Prague, Czech Republic
A hot-pink confection of Bohemian Neo-Renaissance style, the Hotel Opera stands in the less touristy Nové Město, or “New Town,” quarter of storied Prague.
Just north of Whistler, British Columbia, within the Marriott Basin, this two-story wooden hut with a pronounced Gothic arch sits among the mountains and Alpine meadows. Maintained by the Alpine Club of Canada, the Wendy Thompson Hut was created to preserve the memory of a beloved Whistler resident.
The Hut is named after Wendy Thompson, a paramedic who tragically lost her life when her air ambulance crashed during a rescue flight off of the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1995. A former resident of Whistler, Thompson had worked as an air ambulance crew member since 1987 and was known for her desire to always be challenged. Five years later, the Alpine Club of Canada constructed the hut in her memory.
Designed by Werner Himmelsbach, the hut is similar to other mountain huts in the region. This mountain getaway can sleep up to 16 in bunks and features wood heating, a large kitchen and solar-powered LED lighting.
All visitors of the Wendy Thompson Hut are required to have the proper gear and training to confront avalanches, as the hut is tucked away deep within the basin and only accessible by foot.
Found inside the hut is a book detailing its history. Following a renovation in 2015, the Wendy Thompson Hut remains one of the most popular destinations in British Columbia’s back country.
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