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Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet

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111 Mackenzie Ave Box 2998, Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0 Canada
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Selkirk Mountain Experience has been listed as a "Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, three times. We are a family owned and operated adventure travel company, based at the Durrand Glacier Chalet, outside Revelstoke BC. This is a remote lodge, accessed by helicopter only. During summer months we offer alpine hiking with over 90 km of trails in a pristine and exclusive setting. Our 18 guests and resident marmots and mountain goats are the only beings using this trail network! In the winter we offer backcountry skiing, in the mecca of alpine powder skiing. Our 96 square km of private tenure offer some of the best skiing on earth, both in the alpine and in the trees. Glades, burns, 30+ summits, 10+ glaciers and the deepest snowpack in the Selkirk Mountains. In addition to the Durrand Glacier Chalet, we have two smaller chalets which we use to do overnight ski trips into the further reaches of our area. All three huts are clean, cozy and beautiful wooden chalets. The Durrand Glacier Chalet is our home base, with 11 private bedrooms and a NEW spacious washroom facility steps from the bedrooms. This facility includes hot running showers, sinks and full indoor plumbing attached to a septic system. We also have a new sauna being built in June 2020 (primarily for winter use). The Durrand has fabulous alpine cuisine, with a private chef and a full staff of friendly, hard-working SME family. Summer trips are three, four or seven day packages, winter trips are seven day packages. We would love to discuss your holiday plans by phone or email. Thank you for your interest.
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111 Mackenzie Ave Box 2998, Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0 Canada
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Mazu wrote a review Mar. 2021
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+ The Chalet is very nice and comfortable, proper hot showers and clean toilets. Rooms are comfortable and Nicoline is doing everything for the guests to feel like at home. + The food is simply amazing. The Chef Dan is always cooking something tasty, and don’t expect to be hungry. + Ian, the second guide is very nice and doing everything he can to provide the best ski you can get. On the negative side: - First of all, if you would like to ski as much as possible, don’t go there. On the total of 12 days of skiing that we spent, we never reached the promised 1600 Vertical meters. 1400 meters seems to be a more accurate figure, and no matter if you still want to ski and the conditions are good, you will be confined to the chalet at 3PM. As for the quality of the skiing, it is indeed one of the best skiing areas in the world, but you will be limited by Ruedi's opinions, even if you’re with the other guides. Of course, we agree that safety is the priority that has to lead the choice of Ruedi, but you can't miss the inconsistency of some of the choices. Here is one example: he told us we couldn't ski more because it was extremely cold and a simple injury could become very problematic (which was true), but it doesn't seem to be a problem to push other inexperienced participants beyond their abilities in these circumstances. Or,after descending a beautiful steep slope (we have to admit that we did a few amazing ones), his answer to the question of why we hadn't done more during the week, was that the current conditions didn't allow us to descend steep slopes. - Go with your own group. Otherwise, the mixing of groups can be problematic, because contrary to what is announced on their website, no questions about the skiers' experience are asked before. And don't count on Ruedi to adapt, people who want to do more can't and the slower people have to follow the program he has decided upon. Both group did almost exactly the same itinerary during the week except one day, they were simply following each other with 10 minutes apart. He also won't hesitate to make comments of these participants in front of the others ("Everything she can do, she does it wrong", "he has a problem, he can't even do 1000 meters", "everybody says they can do kick turn until they have to", "Well, they're coming? I don't want to wait for them"). - And finally, Ruedi himself... Briefing in the morning was giving minimal informations. Same during the skiing, the only informations you will get is "Skins on", "Skins off". Often no answers to questions, just follow like a sheep. And above all, don't express your opinion or doubts, certain that he is always right, he will show you that you are wrong and will be resentful towards you.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Brenda B2 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Vancouver, Canada46 contributions27 helpful votes
