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You’ve just stepped out of a swirling winter storm. A crackling wood stove glows red in the corner. The steam from a freshly boiled kettle rises in anticipation of a cup of hot chocolate to warm your bones. A place to call home—at least for a night. British Columbia’s backcountry huts, cabins, and lodges are scattered around the province. These are havens from winter storms and welcome shelters for snow lovers.
Follow along as we transport you to a few of these magical huts, cabins, and lodges around British Columbia.
Sitting in BC’s northwest, Burnie Glacier Lodge is not far from the mountain town of Smithers. Built on the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en, this lodge was built by volunteers on the edge of BC’s Coast Mountains. After a day of skiing the surrounding peaks and terrain, guests can warm up in the sauna before sitting down to a gourmet meal prepared by the lodge chef.
Experience the Burnie Glacier Hut through immersive virtual reality (best played on YouTube app on mobile or using Firefox, Chrome, MS Edge or Opera on your desktop) in the video above.
Located in the Selkirk Mountains near Revelstoke, this fully catered, heli-access lodge is a family affair. Three women run the lodge—two sisters and an ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) ski guide who is the daughter of one of the owners. From the moment you step inside it will feel like spending time with old friends and family. These friends, however, offer the promise of steep skiing and powder days.
The jagged granite peaks of the Adamant Range northwest of Golden is home for this hut. At this self-catered, heli-access lodge you’ll tune into the rhythm that is hut life. Early morning powder hunting, late-afternoon après on the deck, short treks to the creek to collect water, and dinner slowly prepared over chatter about the best turns of your day. As the late evening sky fills with stars, your path will be lit as you head for the sauna. Sound like your kind of backcountry lodge?
Rogers Pass is famous for big ski descents and deep powder. It is also home to the A.O. Wheeler Hut. This cosy log cabin is nestled among giant trees just 2 km (1.2 mi) from Highway 1. With such a short distance to travel, you can take a few extra luxuries in your pack. Enjoy days of exploring the snowy backcountry and evenings huddled around the hearth playing scrabble while the snow falling outside refills ski tracks.
Somewhere off the beaten path in the Little Yoho valley is where you will find the Stanley Mitchell Hut. This hut will remind you of something from a bygone era. The snow often encapsulates the log cabin, clinging to the roof like winter’s blanket, and out across the meadows are views of the Rocky Mountains. A great place to linger and rest your head as the roar of the wood fire burns inside.
This modern hut lies in the Wapta Icefield and along the Bow-Yoho Traverse. Solar, wind, and propane powered, this highly insulated hut is juxtaposed in the wild expanse of the Rocky Mountains. Even on the stormiest days, you won’t hear a single rattle or shake. Built to withstand harsh winters and provide the most comfortable of havens for those who venture here.
All Photos: Leigh & Spring McClurg
Note: Travelling in backcountry areas means severe weather, avalanches, and crevasse hazards are reality. You and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient—carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training. If travelling in glaciated terrain, crevasse rescue skills and knowledge is a must. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors and always remember the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.
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