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The Crescendo

The Crescendo is a luxury ski chalet at Big White that is offered as a vacation rental by its owners. This spectacular property was painstakingly designed for life at Big White Ski Resort and is completely custom.

The home is carefully carved into the mountainside and boasts features like a ski-in breezeway and ski locker, custom wall-beds for guests, and breathtaking views from every room. Visit to learn more about The Crescendo’s stunning ski chalet architecture.

About the Project

The Crescendo at Big White, a modern luxury ski chalet

As featured in Boulevard Okanagan magazine.

Location: Big White, British Columbia, Canada

Building type: Modern Ski Chalet

Square feet: 5,200

Bedrooms: 3+

Bathrooms: 5

To say that Denis is an incredibly talented designer would be an understatement. Few home designers, in fact, are Gifted to that degree. Perhaps that’s why one recent guest wrote, in their review of Crescendo (our ski home), “Have sent the architectural plans to St Peter, so when I get to heaven he will already have a start on my dream chalet.”

Importantly, there is nothing cookie-cutter about a single home that Denis designs, which is obvious when merely perusing his portfolio. Less obvious, though, is just how much thought Denis puts into sizing-up the home’s plot: its ultimate available footprint, its typography, its location, and the surrounding community. With Crescendo, for example, Denis harmonized contemporary ingenuity/elegance with nature’s raw beauty. The home’s structure was intentionally engineered to follow the mountain’s natural contour, with decks that step right out onto the slopes at their expected levels. Also, while Denis may not be credited for creating the Monashee Mountains, in Crescendo he certainly should be credited for capturing it.

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