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Backcountry Skiing From the Best Lodges in British Columbia

The map of backcountry ski huts in BC.

Famed for its perfect balance of legendary snowfall, bluebird weather, and dry pow that stays fresh for weeks, British Columbia assures an uncompromised ski trip.

Preserved deep within National and provincial parks, the best slopes in BC are found far from the resorts, and only accessible through alpine huts. Once you make the long journey there, you'll be rewarded with some of the best skiing in Canada — if not the world.

From gentle glacier runs in the Tantalus Range to thrillingly steep lines in the Kootenays and fantastic tree skiing in the Coast Mountains, BC has something for all breeds of powder hounds. And once the stoke winds down, retreat to your warm, rustic lodge for a homemade meal, some sauna time, board games, and a toast to Canada’s slopes and skies.

Ready to sample some of the best skiing on the globe? Discover epic hut-based ski trips in British Columbia and book your hut today!

Get to know the Huts

Journeyman Lodge
Vista Lodge
Sunrise Lodge
Selkirk Lodge
Valhalla Mountain Lodge
Burnie Glacier Chalet
Carlyle Lodge
Haberl Hut
Kees and Claire Hut
Purcell Mountain Lodge

Journeyman Lodge

  • Occupancy: 14 people + Staff
  • Elevation: 4,500ft / 1370m
  • Location: 50°11’31.8″N 123°14’25.6″W

Located just outside of Whistler, BC, Journeyman Lodge is known for its fantastic ski touring, excellent food, and endless apres-ski opportunities. From majestic old-growth tree skiing to high alpine glacier runs, you’ll find enough untracked pow for a lifetime of laps. And after a day on the slopes, nothing hits better than some leisure time in the lodge’s handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna.

Vista Lodge

  • Occupancy: 12 people + Staff
  • Elevation: 7,050 ft / 2150m
  • Location: 51°35’26.7″N 117°35’41.4″W

For superb, crowd-free skiing in the Selkirks, look no further than Vista Lodge. Located 20 minutes from Golden, this homely lodge offers access to 150 square km of non-glaciated alpine and treeline terrain—you’ll never ski the same line twice. When the sun sets, discuss your plans for the next day over dinner and cocktails prepared by a private chef, before relaxing in a wood-heated sauna.

Sunrise Lodge

  • Occupancy: 12 people + Staff
  • Elevation: 6,400ft / 1980m
  • Location: 51°32’59.5″N 117°33’01.2″W

If you enjoy storm skiing, soaring views, and an absurdly deep snowpack, make your way to the spacious Sunrise Lodge. Only a stone’s throw from the iconic Rogers Pass, shred gentle open slopes, steep pillow lines, and an endless supply of fresh tracks. Then, retreat to your cozy lodge for a meal prepared by a professional chef and some you-time in the sauna.

Selkirk Lodge

  • Occupancy: 14 people + Staff
  • Elevation: 7,200ft / 2200m
  • Location: 51°02’41.0″N 117°43’36.2″W

Perched atop the Albert Icefield area at 2,200 meters, Selkirk Lodge blends architecture, design, and comfort to bring you a proper 21st-century ski touring experience—complete with indoor plumbing, a shower, solar electricity, and Wi-Fi. Plus, you get steep runs, perfect cold-smoke powder, and plenty of bluebird days!

Valhalla Mountain Lodge

  • Occupancy: 11 people + Staff
  • Elevation: 6,900ft / 2100m
  • Location: 49°50’21.2″N 117°46’47.1″W

Accommodating beginners and experts alike since 1987, Valhalla Mountain Lodge boasts excellent terrain, immense snowfall, and prime powder-hounding temperatures. You’ll have access to ten different skiable basins right out the front door, with everything from deep powder lines to top-notch tree skiing, as well as a soothing sauna and delicious meals prepped by a private chef.

Burnie Glacier Chalet

  • Occupancy: 11 people
  • Elevation: 3,380ft / 1030m
  • Location: 54°26’33.7″N 127°39’40.2″W

Perfectly situated for ski touring under the Burnie and Solitaire glaciers, Burnie Glacier Chalet offers spectacularly rugged alpine terrain. Choose between gentle glacier runs, steep gladed lines, or hardcore mountaineering objectives in the alpine zone. Enjoy spectacular views of Hut Peak, Burnie Glacier, Solitaire Ski Peaks, and Lakehead Peak, as well as the mouth-watering meals prepared by your private chef.

Carlyle Lodge

  • Occupancy: 12 people
  • Elevation: 7,200ft / 2200m
  • Location: 49°55’27.1″N 117°08’24.0″W

The area around Carlyle Lodge is a powder motherlode. With 28 unique mountain basins, steep descents, long pillow lines, subalpine glades, and a wealth of old-growth, there’s boundless fun to be had both above and below the treeline. And when you’re done with the champagne pow, have a glass of the real deal in your cozy, modern lodge!

