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  1. #1
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    Building a Ski-Touring Cabin

    After over 20 years of dreaming, scheming, and endless dead ends, I'm finally getting close to completing a ski-touring cabin in the local mountains. It's authorized by the Province, and will be operated by a small non-profit I set up. It'll be 12' x 24', shed roofed, with 4 beds and wood stove, sled accessed, and sitting right at the base of an out-of-the-way zone of exceptional skiing. Overnight bookings will initially be monopolized by the volunteers who contributed to its creation, but will gradually be opened up at $20 per person per night.
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  2. #2
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    thats cool, a guy i met who built one told me you defintley DO NOT want to build an unauthorized cabin in the prov ince of BC ...buddy seemed to be having problems with the gov
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  3. #3
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    Strong work Kootnay! I really dig this kind of thing.


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    A+

  5. #5
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    that's super rad and looks like a great zone.

  6. #6
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    tree OH TREE!!!!!
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    yep, good stuff

  7. #7
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    well played


  8. #8
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    Sweet dude
    PE, Mechanical Engineering
    University of Bridger Bowl Alumnus
    Alpental Creeper

  9. #9
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    killer! would love to know when this is open to the public

  10. #10
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    give'er eh!
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    Sick-well done!

  11. #11
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    Building a Ski-Touring Cabin

    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    thats cool, a guy i met who built one told me you defintley DO NOT want to build an unauthorized cabin in the prov ince of BC ...buddy seemed to be having problems with the gov
    Truth.

    You also don't want to publicly offer a recreational service in someone's tenure .... but I would assume after 20 years of lament, OP covered these bases.

    We had a rad cabin for a while, build on private land in the heart of the monashee .... but capitalism. The land was sold, our beer box agreement was tossed aside and now some guy runs a marginal cat ski operation in its place.

    Some of the best and worst times of my life were rooted in that cabin. You guys are going to have a blast.
    "Its not the arrow, its the Indian" - M.Pinto

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    BC BBI 2019?
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

  13. #13
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    Well done! Sign me up.

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  15. #15
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    Solid work... Planning on doing something similar. Looking forward to following this...

  16. #16
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    maybe 6 years ago I helped put a 26' trailer on crown land out in the BC for a ski cabin so I asked if this was really legal and buddy said oh yeah its ok as long as its not permanent

    the difference is up here the all the govy guys who make decisions and shit happen ARE the skiers so instead of applying to the gov and jumping thru hoops buddy just talked to some guy 2 cubicles over at coffee and ... Bob's yer uncle

    we even got a used outhouse from parks
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  17. #17
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    Building a Ski-Touring Cabin

    I am just going to build a semi permanent camp on crown land , based on a pretext of using it as a base camp for my own private SAR organization.

    I figure with enough guns on site and the support of grandmothers on social media, it will be more of nightmare to remove than to just ignore.
    "Its not the arrow, its the Indian" - M.Pinto

  18. #18
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    It took me many false starts to work out how to navigate the (BC) system, but I've worked it out, and once this one is established, I'm keen to build another one, and so on until I can't. If others are keen, I'm happy to share strategy. The more ski touring cabins the better. Once our volunteers have got their efforts worth, I'll definitely let TGRers know how to get in on the fun.

  19. #19
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    Very cool. Pipe dream for me as well. I've started diving down the rabbit hole and have the KML with all the tenures marked, which I imagine is how to start...Might PM you when i dive back in...
    Drive slow, homie.

  20. #20
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    cool project! this one of those things that makes me jealous of you mags that live away from cities


    ques: was there a reason you went without eaves? I'm imagining snow will pile up against the siding through the season

  21. #21
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    Nice work man! Saw this on your insta and thought it was ballsy to be posting pics. Legit is awesome.
    www.skevikskis.com Check em out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcrawfo View Post
    Truth.

    We had a rad cabin for a while, build on private land in the heart of the monashee .... but capitalism. The land was sold, our beer box agreement was tossed aside and now some guy runs a marginal cat ski operation in its place.

    Some of the best and worst times of my life were rooted in that cabin. You guys are going to have a blast.
    best and worst.... good way of putting it. It's sort of a good thing its gone, shit was getting crazy.
    www.skevikskis.com Check em out!

  23. #23
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    Awesome
    I can volunteer some free labor,
    Im in town and not working right now. I have tons of building experience.
    Although it looks like you got it pretty dialed in. Please message if you need any help.
    Congrats.


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  24. #24
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    Look like a great zone. Would love to see the finished product. Strong work!

  25. #25
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    Very cool. Love the community involvement, too. Building bonds and buildings. Half the effort was probably getting permits and setting up non-profit. Great work.
    Screw the net, Surf the backcountry!

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