“Fairy Meadow” sounds like the place where my daughter rides her unicorn, but in the last 48 years since the Alpine Club of Canada built a hut there, the name has become synonymous with deep powder touring. Located in the Adamant Range of British Columbia, the Fairy Meadow hut is surrounded by huge, dark granite peaks, pounded with snow that comes early and stays late, and blessed with light that shifts and dances and glows. The hut itself is positively palatial, a two-story structure with bunks for 20, two wood stoves, an oven for baking, and a wood-burning sauna. And it’s not easy to reserve, either — Fairy Meadow is so popular, getting in means winning a lottery. How’s your luck these days?
Photo by Garrett Grove