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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.

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”.

Unfortunately, we are not responsible for navigation challenges and per our cancellation policy we issue refunds if seven (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.

Please take a look at the “Access” 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.

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.

Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver ACC Chapter members are entitled to early booking privileges but all participants in the group must be ACC members to qualify. The booking windows for the members and non-members can be found by following the link on the Step 1 page of the Reservation process.

Confirmation emails can sometimes be sent to Junk or Spam folders, please check there before contacting us.

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.

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 migrate hazard. We do not recommend relying on GPS coordinates to navigate to the hut.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


ALL trips require a waiver to be signed by the participant in the view of the leader. The leader is required to keep waivers for 7 years. This is to protect the Whistler Section, ACC National and the leader in case of a accident. It is also required by the insurance policy that the national ACC has.

The Whistler Section of the ACC is a local chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada, Canada’s national mountaineering organization. When you join the club you become a member of both the National ACC and a local section.

  1. Go here and select the type of membership you want.
  2. Follow the wizard, making sure you select Whistler as your Primary Section. Please note that if you choose to join another section (for example, Vancouver), there is an additional cost. Some people like to belong to several sections. Don’t feel you have to.
  3. Pay online with a credit card and voila! Welcome to ACC Whistler. We’re happy to have you join us on our adventures.

For more information on the fee structure, visit the membership section of the national website.

Technically no you don’t, but we would encourage you to join if you go on more than 1 trip per year.

In general YES you do ─ though in some rare cases it might not be required.

For winter leaders you need (at a minimum) AST (Avalanche Skills Training) level 1.

Both summer and winter leders need to “shadow” a senior leader for at least 2 trips to understand what is required.

Time Hours Elevation
Meters Difficulty of Terrain
A 0━4 1 0━500 a Easy
B 4━7 2 500━1000 b Moderate
C 7━10 3 1000━1500 c Difficult
D 10+ 4 1500+ d Advanced

Terrain Rating Criteria
Easy Easy grades, generally easy conditions for hiking/skiing
Moderate Moderate grades, may have some moderate challenges
Difficult Steeper grades, may have high steps, longer muddy/icy sections
Advanced Steep grades and/or exposed sections. River crossings can be challenging at times.

Some examples:
A trip that is expected to take 2 hours with an elevation gain of 400m over easy terrain would be Graded “A1a”.
A trip that is expected to take 8 hours with an elevation gain of 900m over advanced terrain would be Graded “C2d”.

Yes, there are several shops in the Sea to Sky Corridor that rent hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry and climbing gear. Try the following search terms in your browser: “rental climbing gear whistler bc”

You can get in contact with us by Email at accwhistler@gmail.com. Please note that it may take some time for a reply.

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