Carl Kuster Mountain Park

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BOOKING YOUR ADVENTURE

CKMP is a boutique backcountry lodge that has a capacity of 12ppl.

We have 6 rooms, each with 2 queen beds & a private bathroom. All packages are quoted based on double occupancy.

*If you book as a solo rider or an odd number group, there is a chance you will be paired up with another individual.

Start by using our booking page to open a dialogue with our Guest Services team.

Depending on your group size, we usually book 6 months in advance. Larger groups will need to book well in advance to accommodate up to 12 people. Sometimes we can fit in small groups with other larger ones if space is available.

When submitting a booking inquiry, give a range of preferable dates and the group size to allow for more trip options.

We recommend you fly into the Kelowna International Airport, located in Kelowna, British Columbia. The driving distance from Kelowna to CKMP is 1.5 hrs .

You have the option of renting a vehicle at the airport, or booking a shuttle. We recommend that you request winter tires when booking a vehicle. For shuttle options check out our “Getting Here” page.

A detailed driving map and instructions will be provided upon registration.

All times are subject to change, but a typical day during your trip would look like this:

745a:Breakfast & pick up your lunch from the Chef
830a:Head down to the shop and get your gear on
9-9:15a:Out the door and off to one of the riding areas
430p-5p:Return back to CKMP
5p-630p:Relax in the hot tub, enjoy some apres bevvies and snacks
630p:Dinner

*The Loft is equipped with a hot tub, patio fire table, juke box, pool table, foosball table, two TVs & stereo system to keep you and your group entertained.

Accommodations 6 bedrooms, each with 2 queen beds and private bathroom*Based on double occupancy
Meals & Snacks Breakfast, lunch & dinner are all prepared by our in house Chefs with a local farm to table philosophy. Each meal is themed and executed with the highest of standards.
2022 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package (Includes fuel & oil) *OPTION to add on a 2022 850 ETEC TURBO – $195.00 per day includes 11L fuel caddy
Safety Gear Avalanche pack, shovel, probe, transceiver, radio.
Training Proper use of all safety gear, practice using transceivers
Sled The 2022 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package
Guide Fee Daily guided tour to one of our many riding areas.
Other Trail Passes
  • Transportation to CKMP
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Auto Gratuity (15%) on meals/beverages
  • Snowmobile gear * bring your own pants, jackets, boots, helmets, goggle, gloves – we do have some rental gear, inquire when booking for availability & pricing

No. Water & Gatorade are provided each morning to take up on the mountain. We strongly encourage guests to bring a reusable water bottle and fill up with filtered water to reduce plastic use. We have CKMP branded YETI bottles in our merchandise store if you forget yours!

No, outside alcohol is NOT permitted.

Yes. There is cell service and free Wi-Fi.

Yes, these need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance to confirm availability. All appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis.

Please review our MINOR POLICY in the Terms & Conditions Section.

CKMP accepts Mastercard, Visa & Amex.

RIDING HERE

Group size is up to 12 riders. We ride a 1:6 Guide to Guest ratio. We do our best to pair groups up with like abilities based on each person’s WINTER GUEST REGISTRATION personal skill evaluation.

*If you would prefer to book a private guide for you or your group, please inquire about pricing and availability

Yes.

When you fill out your Winter Guest Registration, you will outline your riding ability so we can pair you with the group that best suits your ability. If you are looking for a 1-1 experience, inquire about booking a private Guide for your trip.

CKMP’s pricing is based on double occupancy. As a solo guest, there is a chance you will be paired up in a room with another individual guest or odd-numbered group member.

Yes.

If you would prefer to ride with a private guide, we can quote you per day or per trip.

No.

Our guides will tailor your adventure to your skill level. When you fill out your booking inquiry, you will outline your skill level so we can be sure to pair you with the appropriate group.
If you have ridden in the mountains, even the most experienced trail riders can find mountain riding a new and exciting challenge.

Snowmobiling can be a demanding physical activity. The terrain and snow conditions can challenge even the most skilled and in shape rider. Getting stuck, digging out and just generally riding the snowmobiles require a lot of energy. A regular fitness routine with cardio, leg and arm strengthening exercises are a good start to snowmobile fitness.
Our Guides spend a lot of time off season on rowing machines to build up strength & endurance.

