CANADIAN SKI & SNOWBOARD VACATIONS

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT

People skiing overlooking Revelstoke
Revelstoke Mountain Resort overlooking Revelstoke. Photo: Destination BC

This quiet achiever deep in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia is big. Seriously big. Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts the largest vertical descent in North America 5620 feet  (1713 m) and is known for equally impressive snowfall numbers. With an massive average of 36 feet (11 m) a season.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the ski resort of the moment with a ski-in, ski-out mountain village 10 minutes from downtown Revelstoke — an historic mining and railway town services the ski resort with a grid of thriving restaurants, cafes, retail outlets and is a base for Canada’s best heli ski operators.

WHY REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT?

It’s under the radar, it’s cool, it’s hip, it’s steeped in railway history and filled with real locals who’ve been here for generations. With creative artisan locals, old school brewers and distillers and an active adventure focus, Revelstoke and Revelstoke Mountain Resort offer a real Canadian flavour.

The resort also offers 3121 acres (1264 ha) of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, renowned gladed terrain and endless groomers. Skiers and snowboarders visiting Revelstoke can access a total of 515,000 acres (208,413 ha) of terrain, including their exclusive backcountry terrain heli and cat skiing.

FUN FACT

More than a century since Revelstoke Ski Club organized its’ first winter carnival in 1915, the resort has been through some changes and challenges, establishing itself amongst the international skiing community in 2007 as a resort for the serious and advanced skier.

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THE SNOW

Skiing in Revelstoke Mountain and trees
Powder tree skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC

Revelstoke has a well-deserved reputation for getting huge snowfalls. Some of the Revelstoke heli skiing areas get a whopping 40–59 feet (12–18 m) of powder on average per season, and the resort’s average is 34.4 feet (10.5 m).

 

The village base elevation at only 2008 feet (612m) can mean sometimes the snow cover is marginal at the lower elevations, but this is more than offset, by the number of powder days, and off piste skiing at higher elevations.

 

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THE VILLAGE + THE TOWN

Revelstoke community
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The on-mountain village at Revelstoke is small with a handful of dining options and three main condominium options at the five star Sutton Place Hotel. On the flip side, the town of Revelstoke has an authenticity and charm of a long gone era and you’ll find a fair share of pubs, cafes and restaurants to fill your après appetite.

 

There are many down town lodging options; from bed and breakfasts to budget Revelstoke hotels to high end resorts, and everything in between. Most hotels offer great views of Mt. Begbie, Mt. Revelstoke, and the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges.

 

DISTANCE

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is just a short 3.7 miles (6km) southeast of the town of Revelstoke, in British Columbia.  There are regular daily express shuttle services from designated stops in Revelstoke to the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

 

OUR ADVICE

Many people like to compare Revelstoke Mountain Resort to its neighbour, Kicking Horse Ski Resort. There are many similarities between these two up-and-coming ski resorts that both offer serious advanced terrain. Kicking Horse has more open alpine terrain yet the lift infrastructure isn’t as good as Revelstoke.

 

Both are part of the Powder Highway, the one highway in the Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia, that connects many ski resorts and snow adventures along a winter road trip.

 

We would recommend Revelstoke for your first Powder Highway resort, allow at least 4 days to truly explore this amazing resort, and ideally sneak in a day cat or heli skiing.

 

If you have the time and the budget, and the ability, definitely consider adding Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to your itinerary.

 

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WHERE TO STAY

The Sutton Place Hotel is the only on mountain lodging. It is a true ski-in, ski-out luxury condominium style hotel, featuring 205 condominium hotel units, premium amenities and three on-site dining experiences at the base of the Revelation Gondola.  You cannot get any closer to the lifts.

 

The Sandman Hotel Revelstoke is Revelstoke’s largest full-service downtown hotel, with 173 recently renovated guest rooms. The Coast Hotel, is another well-regarded property alonside the town’s lodges, motels, hostels and bed & breakfasts.

