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INTERIOR MOUNTAINS

In order to respect the sanctity of secret ski shacks, we’ll focus on establishments which are public and or affiliated with an organization such as Backcountry Lodges of BC. If you are looking for some route beta in the Interior Mountains check out our Interior Mountain Routes page here

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Be sure not to miss the beta on the Bonnington Traverse cabins listed at the bottom of this page, which include Grassy Hut, Steed Cabin, Copper Mountain Hut and Huckleberry Hut.

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A.O. Wheeler Hut A.O. WHEELER HUT
Phone: 403.678.3200
E-mail: info@alpineclubofcanada.ca
Web site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
Location: Rogers Pass, Selkirk Mountains
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Nov - May), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 24 in winter, 30 in summer (Dorm)
Amenities: Sleeping pads, cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stoves, outhouse, propane lighting, wood stove for heat.

It is difficult to convey to the first time visitor the number and quality of the summer and winter day trips possible from the hut. The potential is outstanding from this single hut including summer hikes to Asulkan Pass or up the Great Glacier Trail to the Illicilewaet Glacier, summer climbs to Sapphire Col, Mt. Sir Donald, and Avalanche Peak; winter ski tours to Young's Peak, the Seven Steps of Paradise, the Dome Glacier - the list goes on and on. Go and explore for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

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asulkan cabin rogers pass

ASULKAN HUT CABIN
Phone: 403.678.3200
E-mail: info@alpineclubofcanada.ca
Web site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
Location: Rogers Pass, Selkirk Mountains
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Nov - May), Summer (July - Sept)

Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (Dorm loft)
Amenities: Sleeping pads, cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stoves, outhouse, propane lighting and heat.

The Asulkan Cabin is situated at the head of the Asulkan Valley, in Glacier National Park, at 2100 metres, in the middle of some of the best skiing in Rogers Pass. Rogers Pass arguably has some of the best backcountry ski touring anywhere. Add up those facts and it’s pretty clear that this is a good place to be if you are as backcountry skier. 

The Seven Steps of Paradise, Asulkan Pass, Sapphire Col and the Dome Glacier can be reached as day trips from the hut. If things are sketchy, there’s great skiing to be had on the Triangle Moraine and the Tree Triangle directly below the hut.

For all the details of the cabin and what the skiing is like have a read over here of our full reveiw, including a video.

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battle abbey BATTLE ABBEY
Phone: 403.609.8944
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Jan - May), Summer (July - Aug)
Accommodation: 14 in winter and in summer (Dorm and private)
Amenities: Dyring area, electricity, indoor toilets, running water, shower, wood heat.

Battle Abbey offers exceptional Selkirk Mountain skiing right out the front door. The lodge is perched at 2,200 m (7,200 ft) near the headwaters of Butters Creek. Below the lodge is 550 m of exciting tree skiing leading to the valley floor. Above, endless alpine and glaciated bowls await. This eclectic comfortable lodge offers all modern amenities including electric lights, indoor plumbing and a hot shower.

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Bill Putnam Fairy Meadows Hut BILL PUTNAM (FAIRY MEADOWS) HUT
Phone: 403.678.3200
E-mail: info@alpineclubofcanada.ca
Web site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
Location: Adamant Range, Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - May), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 20 in winter and in summer (Dorm)
Amenities: Sleeping pads, cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stoves, oven, outhouse, propane lighting, wood stove for heat.

The peaks here are mainly granitic and there are several classic routes of various lengths and difficulty to challenge all types of climbers. In winter the snow comes early and in huge quantities, allowing for a myriad of touring and ski-mountaineering possibilities that are second to none. "The Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut is one of the great backcountry ski destinations in Canada. The snow is deep, the runs are excellent and the hut is very comfortable." (Summits and Icefields - Columbia Mountains, by Chic Scott

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blanket glacier chalet BLANKET GLACIER CHALET
Phone: 403.678.4102
Location: Monashee Mountains
Access: Heli in winter
Seasons: Winter (Dec - May)
Accommodation: 18 in winter (Large and small Dorm)
Amenities: Drying area, equipment rental, radio phone service, propane heat, solar and generator power, sauna, shower.

