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, a very efficient wood stove 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!

Summer helicopter access packages

The Fairy Meadow Hut overland summer access route can be a pain, is overgrown and is a bigger undertaking than even the most experienced hikers are prepared to endure. Some still attempt the hike because the climbing at Fairy Meadow is world class and is comparable to the bugaboos, but with fewer people. The ACC now offers hut plus flight packages for those who want to travel with a bit more gear and save their uphill walking mojo for the peaks.

Hut plus flight Packages

The following hut plus flight packages are available from late July through early September:

  • 7-night package: Saturday to Saturday. $650.00 per person
  • 4-night package: Saturday to Wednesday. $550.00 per person
  • 3-night package: Wednesday to Saturday. $450.00 per person

All packages require a minimum group size of 5 people. Adjusted schedules may be accommodated where possible. Please speak with Michael Geertsema for more information.

Bookings for Hut plus Flight packages are made by contacting Michael Geertsema.

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.
Approach Description: Printable PDF
How To Book Check Availability

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

Hut Bookings Summer 2020

Note that all ACC hut bookings for summer 2020 will be processed under a temporary system due to COVID-19.
Please see our Booking Huts page  for our temporary policies and rates for summer 2020.
Please do not call our office to make hut bookings at this time.


Summer Bookings

Hut only:

Summer bookings at the Fairy Meadow Hut are made by calling our reservations staff at 403-678-3200 ext 0.

Hut plus helicopter flight:

Hut plus Flight packages are available from late July through early September. Bookings can be made by contacting Michael Geertsema at the national office.

Hut Only Bookings:

Hut only bookings are available during the shoulder seasons of May through July and September through November. Hut only guests will need to make personal arrangements to travel to the hut.

All packages require a minimum group size of 5 people. Bookings are made by emailing Michael Geertsema  at the national office.

Winter Bookings

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.

Winter 2020/21 Fairy Meadow

NOTE: The Ski lottery wilL OPEN for Winter 2021 From APRIL 15 to June 15, 2020.

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 8:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation and/or appropriate emergency medical insurance for your trip (link below).

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

References and Links

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 are 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.