 

Our pick of accommodation:

  • Sutton Place Hotel — on-mountain, luxury
  • The Explorers Society Hotel — downtown heritage boutique hotel
  • The Coast Hillcrest Hotel—downtown, good for families, well appointed
  • Best Western Plus Revelstoke — downtown, suits families
  • The Sandman Hotel—downtown, family suites with kitchens
  • Journey’s Perch Guesthouse — a converted church, communal living

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT REVELSTOKE

#1. The vertical — Revelstoke has the longest descent in North America, at 5620 feet (1713m).

 

#2. The Snow. An average snowfall of 10.5 metres (34 ft). Some of the heli skiing areas accessed from Revelstoke enjoy an almost unbelievable 40–60 feet (12–18 m) of powder on average per season.

 

#3. Cat skiing. Discover British Columbia’s premiere cat skiing operation, with Great Northern Snowcats to carve the best turns of your lives in deep powder snow. Accessible as a day trip.

 

#4.  Exceptional and easy access to heli ski operators. Live your powder dreams with Selkirk Tangiers Heli skiing, with some 515,000 acres (208,413 ha) of Revelstoke’s biggest heli skiing tenure. Choose from a single day trip with up to 5 runs or a multi-day trip.

 

#5. Buying power of both multi-resort lift passes — the IKON lift pass and Mountain Collective.

 

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RESORT FACTS

Revelstoke-Snowboarder-Photo Credit Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke-Snowboarder-Photo Credit Revelstoke Mountain Resort

DESIGNATED TRAILS:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort   #Total Trails Beginner Intermediate Advanced
75+ 12%  43% 45%

ANNUAL SNOWFALL:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort  413 in 10.5 m

TERRAIN: RESORT AREA:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort 3,121 ac 1,263 ha

Vertical Drop:

5620 ft / 1712 m                                          Longest Run: 9.5 mi / 15.2 km

 

NUMBER OF LIFTS & UPHILL CAPACITY:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort 5 lifts 9,700 people per hour

Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s greatest lift accessed vertical drop

 

NORDIC SKIING:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort recommend and partner with the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club. The volunteer organization — more than 100 years old, maintains a system of ski trails on Mount Macpherson. The trailhead is 4.3 miles (7km)  south of Revelstoke on Highway 23, at an elevation of about 2100 feet (640 m).

 

FUN FACT:
Night Nordic skiing is also available at the Nordic Centre, with trails lit by LED lights. Cross country rentals are available at the Nordic Centre, as well as stores in downtown Revelstoke.  Private and semi-private lessons can be arranged via the Resort.

 

NIGHT SKIING:

Not offered, head downtown to the après action, or you may just want to fall into bed exhausted after a day on the mountain, cat or heli skiing.

SEASON DATES & OPENING HOURS: 

Revelstoke is usually open from late November to mid-April each year.

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION: 

9.00 am – 3.30 pm Note: These times are provided by the ski resort and can vary based on external conditions, day of the week, school, and public holidays.

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GETTING THERE

FLY:

Revelstoke has air access from both Kelowna and Calgary. The local Revelstoke airport is for private planes and charters only.

 

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is Interior BC’s largest hub, and just 2.5 hour south of Revelstoke 120 miles (193 km) well serviced with daily direct flights from Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and Cranbrook. Everything Revelstoke offers regular transfers directly to your hotel in Revelstoke on The Stoke Shuttle.

 

Calgary (YYC), Alberta is a major international airport which lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, four and a half hours East of Revelstoke 268 miles (430km).  Calgary has daily non-stop flights from countless international destinations in the Unites States of America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan as well as Central America.

 

From Vancouver International Airport (YVR) the road journey is a comfortable and extraordinarily scenic 6 hour 363 miles (583 km) journey through the Thompson Okanagan region of Interior British Columbia.

 

DRIVE:

The drive to Revelstoke, British Columbia is one of the most spectacular in Canada. Travelling from Calgary, you’ll pass through two National Parks in the Selkirk Mountains, featuring views of white-water rivers, pristine forests, dramatic peaks, and impressive glaciers.