Al & Marion Schaffer’s Blanket Glacier Chalet, based in the snowy Monashee Mountains, near Revelstoke , B.C. offers the novice and more experienced backcountry skier short and safe access to a multitude of powder ski runs, both in the trees and on a variety of glaciated areas. Our environmentally friendly three-storey, A-frame chalet, with shower and spacious sauna, offers a great base for economical ski weeks from December to May. Multiple options for guiding, catering and instruction available. Great venue for skiers of all ages, including families and youth groups.

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boulder hut adventures BOULDER HUT ADVENTURES
Phone: 888.204.6525
E-mail: info@boulderhutadventures.com
Web site: www.boulderhutadventures.com
Location: Purcell Mountains
Access: Heli or ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Jan - Apr), Summer (Aug - Sept)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (loft, swiss style bunk house)
Amenities: Drying area, electricity, sauna, satellite radio or cell service, wood heat.

Family owned and operated, the Boulder Hut situated at 1,980 metres (6,500 ft) has been a wilderness home away from home for over 30 years. Our tree line location in the Purcell Mountains offers easy access to fantastic skiing. Incredible natural beauty and famous powder lie at the doorstep of our comfortable lodge. Ski steep chutes, gentle larch glades and wide-open alpine bowls. Day tour or overnight to the historic Ptarmigan Hut. Return home each day to our gourmet food and down home hospitality. Guided/Catered or Self-Guided. Experience the whole, authentic backcountry experience at the Boulder Hut.

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durrand glacier chalet DURRAND GLACIER - SELKIRK MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE
Phone: 250.837.2381
E-mail: info@selkirkexperience.com
Web site: www.selkirkexperience.com

Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - May), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 16 in winter and 20 in summer (doubles, private)
Amenities: Dyring room, electricity, indoor toilet, running water, hot showers, sauna, free internet, satellite phone, equipment rental, ski shop, wood heat.

SME has provided first-class mountain experiences since 1985. During winter months the glaciated peaks and steep treed valleys offer the finest ski-mountaineering terrain for experienced skiers. Summers allow hikers to immerse themselves into a pristine alpine world: 80 kilometres of exclusive trails lead to lakes, meadows, waterfalls, glaciers, ridges and peaks. All of it is steps from an immaculate Swiss-style lodge with comfortable accommodation, genuine Swiss hospitality and fantastic meals prepared by SME’s world-class chef.

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glacier circle cabin GLACIER CIRCLE CABIN
Phone: 403.678.3200
E-mail: info@alpineclubofcanada.ca
Web site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
Location: Rogers Pass, Selkirk Mountains
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Nov - May), Summer (July - Sept)

Accommodation: 8 in winter and in summer (dorm loft)
Amenities: Wood stove, wood, ax and saw, limited cookware, and cutlery, a Coleman stove and lantern, but no propane.

The Glacier Circle Cabin is located near a small lake in the deep cirque bound by Mt. Macoun, Mt. Fox, Mt Selwyn and Mt. Topham. The cabin is usually accessed via the Illecillewaet Neve (14 km from the Illecillewaet campground). Cable Car Bridge on Beaver Valley access is closed due to riverbank erosion. Most popular access is the Illecillewaet route, then Deville Glacier route. Knowledge of safe glacier travel techniques and whiteout navigation skills are required.

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golden alpine holidays GOLDEN ALPINE HOLIDAYS
Phone: 888.344.6424
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (double and private)
Amenities: Drying area, equipment rental, saunas, running water, electricity, indoor toilets, internet service.

