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Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Brian Waddington Hut

Brian Waddington Hut

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  • Sat, Mar 24, 2012 — Sat, Mar 31, 2012
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Adults
11:45 AM at TBD
Backcountry Ski tour in exceptional area of British Columbia north of Whistler. Stay in the University of British Columbia – Varsity Outdoor Club (UBC-VOC) Brian Waddington hut. The areas surrounding the hut provide wide range of skiing opportunities – including some advanced runs suitable for skiing in poor weather. Numerous advanced and expert runs possible in the area during good weather and stable snow conditions. Hut is fairly large. last year there were sixteen people and four dogs in the hut during the time we were there -- that didn't feel crowded at all, while the VOC website lists the capavity at 24, I think it could easily accomidate 30 before it started to feel tight. Hut fees a minisucle, just $5 per person per night. Drive to Pemberton on Saturday and stay at the affordable hostel Shiloh Works which is fairly close to the trailhead ($25 per night) The hut approach is six miles, four miles and 2000vft on logging roads and two miles and 1200vft on a very well marked ski trail. I'm investigating making arrangments to provide a snow-machine shuttle up the logging road portion to allow more fun skiing on the first day. Last year's trip to the area was very enjoyable -- we enjoyed both excellent weather and snow that was very stable and quite good skiing. For this year's trip I'm planning on addtional days at the hut -- there are plenty of great lines yet to ski. Skiers on this trip will need to be strong both physically and in terms of skiing skill in order to enjoy themselves. While there is intermediate level terrain in the area around the hut, the best routes require advanced skills to enjoy Skiing out through the ski trail through the forest with a full pack somewhat of an ordeal for intermediate level skiers. The hut is well insulated and ventilated, but lacks a wood stove -- the combination of people, dogs, cooking stoves and lanterns keeps the interior of the hut in the upper 30's overnight and warmer during the day. Comfortable enoigh while hanging out in a down jacket and booties, but definitlly not a shirt sleeves environment. Water is availble from the lake, so there is no need to melt snow. UBC Varsity Outdoor club information page about the hut http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Brian_Waddington_Hut Map of route from trailhead to hut http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/23917284 Some pictures from last years trip http://www.flickr.com/photos/34866470@N00/sets/72157627907747559/
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