At long last, it is now possible to book nights at the brand new Kees and Claire Hut in the Whistler Backcountry. This incredible, passive house design facility is going to be a tremendous asset for the South Coast mountain community and is the first link in a proposed chain of three huts through the world-class Spearhead Range.
Booking a trip to the hut will provide critical funding to the Spearhead Hut Society, the volunteer group that is working hard to make the vision of a hut chain a reality. Grab some friends for a fall hiking getaway or rally your crew for a powder mission this winter. By reserving now you’ll ensure a visit to the hut in its inaugural year, but more importantly you’ll be making a contribution to this incredibly worthwhile cause.
ABOUT THE HUT
Hut Opening Dates
The Spearhead Hut Society is now accepting reservations for public use of the Kees and Claire Hut starting Sept 7, 2019.
Prices For Staying At The Kees and Claire Hut
- $45/night – Public ($15 discount for children under 14)
- $30/night – Members of the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section, Alpine Club of Canada Whistler Section and the British Columbia Mountaineering Club
Reservations can be made online at http://www.spearheadhuts.org/reservations/
The Kees and Claire Hut has 38 bunks divided into 6 sleeping areas.
Provided at Kees and Claire Hut:
- Four 2-burner propane cooktops, complete with supplies and equipment for cooking and dining, such as pots, plates, utensils, mugs, glasses, bodums and tea pots
Items to bring to Kees and Claire Hut:
- Light sleeping bag (hut has some heat)
- Foamie/Thermarest (mattresses may be provided in the future)
- Hut slippers
Water At The Hut
While a water system is planned for the future, there isn’t currently water available on tap at the hut. At this time water must be collected from Russet Lake or from melting snow. Guests are asked to pitch in and obtain their own water from Russet Lake or transport snow as needed.
Wastewater disposal is provided at the hut.
- Propane generator with batteries for power storage and LED lighting
- Twelve USB ports for recharging GPS units
- Free-standing propane stove in Brett’s Lounge
- Propane direct-vent heaters and a propane furnace
- Three urine/solid separating toilets with waste collection to minimize environmental impact
- Engineered dispersion field for urine and greywater
- Custodian Room
The Kees and Claire Hut can be accessed in one of three ways:
- Musical Bumps from Top of Peak Express
After riding the Whistler Gondola to Roundhouse Lodge hike down to the Peak Express and take that lift to the Peak. Follow Matthew’s Traverse and Burnt Stew into Symphony Bowl. Cross Symphony on a mix of roads and trail heading to the Flute-Piccolo Col. A trail leads over Flute Summit and Oboe Summit to Singing Pass and then up to the Kees and Claire Hut above Russet Lake.
Approximately 9.4 km and 515 m of elevation gain, 2.5-4.5 hours.
- Musical Bumps from Roundhouse Lodge
After riding the Whistler Gondola to Roundhouse Lodge a trail network can be followed past Harmony Lake and Symphony Lake to the Flute-Piccolo Col. A trail leads over Flute Summit and Oboe Summit to Singing Pass and then up to the Kees and Claire Hut above Russet Lake.
Approximately 10.5 km and 760 m of elevation gain, 3-5 hours.
- Singing Pass Trail from Whistler Village
A trail leads from Whistler Village to Singing Pass and Russet Lake.
Approximately 14 km and 1450 m of elevation gain, 4-6 hours.
- Musical Bumps from Top of Peak Express
Whistler Overnight Parking
Overnight guests of the Kees and Claire Hut are directed to pay park in Day Lot 4. There are 6 designated parking spots for Garibaldi Park on the west side of Lot 4 which should be used first, however other stalls in Lot 4 can be used once those are full. Payment is required during Peak Season (December 15 to April 15). Payment should be made on paybyphone.com (or using the paybyphone app) for Lot #4078 (this is the parking number of Garibaldi Park visitors) or in person at Municipal Hall during business hours. Guests must display a printed reservation for the hut in the windshield of the vehicle.
After April 1st, overnight pay parking is permitted in Day Lots 1 to 5 with a maximum stay of 24 hours. Overnight parking is also available in the Conference Centre underground and Whistler Public Library as well as some hotels.