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.

The ultimate backcountry experience in the mountains of northwestern BC.

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)

 
 

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