Founded in 1986, Golden Alpine Holidays (GAH) was one of the first backcountry resorts in Canada. GAH operates four alpine lodges including Canada’s newest eco-friendly Sentry Lodge. In winter, the entire Esplanade Range is your personal ski area containing more than 150 named ski runs within 65,000 acres. Summer is internationally renowned for continuous ridge hikes including 125 km of non-glaciated, well marked trails, perfect for studying the brilliant alpine flora and fauna. Flight Center and Parking Facility only 50K west of Golden, BC adjacent to Trans Canada Highway 1. 15-25 per lodge max 85 in mountain range. Nordic Altitude Training Center with 15K groomed trails.

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Grizzly-Basin-Mountain-Cabin-Rentals GRIZZLY BASIN MOUNTAIN CABIN
Phone: 250.417.6696
E-mail: info@grizzlybasin.com
Web site: cabinrentals.grizzlybasin.com
Location: Southeast Rockies, Lizard Range, west of Fernie BC
Access: Snowcat, Snowmobile, Ski tour in winter, Horseback, Bike, 4x4 in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - May), Summer (July - Aug)

Accommodation: 12
Amenities: Water, propane heat, lights, stove w/oven, BBQ, full kitchen, beds, pillows, outhouse.

The Sand Creek Valley is a magical place situated in on the other side of the mountain from Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Alpine Resort. The area has endless opportunity to fulfill your never ending quest for deep steep powder. The Little Sand cabin is an absolute Mecca for the winter sports enthusiast, in particular backcountry skiing, and snowmobile assisted skiing. There is an amazing annual snow accumulation in excess of 7m. Along with the amazing snow there are also hundreds of acres of gladed treed areas. It is a powder skiing, touring experience that cannot be beat. Along with the Little Sand Cabin we also have other cabins in the general area.  It is our hope that by next season we will be able to offer multiple cabin holidays.  With the option of spending great ski days at each venue and touring on to the next.

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Hazel Hut HAZEL HUT
Phone: 250.505.4532
Location: Highway 31A, Retallack
Access: Year round vehicle access
Seasons: Year Round

Accommodation: 8 or more if renting entire cabin
Amenities: Sleeping pads, cooking utensils, pots and pans, 4 burner propane stove/oven, LED & propane lighting, wood stove for heat, year round water hydrant outside, sauna, outhouse, internet is possible.

Vehicle access is convenient for families. Kids can go x-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking near the cabin. Ice Fishing in winter, swimming & canoeing at Bear and Fish Lakes in summer. Adults can access backcountry skiing adjacent to Goat Range Provincial Park, such as 2000` tree runs, the classic 4500` descent of Mt Brennan and 2000`+ descents on London Ridge.  Location makes it convenient for guests with snowmobiles to access ski terrain along FSR roads in the greater area. In summer many scrambles and hikes are nearby such as Mt Brennan & Whitewater Basin. Mountainbiking up mining roads and trails is popular too.

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ice creek lodge ICE CREEK LODGE
Phone: 250.355.2647
E-mail: icecreeklodge@gmail.com
Web site: www.icecreeklodge.com
Location: Valhalla Provincial Park and Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Jan - Apr), Summer (June - Sept)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (loft, semi private)
Amenities: Spacious kitchen, heated drying room, covered porch with views of the Selkirk Mountains, mountain shower and sauna, wood heat, satellite internet, radio or satellite phone service, AC power, equipment rental.

Ice Creek Lodge is the only ski and snowboard paradise operating in the Valhalla Provincial Park, BC. Located 60 KM Northwest of Nelson, BC, this cozy and newly furnished timber-frame lodge sits just outside the western boundary of the Valhalla Provincial Park, perched mid-mountain at an elevation of 6100 feet, 1850 m. Ice Creek Lodge offers epic ski descents of over 3500 feet, views of towering granite walls of the Valhalla’s, steep open tree lines, gentle alpine bowls and enough big objectives to keep you dreaming of the backcountry and coming back for more! 

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interior alpine recreation INTERIOR ALPINE RECREATION
Phone: 778-859-1477
Location: Monashee Mountains
Access: Ski, snowcat, snowmobile in winter and hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 14 in winter and in summer (dorm)
Amenities: Dyring area, electricity, water closet, wood heat, propane stove.

