Backcountry Getaways

I have to admit, I was more than a little a jealous when I saw the photos…

Bright Mount Begbie. Photo: B. Kopp
Blanket Glacier Chalet. Photo: B. Kopp
Snow heaven! Photo: B. Kopp

My guy was lucky enough to join a group of friends for a pre-Christmas backcountry getaway at Blanket Glacier Chalet, near Revelstoke, B.C.  Located in the Monashee Mountains, the area has an average winter snowfall of over 25 meters (82 feet). The snow, the ski, the stay – it looked like way too much fun.

Rather than stay envious for too long – it’s Christmas after all – I’m getting set for a family getaway into Elk Lakes Provincial Park, B.C. Tucked in a pocket of the Rocky Mountains, just across the border from Alberta, the Elk Lakes Hut is one of Alpine Club of Canada’s hut system. Easy ski access in the winter makes it popular with families.

If you’re inspired, here are three more Southeastern B.C./Southwestern Alberta backcountry getaways worth checking out:

Elizabeth Parker Hut – An historic log cabin with character and built to bed winter self-catered groups of up to 20.

Skoki Lodge – snugly situated in Banff National Park, Skoki’s history is as fascinating as the terrain around the lodge. This backcountry stay comes complete with three meals a day and afternoon tea. How civilized!

A.O. Wheeler Hut – just two kilometers (just over one mile) off the Trans-Canada Highway in Rogers Pass, B.C., this hut is the perfect base for the pass’s “legendary powder skiing.”

Bare bones hut or luxurious lodge – there’s a backcountry bed waiting for all of us. Here’s hoping Santa puts one in your stocking.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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