Originally Posted by carvemeister
Looking into Retallack right now. Sent them an email. Looks like a great place. I assume it's ~1hr. north of Nelson if accessible thru Kalso, which I think it is.
Jhc, or anyone else have a recommendation on lodging in or not far from Nelson? 4 guys looking for something that's not too expensive. Gotta save a few bucks for cat skiing.
I have not skied with Retallack, but friends who have give it very good reviews. It is accessed on the road that goes between Kaslo and New Denver (Highway 31A). You might want to give yourself a couple of hours from Nelson. 31A can be slow when the skiing's good.
There is nothing in Nelson that would be considered "expensive" on Long Island. Since I live here, my experience with the lodging is minimal.
The Alpine is probably pretty inexpensive. It looks it. The owner used to have an old Unimog, but I think he sold it. Not that having a Unimog constitutes a recommendation for a room!
The Best Western Baker Street Inn and Convention Center is pretty good, from what I hear. Description here. This link takes you to a Google Maps page with links to other Nelson hotels/motels. Be aware that parking in downtown Nelson can be a problem. The Best Western has a parking lot.
The Prestige is nice. It's well over $140/night. Web page here. It also has parking.
If you want something unique and local, you might check with Harold and Willa at the Beach Taghum Bed and Breakfast. Willa makes great breakfasts! Beach Taghum is a bit west of Nelson, which makes it a few minutes farther from Whitewater than the places downtown, but a few minutes closer to Red Mountain and Retallack.
From the places downtown, it's 20-25 minutes to Whitewater. From Beach Taghum, it's more like 30.