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!

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

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

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

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

Tempted by the big lines and adventure of backcountry skiing? Intimidated by all the scary stories about avalanches, crevasses and storms? Find out for yourself! This course will leave you with a solid knowledge of what you’re getting into – and memories of incredible runs, wonderful food, the magic of lodge living, and backcountry adventure coached by an experienced mountain guide and CAA instructor.

In a week based at the Burnie Glacier Chalet, you will learn to contents of CAA certified Avalanche Skills Training I and II Course, and get those tickets. You also get a Companion Rescue course. But that’s just where it starts. There is much more to ski mountaineering than that! From efficient skinning to making kickturns that work in steep terrain, from glacier travel to crevasse rescue and from map reading to whiteout navigation, this full week of training and skiing will give you an appreciation of the complexity and magic of the winter mountains.

All you’ll have to bring is ski mountaineering boots, and I have a few pairs of those should all else fail. We provide skis, skins, bindings, avalanche beacons, probes and shovels, all at no extra cost. It is of course preferable if you have your own.

Each day will focus on a particular topic, trained in the field in small groups with certified guides. In the evenings, there are presentations to provide background and to answer questions. Don’t worry, there will be time for some great powder skiing (that’s what it’s all about, after all), our famous saunas and our even more famous dinners.

Cost: $2650 per person


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