Rob Ritchie (Balfour) Hut

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Place Category: Alpine Club of CanadaPlace Tags: Alberta and Canada

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  • We haven’t checkout out the Balfour Hut yet, but here is the lowdown from the ACC… “The Rob Ritchie Hut, also known as the Balfour Hut, is found on low, rocky hills at the toe of the Vulture Glacier, approximately 28 km northwest of the town of Lake Louise, AB. It is east of Balfour Pass and the Continental divide, just inside the Banff National Park boundary.

    This is the half-way mark for the Wapta Traverse and is usually used in conjunction with the other huts in this chain while attempting this classic cross-glacier ski trip. Usual approach is from Bow Hut through the Olive/St. Nicholas Col then down the gentle and pleasant Vulture Glacier to Balfour Pass, where the hut sits on a section of moraine beneath the impressive bulk of Mt. Balfour.

    Though most people will spend one night at the R.J. Ritchie (Balfour) Hut before continuing on to Scott Duncan, there is potential for good skiing here, especially on the Diableret Glacier which sits northwest of Mt. Balfour and makes for a fantastic run on a clear day! There is also an optional route to the summit of Mt. Gordon from this hut, which would be an excellent loop trip if combined with the normal route back towards Bow Hut. Use your imagination and some neat trip ideas will present themselves!”

  • Address: Balfour Hut
    Operation: Mountain Club
    Fee: Yes
    Guiding: Not Provided
    Catering: Not Offered
    Access: Ski Tour
    Elevation (m): 2470
    Elevation (ft): 8100
    Maintained or Operated by: Alpine Club of Canada
    Season:
    • Summer
    • Winter
    Capacity: 16
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