Absolutely, but we need to know the specific details when you fill out your Winter Guest Registration form. Please make note if your restriction is a preference or an allergy and how serious the allergy is.
For more detailed restrictions, please contact us directly so we can work with our Chefs to ensure it’s noted on your file.

GEAR

Our guides wear Ski-Doo Helium 30 jackets, Ski-Doo Helium 30 pants, and use Ski-Doo Mountain Gloves or Backcountry Gloves.

Key items to bring:

Weatherproof Jacket & Pants or Onesie

Boots: Snowmobile or snowboard boots (waterproof)

Helmet: Motocross style *Modular helmets do not work for mountain snowmobiling.

Goggles: Dual Lens is best to prevent fogging *bringing 2 pairs is recommended*

Gloves: 2 pairs

Moisture wicking base layer (merino wool is what our guides wear)

Socks

*We sell some items on site if you forget anything: goggles, gloves, base layers, socks, etc.

*For more information on this gear, check out the Ski-Doo website

Yes, select sizes of Helium 30 Jackets & Pants, Ski-Doo Helmets and boots are available. Individual items are $15 per day to rent.

*You must inquire in advance for sizing and availability.

We DO NOT rent goggles or gloves.

Yes.

We have Ski-Doo tunnel bags that are available to rent during your stay. Each sled is equipped with tunnel bag mounts, so feel free to bring your own.

We have a variety of CKMP branded merchandise.outerwear, casual wear, goggles, stickers & souvenirs available at CKMP.  You can also shop @ www.carlkuster.com/shop.  Contact us in advance for sizing and availability of Ski-Doo Helium 30 Jackets & Pants.

CKMP is a boutique backcountry lodge that has a capacity of 12ppl.

We have 6 rooms, each with 2 queen beds & a private bathroom. All packages are quoted based on double occupancy.

*If you book as a solo rider or an odd number group, there is a chance you will be paired up with another individual.

Start by using our booking page to open a dialogue with our Guest Services team.

Depending on your group size, we usually book 6 months in advance. Larger groups will need to book well in advance to accommodate up to 12 people. Sometimes we can fit in small groups with other larger ones if space is available.

When submitting a booking inquiry, give a range of preferable dates and the group size to allow for more trip options.

We recommend you fly into the Kelowna International Airport, located in Kelowna, British Columbia. The driving distance from Kelowna to CKMP is 1.5 hrs .

You have the option of renting a vehicle at the airport, or booking a shuttle. We recommend that you request winter tires when booking a vehicle. For shuttle options check out our “Getting Here” page.

A detailed driving map and instructions will be provided upon registration.

All times are subject to change, but a typical day during your trip would look like this:

745a: Breakfast & pick up your lunch from the Chef
830a: Head down to the shop and get gear on
9-9:15a: Out the door and off to one of the riding areas
430p-5p: Return back to CKMP
5p-630p: Relax in the hot tub, enjoy some apres bevvies and snacks
630p: Dinner
  • *The Loft is equipped with a hot tub, patio fire table, juke box, pool table, foosball table, two TVs & stereo system to keep you and your group entertained.
Accommodations6 bedrooms, each with 2 queen beds and private bathroom

*Based on double occupancy
Meals & SnacksBreakfast, lunch & dinner are all prepared by our in house Chefs with a local farm to table philosophy. Each meal is themed and executed with the highest of standards.
2022 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package (Incl Fuel & Oil)
*OPTION to add on a 2022 850 ETEC TURBO – $195.00 per day includes 11L fuel caddy
Safety GearAvalanche pack, shovel, probe, transceiver, radio.
TrainingProper use of all safety gear, practice using transceivers
Guide Fee
Trail Passes
  • Transportation to CKMP
  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Auto Gratuity (15%) on meals/beverages
  • Snowmobile gear * bring your own pants, jackets, boots, helmets, goggle, gloves – we do have some rental gear, inquire when booking for availability & pricing

No. Water & Gatorade are provided each morning to take up on the mountain. We strongly encourage guests to bring a reusable water bottle and fill up with filtered water to reduce plastic use. We have CKMP branded YETI bottles in our merchandise store if you forget yours!