 

Travelling from the west, your journey takes you through the scenic Okanagan Valley. If you are renting a vehicle, please request your vehicle is equipped with winter tires for your commute into the interior.

 

If you are considering a road trip to take in other ski resorts and the spectacular alpine scenery; Revelstoke Mountain Resort is 4.75 hours from Calgary, some 257 miles (413 km) via the Trans Canada Highway including Rogers Pass. From Vancouver, the drive will take 7 hours, some 392 miles (631km).  Towns closer by include — Kelowna 2.5 hours, 124 miles (199 km), and Kamloops also 2.5 hours, 130 miles (210 km).

 

SNOW HOW TIP:

Ridesharing is prevalent in Canada, and there are various apps including PopaRide, to help people share rides between cities. With over 45,000 members in Western Canada, it’s a popular way to get to Revelstoke from Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops, Calgary, Edmonton and beyond.

 

Travel to Revelstoke with fellow mountain addicts. If you’re driving to Revelstoke, you can post your empty seats, collect money for your gas and help others get up the hill.

 

If you need a ride to Revelstoke, you can book a seat with a driver. The app provides a profile for your driver with their name, picture, details on how many people they’ve driven before and other member reviews. It’s super easy! however caution is always recommended.

 

SNOW HOW TIP:

Winter tyres or chains are mandatory from October 1 to April 30 each year.
Winter tyres can be requested for rental cars also. Look for the snowflake symbol on the tyre. Enterprise Car Rental are our preferred car rental company, purely based on positive past experiences, and offering a fleet of vehicles with winter tyres.

 

GETTING AROUND REVELSTOKE: 

The Resort Express operated by Everything Revelstoke operates a regular loop shuttle from downtown hotels and meeting points, to the resort, from 6:0am – midnight daily, with a scheduled shuttle service every 30 minutes. Tickets must be purchased online.

 

TAXI:

There are at least two taxi services in Revelstoke.

 

BIKES:

Revelstoke is pretty serious about biking and the locals don’t let the snow stop them. Rent fat bikes from Tantrum and hit the trails. Or better yet, book a tour with Wandering Wheels, our local bike guide experts. These bikes are intended for off-road cycling with wider, over-sized tires to handle the snow.

 

OTHER GROUND TRANSPORTATION: 

Revelstoke is also accessible via Greyhound Bus and Bus Bud.

 

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TRAIL MAP

Revelstoke trail map

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SNOW SCHOOL

Revelstoke have a vast selection of improvement lessons and programs. This is the resort to try cat skiing and if the budget permits, go all the way, and heli ski.

 

COVID-19 Policy: The resorts’ products, programs and prices may change or vary for the upcoming 2020/21 season as they continue to act in accordance with the instructions of the BC Ministry of Health and other Government officials.

 

First Tracks Make the most of your experience at Revelstoke Mountain Resort with the First Tracks program. Guests will be given the chance to ride for two or three runs before the public arrives at 8:45 a.m. Load the Lower Gondola at 7:45 a.m. with your group’s guides, a full 45 minutes before anyone else. Your guides will split the groups according to ability level (don’t worry, families can ride together), with a maximum of 7 guests per guide. This program is limited to 28 guests daily.

 

Your guide will then take you down a selection of designated runs for the day, based on the current snow conditions. You will have the chance to experience untracked powder or ski/ride on perfectly manicured groomers.

Cat & Heli Prep Program This is definitely not your regular ‘line up and listen’ lesson! This program is designed to take advantage of the highest vertical in North America and acres of steeps and trees. Your Pro will show you how to pick a line through the trees and conserve energy while making turns that adapt to the terrain. This program will show you how to make the most of every run to ensure that you are well prepared for your Cat or Heli skiing experience.

 

Minimum intermediate ability required.

