Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut

At a Glance

How to Book

Location

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”

Rates

Open all year

$25 members, $36 others

Access

Helicopter from Golden.

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Granite Mountaineering, World-Famous Skiing

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. 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!

Bookings

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. Information on the lottery is found here.

Bookings

Summer bookings at the Fairy Meadow Hut are made by calling our office in Canmore. Winter bookings are week-long and are made through a lottery system (see below). ACC membership is required to book ski weeks, but not to enter the lottery.

Ski Weeks at Fairy Meadow Hut

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

Enter Ski Week Lottery: To be taken to the Fairy Meadow ski week lottery page click the button below.

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Ski Week Documents: For groups with a ski week booking at Fairy Meadow Hut, please download the following documents:

Other Huts in the Area

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.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $25
Per Night Adult Non-Member $36
Per Night Child Member $12.5
Per Night Child Non-Member $18
Per Week Adult Ski Week $1000
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Facilities

20
Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied
Outhouse
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Wood-fired sauna

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
Winter