The Monashee Mountain range, with its pristine beauty, remote location and extensive mountain terrain, is a great backcountry wilderness adventure – summer or winter. Enjoy the sweet mountain air, alpine streams, starry nights, and the comfort and simplicity of the Monashee Chalet, near tree line at 1,800 metres (6,000 ft). All levels of terrain. Snow is never an issue. Learn first hand why the Monashees are known for the “steep and the deep”. Openings are limited at the Monashee Chalet. Guests booking the chalet will be required to provide a resume of their backcountry lodge experience.

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kokanee glacier cabin KOKANEE GLACIER CABIN
Phone: 403.678.3200
E-mail: info@alpineclubofcanada.ca
Web site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Nov - June), Summer (July - Sept)

Accommodation: 12 in winter, 20 in summer (dorm loft)
Amenities: Drying area, running water, electricity, oven, fridges, indoor toilets, internet service, sleeping pads and heat.

Located north of Nelson, beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park offers an excellent backcountry adventure for the whole family. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has three glaciers - Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury - which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.

The new Kokanee Glacier Cabin is on the shores of Kaslo lake, and is ideally situated for summertime hiking and scrambling adventures. In the winter, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a ski touring paradise, and the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is situated to best take advantage of the endless skiing terrain, and to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

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mount carlyle lodge MOUNT CARLYLE LODGE
Phone: 888.564.8747
E-mail: info@kmhbc.com
Web site: www.kmhbc.com
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Jan - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 10 in winter and in summer (quad and double)
Amenities: Dining area, outdoor BBQ, relaxatin area, 2 propane stoves, solar and generator electricity, indoor toilet and outhouse, equipment rental, running water, VHF radio communication, sauna, outdoor deck, shower and change room.

Join us at 7200 feet deep in the heart of the Kokanee Mountain Range, Southern Selkirks British Columbia. Treat yourself to exceptional backcountry skiing and hiking opportunities from our comfortable accommodations set amidst awesome scenery. Serving up mountain lodge based backcountry skiing, snowboarding and hiking since 1987.

Have a read over our review of Mount Carlyle Lodge complete with photos and a nifty video, click it here.

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powder creek lodge POWDER CREEK LODGE
Phone: 250.359.5916
Location: Purcell Mountains
Access: Heli in winter
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr)
Accommodation: 15 in winter (double and triple)
Amenities: Electricity from mini-hydro system, running water, indoor liquid toilets, large sauna, shower stalls, private rooms, drying area, satellite phone.

Situated at a lofty 2,264 metres (7,100 ft), this lux handcrafted lodge features hardwood floors, exposed beams, spacious sun decks, and breathtaking views. Offering spectacular, unspoiled wilderness with no helicopters overhead, lift lines or logging in sight, this area is a true high country wilderness experience. With something for everyone, the terrain includes extensive trees and glades, open bowls, readily accessed ridge tops and peaks, and gloriously long, thigh-burning descents.

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purcell mountain lodge PURCELL MOUNTAIN LODGE
Phone: 1.888.767.8989
E-mail: info@purcellmountainlodge.com
Web site: www.purcellmountainlodge.com

Location: Purcell Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 30 in winter and in summer (shared or private double)
Amenities: Traditional cedar sauna, hot shower, electricity, gourmet meals.

Imagine over 3,000 acres of rolling alpine meadows, fields of fiery wildflowers and countless peaks and ridges, all set against a backdrop of tumbling glaciers and alpine vistas. This landscape beckons to hikers , backcountry, cross country, downhill, telemark skiers and snowboarders. In the middle of it all, accessible only by helicopter, the finest remote mountain chalet in North America, complete with hot showers, sauna and gourmet food. Welcome to Purcell Mountain Lodge.