...but I’ll do my best. From chatting with Aimee (at booking) to filling up on Dan’s amazing cuisine to challenging hikes and an overall atmosphere of welcoming guests, Nicoline & Ruedi have created an incredible space for outdoor enthusiasts. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for creating this eden for all to enjoy. As guests in this great land we must be cognizant of preserving its beauty for future generations.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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AirSchis wrote a review Sep. 2020
Vancouver, Canada894 contributions369 helpful votes
Who doesn't love being on a helicopter flying into a chalet high in the mountains surrounded by glaciers? This is the first step of the experience. Also, before I forget they take great precautions with Covid-19 exposures. In other words, they have not had any cases of the coronavirus given their program of cleaning and distancing. The helicopter flies over the forest and up the valley and you land beside the main chalet which lies below the mouth of the Durrand glacier. Off the grid experience so you know you are in the wilderness. The meals prepared by their English gourmet chef are incredible. The chalet staff pack your lunch. There are delicious snacks for the afternoon as well. All your food is taken care of. The hiking is in a group or groups and led by young experienced friendly welcoming staff. The trails are very well maintained. Many choices for hiking each day and up to 1100 metres in elevation gain if that is what you are looking for. You can hike to the glacier and alpine ridges full of wild flowers. Lakes, ponds, gentler trails are all around you. There are wildlife so that is another key to your overall hiking experience. Your sleeping accommodations are very simple being a room with a bed and maybe some shelving. That is it. Wifi is available for free, but it is sketchy. Electrical outlets available on the main floor for charging your devices. Real toilets near the rooms and shower facilities.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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HRSWhistler wrote a review Aug. 2020
Whistler, BC56 contributions28 helpful votes
Our weeklong hiking trip was even beyond the very high expectations set by recommendations from a friend who had visited many times. The scenery is absolutely fantastic (even for us coming from a worldclass mountain resort and having hiked some epic routes in Europe). There are streams and waterfalls everywhere, meadows, glaciers, and a huge variety of very well laid out and maintained trails, and lakes to refresh yourself in. You can choose as much challenge as you wish for your route each day - guided or on your own if experienced. Our guides Florina, Sarah and Tate were exceptional and so much fun. The lodge is well equipped and very comfortable (shared bathroom facilities but seldom had to wait for our shower). And the meals, courtesy of Chef Dan, deserve a page of their own - incredible variety, flavour, presentation, and irresistible seconds always offered. 7 days and never a repeated meal though would have happily had any of them again and again. Do not expect to lose any weight here no matter how hard you hike. Nicoline the owner and operator is a magician of hospitality and goes above and beyond to create a wonderful experience. The whole team did a magnificent job of adapting to safe Covid protocols while maintaining the special backcountry lodge ambience. Bravo on all fronts! We will be back soon.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nicoline Beglinger, Owner at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet
Responded Sep. 8, 2020
Hello Hugh and Shayne, We were honoured to spend a week with the two of you, and are glad that you enjoyed your stay! We are lucky to share this little corner of the planet with so many wonderful people. This is my 30th year here (35 for Ruedi) and the guests and the landscape continue to inspire and energize. So we will be here to greet you whenever you have time for another visit. warm regards, Nicoline
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DRatherBeSkiing wrote a review Mar. 2020
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I have been skiing at the Durrand Chalet many times now over the last 10-15 years. I keep going back for the incredible terrain, the guides who will find you great powder to ski on the worst days, the team's avalanche safety measures & planning, the excellent food from creative chefs (never had the same dinner twice), the comfort of the chalet (now with indoor plumbing and showers) and last but not least for the friendliness of the lodge team who all make you feel like you are part of the family. I do hope to come back for more. Pierre C.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Nicoline B, Owner at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet
Responded Apr. 22, 2020
Thank you Pierre! We always enjoy your visits and your friendship that has built over so many ski trips. We're excited to ski some powder with you again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet
What are some of the property amenities at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Does Selkirk Mountain Experience: Durrand Glacier Chalet have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.