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!

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!

Bear Mountaineering

Welcome to the Burnie Glacier Chalet. Far north and west of all other British Columbia lodges, we have been a hot tip for years. And we intend to stay so! Please have a look around. The calendar is usually quite accurate, but please contact us if the week you want is full. There are sometimes openings, and things can change.  Watch the video, send us a message, and soon we may be skiing or climbing together. The mountains are always waiting.

Covid updates

By June of 2021, it looks like an end to the pandemic is in sight. Just when we got used to masks and distancing! Just kidding. It feels like a large weight is slowly lifting off us. We look forward to seeing our friends and guests again. And they are coming: the lodge is fully booked for 2022, and we are taking bookings for 2023. This coming winter, we will ask that all our guests and staff are vaccinated, but we will not ask you for documentation. No one knows yet when the borders will reopen, and how cross border travel will look. But it is reasonable to assume that our US guests will be able to come, and we sure look forward to that.

Winter 2021/ 2022

We are planning to go skiing this coming winter. We had to make some changes to how we operate to reduce the risk of Covid 19 infections at the lodge. For example, we only take eight guests now so it's less crowded, and there are a number of other measures. Here is a link to the plan.

We will also offer the lodge, with all its services, to groups who want to be in their bubble, at a fixed rate.

So by all means, write to discuss your plans, and let's be ready to ski next winter.


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