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Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a ski resort on Mount Mackenzie, just outside Revelstoke, British Columbia in Canada.
Revelstoke, the ski resort in the heart of British Columbia, has the longest lift-served vertical in North-America and features an incredible elevation of 7.300 feet. Thanks to that you can expect an annual snowfall of 30-45 feet every season. The ski resort is among Canada´s largest ones and offers winter athletes more than 3.121 acres of both groomed and ungroomed trails.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is growing into one of Canada’s leading ski regions, offering varied terrain, excellent coverage and wonderful hospitality. The destination only opened in 2007-08, but it is has come a long way with a range of great facilities and extraordinary runs.
For years Revelstoke Mountain has been a haven solely for cat and heli-skiing clientele. Now with two high-speed quad chairlifts and an 8-person gondola, the formidable terrain of Revelstoke has opened its gates to resort skiers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the only resort in the world that offers Lift, Cat and Heli ski services from one resort village base.
While not on the scale of acreage as Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke Mountain Resort now serves the longest lift-serviced vertical skiing in North America (1,713 meters/5,620feet). The terrain is known for its amazing fall line skiing, a mountain that needs minimal traversing. The 8 person Revelation Gondola whisks you up from the Village (still under development) to Mid Mountain elevation. From here you take a quick cat track to the Stoke chair which shuttles you straight in to the alpine terrain. The Ripper chair serves the entire North Bowl area.
The biggest attraction of Revelstoke is the terrain and the snowfall. Almost half of the acreage is designated as advanced/expert skiing, with very little room for the beginner or novice skier. The resort sits amid the picturesque Selkirk Mountains, which receive an average annual snowfall between 12 to 18 meters (40 to 60 feet). The snow in interior British Columbia is known for its low moisture content, much drier than that of the coastal mountains.
Located on the Trans-Canada Highway two hours from the airport in Kelowna, Revelstoke is the last township before crossing east into Rogers Pass. While the town of Revelstoke may be "removed but not remote", the distance from a major international airport means international visitors must connect in either Vancouver or Calgary. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is approximately 10 minutes' drive form the town of Revelstoke.
Revelstoke Snow & Weather
There’s plenty of media hype that Revelstoke gets plenty of snow, but it’s too early to get good historical data regarding the average snowfall. High up in the Revelstoke heli skiing terrain the average is 12-18 metres per season. During the 2008-09 season only 6m fell at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, yet subsequent seasons have fared much better to provide an average of 9-14 metres.
The marketing team may be able to boast about the snowfall but definitely not the number of sunny days (unlike Colorado and California!) because Revelstoke tends to have lots of foggy weather.
As to be expected for a ski resort with 1,713 metres of vertical, the snow quality can vary significantly between the top and bottom. It sometimes rains at the base (Zone 1) and snow cover can be patchy, although some snowmaking has significantly improved the experience for beginners using this area.
Further up the mountain the snow generally has moderate moisture content. The powder isn’t as wet as Whistler snow, but it’s not as good as other parts of the BC Interior. The North Bowl snow is often very lovely due to the aspect and because lots of powder blows in there.
The resort requires a significant base for all areas to open. As examples, “Kill The Banker’’ and the gladed ‘Critical Path’ (both in Zone 2) may be closed unless there is plenty of snow cover.
Best time to visit Revelstoke
Revy is well-known for getting lots of snow - some of the heli skiing areas amass a whopping 12-18 metres of the stuff a season, and the resort’s not far behind with about 9-14 metres.
There’s likely to be good coverage at Revy any time you visit, but the month can make a difference to a heliski trip. Earlier in the season, December to early February, sees lots of tree-line skiing as winter storms bring deep powder conditions. But as spring approaches in late Feb and March, longer days and shallower powder usually sees trips to the Selkirk’s alpine bowls and glaciers.
Activities in Revelstoke
It goes without saying that Revelstoke does also have plenty on offer for its youngest guests. The Turtle Creek Fun Park is pretty much exciting featuring two tubing lanes, a beginner slope as well as a Bungee Bounce. If your kids are attending the local snow school anyway, the Kids’ Centre in the village gives your young adventurers a second home - both during the day and on evenings.
Of course there are various things to do for their parents: Check out the 14 acre terrain park located under the Stoke Chair where you will find features for every ability level. The terrain park comprises numerous jump lines among other features. You could also experience a day exploring the ski resort with a Pro in order to get the most amazing riding tips or go cat skiing as well as backcountry touring.
