Revelstoke is enjoying superb early season conditions with a solid base of snow and a dump of 40cm of fresh snow last weekend. Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened with a bang and there were queues of people who had been camping out overnight to get the first tracks of the season! Cold temperatures have ensued, keeping the powder snow light and dry.
These cold bluebird days are perfect for enjoying the views from Bighorn. They also make for some spectacular heliskiing in the backcountry, with good visibility and fun terrain features. We still have some availability in January, so contact us now to enjoy the fantastic early season snow.
We are delighted that Bighorn has been nominated as Canada’s Best Chalet at the World Ski Awards. The stunning accommodation, outstanding service, delicious food and of course world class heli and resort skiing sealed our nomination. With competition from properties in Whistler, Bighorn is really putting Revelstoke on the map. With North America’s highest vertical descent at Revelstoke Mountain Resort and epic heliskiing direct from the house helipad, Bighorn has the perfect blend of luxury and adventure.
You can vote at www.worldskiawards.com/nominees/canada
Using a new formula to rate ski resorts, Snowbrains.com have named their Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America. Right up there is Revelstoke Mountain Resort, giving long-established resorts such as Whistler and Jackson Hole a run for their money.
Rankings have been created using the following formula:
Ranking = [Average Snowfall + Access to Challenging Terrain] x Radness Factor. We like it!
Revelstoke’s huge annual snowfall (480 inches at the top of Mount Mackenzie), massive inbounds terrain (3121 acres) and North America’s highest vertical descent (5620ft) mean it ranks up there as one of the best ski resorts in the continent. ”Man, this place is amazing. I’d love to get back up here. On a powder day, it seems like there’s nobody here and the terrain’s incredible. I gotta get back.” - Arne Backstrom, 2010 Overall FWT Champion.
Aside from the awesome resort skiing, what sets Revelstoke apart is access to millions of acres of world class heliskiing. The lucky guests at Bighorn can either ski the resort, or take to the skies from the private house helipad. Now that is rad.
Renowned ski journalist Gabriella Le Breton shares her top picks for what is new and exciting on the slopes this season in a recent article for CampdenFB. Heliskiing at Bighorn is featured because it offers “unparalleled luxury”. The lodge has a private helipad which allows for a bespoke heliski package, either flying into the Selkirk Mountains for a heliski adventure or enjoying the exciting terrain at nearby Revelstoke Mountain Resort. The “palatial guest suites, a triple height great room with sweeping mountain views, celebrated chef, private cinema, outdoor hot tub and extensive spa” set Bighorn apart from any other lodge in North America.
CamdenFB focuses on family business so Bighorn, which was developed by brothers Michael and Chris Kirkland, is particularly relevant for readers. Read the full article on heliskiing at Bighorn here.
“Bighorn is a slope side Downton Abbey, a potent cocktail of extreme skiing and extreme luxury, garnished with a private helicopter pad”.
Renowned travel journalist Everett Potter shares his experience of Bighorn Revelstoke. Even the luxury at one of the world’s finest private lodges is eclipsed by the thrill of heliskiing in the Selkirk Mountains:
“Fueled up, you pad downstairs to the boot room, as everyone removes their boots from the boot heater where they are perfectly toasty for the morning. Geared up, avalanche transceivers tested, you walk outside and watch a Selkirk Tangiers helicopter fly along the Columbia River valley and then swoop in to land on the private heli pad while Ride of the Valkyries plays in your head. Buckled in, the helicopter rises and you find yourself deposited and clicking into your bindings within 15 minutes on the best powder skiing in the world. A small nimble helicopter like an A 6 can deliver you to virgin snows free of other skiers, lift lines, rules and regulations. You ski 1,500 or 2,000 vertical feet and the chopper is waiting for you at the bottom of the run. Repeat eight or nine times in a day. It’s instant gratification taken to ridiculous levels”.
Read Everett’s full account here
It’s been a snowy start to the New Year in Revelstoke, with huge dumps of deep fluffy powder. Twenty seven centimetres of new snow has fallen in the last 24 hours alone and another twelve cm is forecast overnight tonight. The skies are set to clear from Wednesday, so there has never been a better time to enjoy skiing the Revy pow!
Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s terrain is unbeatable after this type of powder dump. Picture yourself skiing fresh tracks through perfectly gladed tree runs, popping off powder pillows and landing in the deep snow.
Guests at Bighorn can make the most of these amazing conditions by flying into the wilderness Selkirk Mountains by helicopter direct from the house helipad. Ski untouched powder peaks all day, only stopping for a rest in the heli as you take a lift to the next unspoilt powder bowl.
