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 Post subject: Interior BC Huts?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:42 pm 
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Anyone have knowledge on where to go in interior BC for hut systems? Looking at logistics now for a trip up there this winter. Can be around Revelstoke, Banff, Nelson. And any other info would be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Interior BC Huts?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:48 pm 
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i guess it depends what kinda hut youre looking for....
if you're into commercial operations there's a bunch round Golden, Sorcerer, Golden Alpine Holidaze, Amiskwi, Battle Abbey, offer guided catered gigs, good living im sure, selkirk mtn experience near revvy if you can deal with the rude dog.
if you're talkin' diy styles, the alpine club of canada has huts, mostly in the rockies, wapta ice field, 10 peaks, they also have kokanee glacier (near nelson) and fairy meadows (near golden) but those 2 huts have a lottery system in place cuz they're high demand.... this season will be all booked by now, lottery is in the spring for next season.... sometimes you can get in on short notice if a party, or part of one, bails late.
otherwise the coast has some... commercial like whitecap, or some in bc parks like the icebox by fissile on the spearhead traverse, elfin lakes shelter by diamondhead above squampton....
some of the other bc parks around do have some shelters now that i think of it, like top of the world.... bugaboos (officially closed in winter).....
otherwise ya gotta sweet talk the locals about pirate cabins.... there was a bit of a clean up by the forest service a couple of summers ago tho, at least around here

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 Post subject: Re: Interior BC Huts?
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oh ooops i forgot theres a couple huts in glacier park here, asulkan brook is pretty sweet, wheeler hut is just off the road, also some deeper in the park, glacier circle, probly only really recommended later in the season, and one or 2 others that are not officially advertised

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 Post subject: Re: Interior BC Huts?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:04 pm 
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Hey karkis, thanks for the response. Looking for pretty bare bones. Don't want a guide, and don't feel like paying over $30 a night. We stayed in the Coast for 9 days a few years ago at Keiths and an off the grid one for super cheap, and loved it. I'd be stoked as long as it has a wood stove.

Seems like from what you said, the interior doesn't have that type of style as coast range, am I off base? Thinking of a trip either up through Nelson to Revelstoke or through Banff into Revelstoke. Probably split time between a few resorts days and splitting.

Our options are either doing a hut, or just staying in hotels around the areas along the way. More leaning towards hotels at this point for logistics (flying in), but wanted to keep options open, because I do enjoy staying in huts and getting away.


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As Karkis pointed out, The Asulkan Hut is great. great location, not too far in but far enough from the road to be BC.
Otherwise just tent camp near the best western thats now closed but check in with the Rodgers pass rangers station


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:45 am 
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any update on the rogers pass lodge re-opening?


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 Post subject: Re: Interior BC Huts?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:12 pm 
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In regards to the Glacier Park Lodge reopening, it will not be happening in the near future. The issue between the two involved parties is before the courts and will not be resolved in a very timely matter. While the lodge sits boarded up the ravages of selkirk weather are taking their toll on a building that has been suffering from lack of maintenance for decades. The likelyhood of that particular building reopening in a commercial capacity is very slim.

Of course, for legal reasons, you didn't hear any of this from me. Parks will simply tell you that the matter is before the courts.

On the topic of Interior BC huts, I know a few folks have had a good time at the Ymir yurts down in the Kootenays, trip reports are on the board here if you look for them. Both Asulkan and Wheeler are great locations to shred from. Kicking Horse and RMR equal distance away if you fancy some resort days as well. Otherwise Karkis summed it all up pretty nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Interior BC Huts?
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There's also the Ripple Ridge hut up at Kootenay Pass as well as several in the Bonnington Range (which make up the Bonnington Traverse) south of Nelson. All require booking in advance, but they're cheap, $10/night.

http://www.kootenaymountaineering.bc.ca/cabins.html

Of course, being BC and the Kootenays as Karkis mentioned, there are plenty of 'off the grid' digs as well. Just have to ask around once you're here!


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