Transportation & Maps
If driving to Whitewater Ski Resort, be sure the vehicle has good winter tires!
Highway 3, the main road through the southern part of the Kootenay Rockies region, bypasses Nelson in favour of a route that traverses the Salmo-Creston Pass – the highest and perhaps snowiest mountain pass in BC. From points east, take Highway 6 north from Salmo. (Highway 3A is an alternative route from Creston, but this route involves a ferry ride across Kootenay Lake. It gets busiest when, as happens from time to time, the pass is closed.)
From the west, leave Highway 3 at Castlegar and take Highway 3A northeast into Nelson.
Whitewater Access Road
The Whitewater Ski Resort access road takes off from Highway 6 about 13km/8mi south of Nelson.
Allow 8 hours to drive from Calgary, and 9 hours from Vancouver.