We still have last minute availability for January 12-19th and limited availability in February and March. Enquire now to secure your space in powder paradise.
It’s appropriate that the best ski resort in the world should house the top luxury chalet either side of the Atlantic”
“Is this the best ski resort in the world? After skiing wooded mountainsides in the deepest and lightest powder I’ve been fortunate enough to experience over the past half-century… the answer was a surprising, but unequivocal, ‘yes’ “.
Telegraph, December 2012
Bighorn was showered with superlatives in last weekend’s Telegraph Travel. Having concluded that the resort and heli skiing in Revelstoke is unbeatable, the article went on to describe why Bighorn is the world’s top luxury chalet; “Bighorn – all astonishing 15,000 square feet of it – manages to combine the best of Bristish know-how with Canadian grandeur”. The property, including bedroom suites “twice the size of those in a comparably priced French chalet” and the movie theatre and games room “on a scale of both comfort and size I have not seen before” is simply . The pièce de résistance is the cuisine and service from our chef and house manager – the chef “should be running a Michelin-starred restaurant in a European capital”.
In summary the author concludes “you can eat and ski well in Whistler, but Revelstoke, with Bighorn, is on another scale”.
Click here to read the full article
US Vogue recently shared its top picks for the best winter spa destinations. Bighorn, “a superindulgent, sprawling eight-suite lodge” won praise for the “views of the Columbia Valley from the terrace hot tub, on-site helipad, gourmet fare and private screening room”. With a “bounty of body wraps, facials and aromatherapy massages, it is easy to forget you are steps away from some of Canada’s best lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing“. Other spa facilities include a indoor current pool, sauna, gym and 2 treatment rooms. Private yoga instruction, stretching and personal training is also available. The private chef can create healthy yet delicious menus and can happily cater for any dietary restrictions. Plus, the whole lodge is rented exclusively for your party so total privacy and dedicated service is guaranteed.
Bighorn: the ultimate winter health retreat.
What are the best things to wear for a ski chalet holiday? Aside from packing plenty of warm ski gear, how should you dress for après ski? The beauty of staying in an exclusive ski chalet like Bighorn is that you can wear whatever you like! This is your private domain and you make the rules. If you are looking for some suggestions, we recommend packing some cosy, comfortable and stylish clothes to match your surroundings. Here is our pick of the best ski chalet fashion for this season:
1) A cashmere sweater
Perfect for relaxing in front of a roaring log fire after a day on the slopes. Slip on a cashmere sweater for a little bit of easy luxury.
We love: Ralph Lauren Black Label Boatneck Cashmere Sweater at Barneys.com
2) The go-to shirt
You can’t go wrong with a classic white shirt. Teamed with jeans, a casual shirt with a stylish fit is easy chalet chic.
We love: Alfred Dunhill White Engineered Shirt at Dunhill.co.uk
3) Merino wool socks
Lightweight, warm and comfortable, merino wool socks are stylish enough to be worn alone. Who needs shoes when you won’t want to leave the chalet?
We love: Icebreaker Ultralite Crew Trojan at Icebreaker
4) For the ladies – soft leather pumps
More stylish than slippers but just as comfortable. Dressy enough for dinner and relaxed enough for watching a movie with your feet up in the home cinema.
We love: Ladies’ Lanvin Lambskin Ballerina Flats at Neiman Marcus
5) For the ladies – a cosy wool dress
Easy, comfy and smart. A sweater dress requires minimum thought, but looks effortlessly stylish.
We love: Ladies’ Stella McCartney silk and wool blend sweater dress at Net-a-porter.com
Ski Magazine recently announced their Skier’s Life List: the top 25 things a skier must do. Heli skiing was awarded the number one spot; “Being a skier means many things. But we all share the same dream, and it sounds like this: thwap-thwap-thwap”.
Heliskiing simply offers access to the best of the best skiing. Pristine powder snow, untouched terrain, stunning scenery and long vertical descents. Revelstoke is famed for having the best heli skiing in the world, a combination of huge snowfall, dry powder snow and exciting terrain features including high alpine glaciers and fun-packed tree skiing.
Bighorn is the world’s most luxurious heli ski lodge. Located in the heart of Revelstoke, it has its own helipad for private small group heliskiing. This is the way to try heliskiing! A bespoke experience to fulfill your dreams, combined with the ultimate in luxury accommodation and service.
Check out Ski Magazine’s complete life list here.