Revelstoke offers unbelievable heliskiing from December to April, but which is the best month? There is no easy answer to that as snow conditions are never predictable, but whether you want thigh deep powder in the trees or sunny glacier skiing, Revelstoke has it all at various times in the season. Check out our monthly guide:
Snow tends to start falling in October, so by December there is a solid base with plenty of fresh snow. December is a great month for powder skiing in the trees (click to see video). Visibility can be limited with stormy conditions, but our heli pilots can almost always access tree skiing at lower elevations.
More fresh snow and intermittent storms mean the pow gets deep! Thigh high powder snow is not uncommon, especially in the trees where it is protected from the wind. The base is deep now, making for fun terrain features like powder pillows and small cliff jumps.
Stormy conditions die down, but there is regular snowfall to keep conditions fresh. Towards the end of the month clearer skies and stable conditions mean we can access the high altitude terrain. Ski huge vertical starting on glaciers and alpine powder bowls and finishing in the trees at lower elevation.
March brings spring-like conditions with longer days, more sunshine and boot top to knee deep powder. Enjoy the spectacular high altitude skiing, plus the chance to enjoy blue skies and amazing scenery.
The snow is still great at high elevations, with superb corn snow on lower sections. This season there has been 66cm of fresh snow in the last 7 days! With Easter falling late next year, Bighorn will be open for spring skiing until April 26th.
For most of the winter heli skiers flock to Revelstoke to experience the deep powder snow conditions, but the spring season offers a different yet equally special experience. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider spring skiing:
Who doesn’t like skiing under a bluebird sky? The spectacular Selkirk and Monashee Mountains provide a stunning wilderness backdrop to your heli ski experience and they are best viewed in blazing sunshine. Catch a few rays when you take a break for a gourmet picnic lunch and don’t forget your camera.
The snow storms that deliver dumps of snow in December and January are less frequent as the season progresses meaning skies tend to be clearer. Improved visibility allows heliskiers to access the high alpine terrain that is sometimes impossible for the heli to land in during midwinter. Discover high alpine powder bowls and glaciers – flattering skiing with incredible scenery in the background. You’ll feel on top of the world.
3) Longer days
Maximise your heli ski experience with longer day light hours. This not only allows you more vertical per day and a more flexible schedule, but also means you can enjoy sunset with a beer in hand from the Bighorn hot tub!
4) Spring snow
The Selkirk Mountains receive an average of 40-60ft of snow each season, meaning they are snow-sure until mid April. Warmer conditions in spring mean the snow is continuously frozen and thawed which makes it form large crystals called corn snow. These snowy granules make for smooth, soft and fast skiing – great fun for flying down a wilderness glacier on. Revelstoke’s extensive forests make for the best tree skiing in the world. In the spring the trees provide shade from the sun, preserving the snow late into the season.
The beauty of heli skiing is that your expert guides can take you to the best spots in their 500,000 acre terrain. This is never truer than with a private heliski charter from Bighorn, when you have exclusive use of the helicopter and your guide. So if you want to avoid south facing slopes, stay high or stick to the shady trees, the bespoke experience is designed to meet your needs.
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.
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!
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, never more so than if you are fueling for a day skiing Revelstoke’s epic powder. At Bighorn a sumptuous breakfast buffet is laid out each morning, with hot items cooked to order. As part of this feast, the executive chef Peter Hughes has created the ultimate muesli to energise skiers through until lunch. Healthy, nutritious and full of goodness, we serve it each day topped with really good yoghurt and fruit compote that we make with fresh berries and a reduction of crème de cassis.
The following recipe will keep in an airtight container for up to four months so you can batch prepare and have a tasty, healthy, energy packed, low GI breakfast for the season. Use the best quality ingredients you can find and if possible use organic dried fruits and seeds. The recipe will transform very easily into Bircher Muesli by the addition of grated apple, yoghurt and honey and soaking overnight so that the dry fruit softens and become plump and juicy.
500g Jumbo Rolled Porridge Oats (drizzled with honey and roasted for ten minutes and allowed to cool before adding the other ingredients)
300g Hemp Hearts
300g Pumpkin Seeds
300g Sunflower Seeds
300g Thompson Raisins
300g Dried Mango (finely chopped)
300g Dried Pitted Prunes (finely chopped)
300g Dried Apricots (finely chopped)
150g Dried Cherries
150g Dried Cranberries
150g Dried Blueberries
150g Dried Goji Berries
150g Milled Flaxseed
150g Cacao Nibs
So enjoy some health at breakfast and feel the benefit on the slopes!
“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”.
The Sunday Telegraph’s Gabriella Le Breton raved about Revelstoke in last weekend’s Travel supplement. Describing the resort as “Canada’s best kept secret”, she shares her incredible experience skiing “powder bowls, steep drops, extensive glades and thigh-burstingly long pistes”:
“It’s just another powder day in Revelstoke Mountain Resort, one of the world’s snowiest places, where sharing more than 3,000 acres of fall-line skiing, high-alpine bowls, gladed terrain and North America’s highest lift-serviced vertical drop with just a hundred fellow skiers is ‘normal'”.
To complement the amazing skiing, Bighorn offers unrivaled standards of accommodation: “one of the most esteemed private lodges in North America… Bighorn is unique: it offers world-class heli-skiing from a lodge with facilities and service hitherto limited to chalets in resorts like Courchevel and Zermatt”.
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”.
The Robb Report is the definitive guide to global luxury. This month’s issue describes Bighorn as “A heli-skier’s haven raising the bar”. The author goes on to explain how the Bighorn concept excels in providing unbeatable access to the world’s best heliskiing.
“We landed atop one peak and shuffled out of the helicopter, which soon took off in a flurry of powder. Then in the quiet, with heavenlike views all around, we started down our first run. At the bottom I checked my watch: less than an hour earlier I was still in bed.”
Bespoke private heli skiing is backed up by North America’s best chalet accommodation. The author praises the award-winning chef’s delicious cuisine and the sumptuous facilities including spa, outdoor hot tub and movie theatre that allow guests to completely relax after an incredible day’s skiing.