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

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

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!

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For the winter of 2015/16, a week of skiing will cost $2,300 per person plus 5% tax for a total of $2,415.00 Canadian dollars. This includes pick-up at the airport for those guests that fly in, and vehicles to drive to the staging area. Also included are: the helicopter flight to the lodge and back on the exchange day, all food and accommodation at the lodge, guide's services, and rental gear as required. Not included is your access to and stay in Smithers and alcoholic beverages at the lodge.

How to Pay

A cheque mailed to Bear Mountaineering, Box 4222, Smithers BC V0J 2N0 Canada, works best. You can send a US$ cheque. Within Canada, you can e-mail funds to For European guests there is banking info that comes with your info package.

Cancellation and Payment Policy

We can only reserve your space with a 50% deposit. If you cancel your trip more than 3 months before the trip starts, we will refund you half your deposit. If we can reschedule you to another week the same year, or if you can find a replacement for yourself, your deposit will stand but a $350 handling fee applies. If you cancel less than three months before the trip starts, no money will be refunded. If we cancel a trip for any reason, all money you have deposited for a trip will be refunded in full. Full payment is due one month before commencement.

Cancellation & Evacuation Insurance

We recommend that you purchase cancellation and evacuation insurance if you need to cancel or there is an emergency. Here is a link to an insurance company that protects you and ensures you are covered for evacuation costs. Please note that due to BC law, BC residents cannot purchase evacuation insurance, but residents of other jurisdictions can.
You will need to read and sign a waiver. Please download it here and read it before you come.

Winter Guided Waiver


Summer Self-Guided Waiver

Gear List


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My husband and I did the second half of the Donjek River route with Christoph Dietzfelbinger of Bear Mountaineering in 2010. This was our first trip with him but not our last, as we intend to do another in 2011. The trip was a complete success thanks to his expertise, organization, and personality. The equipment and food were great, his enthusiasm and experience inspire confidence, and Christoph is a charming and interesting fireside companion. We both unreservedly recommend Bear Mountaineering to anyone wanting guided wilderness travel in western Canada. 

Noni Fenwick-Wilson and Stirling Fraser, Comox BC