Posted by: When Grief Group Isn't An Option | October 31, 2016

CARETAKING at Purcell Mountain Lodge


My bride and I had been to Purcell Mountain Lodge about 8 or 10 years ago. We LOVED our winter weekend. At the time, we heard that the lodge used caretakers in the off-season to – you guessed it – take care of the lodge. Now we’re here, all by ourselves, and we still LOVE it.

Arrival Day: Monday, October 17


Mark Adams was our pilot. He gave excellent instructions about how to safely get into the helicopter, how to open and close the doors, how to put on and put away the safety belt, told us about the head sets, and reminded us to keep anything we carried below waist level. As you can see from the picture above, skis go in the carry box but so do soft-sided carry bags. We are asked to leave the coolers and hard suitcases at home.

The “banana box” is the carrying container of choice. (So popular – because of the numerous lodges in the area – that Golden grocery stores are often ‘out of stock.’ There’s a side compartment on the side of the helicopter that can handle 5 such boxes. A number can be found at the lodge – some in the tool room and some under the lodge near the wood storage area.

Purcell people know what’s is going to the lodge and what is leaving the lodge – no flight is ever left empty. e.g. supplies coming up, garbage and recycling going down. Alpine staff have no idea which is which SO a labeling system has been devised. Anything going out should be tagged with orange flagging tape – and labeled.


Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Minus 4.2 and clear
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  • Our three favourites were Scrabble (the Deluxe set with a cool scoring book in the drawer), cribbage and the harder and more challenging than it looks Chinese checkers. (Chinese Checkers was invented in the USA)
  •  Baked bread and energy bars for our stay here

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • Minus 2.9, very light snow at 8:00 a.m., overcast but became sunny for the rest of the day
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  •   caretaking-at-purcell-045   caretaking-at-purcell-044
  • caretaking-at-purcell-067
  • I would highly recommend a look at these two books in particular as they give a history of the area. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Minus 5.8, overcast, very light snow for a bit in the morning, flat light til early p.m. then got brighter

Monday, October 24, 2016

Minus 2.3, clear

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    • 0 degrees

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    • caretaking-at-purcell-066

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    • Minus 0.4

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    • Minus 1.7

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    • Minus 3.7
    • Worked on knitting and wood carving

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    • minus 2.7
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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    • Minus 4 degrees and snowing. It blew a lot during the night and continued to snow for much of the day

    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    • minus 1.5 degrees

    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    • 0.8 degrees

    Friday, November 4, 2016

    • minus2.0

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