**Please note new rate changes will be in effect for visits from December 1, 2015 onwards**
The Wendy Thompson Hut is a reservations-only based hut. You must have a confirmed reservation to stay at the hut. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until:
a) pre-payment has been received and acknowledged with an email receipt
b) you have received an email stating that you and your party are booked
Currently the only way to make a reservation for the Wendy Thompson Hut is online.
Please understand that it may take up to three days for your reservation request to be processed. Reservations made from Wednesday on for a weekend may not be processed in time for your visit. Please plan ahead.
To make a reservation:
1) Scroll down to the bottom of this page and check the availability on the calendar. If the hut is booked, the date you desire will state that the hut is fully booked.
2) Make sure you are familiar with our Cancellation policy
3) Click the Reservation button
The Wendy Thompson Hut receives a high number of reservation requests, especially for Saturday nights during the winter season. We recommend booking at least 7 days in advance. Requests sent on a Thursday night for Friday booking will not be received in time and you will not have a reservation. This means that you may head out to the hut only to discover that it is fully occupied.
**New rate changes will take place for all visits from December 1, 2015 onwards. The new rate will be $20 per person per night, or $15 if you are an ACC Whistler or ACC Vancouver member.** Please note that all monies collected go to maintenance and improvement of this hut. Each year a great many days of labour go into keeping Wendy’s legacy alive and the improvements you will have noticed over the years have been made possible by the contributions of our users.
The maximum number of people to stay in the hut is 16. (Dogs are free, but must be kept outside the hut. Please make sure your pooch is ok with potentially sharing the area around the hut with another pup.)
The booking rate applies even if you are camping outside or around the hut but use the outhouse or hut facilities (for example, the kitchen or dining area). This is simply to be fair to those who are staying in the hut, as you are taking space and facilities when you do this and you are benefiting from the facility.
At the same time, those occupying the hut with a reservation are expected to extend backcountry hospitality to those visiting the hut. We often have parties who have become cold or wet stop to dry off at the hut. Help them get squared away. Wendy would approve.
Guides should contact Brigitte at bmah49 AT hotmail.com for rates and booking availability.
It is possible, and in fact happens regularly, to book the entire hut exclusively for a group. The hut sleeps 16 comfortably, and rates are the same as above. Payment for an exclusive booking must be received in full before the hut is considered fully booked. Please note that up to four ACC Whistler members may be in attendance on any weekend as custodians, regardless of an “exclusive” booking.
Exclusive bookings can only be made one month in advance. Most of the times large groups select a date several months ahead and for various reasons (weather, airline availability, illness), will end up cancelling. Please familiarize yourself with the Cancellation policy below before making a request.
Please also note that helicopter or sled assistance or access is not permitted anywhere in the Marriott Basin. The area is zoned non-mechanized, and we are expected to maintain that usage as a condition of our tenure.
What You’ll Find At The Hut
The hut is a modest gothic-arch styled cabin. There are two floors. The lower floor contains the main entrance on the north side (in the winter it is often below the snow pack surface although frequently a trail is dug down to the door), which hosts a kitchen table, two six person tables, four long benches (good for 16 people), and four folding chairs (these can be hung from hooks in the mudroom for more space for small groups). There are two banquettes that will seat up to four people each but are more comfortable for three each There are four sinks (with buckets underneath), and a counter for you to cook and do kitchen prep.
As of 2015, there are three defined food prep cooking stations. Unfortunately, as a result of negligence and misuse, we have had to remove the two Coleman white gas stoves. You must now bring your own cooking stove.
A note on foodstuffs. Please, please do not leave ANY food at the hut. Despite intentions, these foods attract rodents and other small mammals, who attempt to chew their way into the hut. We do not have custodians into the hut every week, so it is up to users to remove materials that they have brought to the hut.
A note on cleaning. We had seven volunteers working for two days to do a deep clean of the hut on the Remembrance Day weekend. Wall, floor, and kitchen surfaces were cleaned and sterilized by the crew to provide a better hut experience. Please do your best to keep the hut as clean as possible. More work will be done on the walls, especially the older walls, as the season progresses.
Upstairs is a loft which contains the sleeping area with a large bunk bed. There are no single beds. You must bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Please respect the space of other users. There are shelves on the wall opposite the beds and hooks to hang packs and stuff sacs from. Ear plugs are recommended to improve sleep quality.
Heating for the Wendy Thompson Hut is provided by a wood stove. A great deal of volunteer time and helicopter transport was needed to provide the three-and-a-half cords stacked at the hut. Please use the wood according to the posted instructions at the hut and be mindful that the season is a long one. A small hatchet for creating kindling is cabled at the wood storage. Axes or splitting mauls are not to be brought into the hut. A good plan is to bring some dry kindling in your pack to make it easier to light the stove. Please do not keep the stove burning if you are out for the day or over night. This is a backcountry hut and it is not expected to be t-shirt warm in the evenings. Based on user contributions from past years, we have supplied as much wood as we are able to provide and maintain a balanced budget.
This year, a $3500 solar lighting system was added to the hut. Under normal usage, three banks of light can be maintained during dark hours. Please only use the lights that are necessary for your purposes, but feel free to use whatever light you require. Note that the lights are on a two hour timer and will shut off after that time. Timing begins when they are switched back on. There are four USB chargers also located beside the switches.
Outhouse facilities are located outside of the hut, around back. Please be respectful of the natural environment and only put human waste and toilet paper inside. There is a marked pee tree to the east of the hut on the way to the outhouse. Please use this whenever possible. Gray water can also be dumped beyond this tree next to the rock.
Please check the barrel status at the beginning of your stay and let us know if there is a need to make changes. Note that we fly the barrels out once a year, and garbage can create problems with our system, increasing costs to the hut maintenance. Barrel changing is easy and can normally be accomplished by one person.
As of Winter 2012/13, we require all bookings to be paid in advance.
Please note that the Wendy Thompson Hut is located in the backcountry, in Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) Challenging terrain. The winter route is NOT marked, and you will be responsible for route-finding and navigating.
Your reservation is the same as a hotel. If you are unable to make it to the hut because of navigation error or fatigue or group dynamics, we cannot refund your payment. However, if the avalanche conditions as rated by Avalanche Canada South Coast Inland bulletin on the days you are to be at the hut, are HIGH or EXTREME, as stated within 24 hours of your departure, we will refund you in full if you wish to cancel.
Cancellation notice given via email 7 days or more prior the first night’s stay will be given a full refund. We are not trying to be punitive; rather we want to give everyone equal opportunity to stay at the hut. Giving us 7 days (or more) notice allows us enough time to contact the next party on the waiting list.
If you any questions about staying at the hut, please forward them to Brigitte at bmah49 AT hotmail.com.