In case you always wanted to try Nordic Skiing, a snowmobile tour, or dogsledding, here’s your opportunity. Going snowshoeing through the woods of Selkirk Mountains is also an option. You can book tours so you don´t have to make up your mind finding the perfect hiking trail. The professional tour guides display information about local flora and fauna, plus Canadian history. Those tours include a warming beverage and a fantastic panorama from almost everywhere.
If you’ve always wanted to fly and you're looking for an adrenalin-fuelled day out, then it's time to go paragliding, instructed and attended by a fully qualified pilot. The eagle eye view of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort and the Columbia river will be an unforgettable experience and a story you will tell your grandchildren.
Skiing in Revelstoke
RMR has 3121 acres of skiable terrain but only 60 trails, which gives an idea of the extent of the off-piste opportunities. This is advanced skier country, best for those with several seasons of experience under their belts. With the longest vertical in North America (at 1713 metres – topping Whistler by 104 metres) the thighs feel the burn here after just a few runs.
Nonetheless, Revy has been upping its efforts to accommodate beginners in recent years. The Turtle Creek area in front of the Sutton Place Hotel has a magic carpet and learner’s slope, while the lower mountain runs from Revelation Lodge are great for progression. In its lower reaches, the resort’s longest run, the 15km Last Spike, is also a wide and gentle drop back to the resort.
For those hankering for more of a challenge, head to the top of the Revelation Gondola. From here you can head down the upper reaches of the Last Spike to a selection of different runs. The top pitches of Snow Rodeo and Wooley Bully are super wide and include rollers to work on your speed control and turns. If ever they become too steep, there’s always the option of cutting back to the friendlier Last Spike green.
Strong skiers are the most at home in Revy, with heli skiing opportunities from two different operators to expand your horizons. For lift-accessed fun, drop into the North Bowl from Sub-Peak for razor sharp descents such as Greely Bowl and Sweet Spot. For a powder playground head to the glades of Mt Mackenzie, where the freshies can stay hidden for days.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Facilities
The Revelstoke ski resort village is still in its infancy with only a couple of restaurants, a bar, a retail shop, a ski and snowboard rental shop, and snowsports school. Nevertheless the facilities are more than adequate to cover the needs of those on a ski holiday, and downtown Revelstoke has lots of shops, restaurants and bars.
Despite its label as being a mountain for hard-core skiers and snowboarders, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has been working hard in recent years to attract families and beginners. The Turtle Creek area in front of the Sutton Place Hotel has a magic carpet, learner’s slope, and tubing. The family friendly evolution has also included the addition of a child care centre, a good ski school program, and kids’ activities. Kids’ lift tickets are inexpensive and beginners’ packages are amongst some of the cheapest in the country.
Revelstoke Heli Skiing
Revelstoke BC is a major epicentre of heli skiing due to the abundance of powder and the diversity of terrain. Selkirk Tangiers offers a range of heli skiing packages, including day skiing and multi-day packages that incorporate accommodation and meals. For the multi-day packages in particular, Selkirk Tangiers offers some of the cheapest Canadian heli skiing available.
Eagle Pass is another Revelstoke heli skiing operation. Eagle Pass Heliskiing is a boutique operation that only offers small group heli skiing in either single day format, or multi-day packages with lodge accommodation. This is an excellent heliski outfit for experts.
Revelstoke Cat Skiing
The Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers cat skiing within a small area adjacent to the ski resort. This Revelstoke cat skiing is a good introduction to snowcat skiing.
A more serious Revelstoke cat skiing operation is Mustang Powder, which has huge terrain and infinite fresh deep powder on offer. You may need to pack your snorkel! This highly reputable cat skiing company provides multi-day trips of 3, 4 or 5 days duration, with luxury accommodation.
Alternatively Chatter Creek Cat Skiing is 125km northeast of Revelstoke BC.
Families in Revelstoke
This place has been working overtime in recent years to draw more families and first-timers to its powder playground. The Turtle Creek area in front of the Sutton Place Hotel with magic carpet, learner’s slope, and tubing hill is just the start of its efforts.
This family friendly evolution has also manifested in the addition of a child care centre on the mountain and a good ski school program – with a school (the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre) based just 50 steps from the Turtle Creek Beginner Area.
Best yet, kids’ lift tickets are typically inexpensive here and beginners’ packages amongst the cheapest in Canada.
