Take to the slopes and glide with the very best of untouched powder thanks to Eleven Experience‘s new duo of incredible heli-ski offerings
When living la vida lockdown, a ski holiday became something of a mirage – tough and constantly changing travel restrictions meant getting on the slopes was at tough as swimming to Alcatraz. However, this year is different – and bespoke adventure specialist and ski expert Eleven Experience is launching two incredible heli-ski offerings this winter season, in British Columbia and on the French-Italian border. If you weren’t a snow bunny before, this fantastic new offering is bound to convert any adrenaline seeker.
Setting a new standards in experiential travel, Eleven Experience will exclusively partner with Kingfisher Heli to guide guests through terrain of unimaginable beauty, filled with deep powder from 15 December 2021 – taking this heli-ski experience in British Columbia to new levels. Snow chasers can expect a full-service offering with unparalleled access, acres of untouched powder, expert guides, and exquisite service.
With more than 300,000 acres of some of the most sought-after terrain, covering the Central Monashees, the Pinnacles and the awe-inspiring Valhalla Mountains, the landscape is outstanding. It is renowned for its consistent snowfall, light-low-density powder and exceptional conditions. There is also a vast diversity of terrain, from sweeping expanses of untouched snow to open alpine bowls, steep chutes and perfectly spaced old-growth forest.
The Eleven Experience team will create customised, daily itineraries for each group, tailored to suit exacting capabilities. Guests will check into Halcyon Hot Springs Resort – a remote sanctuary with a choice of 11 guest suites nestled in the woods.
Each room is equipped with heated floors and electric fireplaces. In between action-packed days on the slopes, guests can enjoy natural hot springs and pools, a gym, yoga areas, sauna, and spa access with private treatment rooms to unwind and relax in after a day on the slopes. Carefully crafted dishes featuring fresh, locally sourced items, farm-raised meats and delicious cocktails are available and can be enjoyed whilst absorbing picturesque views of Upper Arrow Lake and Monashee Mountain.
Eleven Experience x Kingfisher Heli private trips (15 December 2021 – 31 March 2022) for groups of three start from $5,000 CAD (approx. £2,950) per person per night, based on single occupancy. Semi-private options are available, starting from $3,500 CAD (approx. £1,475) per person per night, based on single occupancy. This includes guided heli-skiing, premium lodging, pre-arrival planning with an Eleven Experience Manager, breakfast, lunch, après and dinner served daily. www.elevenexperience.com
Meanwhile in France, skiers staying with Eleven Experience at Chalet Hibou and/or Chalet Pelerin from 2 January 2022 onwards will have access to a brand new heli-ski experience, offering guests the opportunity to ski different terrain each day – starting in Italy and making their way across the border back to France. As with all Eleven Experience offerings, guests can expect unbeatable service including pre-holiday planning, tailored itineraries, expert guides, exquisite service and the very best boutique accommodation.
Set in the heart of the French Alps, Chalet Hibou and Chalet Pelerin are the ultimate, stylish bases for winter sports. They sit on the French-Italian border, in the stunning Tarentaise Valley and are the local’s best-kept secret! A haven for adventurous travellers, there is a vast winter playground on the doorstep waiting to be explored and the endless piste and off-piste world-class skiing means guests will never have to repeat a run.
The expertly created daily itineraries allow for exceptional skiing with the chalet’s proximity to the Italian border providing guests the opportunity to fly across to Italy for heli-skiing, whilst Sainte Foy, Val d’Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosière ski resorts are all within a 30-minute drive of the chalet.
Whilst heli-skiing is the main event, guests can also try their hand at Nordic skiing, ice climbing, snow shoeing, sledding, ski-touring and cross-country skiing with Eleven’s guides tailoring each activity to suit beginner to advanced level. In between border hopping, guests can refuel with a gourmet, three-course Italian lunch before embarking on a sunset ski back to the Chalet doors to end the day with a glass of Bordeaux and local cheese to toast an epic adventure.
Open for winter from January 2, 2022 – April 24, 2022. Heli-ski rates start at USD $11,940 (approx. £8,634) per night for a lodge buyout based on 4 skiers or at $23,504 (approx. £17,262) for a lodge buyout based on 8 skiers. Rates may differ during certain holiday periods. Prices are subject to change and all rates are based in the property’s local currency. Currency conversion will take place at thetime of sale. www.elevenexperience.com