This luxurious house has ski-in/ski-out access and a helipad for heliskiing pickups and drop-offs. The three-floor chalet is Canadiana-chic on a super-sized scale – standout features include two wood-burning fireplaces, one flanked by indoor climbing walls, a large outdoor hot tub, games tables, and sumptuous cinema room.
The gondola serving North America’s longest vertical is a one-minute ski from Bison’s door (on foot, five minutes). The tiny base that constitutes Revie HQ is home to three or four bars, restaurants, and shops, providing little reason to stray from the comforts and entertainments of home. Revelstoke’s handful of railway-mining town attractions are a 15-minute drive. For heliskiing (by arrangement with local operators), the cobblestone helipad in the garden speaks for itself.
It’s all about wood, leather, stone, and light. Reclaimed railroad sleepers are incorporated throughout, a nod to local railway heritage, and a bison-head trophy in the upper sitting room was shot in Yukon by the owner. In the main living area on the ground floor, huge picture windows open onto the Columbia mountains and sink-in sofas surround a massive fireplace.
Fur-trimmed throws, pillows and sheepskin rugs warm up the wood and stone flooring. A long dining table lit by a chandelier made of antlers easily seats 12; a granite topped island opens onto the kitchen for chef interaction. The lower floor is a giant den of entertainment delights: tiered sofa seating with throws lines a state-of-the-art cinema room, and pool and ping pong tables are surrounded by more ever-squishier sofas, help-yourself bar, and massage room.
Bison Lodge is staffed by a chef, server, housekeeping, and friendly manager Cathy, who also acts as a concierge with a warm, professional welcome. (Cathy comes from a heliski lodge background and is accustomed to meeting high expectations.) Tea and coffee are always available as are unlimited local house wines and beer. Après ski, it’s tempting to start with indoor climbing competitions up to the fireplace, complete with auto-belay stations and harnesses.
A Sonos/Spotify surround-sound system sends music throughout the chalet and bedrooms have their own Bose stereos. Finally, a chalet without a coveted best bedroom. Bison sleeps 10, and four master king suites vie for the “best” prize, each with spacious ensuite bathroom with deep soaker tub and sit-down showers that are mini-steam rooms. The fifth bedroom has two queen beds and two ensuites. Excellent sound proofing in the bedrooms (s0me are off the games room floor but party noise was nowhere to be heard).
Our lower floor king bedroom was a little tight on floor space around the bed but does have a large walk-in closet and huge bath. Luxurious heavyweight curtains draw across floor-to-ceiling windows and plush down duvets ensure the deepest of sleep. The lower-floor lounge, bar and games zone could comfortably host a party of 30, and a further 20 could squeeze into the upstairs living room. (Perfect for inviting over your new heli-friends.) But it’s still easy to slip away from the rabble to catch a film in the state-of-the-art theatre with tiered sofas and queen size hide-a-bed for maximum chilling.
Or order a massage, enjoy a soak in the eight-person hot tub surrounded by snow, and show off climbing prowess on the dual 28ft natural rock climbing wall. Terraces upstairs and down, gas fire pits, lounge chairs…there is even a giant backgammon board.