An exterior view of the new Eagle Pass Heliskiing Lodge located about 10 minutes south of downtown Revelstoke on Highway 23. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

When the team designing the Eagle Pass Heliskiing Lodge sat down to brainstorm their vision for the new lodge located minutes from town on Highway 23 south they, envisioned a space that brings nature from the outside in — a living, breathing place that celebrates the surrounding forests and unparalleled mountain views.

The bar area with Mount Begbie in the background. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Step through the doors and into the lodge for the first time and you can see that Project Manager Mike Hoffman of Faction Projects achieved the desired look. Large picture windows saturate the lodge in bold hues of green to create a room that feels like an extension of the forest. Around the main entrance a multitude of textures blend together for an organic feel: the roughness of the cork illuminated by the backlighting of the stainless steel Eagle Pass sign, the woodgrain of the timber frame highlighted by the Edison light bulbs and the log and stump accents of the furniture lend to the relaxed yet upscale atmosphere. In the hallways, acid-etched steel wainscoting completes the elemental theme of wood, metal and rock.

Inside the main foyer. Photo: contributed

The result is a fusion of contemporary, modern and backcountry lodge aesthetics into a unique synthesis. The lodge boasts a dining hall serviced by a luxury kitchen, a large seating area near the grand fireplace, and a bar facility surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that immerse you in the encroaching cedar forest just outside. In the distance, Mount Begbie looms overhead, foreshadowing your alpine adventure.

An exterior view. photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

It was important to Eagle Pass, a company known for providing an extraordinary heliskiing experience, that they invested to ensure the material honoured the quality of the build in this 12 single-room lodge. The beauty of the mountain sanctuary needs to be seen to be appreciated. The goal of the lodge manager Sandra Gregory and her team is to have the facility act as a second home for the adventure-driven travellers that flock to Revelstoke for the elevated and intimate experience available with their company. “They [Faction Projects] built these walls and now it’s our job to fill them with adventure and experience. We are going to create moments for our guests that make time stand still,” Gregory told the Mountaineer as we toured the facility just ahead of their opening champagne reception.

At the opening champagne reception in the dining hall. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

It is very apparent in the way she speaks — enthusiasm coating every word — that this building and the business are more than just a career to Sandra. It’s her passion.

“You have to have your heart in something,” Gregory explains. “This is my heart.”

Contemporary furniture design in the bar area. Photo: contributed

When someone is as committed to excellence and their life’s work you know exciting things are on the horizon. Eagle Pass is limitless in their potential and always in constant pursuit of what is next meaning big plans for the future.

Winter draws a loyal customer base from all over the world to Eagle Pass for their elevated guest experience in an intimate setting with unparalleled backcountry skiing adventure. The staff remain committed to providing a stay that allows you to renew yourself while making you feel special.

The lounge area in front of the fireplace. Photo: contributed

The big change for Eagle Pass comes in the summer months. They plan to become a destination boutique hotel by creating a reputation built on extraordinary experiences both during their stay at Eagle Pass and with time spent in the area. Staff will do everything from helping your organize and plan your activities in the area to remembering how you take your coffee in an experience they dub as “distinctly yours.”

Eagle Pass Heliskiing co-owners Scott Newsome, Michael Wood and Craig Borlund at the champagne reception opening. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Plans don’t stop there for this company that asks how far they can go. Local residents should also be excited about things in the works at the lodge. Sandra created Class Act — an initiative inspired by local talent and driven by community knowledge that has boundless opportunities for Revelstokians to become involved. It could be contouring make up lessons, mixology instruction, art showings or a tasting event with their wine club called Wine Not. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

A view to nearby Mount Begbie. Photo: contributed

With their new building and motivated and passionate staff Eagle Pass Lodge is headed in an exciting and unique direction. They are just at the gateway of their new journey and hope to see you on yours.

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Born with adventure in her heart and raised in Revelstoke, Eliisa Tennant spends most of her time soaking up mountain life. Whether it's being on top of the world on a snowmobile or paddleboarding on Lake Revelstoke, Eliisa has a true passion for the outdoors. She is happiest when found behind the lens exploring or writing about her experiences. Contact Eliisa at [email protected]