No, outside alcohol is NOT permitted.

Yes. There is cell service and free Wi-Fi.

Yes, these need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance to confirm availability. All appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis.

Please review our MINOR POLICY in the Terms & Conditions Section.

CKMP accepts Mastercard, Visa & Amex.

INSURANCE / CANCELLATION POLICY

Prior to 90 days from your trip start date, a full refund less non refundable deposit.

90-30 days from you trip start date, 50% is refunded less non-refundable deposit.

Less than 30 days from your trip start date, no refund – 25% of your trip value allocated to a future trip or 100% transferable to another individual for the current booked trip dates.

Yes.

We offer sled insurance for $40 per day on our snowmobiles. This policy covers damage OVER $2500.

Any damage UNDER $2500, the guest is responsible for.

Insurance only covers YOUR sled.

It DOES NOT cover:

Other sleds involved in the accident 

Heli transport of you or your sled

We recommend you purchase all of the above to make sure you are covered for your trip.

We work with Uniglobe Specialty Travel – please contact directly for quotes:

getaway@uniglobespecialtytravel.com

Have you purchased Trip Cancellation insurance? If so, please contact the insurance provider to start a claim. Contact CKMP asap to let us know. Review our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions for more details.

We cannot confirm yes or no, you need to contact a Canadian Immigration Lawyer to go over your situation. We will not provide a refund if you get turned away at the border.

Here are resource links to Canada Government sites that will be able to help with this process:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/getting-started.asp

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5312ETOC.asp#5312E4

SNOWMOBILES

2022 Ski-Doo Summit X with Expert Package 165

2022 Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC TURBO 165

Any modifications MUST be approved by CKMP mechanics or staff.

CKMP Mechanics or staff will do all modifications, guests are NOT permitted to use shop tools or supplies. Shop fees may apply.

Yes.

Bookings with your own sled are available at any time during Off-Peak Season: November 25 – December 22 and March 31 – April 25.

If available, Peak Season slots are released 20 days prior to the arrival date. See our Booking page .

We have qualified, on site mechanics who can fix most snowmobile damages

No.

Our mechanics are available to fix your sled. Shop fees apply

SAFETY

All of our guides are certified with minimum Canadian Avalanche Operations Level 1, 80 hours Wilderness First Aid or OFA Level 3

**CHECK THE CKMP TEAM SECTION TO GET TO KNOW OUR GUIDES!

Included in your all inclusive sled rental package are the following: Mammut Barryvox Transceiver, radios, Highmark by Snowpulse Avalanche packs (with probe and shovel).

Feel free to bring your own transceiver, avalanche pack, and backcountry survival equipment you commonly ride with.

Each morning the avalanche conditions are discussed with guests. On the first day of riding CKMP guides will review all your safety equipment and how to use it.

We also cover how to interact with our guides to help ensure your safety.

PHOTO & VIDEO

You are more than welcome to use your go-pro or phone to capture photos & video while out on the mountain.

There is limited space in the Highmark Avalanche Bag so you need to pack efficiently.

We do work with local photographers & videographers if you would like to book them to capture your day. Inquire for pricing.

We love sharing our guest photos!

Tag @CarlKusterMtnPark on instagram with the following hashtags to possibly have your shots featured on our pages.

#itslikechristmaseveryday

#ckmpcrew

If you would like to share your photos with your group, contact CKMP and we can pass them along.

TERRAIN

CKMP rides zones in between Sicamous and Revelstoke, British Columbia in the Monashee Mountain Range. For more information on riding areas, check out SledSicamous.com

We have access to 100,000+ acres of terrain.

Our lodge sits at  390m at the bottom of a valley.

It is possible depending on snow conditions. Typically we trailer the sleds to a location we frequent and ride from there.

WEATHER

Approximately 500 inches (1,270 centimeters) of snow.

The average daily temperature ranging from -2ºC(28ºF) to -12ºC(10ºF)

Our winter season is from November 25, to April 25.

Our summer season runs from from July 1, until September 30.

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