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ripple ridge cabin RIPPLE RIDGE CABIN
Phone: 250.825.1100
Web site: http://www.crestonquads.com/rippleridgecabin.htm
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Nov - May), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 6 in winter and in summer (dorm loft)
Amenities: Wood stove.

Four routes from Kootenay Pass are featured here on this site. If you want to spend the night and string several day-tours together, you can stay at the Ripple Ridge Cabin, about 2km from the south side of HWY 3, at the Pass. This cabin is relatively new and sleeps six in close quarters. 

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saphire col hut SAPPHIRE COL HUT
Phone: 403.678.3200
E-mail: info@alpineclubofcanada.ca
Web site: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
Location: Rogers Pass, Selkirk Mountains
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Nov - May), Summer (July - Sept)

Accommodation: 4 in winter and in summer (dorm)
Amenities: Out house.

Sapphire Col Hut is a basic mountaineering shelter. Apart from a few utensils and a toilet system, this metal bivouac shelter is unequipped; with no heat, stove or sleeping pads. Water is obtained from a nearby melt pond or by melting snow.

Located at Sapphire Col between The Dome and Castor Peaks on the Asulkan ridge, attaining the Sapphire Col Hut requires mountaineering equipment and skills. Sapphire Col is above the tree line in serious avalanche terrain and requires travel on a crevassed glacier. Knowledge of safe glacier travel techniques and whiteout navigation skills are required.

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selkirk lodge SELKIRK LODGE
Phone: 250.344.5129
E-mail: selkirk@hughes.net
Web site: www.selkirklodge.ca
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (shared and double)
Amenities: drying area, indoor toilets, outhouse, 12V solar and 110V generator electricity, shower, emergency satellite phone.

Perched at 2200m (7200 ft.) in the Albert Icefield area east of Revelstoke, Selkirk Lodge commands a back country skiing paradise. The chalet overlooks a valley of breathtaking beauty, with spectacular views in every direction. Outstanding ski touring awaits you right outside the door. Selkirk Lodge is cozy and comfortable, with indoor plumbing, sauna, shower, 12V solar powered electric light and limited internet access. The Lodge accommodates twelve guests in two-, three- and four-person bedrooms, all with fluffy down duvets. In the morning, we like to use the “bacon alarm”, a very effective awakener! Flavorful locally roasted coffee and a substantial and tasty breakfast get our guests going. After a fun filled day in Selkirk “champagne” powder, folks relax over a scrumptious après ski snack, while the cooks concoct another delicious dinner. Access to Selkirk Lodge is by helicopter only. Guests are driven from Revelstoke to Albert Canyon, 35 km east of town. From there a short flight brings them to the center of the powder skiing universe. Ski! Enjoy! Repeat!

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sol mountain touring SOL MOUNTAIN TOURING
Phone: 250.674.3707
E-mail: info@solmountain.com
Web site: www.solmountain.com
Location: Monashee Mountains
Access: Heli in winter, 4WD in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 16 in winter and in summer (double)
Amenities: Drying area, electricity, indoor toilets, shower, internet, running water, wood fired sauna, water closet, wood heat, stretching room.

Experience a complete mix of Monashee trees, glades, alpine bowls, and steep chutes – your own backcountry resort three times the area of Whistler–Blackcomb. In the southern Monashees, Sol Mountain offers mountain living from our fully serviced lodge at 1,900 metres (6,300 ft). Easy access to XC skiing and snowshoeing, and hiking and fishing alpine lakes in the summer plus 10km of mountain bike trails. Ski in small groups of four to six. Choose from 4, 5, or 7 night trips. Revelstoke or Vernon; Vehicle access in summer, 2.5 hr drive from Revelstoke.

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sorcerer lodge SORCERER LODGE
Phone: 250.344.2804
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter and in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - May), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 16 in winter and in summer (dorm, double, loft)
Amenities: Drying area, electricity, sauna, wood heat.

