue by sled. *Requires strong route finding skills) approximately the same cost.

Their Bell 407 can carry 6 adults maximum with just modest winter gear, with skis and groceries to these lower landing sites, 5 persons if travelling heavy. *Pack gear in many smaller weatherproof bags for loading in the ski box is much preferred to a few bulky full sized packs. *Saturdays, also Sundays in winter are very busy for them! Improve your odds of getting to/from the Hut on time by avoiding weekend flights where possible.

*Note that your out-flight pickup time may vary widely due to variable winter weather and changing heli schedules. Satellite communication is strongly recommended to get updated ETA’s. Otherwise be ready to go very early!

A budget option is to be towed by snowmobile to the trailhead, then ski tour up. Ted Eugene has been doing this for many years. Ted needs as much notice as possible, preferably 2 weeks. He will tow up to six and gear to any of the Huts trailheads except Kingsbury & McMurdo. $125 per person each way, minimum $600.
Contact: Ted Eugene – Windermere
tedrmk@hotmail.com (250) 341-1323

**Effective December 15th 2021, Coldstream Helicopters will not have a charter operation in Invermere. At present, Whitetooth is the best option for Jumbo, Olive & Dave White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumbo Pass Trail Still Snowbound as of June 8th 2019

It was reported June 8th that the trail is still snowbound basically from the trailhead up. Expect up to waist deep snow. Take snowshoes and travel early morning on the temporary crust from overnight refreezing. CVHS

Let’s avoid conflict with RKHeli in Jumbo Ck

Folks we enjoy a long history of cooperation between RK Heli and the local ski tourers. This has started to erode in the Jumbo drainage due to day touring on their regularly used, managed & gladed runs. Please seek out touring opportunities other than their regular runs,  it jeopardizes the relationship with CVHS which took decades to establish. Here’s a open letter from Graham their GM:    

Logging Traffic – share the road weekdays this winter

  As most Hut visitors know, once you leave the highway the backcountry roads accessing the trail heads are built, maintained and used regularly by logging complanies. In our area Canfor Forest Products is the principle Forest licencee.  Although these Forest Service Roads are not legally “Radio Controlled” but rather “Radio Assisted”, the use of VHF radios is strongly recommended for all users, particularly on weekdays on active logging roads. Drive cautiously and expect the unexpected. Be prepared to use the […]

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Propane canisters 101 – or “how do ensure you get dinner tonight…”

Folks; we’re having continued problems with the Coleman stove connector part (‘elbows’) in the Huts. The threads in the soft aluminum female threads get easily stripped by the hard steel male threads on the canisters. This can render the stove useless, or worse cause a propane fire in the Hut! Its come to our attention that inconsistent manufacturing may be partially at fault and want to share what we know with you. !Avoid buying canisters/tanks that have slightly longer unthreaded […]

New Road Channels in use on all Forestry roads

Although FS roads are not legally radio controlled, the use of VHF radios is recommended for all users, particularly during the week on active logging roads. The channel and frequency is posted at the beginning of most roads. Review a District map Here: RR1   150.080 MHz RR2  150.110 MHz RR3  150.140 MHz RR4  150.185 MHz RR8  150.320 MHz