Haberl Hut

  • Occupancy: 12 people
  • Elevation: 6,660ft / 2030m
  • Location: 49°47’50.2″N 123°18’40.7″W

The heli-accessed Haberl Hut is your gateway to the best untracked pow in the Tantalus Range. Get ready for gentle glacier runs, steep couloirs, or fluted faces in some of BC’s premier off-piste ski locations, such as Mt Dione, Serratus, or Alpha. And when you’re done, head back to your hut for a home-cooked meal and enjoy the wintery landscapes from the hut’s scenic sitting rooms.

Kees and Claire Hut

  • Occupancy: 38 people
  • Elevation: 6,400ft / 1950m
  • Location: 50°01’22.2″N 122°52’20.2″W

If you want to ride hidden lines and big pow stashes that only the locals know about, the Kees and Claire Hut should be your top pick. Sitting at 1,950m on the edge of Russet Lake, this state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lodge offers access to alpine peaks and treeline runs alike. Come Sun or storm, you’ll find an awesome ski run.

Purcell Mountain Lodge

  • Occupancy: 15 people
  • Elevation: 7,200ft / 2200m
  • Location: 51°15’43.3″N 117°18’57.1″W

Alpine meadows, sub-alpine basins, countless ridges, and fields of deep powder—the Purcell Mountains accommodate all levels of skiers. Whether you’re a boardgame geek, a bookworm, or a sauna enthusiast, you’ll have a backcountry blast in this luxurious lodge.

What Do People Think of BC’s Backcountry Skiing Huts?

Sunrise Lodge
George J.
Tom was professional, well equipped and well prepared! The snow conditions we experienced at Sunrise Lodge made it imperative to have a guide with experience to keep us safe yet challenged. Hope to ski with Tom and his crew again soon.
Journeyman Lodge Ski Touring
Ashley G.
Monte is a great guide! Very knowledgeable, fun, and safe. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to get out in the backcountry or rock climbing. He can teach you skills or just show you a great stress-free time in the mountains!
Selkirk Lodge
Jennifer T.
Tom Wolf was our backcountry ski guide for a week at the Selkirk Lodge on 1/2020. He and the other guides over-delivered every day. Tom not only knows where to ski for amazing runs but makes sure it is safe. He handles group dynamics and made sure everyone’s needs were taken care of. He is just a super fun guy to hang with besides - out skiing or around the dinner table he is super fun to talk and joke with - just like an old friend and ski buddy. As soon as Covid restrictions are lifted for us Americans I plan to book a BC ski trip with him again- He’s the real deal and one of the best.
Backcountry Skiing at the Kees and Claire Hut
Adam T.
I've used Monte (head guide at Black Sheep) for 2 seasons now for backcountry ski-touring. He's very experienced, inspires confidence, and ensures you develop your skills as you go while feeling safe. He's also highly capable of finding fine powder lines, great views, and good company to ski with. Can't recommend him enough.

Why Book a BC Backcountry Skiing Trip Through 57hours?

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With us, planning and executing your adventure is as easy as shredding nursery slopes in Whistler. We’ll be with you every step of the way from booking, flights, accommodations, gear rentals—you name it, we’ll take care of it.

If something goes wrong, our flexible deposit and cancellation policies will make postponing and rescheduling your trip simple and stress free . And if you have any questions about your tour, just contact us and one of our adventure experts will get back to you within 24 hours!

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We will connect you with the best ski guides in British Columbia for the epic experience!

We’ll connect you with the best ski guides

We will connect you with the best ski guides in British Columbia for the epic experience!

When it comes to backcountry skiing, safety is our number one priority. This is why we’re very selective about the guides we choose to collaborate with.

The men and women guiding these tours are experts in their field, with the certifications and know-how to keep you safe on the slopes. They’re also all well-acquainted with the area and stoked to show you all the hidden-gem runs and secret pow stashes in BC!

We are a community

In one of the BC huts, you will certainly become a part of a ski community.

Book a trip with us, and you become part of our crew? We’ll share news from the adventure world, keep you updated on your guides’ latest trips, and connect you with like-minded ski enthusiasts around the world through our various social media groups.

In one of the BC huts, you will certainly become a part of a ski community.

Things to know about hut-based ski trips in BC

  • How do I get to the lodges in British Columbia?

    If your lodge is accessed from Whistler or Squamish, aim to fly into Vancouver International Airport. Then, rent a car or take a shuttle for the 1-2 hour drive there.

    If you’re meeting your guide in Golden or Revelstoke, fly into Calgary International Airport 3-5 hours away. Then, take a car or shuttle.

