Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut

Summer - World class granite mountaineering

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!

At A Glance

General: In a grassy meadow in the Adamant Group of the Selkirk Mountains, BC
Map and Grid Reference: 82N/13 (Sullivan River); Grid Reference 394352
Hut Elevation: 2,050 metres (6,700 feet)
GPS: NAD83 11U 439380 5735340
Lat / Long: 51°45’ 48” / -117°52’ 36”
Open: Open all year
Rates: $30 members, $40 others

Quick Description: Helicopter from Golden.
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Winter - World famous backcountry powder

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).

The Adamants in Summer - granite and glacier. Photo by Dave McCormick

Fair Meadow in Winter - a powder paradise. Photo by Ian Jackson


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.

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

NOTE: The Ski lottery is closed for this season, and wilL OPEN for the next on APRIL 1, 2019.

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

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations arerequired at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. ACC members can book 12 months in advance. Non-members can book 30 days in advance
  • Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 to make a booking. We are open 8:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation insurance for your trip.

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.

Fairy Meadow Hut Galleries

Interior Main Hut


Per Night Adult Member $30
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40
Per Night Child Member $15
Per Night Child Non-Member $20
Per Week   Ski Week $1000 

About rates


Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Snow melt, Unfiltered Tap
Wood-fired sauna

Recreational Opportunities

  • Mountaineering
  • Alpine Rock Climbing
  • Scrambling
  • Trail Hiking
  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering


Access in summer and winter is via helicopter. Travel arrangements through Alpine Helicopters in Golden (250-344-7444).

Printable detailed approach description

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The Hut Experience

Staying in a backcountry hut is a shared, rustic experience. Sleeping, kitchen and living areas are communal, and foam mattresses, cooking and eating utensils are provided. Guests area expected to bring their own sleeping bags, food and personal items.

All of our huts are user-maintained, meaning that the custodial work of keeping the hut clean, chopping firewood and shovelling snow is done by the guests. The ACC provides major service and renovations to all of our huts each year to ensure they are in good repair.