Located in the heart of the breathtakingly rugged Selkirk Mountains near Golden, BC, Sorcerer Lodge is not for the faint of heart. We accept strong intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers, mountaineers and hikers looking for a unique lodge-based adventure. The lodge sits at tree line (2,020 m, 6,700 ft) surrounded by a glacial moraine that leads to the alpine and an old growth forest that drops to valley bottom. The setting is beautiful – summer or winter.

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valhalla mountain lodge VALHALLA MOUNTAIN LODGE
Phone: 250.355.2269
E-mail: info@valhallamountainlodge.com
Web site: www.valhallamountainlodge.com
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Aug)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (double, private)
Amenities: Drying area, electricity, sauna outhouse, propane stove, running water, solar power, radio and satellite service.

Valhalla Mountain lodge is “Playground of the Valhallas”. As one of the first backcountry lodges in the Valhallas, we had the pick of the crop and chose this spot for its diverse terrain, incredible snow and spectacular scenery. Situated at 2100 metres, Valhalla lodge offers access to 12 alpine bowls, long tree runs, and an epic 1300 metre leg burner! For those looking to take it easy, there are numerous 300-1000 metre classic runs within a 30-minute hike from the lodge. The lodge offers five separate bedrooms, solar power, lighting , wood heat, cedar sauna and BBQ. Ski trips are available in the winter and hiking in summer.

Have a read over our review of Valhalla Mountain Lodge complete with photos and a nifty video, click it here.

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valhalla mountain lodge VALHALLA MOUNTAIN TOURING
Phone: 250.412.5319
E-mail: info@vmt.ca
Web site: www.vmt.ca
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Snowcat in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (double, private)
Amenities: Electricity, indoor toilets, shower, running water, satellite internet, sauna, wood heat, equipment repair and ski waxing.

Operating since 1978. Based out of a beautiful timber frame lodge with electricity, flush toilets, showers and 6 private guest rooms. Guaranteed access via snowcat every Sunday (with emergency/necessary trips in and out). 300 to 1000 metre runs in terrain evenly split between glades, treeline and alpine, with tons of ski descents starting from peaks and ridges and ending at the lodge. In summer, stroll on paths and trails to access flower filled ridges with big mountain views, peaks and alpine lakes. Perfect for hikers, photographers, wildlife and wildflower viewing.

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Valkyr adventures VALKYR ADVENTURES
Phone: 250.269.7237
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Heli in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (July - Sept)
Accommodation: 12 in winter and in summer (double)
Amenities: Dyring area, AC power, indoor toilet and shower, sauna, running hot water, satelite phone, VHF radio/repeater, wood heat, internet.

Experience quality backcountry ski touring and alpine hiking in the Valkyr Range of the Southern Selkirk Mountains. Open from December to April for week long ski touring trips and July to September for multi-day alpine hiking trips. Beginning in 2012, Valkyr Adventures will have two lodges to choose from! Valkyr Lodge, elevation 2,208 metres located in the western cirque of Naumulten Mountain, and Hilda Hut, elevation 1,920 metres, located 10 kilometres away on the north aspect of Mt. Hilda. Both lodges offer the same excellent comfort and hospitality with distinctly different terrain to excite and challenge all mountain enthusiasts.

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wells gray adventures WELLS GRAY ADVENTURES
Phone: 888.754.8735
Location: Caribou Mountains
Access: Heli, snowcat, ski in winter, hike in summer
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr), Summer (June - Sept)
Accommodation: 36 in winter and in summer (loft, double, private)
Amenities: Drying area, solar lights, outdoor composting toilets, equipment rental, radio service, sauna, gas oven and stove, fully stocked kitchen, duvets and pillows, library, games.

Wells Gray Adventures has three cabins surrounded by incredible terrain and reliable Cariboo Mountain powder. In the summer these cabins are the best way to access the famous Wells Gray Park flower meadows. All three are a model of eco-tourism and provide a low impact way to access the sensitive alpine region. Simply put: easy cabins to rent, unlimited terrain and the best prices in western Canada. Avalanche courses available.