Group Holidays Revelstoke
For a group of snow aficionados, Revy has the makings of the ski trip of a lifetime. With choppers that can accommodate up to 10, a heli day trip with Selkirk Tangiers can work out the same price as a day’s lift-pass. Meanwhile, three powdery bowls are set aside for cat-skiing – ticking off another potential “first” for group members – all in a week’s work.
Previous years have seen special discounts on lift tickets, equipment rentals, group lessons, and accommodation for larger groups.
Revelstoke Apres Ski
The party in RMR is definitely out in that Selkirk powder, but that doesn’t mean après is a total non-starter. After a long day, adrenaline-flushed skiers accumulate in the Sutton Place Hotel’s Rockford Bar, which has just the right vibe - luxe but sedate – and lager and cocktails at just the right price. The Mackenzie Common Tavern (the Mac) is another village hotspot, with local micro-brews and cocktails like “the Ugly Sweater” for adventurous taste buds.
Down in Revy town your options open up dramatically – with over 50 bars and restaurants whether you’re feeling like fine-dining (got to be the Regent’s 112 Lounge), wine bars (Benoit’s all the way) or the Village Idiot Bar & Grill; a no-holds barred kind of place that accommodates well into the morning.
For a relaxing post-piste activity up near the slopes, book in for a hot-stone treatment at the Feather and Stone Day Spa, or keep the kids entertained with an afternoon on the Turtle Creek Tube Park, snowmobile trips and husky sledding expeditions.
Another exciting option - taking to the skies on a tandem paragliding flight for a birds-eye of that record breaking vertical, those spectacular Selkirk mountains and the mighty Columbia river.
Transportation - Get In
The drive to Revelstoke, British Columbia is one of the most spectacular in Canada.
Travelling from the east, 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. Four popular rental companies are Hertz, Thrifty, Budget and National.
Driving Times to Revelstoke
Directions From the Trans-Canada Highway
Take the first exit into Revelstoke if travelling from the East (Calgary, Banff), or the second exit into Revelstoke if travelling from the West (Kamloops, Kelowna, Vancouver). Follow 4th Street South, crossing the bridge and turn left onto Nichol Road at the 4-way intersection. Turn right onto Camozzi Road, which will lead you to the base of the Resort.
Directions From Downtown
Travel west on Victoria Road. Turn left onto 4th street, crossing the railway tracks. Follow 4th across the bridge and up a small hill, then turn left onto Nichol Road at the 4-way intersection. Turn right onto Camozzi Road, which will lead you to the base of the Resort. Parking for hotel guests is available at The Sutton Place Hotel with ample parking available for day visitors in our outside lots.
The mountain highways around Revelstoke are susceptible to closures and poor conditions. It is highly advisable to check the current road conditions at Drive B.C before beginning your drive to Revelstoke. You can also receive an up-to-date road report by calling 1-800-550-4997. Driving to Revelstoke during the winter can be challenging if your vehicle is not properly equipped for the roads. Please ensure your vehicle has proper winter tires.
Direct Flights to Revelstoke
During the winter, Everything Revelstoke offer direct flights to Revelstoke from Vancouver - the easiest way to access Revelstoke from this international hub.
Flights leave from Vancouver's South Terminal and land at the Revelstoke Airport, just one kilometre from the Resort.
Direct Flights to Kelowna
Flair Airlines is Canada's new ultra-low-cost air travel company, offering discount direct flights to Kelowna from Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Their low fares get you here with the convenience of being able to add the extras you love, à-la-carte style.
Other Flights to Kelowna & Calgary
Scheduled regional service with national and international connections is available in the nearby center of Kelowna with ground transport to Revelstoke. International access is available to gateway airports in Calgary and Vancouver, transferring to regional airlines and/or ground transport. Direct scheduled flights to and from Kelowna are also available from major North American hub airports including Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.
Regularly scheduled and private transfers are available from Kelowna International Airport to Revelstoke.
Everything Revelstoke offers regular transfers directly to your hotel in Revelstoke on The Stoke Shuttle. What's more, children under 6 years of age travel for free! Everything Revelstoke also offer private transfers from many other locations, including Calgary, Vancouver and Banff.
Revelstoke Mountain Transfers & Tours offer private luxury transfers from Kelowna, Kamloops, Calgary, and Vancouver, as well as private transfers to a number of other regional destinations to suit your itinerary.
