1 Double Bed
+ 1 twin bed
Level- 2 twin bedrooms
guest cabin with queen bed
full bath with tub on main level
full bath with shower on lower level
person hot tub
- ***not operational winter 2009/2010. We are currently building a more
sanitary Swedish Sauna option for the winter of 2010/2011 onward. There's
always Ainsworth Hot Springs as an alternative for a hot natural soak in
with Dishwasher, Microwave, Gas cook stove,
heat - Electric heat backup
of people is: 9
- 11 max
linens are provided and a fully equipped kitchen which includes a
microwave and dishwasher.
wood shed is full for the wood stove in the winters only. Backup baseboard heaters in
all the rooms to help keep the chill off while you are away skiing.
have VCR, DVD Player, TV's ,stereo speakers out side. DVD rentals in
x-country ski equipment and technical ski–board and
safety equipment rentals are available in Nelson.
base camp chalet is conveniently located minutes from Nelson B.C. for
shopping and more. You
will find many excellent restaurants, grocery stores, bars, video rentals, art
galleries, historical tours, theatres, gift shops and more. In the
summer enjoy Nelson's lakeside park and sandy beaches. So much to do!
Have a look at some of the offerings below. Also check out a
couple of our links loaded with useful information: Things
to Do in Nelson Nelson Photo
BIKE and STAY
Mountain biking in Nelson
is the stuff of legend. Showcased in many mountain bike films, Nelson trails
offer everything from gentle railway grades to steep, rooty technical tracks.
For the hard core freestylers there are enough stunts, ladders and big drops to
keep the adrenalin pumping long after the last epic ride of the day. With the
breathtaking backdrop of the Selkirk Mountains, Nelson’s rides take the West
Coast style and crank it up a notch.
There are many great
rides within 15 minutes drive from Nelson including Sproule Creek or the
Kootenay Canal (beginner/intermediate) to the west of Nelson and Ledges
(intermediate) near Kokanee Creek Park. For those looking for a serious workout,
most trails are accessible by bike right from town, otherwise you may want to
park at Mountain Station and start your climb from there. If the only climbing
you like to do is out of bed in the morning, consider a vehicle drop or ask a
local bike shop about shuttles. click here for more: Discover
The newly developed Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway trail system is
right at the front door of base camp chalet. North or South with
shuttle service. A house favourite is the ride from the front door of the
chalet along the Burlington Railway to Nelson. Pack a lunch or grab a
tasty picnic mix on your way through town and continue on to Troup. Here
you will find a secluded sandy beach. Rest, relax, swim. Take your cell
phone and call for a shuttle to meet you at the town's edge to ride back
to the chalet or enjoy the return ride back on the trail keeping cool
under the waterfalls you find along the route back to the chalet.
SKI and STAY
SKIING and CAT SKIING NELSON B.C -
As the crow flies our heli ski terrain is less than one mile from the Chalet.
We offer packages ranging from 1 to 5 days programs and shuttle service
to the heli port is provided right at the front door. For more on our
heli ski programs
Snowfall: 1200 cm/40 feet!
- Lodge Base elevation: 1640 metres/5400
- Summit elevation: 2040 metres/6700 feet
- Ymir Peak: 2400 metres/8000 feet
- Vertical Drop: 396 metres/1300 feet
The mountain consists of groomed runs, open bowls,
glades, chutes, and tree skiing. Ski Canada has rated Whitewater to have
the Best Deeps, Best Bowls and Best Glades.
Whitewater has two double Chair lifts (Silver King and the Summit
Chairs) and one handle tow (The Hummer).
- 20% Beginner
- 40% Intermediate
- 40% Advanced
Optional Shuttle service to hill provided by
Red Mountain is actually made up of two
mountains, Red and Granite, which provide 1,585 ski able acres amidst the
resort's total 4,200 acre area. Both mountains are ski able 360 degrees
around. That means you can choose from a virtually endless number of
runs with each descent!
Ski Hill in the west Kootenays of British Columbia is famous for its
great night skiing on fully lit runs that are always groomed to
perfection. Salmo Ski Area offers a wide variety of skiing opportunities
for all ages and levels. The hill has varied terrain including groomed
runs, gently sloping runs, moguls, steep slopes, pristine powder, racing
courses, a half pipe for snowboarders, a bunny hill, and cross country
NORDIC SKI TRAILS- APEX
Situated adjacent to the chalet.
TRAILS ADJACENT TO CHALET
- The Nelson Nordic Ski trails operate
from mid-December to late March
- Trails are open dawn to dusk daily.
Apex lighted loop is open until 9:30 pm daily
- 25 km of groomed trails classic and
skating tracks - beginner to expert level
- Warming huts at Apex and at the top of
- Night skiing
- 10 minutes south of Nelson on Highway
6 at the Whitewater Ski Area turnoff- same location as Chalet.