Advanced Clinics The Advanced Clinics allow you to ride and learn from a veteran instructor skilled in many different aspects of the sport. You have the liberty to choose what skills you would like to develop. A few examples of some of the clinics you can choose from are: Powder | Carving | Bumps | Cliffs | Park riding | In-bounds guiding These clinics are available for levels 5-6.

KIDS PROGRAMS

For the tiny tots and children, Revelstoke Snow Sports School provides the fun-filled ultimate snow playground for kids up to 12 years of age. The focus is on fun, and it’s the perfect place for kids to be introduced to snow sports; The programs have got kids covered from pizza to powder turns.  For example:

Kids’ Own at Pro Program The Own a Pro program offers the most time and value of all our private programs. Drop the kids off early at Kids ROC and rest assured that they will get them excited to go skiing or riding. Pros will work on technique and introduce your child to the mountain in the morning, and then continue developing their skills during the afternoon. Our Pros use a fun and engaging teaching style to help your kids take their skiing and riding to the next level! Reunited with your kids at the end of the day, you can listen to their stories and share in their excitement.
Gnorm’s Camps Gnorm’s Camps is for the advanced riders aged from 6 to 12 years old that want to ski a full day with an experienced pro. Similar to the advanced clinics, Gnorm’s Camps is for the younger crowd to explore different terrain and to learn new skills specific for free riding and big mountain shredding.

Mountain Child Care is open 7 days a week during the winter season, caring for children ages 18 months up to 6 years of age. The large, colourful, interactive room is equipped with all of the toys and amenities that your child needs. They offer half-day and full-day child care. Group and private ski lessons are available for 3–6 year olds.

 

SNOW HOW TIP:
Best to register in advance for child minding prior to your vacation to ensure availability

 

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RENTALS

We often recommend bringing your own boots, but save the stress of travelling with your own skis and boards.

REVELSTOKE’S RENTAL ADVANTAGE

  1. Best Inventory in Revelstoke – With brand new, top of the line equipment from some of the world’s top ski and snowboard brands, you’ll always get the best gear on the market.
  2. Switch It Up – Conditions change, so why not change your skis? Switch out your equipment as many times as you like throughout the day. Adapt to conditions, or just try something new.
  3. Wide Selection – From carvers to fat pow-slayers and touring equipment (including splitboards), the rentals shop has the perfect setup for your favourite type of riding.
  4. Slopeside Convenience – Book your skis online and the gear will be stored overnight for you with the resort’s concierge service. Early morning openings mean you’ll never be late for a pow day.
  5. Local Expertise – Certified technicians are a wealth of information, both on and off the mountain. They will help you choose the right equipment for the conditions and share their local knowledge.

RETAIL THERAPY

There is only limited retail at the resort base, for snacks, souvenirs and ski servicing.

 

So you’ll need to head downtown for your retail therapy where you’ll find artisan stores and boutique adventure outlets all locally owned and operated. The shops and services echo the local sentiment of health, wellness, recreation, and environmental sustainability.

 

The Revelstoke Winter Market brings together farm and craft vendors from Revelstoke and as far away as Vernon, Golden, and the Slocan Valley. You’ll find a full line-up of vendors with everything from honey, meats, eggs, coffee, kombucha, vegan cheese, ready-to-eat Indian food, diverse creative crafts, and organic fruit & vegetables.

 

It is held every second Thursday afternoon (noon–5pm) from November to April at the Revelstoke Community Centre.

 

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THINGS TO DO

ON MOUNTAIN

Guided Back Country One Day Tour Experience the legendary backcountry terrain around Revelstoke and Rogers Pass. Through custom guiding and instruction packages, Revelstoke Backcountry Guides’ team of ACMG and IFMGA Certified Guides provides open group and private backcountry tours that take small groups of up to 6 skiers into the incredible terrain surrounding the Revelstoke area.

 

Guests should be strong intermediate skiers or expert snowboarders in above average physical condition ready to ascend up to 3.5 hours total throughout the day. Guests 15–18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Each Backcountry package will be custom built based on the snow conditions and group experience level.

