The ultimate backcountry experience in the mountains of northwestern BC.

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

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

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

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.

These days, things are changing quickly. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we had to shut the lodge down three weeks early. I'm very sorry for the people who had to cancel or postpone their trip. I am offering a 75% refund to those who cannot reschedule and greatly appreciate their willingness to share some of my loss. I offer the guides whose trips were cancelled 80% of their wages, but most of them generously charge less. This hits us all hard, but we will be fair and honest with everyone and look forward to see each other in the mountains again.

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 aill 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.


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