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Gros Morne National Park of Canada

Backcountry ski huts

The Gros Morne Cooperating Association , in cooperation with Parks Canada, has established two secluded backcountry ski huts for your winter adventure pleasure. Users of the backcountry huts should be experienced winter wilderness travelers or be guided by experienced wilderness leaders. There are no marked trails or routes that take you right to these huts.

The huts are located in the backcountry far from highways, telephone communication, or medical facilities. It is essential to be properly equipped and prepared for emergencies. Do not underestimate the seriousness of a winter overnight trip . The most common error is leaving the trailhead late in the day . Use the suggested clothing and equipment list for backcountry skiing to ensure you have all the necessities before you leave.

How do I book?

Call the Gros Morne Co-op at (709) 458-3605/3610. A credit card is required to make a booking. If your plans change, cancelling at least one week prior to your trip departure date will ensure a 100% refund.

The season for backcountry skiing is from January to April, depending on snow conditions.

Huts accommodate 12 people with a minimum booking of 2 people.

What does it cost?
$30 per person, per night or $180 for exclusive use, regardless of the number.
 


Hut Facilities and Services
Hut Size
two storey (approximately 90 square metres)

sleeping loft upstairs


Lighting
propane lights


Cooking
2 propane stoves (each stove has 4 burners and an oven)


Kitchen
sinks with drains, tables, benches, cutlery, dishes and pots to accommodate 12 people.


Heat
wood stove (axe and wood is supplied)


Water
snow and/or brook (boil for drinking)


Toilet

Baker’s Brook – outdoor toilet
Southwest Gulch – indoor flush toilet with septic field

 






Bakers Brook Hut

Nestled on the wooded shoreline of Bakers Brook Pond Fjord

Located in a sheltered spruce and fir forest beside Bakers Brook Pond, this hut's backdrop is the spectacular mountain scenery of the Long Range. For over half of the journey into this hut you travel along the marked (and often tracked) Baker's Brook ski trail . This is an excellent base-camp for further exploration of the gentle terrain of the coastal lowlands and is a recommended backcountry ski trail for your first overnight ski trip. For the more experienced and adventurous skiers and snowshoers with appropriate equipment, it is an excellent staging area for exploration of the fjord and the mountains.

Difficulty
novice - intermediate


Distance
8.5 km (parking area to hut)


Time
3-4 hours (one way)


Elevation
90 m


Hazards specific to this area
Bakers Brook Pond ice, whiteouts, avalanches (in mountainous areas )

Map & Coordinates
Gros Morne 12 H/12, UTM coordinates E 0437800 N 5499900








Southwest Gulch Hut

A remote backcountry experience and thrilling ski terrain!

Southwest Gulch is located in the Tablelands region, where the terrain ranges from the steep snow-filled bowls to the woods of Crow Mountain in the east. This mountainous region within Gros Morne National Park offers challenging ski terrain, best suited to the skilled, experienced skier and wilderness traveller.

Backcountry Ski Hut, Gros Morne National Park
Backcountry Ski Hut, Gros Morne National Park
© Parks Canada / Michael Burzynski / GMNP Slide # P5-260, 1998

The hut is tucked into the hillside surrounded by tall spruce and fir trees, offering protection from winter winds and a magnificent view of the Tablelands. The suggested routes to and from the hut are steep in sections and require the ability to control speed. If you choose to ski to the top of the Tablelands or to other high points in the area the views of fjords and Bonne Bay are breathtaking and the ski terrain is endless!

The ability to identify hazards (including avalanche terrain) and selecting routes best suited to the abilities within your group are essential to completing this trail to the backcountry ski hut.

Difficulty
advanced


Distance
7- 8 km (depending on route)
Time
3 - 5 hours (one way)


Elevation
360 m
Hazards specific to this area
Exposed ski terrain, prone to high winds and whiteout conditions. Avalanche potential.


Map & Coordinates
Lomond 12 H/5, UTM coordinates E 0432300 N 5474600





Route descriptions:

There are two suggested routes to this hut. The Tablelands route is a gradual climb over open terrain however it is exposed and should only be attempted in good visibility . The Birchy Head route is more sheltered, however it is a snowmobile route and the trail is narrow and steep in sections.

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