Brian Waddington Hut


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Brian Waddington Hut

Multi-Day ski-in hut trip for hardy skiers.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

Exact meeting area in Seattle TBD depending on locations of participants.   Since this is a multi-day trip -- using Park-and-ride lots isn't feasible as vehicles left in a Park and Ride for longer than 48 hours risk being ticketed and towed.

Departure time from Seattle area will be 5:00AM in order to allow enough time to drive to the trail head (est 7 hours) and then ski into the hut by daylight.

Potentially we could instead leave on the 8th and stay in the hostel an hour from the trailhead (other some other  place in Pemberton or Whistler) if the group prefers a less tiring approach.

 2011 Trip Report:

Daily skiing:   Expect to engage in a vigorous ski tour each day from the hut, typically 4000 ft of elevation gain (and loss!) each day.   Poor weather may limit that somewhat.     Because of the long drive back to Seattle -- on the last day we likely simply ski out and drive home -- however a short side trip on Cabin Hill  might be undertaken or some variation on the exit route for a few more turns if conditions area favorable for non-survival mode skiing with the heavier overnight packs.


The UBC VOC requires a $10 per person per night donation to cover hut maintenance -- so that will be $50 per person -- if we use the hostel near the trailhead that will be another $25 or so.   Also "gas money"  for non-drivers will be around $35 -- actual per person "gas money" amount to be set by each carpool driver -- please agree on this amount in advance.

I will collect the hut fees and forward them to the UBC VOC and also the hostel fees if we choose that approach.   Pay your carpool driver directly.


Each participant will bring their own breakfasts and lunches -- However for dinners we will organize "cook teams" that will plan, shop for, pack in, prepare and clean up dinner for the entire group for one night.     These shared meals are essentially a "potluck in series" -- so if you have dietary restrictions you may need to opt out of the shared dinners. 

Group gear and fuel:

As a group we will need to haul in enough 1lb propane tanks, cook pots and a spare cook stove to cover our needs.    Please leave room in your pack to carry around 3 lbs of group gear.  We will also need to carry out all of our garbage and likely some garbage left behind by other groups.


 Using a sled to haul gear for the first 4 miles of the approach is quite feasible and not bad going up for the steep forested last two miles.   However skiing down the forest towing a sled is a real pain.   If you wish to use a sled either plan on leaving it at the beginning of the steep forested section or having a sled that allows you to carry it on your backpack for descending the forest.    I plan to use a sled on the road portion and will likely cache it at the start of the steep forested section.


Brian Waddington Hut

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Down booties or similar
  • Personal hygiene  items (including TP and hand sanitizer)
Trip Reports