    In case you need to make a local flight, Air Canada and Central Mountain Air service most regional airports, such as Northwest or Smithers. If you’re looking for bus transportation, Rider Express offers shuttle services all over Canada.

  • What’s the best month for skiing in British Columbia?

    The best season for backcountry skiing in British Columbia is between January and April.

    January: January is the coldest month in Canada, especially in BC’s interior. The snowfall in ski spots like Whistler and Revelstoke often surpasses 100 cm. However, the weather is stormy, the temperatures often fall below -15°C and the days are only 8 hours long, meaning less time on the slopes. We recommend sticking to the treeline, and leaving the high altitude areas for warmer seasons. 

    February-March: While you’ll still get tons of fresh snow, the period between February and mid-March sees the days getting 10+ hours of sunlight and the temperatures stay between 5-10°C. This means more skiing and easier accessibility to alpine terrain!

    March-April: Ideal for alpine touring. The skies are clear, there’s practically no precipitation, and the powder on glaciated terrain stays excellent well into the month of May. And with 13+ hours of daily sunlight, t’s not uncommon to have ski days go on into the late PMs!

  • Is British Columbia’s backcountry safe?

    Winters in Canada can get really harsh. When you’re skiing out of British Columbia’s backcountry lodges, heavy snowfall, icy rain, high wind, and extremely low temperatures are very common. However, if you plan right, pack well, and you check the weather report as often as possible, you’ll have a great time on the slopes!

    To deal with the temperatures, make sure to bring quality outerwear, plenty of clothes for layering (preferably woolen), and thermal underwear. Always choose wool over cotton. Also, durable waterproof shoes with thick soles are a good idea, since the soil gets colder than the air.

    Wind chill is a huge danger in British Columbia, as even a strong breeze can cut right through your clothing and cause frostbite. Bring wind-resistant outerwear and make sure to check the weather report for wind chill warnings. 

    Wet clothing, wind chill, and long exposure to extremely low temperatures are all precursors to hypothermia. If you feel that your skin or tissue starts freezing, warm up immediately and tell your medically-trained guide.

  • How fit do I need to be for a hut-based ski tour in British Columbia?

    A strong level of physical fitness is required for these adventures. If you want to embark on a backcountry ski tour in British Columbia’s lodges, you should be able to manage controlled descents in challenging conditions, tour for multiple days in a row, and be fit enough to skin in variable terrain for hours on end. If you can do all of this while carrying a loaded daypack, you should be good to go.

  • Can I ski in BC’s lodges if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

    Apart from the beginner-friendly ski tour at Kees & Claire Hut, ski trips based out of BC’s backcountry huts are meant for solid intermediate to advanced skiers with prior backcountry skiing experience. The majority of the runs will be of intermediate difficulty with some advanced pitches, steeper tree runs, and rugged alpine snow conditions involving hard and sastrugi surfaces.

    If you’re an intermediate backcountry skier looking to improve your skills, your guide will oversee your runs, help you polish your technique, and teach you how to manage the terrain. And if you’re completely new to backcountry skiing, a more forgiving slackcountry ski tour in Whistler or a similarly accessible location with a private guide is the way to go.

  • What do I need to bring to my hut-based ski trip in BC?

    When it comes to backcountry ski touring gear, we recommend you bring:

    • Touring skis or splitboard with skins and strap
    • Touring boots and poles
    • Helmet
    • Ski and boot crampons
    • Skin wax (or a candle)
    • Binding repair items for your specific setup
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe
      • Ice ax (optional, depending on the terrain)

    For glacier traversal gear, we recommend bringing:

    • Harness – fitted for over your ski clothing (Cilao, BD, Petzl and Camp make some good lightweight ski touring harnesses)
    • Locking carabiners (x2)
    • Non locking carabiners (x2)
    • 6mm by 5m prusik cord (optional)
    • 120cm sewn climbing sling (optional)

    For your off-time in the hut, plan to bring:

    • Comfortable clothing for lounging around the lodge
    • Slippers
    • Alcoholic beverages (optional)
    • A bathing suit
    • Headlamp
    • Toiletries

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • 20-30L ski pack
    • 50L duffel
    • Sunglasses and ski goggles
    • Sun and lip cream
    • Face mask
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
    • Waterproof breathable pants (i.e. Gore-Tex)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers
    • Long underwear
    • Mid-insulation fleece of puffy jacket
    • Warm outer puffy jacket
    • Toque (wool or synthetic)
    • Brimmed cap for sun protection
    • Face warmer (scarf, neck tube, face mask, buff, etc.)
    • Light gloves and insulated gloves or mitts
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Lunch for day one
    • First aid kit
    • Camera — optional

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Schedule a call with a guide, or send us an inquiry. Feel free to ask us anything about backcountry skiing in British Columbia or anywhere else in the world. We always aim to reply within 24 hours.

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