Heli skiing is exhilarating but also requires a degree of physical fitness. What can you do if you haven’t had time to follow a ski fitness programme and you find yourself with sore legs? Here are the team at Bighorn’s five simple steps to aid recovery and reduce muscle stiffness
1) Eat some carbohydrate
Altitude leads to an increased carbohydrate requirement as you have a higher resting metabolic rate. Skiing also uses carbohydrate for fuel in both blood sugar and glycogen in your muscles. After an epic day’s heliskiing snack on ‘good’ carbohydrate like bananas, dried fruit and potatoes. The chef at Bighorn can prepare delicious banana bran muffins, honey nut granola bars and potato blinis with smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche.
Drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and reduce muscle soreness
3) Massage and relaxation
Increases the flow of blood to tissues, which can prevent soreness. Enjoy a special apres-ski sports massage in luxurious Bighorn spa or relax in the huge outdoor hot tub.
Elongating muscle fibres enhances recovery and reduces stiffness. Prolonged stretching helps muscles to have a fuller range of motion thus reducing the chance of strains. We can arrange personal stretching sessions with a qualified physiotherapist.
5) Active recovery
Gentle aerobic exercise increases the flow of oxygenated blood flow to muscles which aids the removal of lactic acid.
Revelstoke is home to some of the best heli and resort skiing in the world and Bighorn was designed to take advantage of this – from the private helipad to the proximity of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. This is a skier’s dream destination. But with that said, there is plenty on offer for non-skiers too. Here are our top 5 picks:
Flinders Ridge, just a short drive from Bighorn, offers 3 prime mountains for snowmobiling. Whether you are an experienced sledder that wants to free ride through the deep powder snow, or a beginner looking for a guided excursion, Revelstoke has it all. Staff at Bighorn can even arrange a snowmobile excursion to a private cabin for a BBQ, night time rides and hot spring visits.
2) Dog sledding
Experience husky sledding through the snowy forest trails in Revelstoke. Meet your hardworking but well-loved dogs and set off an a scenic ride, taking things as fast or slow as you like. This is a memorable way to enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas and adventurous types can try mushing the dogs!
Get a birds eye view of the stunning Selkirk Mountains, with the Columbia River and Revelstoke town nestled in the valley floor. Take a tandem paragliding flight with a qualified instructor and soar thousands of feet above this winter wonderland.
4) Spa indulgence
Bighorn’s spa facilities include an indoor current pool, huge outdoor hot tub, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. Our experienced therapists offer a range of treatments from aromatherapy and hot stone massage to body wraps and facials. With yoga instruction and personal training also on offer, a full program of health and wellbeing can be tailored to your needs.
5) Snow tubing
The Turtle Creek Tube Park at RMR offers fun and thrills for all the family. Whizz down the specially designed slope in an inflatable snow tube – a bit like toboganing but with a comfier ride!
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.