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Ymir Ski Touring Lodge YMIR SKI TOURING LODGE
Phone: 250.358.7277
E-mail: sales@kootenayexperience.com
Web site: www.backcountryskilodge.com
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Access: Snowcat in 2013, helicopter in following years
Seasons: Winter (Dec - Apr)
Accommodation: 16 in winter (private)
Amenities: 
linen, pots, plates, cutlery, propane stove/oven, and wood fireplace. Sauna. Hut custodian on site. Catering and Guiding services available.

Ymir Ski Touring Lodge is located just around tree line at 6,200 ft with easy access to a wide variety of bowls and tree skiing. 1000 ft of alpine bowls above the lodge and 1,000 ft below the lodge of great tree skiing with terrain and tours for all levels of skiers. Safe terrain around the lodge and progressively more advanced terrain as you explore further afield. Available for exclusive rental or mixed groups in 8 private rooms double occupancy with queen/single bunkbeds 3-7 night trips.

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BONNINGTON TRAVERSE HUT SYSTEM

E-mail: kmc@kootenaymountaineering.bc.ca
Web site: www.kootenaymountaineering.bc.ca

Location: Bonnington Range, Southern Selkirk Mountains
Seasons: Winter (Dec - May), Summer (July - Sept)

The Bonnington Range is part of the Selkirks and features 12 peaks over 2100m (7000’). Four rustic cabins, about 10km apart, offer shelter and basic amenities. Access to any of these cabins is through wilderness areas and good route finding skills are essential. Traverses are possible between the huts (see our route description of the Bonnington Traverse), or you can just go to one hut and tour around the area. When at the huts, be sure to use the firewood sparingly. For more info, and to book any of these cabins, visit the Kootenay Mountaineering website. For more information about the Bonnington Traverse route click on over here.

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Grassy Hut Bonnington Traverse

GRASSY HUT
Map: 82 F/6
Time: 4-6 hours
Distance:  9 km /  5.6 miles
Hut Elevation: 1,900m / 6,233ft
Elevation Gain: 720m / 2,362ft (loss 40m / 132ft)
UTM Coordinates: 642-598 NAD83
Accommodation: 6 in winter and summer (Dorm)
Amenities: Cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stove (no fuel), outhouse, wood stove for heat.
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer. Munson Road, highway 3 at the Bombi Summit. For detailed directions to Grassy Hut have a read over here.

The U-shaped Grassy Mountain has a lower-summit on the southern side of the U, called South Grassy. Grassy Hut sits at the U’s midpoint at 1900m, just under the Grassy/South Grassy Mountain pass. As far as amenities go, it (and all the cabins in the Bonningtons) are pretty basic. Four bunks (but no mattresses, so bring one), your standard bench table, and a little wood stove to keep you toasty. You’ll find the necessary cooking utensils (pots, pans, cups, bowls, plates, cutlery, etc.) in a plastic bin. A two- burner Coleman Stove and Coleman Lantern are there too—be sure to bring mantels and white gas because these are not provided. There is no water at the hut at any time of the year so plan on packing it in, melting snow or finding an open creek. A two hectare area surrounding the hut is designated “sled free.” 

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Steed Cabin Bonnington Traverse

STEED CABIN
Map: 82 F/6
Time: 5-8 hours depending on road access. Two days as part of the traverse from Grassy Hut.
Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
Hut Elevation: 2,100m / 6,890ft
Elevation Gain: 760m / 2,493 ft (loss 580m / 1,902ft)
UTM Coordinates: 674-660 NAD83
Accommodation: 6 in winter and summer (Dorm)
Amenities: Cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stove (no fuel), outhouse, wood stove for heat.
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer. 16km west of Nelson - Highway 3A to Blewett Road, Rover Creek Road, or as part of the traverse from Grassy Hut. For detailed directions to Grassy Hut have a read over here.

