The story of Purcell Mountain Lodge begins in the early 1980s, when founders Russ Younger and Paul Leeson started taking people backcountry telemark skiing in the Purcell Mountain Range. Back then, guests slept in Mongolian Yurts – large canvas tents with wooden floors – in a meadow at the headwaters of the Spillimacheen River.
In 1989, inspired by the area’s diverse terrain and unbeatable powder snow, Paul and Russ decided to expand their operation, and with the help of some dedicated friends and skilled artisans, set out to build the finest remote mountain chalet in North America.
Mindful of the alpine ecosystem and committed to the highest ecological standard, Paul and Russ knew that environmental conservation had to be at the heart of the Purcell Mountain Lodge experience, beginning with its construction. To that end every post and beam was flown in my helicopter; and workers and friends, instead of camping on the meadows around the site, slept in the yurts in the valley below. Each day they trudged up the hill to continue the building project - thereby protecting the fragile flora surrounding the Lodge and reducing their overall impact on the area.
Paul and Russ also built a mini hydro-electric system that harnesses clean energy off a nearby stream and engineered an elaborate sewage treatment plant that is still today considered an industry standard for other backcountry operations. In short, all possible measures were taken to address their twin goals of creating exemplary guest services without sacrificing their commitment to ecological ethics and conservation.
Today, Purcell Mountain Lodge continues to offer the finest remote mountain vacations to guests from around the world. Whether you’re a hiker, a skier, or a nature lover, there is no finer place to explore the wilderness or to rest your soul.