It is a 40 minute drive through countryside - about the same time it took from our apartment in downtown Ottawa to our rentals at the Flying Club at MacDonald-Cartier Airport.
The trick here is anticipating what the weather conditions will be in the next valley west. Recent advances in highway and airport cams lessen the suspense, but Nature often has the last laugh. From November through March it is a guessing game.
Here is a case where there is a hole over Nakusp, but it looks grim southeast over Summit Lake and through to the Slocan Valley...