Frequently Asked Questions About Wendy Thompson Hut

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Is there cell service at the hut?

No. You lose cell service shortly after driving up the Duffey Lake Road past the third switchback.

If there is no cell service, how do I communicate if there is an emergency?

We recommend that you have at least one satellite communication device with your party; examples include SPOT devices or inReach or PLBs or Satellite Phones. Each has its advantages, but we are most fond of the inReach models, as text packets transfer well and it is easy to know if one has made contact relatively quickly. Note that parties MUST be prepared for self-rescue, basic life support, etc., as any rescue party will take considerable time to respond.

Research what numbers you would like to contact in the event of an emergency. Normally, local RCMP are the first choice. The closest community with RCMP and SAR is Pemberton, BC.

What happens if I don’t make it to the hut because I got lost? Do I get a refund?

Please take a look at the “How to get to the Wendy Thompson Hut” section of the website and get a copy of a good map or reliable digital source for navigation. Know how to navigate in mountainous terrain in the case of a white out or darkness. The winter route is not marked. Orange markers mark either the summer hiking route (passes through avalanche terrain) or a hiking route to another hanging valley beneath Mt. Rohr.

Unfortunately, we are not responsible for navigation challenges and per our cancellation policy we issue refunds if 7 days’ notice is given or if the avalanche rating as stated on Avalanche Canada’s site is at High or Extreme 24 hours before your trip begins.

I don’t see my reservation on the calendar. Am I booked in?

Please be patient. Your reservation request is being processed and will be responded to in the order it came through. Some days we receive an upwards of 20 requests so go through them accordingly.

I booked my spot but then was told I don’t have a spot. What happened?

We process reservations on a first come, first paid basis so someone may have sent in a request and paid before you did. We will admit we are NOT perfect, but we try to get things right and usually do.

Why can’t I book for next season?

This is a volunteer job and in order to reduce the high volume of requests, we process only one season at a time. You can book for the next season once this one ends.

I cancelled my reservation but haven’t received a refund. Why is this?

Please be patient. Due to the high volume of emails, questions, and requests that we receive it may take a few days to send you your refund. In addition, PayPal does take a couple of business days to process transactions.

Is it ok for me to ski or snowshoe in by myself and meet my group later on?

This is not a decision we can make for you; however, solo travel in the backcountry is never recommended for a variety of safety reasons.

I heard that there have been avalanches nearby in the past. Can I get a refund for my reservation?

Per our cancellation policy you can receive a refund if you cancel with 7 days’ (or more) notice, or if the avalanche rating by Avalanche Canada is High or Extreme 24 hours before the start of your trip. You are entering avalanche terrain rated “Challenging” on the ATES (Google it!) scale and we request you take steps to mitigate the hazard.

Please be careful in reading the avalanche bulletin for South Coast Inland. There can be a lot of variability in the forecast region and the southern end often has a higher avalanche rating. We have had parties misunderstand the ratings and try to cancel when the actual rating for the Duffey (the north end of the region, where Marriott Basin is located) was considerable but the southern end was rated as “High”.

Is the winter trail route marked?

No. You will need to use navigation and route-finding skills to get to the hut in the winter. As conditions warrant, different routes may be needed to migitate hazard. We do not recommend relying on GPS coordinates to navigate to the hut.

Is the hut locked?

No. Just walk right on in. The “back” door, facing the ski area called “the Burn” is the entrance and has a mud room. There are crocs available and we ask that folks not take boots, skis, or sharps (ice axes, crampons, etc) into the hut.

Are there sleeping mattresses in the hut?

Yes, the new 4″ covered foam mattresses are in at the hut. Please enjoy your sleep!

Can I just show up at the hut and expect to find space to sleep?

This is highly inadvisable because you may head out to the hut and find it is full.

Can I camp outside the hut?

The purpose of the hut is to reduce environmental impact. Having tents around the hut puts environmental strain on the area. There are meadows and other places to tent further from the hut. In addition, we find that campers want to use the hut cooking facilities and the outhouse, so really you are making use of much of the infrastructure in this case.

If I camp, why do I have to pay the same fee as everyone else?

The fees for the hut go toward waste removal from the outhouse and other amenities and we request all campers to use the outhouse in order to reduce environmental impact to the area; therefore, you are using services which must be paid for.

Can I bring my dog?

We ask that dogs remain outside to be fair to all users of the hut. Not everyone is comfortable around dogs, for a variety of reasons.