Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut

At a Glance


In a grassy meadow in the Adamant Group of the Selkirk Mountains, BC

82N/13 (Sullivan River); Grid Reference 394352

2,050 metres (6,700 feet)

NAD83 11U 439500 5735079

51°45’ 48” / -117°52’ 36”


Open all year

$30 members, $40 others


Helicopter from Golden.

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Summer - World class granite mountaineering

Leaving only very small paths in some places

The Adamants in summer – granite and glaciers. Photo by Dave McCormick

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.

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. With a complete propane system which includes an oven for baking, two very efficient wood stoves 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!


Winter - World famous backcountry powder

Fairy Meadow in winter – a powder paradise. Photo by Ian Jackson

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. As Chic Scott writes in Summit & Icefields – Columbia Mountains: “The ski terrain at Fairy Meadow is superb and the snow in this part of the Selkirks is deep, so the area has become a favourite destination for backcountry skiers.”

The possible tours from the hut are numerous and include everything from tree skiing and quick moraine runs close to the hut to tours over glaciers, passes and around stunning peaks.

Note: Due to high demand, ski weeks at Fairy Meadow are booked through a lottery system. Applications are accepted in the spring for the following winter (see Bookings, below).


Summer bookings at the Fairy Meadow Hut are made by calling our office in Canmore at (403) 678-3200 ext 0.

Ski Week Lottery Info: Due to high demand, ski weeks at the Fairy Meadow Hut are booked through a lottery system. All winter bookings are week-long and lottery applications are accepted in the spring for the following winter. See our Fairy Meadow Hut lottery details page for information on entering the lottery.

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Other Huts in the Area


Great Cairn Hut

The Great Cairn Hut is accessible overland from the Fairy Meadow Hut in both summer and winter. The trip is long, involved and requires mountaineering skills.

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Per NightAdultMember$30
Per NightAdultNon-Member$40
Per NightChildMember$15
Per NightChildNon-Member$20
Per WeekAdultSki Week$1000
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Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Wood-fired sauna

Recreational Opportunities