Accommodation & Hotels
Property Location: When you stay at Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast in Revelstoke, you'll be in a regional park and convenient to K3 Cat Skiing and Snowboarding and Revelstoke Aquatic Centre. This bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Grizzly Plaza and Revelstoke Museum and Archives.
Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 4 air-conditioned rooms featuring DVD players and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and separate sitting areas, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Amenities: Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a spa tub or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. This bed & breakfast also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a picnic area.
Dining: A complimentary full breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Clean hotel facilities
- Good management
- Friendly service
- Very quiet
- CORNERSTONE BED AND BREAKFAST SUMMARY
- With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, breakfast and rooms.
Set in a prime location of Revelstoke (BC), Best Western Plus Revelstoke puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. To be found at the hotel are 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Revelstoke (BC), Best Western Plus Revelstoke will make you feel instantly at home.
- WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
- Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
- Guests think this is a perfect airport hotel.
- Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Clean hotel facilities
- Comfortable beds
- Modern Hotel
- Clean rooms
- BEST WESTERN PLUS REVELSTOKE SUMMARY
- With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, breakfast and service.
The Hillcrest Hotel, a Coast Resort, is located in between the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke BC. Our mountain-side location is just 3 kilometres from Revelstoke's city centre, west of the world famous Rogers Pass, 25 minutes west of Canyon Hot Springs, and right in the centre of the most splendid mountain scenery anywhere.
- WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
- Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Great view
- Nice building
- Clean rooms
- Comfortable beds
- THE COAST HILLCREST HOTEL SUMMARY
- With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.
The Nelsen Lodge is a true ski-in ski-out luxury condominium style hotel consisting of 3 buildings connected by an underground parking facility and serviced by a beautifully appointed central lobby. Named in honor of local ski personality Nels Nelsen, the Nelsen Lodge is located next to the Revelation Gondola at the village area of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a short 5-10 minute drive from downtown Revelstoke. All room types and suites feature modern luxury furnishings, amenities and boast spectacular northwest to southwest views across the Columbia River to the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains, while slope-side suites capture the scene as skiers and snowboarders descend North America's longest vertical run. The spectacular full-service resort and breathtaking surroundings are serviced by the renowned hospitality of the Sandman Signature Hotel Group.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Good kitchenette
- Great view
- Spacious rooms
- Friendly service
- SUTTON PLACE HOTEL REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT SUMMARY
- With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 14% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.
Property Location: With a stay at Regent Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Revelstoke, steps from Grizzly Plaza and K3 Cat Skiing and Snowboarding. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Revelstoke Museum and Archives and Revelstoke Aquatic Centre.
Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 45 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Amenities: Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including a nightclub, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and a fireplace in the lobby.
Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Regent Hotel.
Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Could be quieter
- Spacious rooms
- AC needs updating
- Comfortable beds
- REGENT HOTEL REVELSTOKE SUMMARY
- This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its location, food and breakfast.
Revelstoke ski area prides itself on offering big mountain heli-skiing and cat-skiing terrain with the convenience and price of a resort visit. With the longest lift-serviced vertical skiing in North America, there are few places that can match Revelstoke’s amazing steep terrain acre for acre. And it’s growing.
By 2008/09 season Revelstoke Mountain Resort had opened a total of 1,227 hectare (3,031 acres), twice as much as the season before. The 13 gladed areas, five Alpine bowls and 40 marked runs all run more or less fall line from the peak of Mt Mackenzie. The green runs such as Last Spike and Bacon & Eggs are used for access between Mid Mountain and the chairlifts.
Revelstoke is marketed towards the adventure skiers and not really towards the families. Most of the ski area is avalanche controlled off-piste terrain, much of it gladed tree runs. The intermediate groomed runs are mostly situated on direct fall line, meaning they are as steep as any chair lift line. Many of these 'blue' groomers would be considered black at other Canadian resorts.
One of Revelstoke's biggest promotions is that of safe and responsible back country travel. The majority of skiers and boarders visiting Revelstoke are familiar with the concept of ducking a boundary rope (with the appropriate skills and equipment), skiing magnificent untracked lines then traversing their way back to the resort and the lifts. This is the norm in Revelstoke and the resort endorses such activities by providing a beacon search pit, off-piste focused ski school programs (such as 'Front to Back' and 'Cat/Heli Prep') and the guided trips through the Revelstoke Guides Bureau in Nelsen Lodge at the base of the mountain.