Steed Cabin is located at 2100m, due south of the Siwash Mountain summit (2320m), by a small tarn. Siwash is the highest summit in the Bonnington Range. The cabin’s upstairs loft can sleep four (there are no mattresses so pack one in). The ground floor features the usual table, bench and a little wood stove. In a pinch, two more can sleep on the fist floor (check with the KMC on this). The necessary cooking utensils (pots, pans, cups, bowls, plates, cutlery, etc.) are also always there in a plastic bin. A two-burner Coleman Stove and Coleman Lantern are there too—but be sure to bring mantels and white gas because these are not provided. There is no water at this cabin so be prepared to melt snow or pack it in. 

Also, be forewarned that the area around Steed is popular with sledders so you’ll likely see them during your visit. Unlike Copper or Grassy, there is no ban on motorized vehicles around the hut.

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copper mountain hut bonnington Traverse

COPPER MOUNTAIN HUT
Map: 82 F/6
Time: 4 - 6 hours from Steed Hut or three days as part of the traverse
Distance:  11 km /  6.8 miles
Hut Elevation: 2,000m / 6,561ft
Elevation Gain: 500m / 1,640ft (loss 630m / 2,066ft)
UTM Coordinates: 720-705, NAD83
Accommodation: 6 in winter and summer (Dorm)
Amenities: Cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stove (no fuel), outhouse, wood stove for heat.
Access: Ski in winter, hike in summer. Getting into the Copper Mountain Cabin in winter is very difficult. The summer route crosses extensive avalanche paths and is unsafe for most of the winter. It is possible to access the cabin from roads in the Snowwater Creek drainage but it can be very tricky—expect to use your route finding skills. Most people stay at this cabin as part of a traverse and are coming from the Steed Cabin. For detailed directions to Grassy Hut have a read over here.

Sitting in the trees at around 2000m in a basin on the southwest face of the mountain with the same name, Copper Mountain Cabin features a two hectare sled-free zone around it. The cabin sleeps four with two “cozy” bunks (bring your own mattresses) and features a little wood stove, basic bench and table. 

As with all cabins on the Bonnington Traverse, cooking utensils (pots, pans, cups, bowls, plates, cutlery, etc.) live in a plastic bin which you’ll find easily. A two-burner white gas Coleman Stove and Coleman Lantern are also there for your use (bring spare mantels and white gas). There’s no water at this cabin so be ready to melt snow.

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huckleberry hut bonnington traverse

HUCKLEBERRY  HUT
Map: 82 F/6
Time: 3-6 hours from Highway 6, 5-7 hours from Copper Hut or four days as part of the traverse
Distance:  9 km /  5.6 miles
Hut Elevation: 1,600m / 5,250ft
Elevation Gain: 510m / 1,673ft
UTM Coordinates: 768-636, NAD83
Accommodation: 4 in winter and summer (Dorm)
Amenities: Cooking utensils, pots and pans, two-burner propane cook stove (no fuel), outhouse, wood stove for heat.
Access: ccess to the Huckleberry Hut is via Porto Rico Road, 15 km south of Nelson off Highway 6. Ski up Porto Rico Road from the highway for about six kilometres where an old road heads off to the left. Continue along here for the remaining two kilometres to the cabin. You can also access this cabin from Copper Hut as part of the Bonnington Traverse. For detailed directions to Grassy Hut have a read over here.

Originally built as a mining cabin, the Huckleberry Hut now lives on for the pleasure of hikers and backcountry skiers. The cozy hut (let’s call in tiny) sits at around 1600m in the valley below Midday and Cabin Peaks. There are two bunks (bring a mattress) which will each sleep two people sleeping in different directions. You’ll find the necessary cooking utensils (pots, pans, cups, bowls, plates, cutlery, etc.) in the plastic bin on the floor. A two- burner Coleman Stove and Coleman Lantern are there too—be sure to bring mantels and white gas because these are not provided. A fold-down table, wood stove and outhouse are also available for use. The good news is that here at the Huckleberry, water is available from a stream that crosses the road about 100m beyond the cabin.

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