Travel Tips

Skiing PowderDirections to the Mustang Meeting Spot

Coming from the West (Sicamous, Kelowna, etc):  Turn north (left) off the Trans-Canada Highway on Avoca West Rd.  It’s about 28 km East of Sicamous.   Shortly after the ‘Last Spike’ at Craigellachie, the highway becomes 4 lanes.  You’ll see a blue sign that says ‘Mustang Powder Cat Skiing’.  About 300 m later, you’ll see the turn off for Avoca West Rd. on the left.

Coming from the East (Revelstoke):  Turn north (right) off the Trans Canada Highway on Avoca West Rd.  It’s about 44 km West of Revelstoke.  About 2 km after Crazy Creek, the highway becomes 4 lanes.  Shortly after this you’ll go across a bridge and then about 500 m past the old burnt down gas station, you’ll see the turn off for ‘Avoca West Rd. on the right.

From Seattle or Vancouver, we recommend travelling Highway 5 (Coquihalla) to Kamloops, then east through Sicamous on Highway 1.

All of these routes are on major highways and conditions are usually good. Current Highway reports can be found at BC Highway Report.

Travel by Plane

All guests should fly into Kelowna, BC, arriving no later than 12:00 noon the day before your trip starts. Return flights should not be booked out of Kelowna before 8:30 PM on your last day (we advise that it is best if you fly out the following morning). If you live in Canada or overseas you should fly to Kelowna via Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto. Contact the following Airlines:

  • West Jet: 1-800-538-5696
  • Air Canada: 1-888-247-2262

If you live in the USA then flying via Seattle will probably be best.

  • Alaska/Horizon Air: 1-800-252-7522

You can now get direct flights from Vancouver to Revelstoke. Visit See Revelstoke for flight times. (Please contact us for Mustang guest promo code)

To ensure that your boots arrive with you, it is recommended that you carry them as hand luggage when travelling by airplane. If you are part of a small group the most economical way to travel to the lodge is to rent a car or mini van.

  • Budget: 1-800-268-8900 (please contact us for Mustang guest promo code)
  • National: 250-765-2800, 1-800-227-7368
  • Hertz: 250-765-3822, 1-800-263-0600

Shuttle Service by Helicopter

heli1Prior to January 7 guests will go from the meeting spot to the lodge via company bus and snowcat. From  January 7 to the end of the season all guests will go via helicopter (unless weather forces us to go via bus/cat).   Guests can still go via helicopter before January 7, however you would need to organize it yourself by calling:

Glacier Helicopters
Phone: 1-250-837-9569
Toll Free: 1-800-316-7790
Email: flights@glacierhelicopters.ca

For heli transfers to or from Kelowna Airport please contact Glacier Helicopters.

Traveling Home

Mustang Bed & BreakfastIt is best to book a flight out the following morning. The stringent new security measures for guests traveling outside of Canada require arrival two hours prior to departure. Please understand that we are not able to transport guests from the lodge early to accommodate flight schedules.

The Best Western Inn, Kelowna offers Mustang Powder’s guests a corporate rate of $119.00 per night. This price is for double or single occupancy and includes a deluxe continental breakfast. Up to four adults can stay in one room at $15.00 each for the 3rd and 4th person. Shuttle service to the airport is also available. To book call 1-888-860-1212 and ask for the Mustang Powder preferred rate.

Other options for overnight accommodation include:

  • Holten Heritage House Bed & Breakfast, Revelstoke (formerly the Mustang Bed & Breakfast): 1-250-837-2801
  • Days Inn, Kelowna: 1-250-868-3297
  • Griffin Lake lodge Bed and Breakfast (near Back to Nature Cafe): 1-250 837-7475
  • Artist’s House Bed and Breakfast, Sicamous: 1-250-836-3537
  • Best Western, Sicamous: 1-800-485-7698

Fly and Drive?

Unless you are going to ski at resorts along the way, we discourage flying to Spokane, Vancouver or Calgary and then driving to Mustang Powder. Flying to Kelowna is the best plan. Due to the potential for delayed planes, lost luggage, avalanche road closure etc. we advise all of our guests to arrive in the area an extra day early and go skiing at one of the local resorts. Please be advised that the road between Calgary and Revelstoke is periodically closed for avalanche control work. Refunds cannot be given to guests who fail to arrive at our meeting spot in time for the bus and snowcat ride to the lodge.

Wandering Wheels runs a shuttle service from Revelstoke to Mustang and from Kelowna to Mustang.  There’s a minimum 4 passengers required, max capacity is 12 passengers. 15% discount for round-trip bookings and they can be very flexible with timing. To book contact info@wanderingwheels.ca.

Traveling time by car to Mustang Powder

  • Vancouver to the Mustang Meeting Spot: 518 km, 322 miles, 6.5 hours
  • Calgary to the Mustang Meeting Spot: 452 km, 281 miles, 6 hours
  • Seattle to the Mustang Meeting Spot: 634 km, 394 miles, 7.5 hours
  • Spokane to the Mustang Meeting Spot: 465 km, 289 miles, 8 hours
  • Kelowna Airport to Mustang Meeting Spot: 158 km, 98 miles, 2 hours

Silver Star and Big White Ski Resort

Many of our guests enjoy doing a day or more resort skiing locally prior to cat skiing with us. Silver Star is the most conveniently located since it is only a one hour drive from Kelowna airport and 20 minutes from Vernon. Silver Star is best known for its dry, feather light champagne powder snow, famous to the Okanagan region. Silver Star has an excellent mix of terrain featuring groomed or gnarly and steep. The mid-mountain Victorian style village offers charming, comfortable ski-in/out accommodations for every budget. For more information visit: www.skisilverstar.com or www.bigwhite.com.

Customs and Border Information

US citizens now require a valid passport to enter Canada. Also remember to pack you driver’s license or photo ID, but do not pack alcohol, firearms, drugs, fruit, tobacco or meat. The officials at the border may well pry into your personal history, the purpose of your visit, and what you are bringing with you. Please be prepared for this interrogation.

U.S. Citizens: If you don’t already have a passport you will need to apply for one right away! If you do have one make sure to check the expiry date.

For more information visit the Canada Border Services Agency.