Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut
GPS Coordinates: 51°45' 48"-117°52' 36" NAD83 11U 439500 5735079
There is a very good reason why the ACC has held its General Mountaineering Camp in the Fairy Meadow area on four separate occasions since 1981 - the place is awesome! The Adamant Group of the Selkirk Mountains provides climbers and backcountry skiers with a wealth of fantastic opportunities.
The peaks here are mainly granitic and there are several classic routes of various lengths and difficulty to challenge all types of climbers. In winter the snow comes early and in huge quantities, allowing for a myriad of touring and ski-mountaineering possibilities that are second to none. "The Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut is one of the great backcountry ski destinations in Canada. The snow is deep, the runs are excellent and the hut is very comfortable." (Summits and Icefields - Columbia Mountains, by Chic Scott, page 54). In the winter access is by helicopter only. Winter Ski Season Information.
Built in 1965 by the ACC as a project proposed and largely overseen by William Putnam, the hut has since seen extensive renovations which have transformed the two-storey wooden building into a deluxe backcountry destination indeed! With a complete propane system which includes an oven for baking, two very efficient woodstoves and a fully stocked cooking area, comfort is guaranteed. There is sleeping space for 20 on the second level and a spacious common room with adequate space for hanging gear. A large and very hot wood-burning sauna is an absolute treat on those clear, cold winter nights!
Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut - Winter Skiing
We hope you will be one of the "lucky groups (who) get to spend a week skiing in this paradise" (Summits and Icefields - Columbia Mountains, Chic Scott, page 50.)
If the following information does not answer all of your questions, please contact Rob Shears, Facilities Manager at the National Office at:
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