PASS- Salmo/Creston - 30
minute drive from the Chalet. Backcountry skiing area favorite. The
south-west slopes above are controlled by highways indicating the the
type of terrain in this area. The runs are moderately steep and require
very good knowledge on avalanche terrain travel and rescue skills. No
one should enter this area with the proper equipment for backcountry
travel. Courses on avalanche awareness are offered by Tim Rippel of Peak
Freak Expeditions- owner operator of the Base Camp Chalet. Click here
for Avalanche Courses: and Guided
Backcountry Ski Tours.
The resort features three odorless pools, 150 foot horseshoe cave, main
lounging pool and stream-fed cold plunge. The pools provide the perfect
place to relax and enjoy some of the West Kootenay's majestic scenery-
Purcell Mountains and Kootneay Lake. The springs dinning room offers
something to tantalize everyone's tastebuds and check out their wine
selections. Only a 45 minute drive from the chalet along the scenic
Kootenay lake makes for nice evening out.
Visit their site!
RED SKY AT NIGHT SAILING
ADVENTURES Let us take you on an unforgettable adventure to
explore the thrill and beauty of sailing the pristine waters of Kootenay
Lake. Welcome to our 5th season of charters aboard our new 30 foot
sailboat. Depart from Balfour for day tours, sunset dinner cruises and
multi-day adventures. www.sailthekootenays.com
FISHING CHARTERS Come try your luck at catching the big one on
world class Kootenay Lake. Located in the heart of the West Kootenays,
Kootenay Lake has lots to offer. From the famous Gerrard Rainbow, which
have benn caught up to 35 lbs. (a Canadian Record), to Dolly Varden,
which have been caught up to 29 lbs. (another Canadian Record). Also
available to catch are Kokanee salmon, which are considered one of the
best tasting fish. Although they are small, they are abundant in this
your chance at a trophy fish, come and join us for an exciting day on
world class Kootenay Lake.
rates and dates.
has both the terrain and the scenery that makes for fantastic hiking.
Clear streams, large lakes, forest covered valleys, wildflowers, make
this area a hiker's paradise. Wildlife thrives here, so don't be
surprised if you encounter deer, elk, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep,
mountain goats, both grizzly brown, black bears. Both bald eagles and
golden eagles fly overhead. Blue Herron nests across the road from the
chalet and all wildlife mentioned live in the area of the chalet. There
at at least 10 trails close to the city for hiking, biking and
snowshoeing. One can walk or bike the Burlington National rail trail
right from the front door of the chalet to Nelson and take a taxi or
few to mention:
Creek Provincial Park -
are 8 family hiking trails leaving from the park visitors centre.
Glacier Park- hikes for the more adventurous. The
32,035 hectare, Kokanee Glacier Park is a rugged wilderness area of
the Selkirk Mountains between Slocan and Kootenay Lakes, near the
communities of Nelson and Slocan.
- There are least 10 trails close to the city and chalet for
biking, hiking and snow shoeing. You can ride from the chalet to
Nelson and back on the Burlington National rail trail.
FEW TRAILS CLOSE TO THE CITY OF NELSON
National Rail Trail
John's Walk- goes from one side of the city to the other along the
Wood Lake- trail from chalet to lake and back.
Mile creek trail
access via the Burlington National Trail
KAYAK and STAY
Canoes manufacture and retailer of high quality Kevlar and composite
canoes. Located on the shores of beautiful Kooentay Lake, offering
Kayak and canoe rental and professional instruction. Also, visit their
new paddling store full of the latest touring kayaks and
Self Guided and general information.
LEARN AND STAY
a private basic mountaineering course for your group with Everest
Expedition Mountain Guide and Chalet owner Tim Rippel while in Nelson.
Or a wilderness survival course or a guided hike somewhere. COURSES
and PRIVATE GUIDING
in the Kootenays
Nelson's Granite Point Golf Course. With
splendid views of the Kokanee Glacier, Kootenay Lake and the
mountain city of Nelson, the Granite Pointe Golf Club is yet another gem
in BC’s scenic Kootenay Rockies Region.
Peak Freak Expeditions Inc.
250 352 9133
#110-622 Front Street Nelson, B.C. Canada V1L 4B7
contact is preferred
age for rental is 25 years of age. Not recommend for the
the protection of the pristine environment and in respect of the
wildlife that share the land with us, the chalet is non-smoking, no
pets and no outside fires.
50% deposit is due at time of booking.
payment due upon check-in.
Becky, we can't thank you enough for allowing us to stay in your
amazing chalet. I would not call it a cabin but rather a beautiful home.
We enjoyed all your expedition artifacts and adventure photos and your
tending to every detail. The hot-tub, the clear night skis, fresh air, the
wildlife freely roaming around, the incredible snow, convenient location to the ski hill
and the warm restful luxury that your chalet offers after a day on the slopes.
This place is a wonderful retreat away from it all. We
felt like we were at a spa. Eric
and Tina from Ohio
WHITEWATER CHALET "BASE
MAP- 10klm south of Nelson, B.C.