The ultimate backcountry experience in the mountains of northwestern BC.

Burnie Glacier Chalet is easy to get to - leave Vancouver in the morning and ski in the afternoon!

Northern BC is like nothing you've ever experienced - big mountains, rich culture & more bears than people!

A backcountry lodge in Canada that offers all the charm of a European mountain hut - all to yourself!

It's big. Much of it is alpine and glaciated. It appeals to stronger skiers.

Getting Here

Smithers, BC looks like it’s way up north, but we are actually still in the southern half of this wonderful place called British Columbia. In fact, you can ski in the afternoon of the same day you left Vancouver! No long drives from the airport to the staging area. No vehicle rentals. You pay a bit more for flying to Smithers, but save more than that by saving your rental car costs (no car needed) and by our cheaper prices.

Travel Details

  • Daily flights from Vancouver on Air Canada Jazz or Hawkair
  • Passenger service on VIA Rail Greyhound
  • Bus Service
  • Drive 4 hours from either Prince George or Prince Rupert on Highway 16

Check Air Canada’s or Hawkair’s schedules and fares well before you plan to travel. They often have seat sales that bring the fare down to $300 to $400, which is not too much for a 800 km flight. Booking well in advance helps!

If you have more time, check out travelling by ferry from Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert, then by train to Smithers. This is an unforgettable trip.

It is just a short taxi ride across the (small) town of Smithers to the Stork Nest Inn . It’s located downtown in easy walking distance to bars and restaurants. The Canadian Helicopters hangar is a few hundred metres down the street.

No need to rent a car when you get to Smithers. We get you from the airport to the Chalet!

We recommend that you fly in the night before and stay in Smithers. Then, even when some of your luggage arrives late, there will be no problems. You will easily catch the evening flight out on the afternoon of your departure. The afternoon flight from Vancouver to Smithers is also easily reached if you come from overseas and arrive in Vancouver in the early afternoon.

For longer stays, or a wonderful country hospitality experience, I can recommend nothing more than the Logpile Lodge.

 
 

We loved our course and the entire trip. Sensational views, excellent chalet, highly trained and informative guides, Molly's superb cooking and all that powder.

We have lived in Smithers for 14 years, have travelled the world, and all this time, since 2001, this gem of an experience was right on our doorstep. We will be back a lot more often. We enjoyed the chalet and really appreciated the course, patience and tips we received from Christoph and Lucas. The last time we had someone preparing food for us that was this good was nearly 30 years ago, in a camp where Molly's mother was the cook. Thank you for an amazing experience.

Sandy M and Karin B, Smithers