Avalanche Training Skills This introductory Avalanche Skills Training course is for anyone 15 and over planning on going into the backcountry.

 

Basic avalanche phenomena and safe mountain travel are discussed, practiced and taught by our Pro Patrol who follows the curriculum established by the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). The AST Level 1 is the prerequisite for the AST Level 2 and for continued training in professional and industry avalanche courses offered by the CAA.

Single Day Cat Skiing Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the exclusive provider of single day Cat Skiing with Great Northern Snowcat Skiing.

 

The Bad Shot Range of the Selkirk Mountains gets an unbelievable amount of snow every year. It piles up in steep chutes, spreads over wide-open mountain faces and fills powder bowls up to the brim. Skiers come to Great Northern Snowcats to carve the best turns of their lives in the deepest snow. Get ready to experience something legendary. Discover British Columbia’s premiere cat skiing operation.

Single or Multi Day Heli Skiing with Selkirk-Tangiers The 1 Day Excursion is a single day option that is ideal for people who want to try heli skiing for the first time. A relaxed pace to the day allows you to discover just how fantastic the experience really is. Enjoy flying amongst stunning peaks, unbelievable vistas, legendary powder, and the thrill of skiing untouched terrain.

 

The 1 Day Excursion package includes 3 runs in a Bell 205 Helicopter, maximum of 10 guests & 2 Guides. Multi day packages also available with Selkirk-Tangiers.

Host Mountain Tours First time skiing or riding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort?  The resort offers free mountain tours daily at 12:30pm. Meet at the trail map signs next to Mackenzie Outpost at the top of the Revelation Gondola. A Snow School pro will show you how to get to and from the Ripper Chair, and the easiest route down to Revelation Lodge. Skiers and riders should be of an intermediate skill level and comfortable on blue terrain to participate
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OFF MOUNTAI

For those days when you feel like a change of pace, or perhaps you have non-skiers and riders in your group, here are a few of our favourite ideas: –

Dogsledding Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures is a small-scale business proud to be operating in the Columbia River/ Revelstoke area.

 

The modest-size kennel makes sure every dog receives the love and attention they deserve. Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures will provide you with an outstanding, memorable tour. Guides will share their love for dogs, local history, dogsledding knowledge, environmental insight and a wide variety of other topics.

 

You are sure to have an experience which will produce fond, life-long memories. Trained, motivated teams of Alaskan Racing Huskies will whisk you through the snowy trails. Over hills, around corners, fast and slow, our experienced, happy, hard-working dogs love to run and it shows.  Whether you are the adventurous-type who wants to try “mushing” the dogs or you are content to sit tight and enjoy the ride, you are going to have a blast!

Paragliding If you’ve always wanted to fly, we’ve got an adventure for you!

 

Take a tandem paragliding flight at Revelstoke Mountain Resort and get an eagle eye view of the most vertical in North America, spectacular mountains and the mighty Columbia river. Fly paragliding tandem with a fully qualified pilot, trained and approved under the standards of the Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association of Canada.

Star Gazing See the sky in a whole new way with Columbia Stars‘ high powered telescopes. A unique and family friendly experience that you won’t get anywhere else!
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FUN FACT

Thrift Store Shopping for Retro Ski Gear
The Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store has a wealth of retro treasures and rare treats in stock all winter. Find that perfect outfit to confirm your status as the best skier on the mountain!

 

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APRÈS SKI

You can ski into the Rockford Wok Bar and Grill, Revelation Lodge or McKenzie’s Outpost at the base of the mountain for slope side Après.

 

Then head down town and explore over 35 restaurants and bars including The Quartermaster Eatery in the hip Explorer’s Society, the Village Idiot for fun locals and Monashees Spirits Craft Distillery for jaw dropping cocktails. Make sure you spend at least one sunset at Mt Begbie Brewery for flights of beer tasting.

 

There’s even a Peak Axe Throwing bar complete with plaid shirts.

 

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