The ultimate backcountry experience in the mountains of northwestern BC.

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

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!

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

CAA Level 1 Professional Avalanche Course

The Canadian Avalanche Association has set standards in avalanche work world-wide. Level Is are being taught in Iceland and Japan, and for six years we have taught them in northern British Columbia as well. No longer do northerners have to travel far and wide, but they can get their ticket right in their home mountains. And people from other ranges and continents never complain about having taken their introductory professional course with us. Sign-up is through the Canadian Avalanche Association, but teaching, cooking and skiing is done right here.

If you wish to make your living in the snowy mountains, here is your chance to get your foot in the door.  And did you know that getting to Smithers is just an hour and a half from Vancouver? Register at the CAA website.

Cost: $ per person (TBD)

 
 

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