Revelstoke Beginner Skiing
While Revelstoke can cater for all ski levels, novices and beginners may find the terrain intimidating. If you are bringing a family to ski here make sure they are all capable of skiing advanced terrain.
The green runs at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, such as the long cat road Last Spike, are really only used for access between ski lifts. The Li'l Bit magic carpet is the area designated for children and learners.
Revelstoke Intermediate Skiing
Intermediate skiers in Revelstoke will find blue groomed trails that are steep and smooth unless “unlucky” enough to arrive after fresh snowfall in which case the upper intermediate runs will be fresh powder and you’ll be exhausting yourself “off-piste”.
A slew of rolling intermediate runs are situated on the lower mountain below The Stoke Chair (Snow Rodeo, Woolly Bully, Lower Devil's Club etc). The Ripper Chair area has two rolling groomers amongst the glades; Chopper and Burn Down which provide fun access to the chair after skiing powder in the trees.
After heavy snowfall you can expect all intermediate the runs higher up the mountain to be powder or bumps, with a groomer sometimes smoothing them out after a day or two. The lower mountain runs between the Village and Daylodge are shorter and more suitable for less experienced skiers.
Revelstoke Expert Skiing
Over half of Revelstoke’s ski terrain is designated for experts, a paradise for free riding and steep skiing. After heavy snowfall, wait for The Stoke chair to open and rip fresh tracks on Vertigo and Pitch Black.
If the freezing level is at the valley floor you can ski great snow all the way to the Daylodge and upload the gondola again. After each lap you need to traverse further towards Separate Reality Glades in order to get the fresh snow. Once the Ripper chair is open you have the North Bowl tree area at your disposal; Back 40 Glades, Powder Monkey Glades and Glades of Glory.
In order to keep up with the powder appetites of hard core locals, there is a 15-20 minute boot pack from the top of The Stoke to Sub-Peak. From the top of Sub-Peak you can drop into the North Bowl Area to steep lines such as Greely Bowl, Powder Assault and Sweet Spot. All these runs empty into the lower North Bowl glades around The Ripper Chair. Alternatively, if you are chasing sunshine you drop straight into the fall line fresh to runs such as Devil's Club, Jalapeno and Hot Sauce. Many skiers chose to pass the boundary rope into South Bowl Area, formerly used as the cat skiing terrain.
The fun and exciting playground of Mt Mackenzie are the glades. From top to bottom you can ski hundreds of distinct lines throughout the forested areas without getting caught in flat areas. Endless pillows and fresh lines remain hidden in these glades for days.
Snowboarders in Revelstoke benefit just as much from the resort’s fall line terrain. While boot packing and traversing may be arduous at times, if staying within the ski area boundaries there’s no reason why boarders can’t access the same amazing lines.
Revelstoke maintains its reputation as a steep skiing mountain and all the development has gone into expanding the terrain and facilities to accommodate this. There is no terrain park or designated freestyle area. However, if jibbing is your thing there are countless natural features (such as wall rides and tree jibs) throughout the ski area.
Revelstoke Backcountry Skiing & Off-Piste
Revelstoke's backcountry skiing was brought in bounds when the resort opened. Having started as a backcountry destination for cat and heli-skiing, the off-piste terrain of Revelstoke’s Mount Mackenzie is the single biggest attraction for the thousands of hard core skiers and riders that have made the move to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Located on Mount Mackenzie at 8,058ft (2,456m), Revelstoke is the only ski resort village in the world that offers lift-skiing, cat-skiing and heli-skiing operations from the one resort base. The cat ski area joins the southern resort boundary in South Bowl. This 'side country' bowl is no longer used for the cat ski operation due to the number of tracks from the backcountry skiers. South Bowl is a great place to start crossing into the backcountry since it has an obvious the cat track to point you back in the direction of the resort.
A word of caution on skiing backcountry in Revelstoke: The conical shape of the mountains can disorient skiers very easily and make you think you are traversing when you are actually losing elevation on every turn. Back country travellers often get lost in the tree line areas and end up having to overnight before they make it back to civilization.
Further south down the ridge from the peak of Mt Mackenzie, Montana Bowl and Kokanee Bowl make up the rest of the cat ski area. These bowls are accessible for ski touring, though groups heading out there should leave enough time to safely return to the resort or be equipped for overnight camping.
On the North Side you can push beyond the boundary of Greely Bowl. From the top of the Sub Peak boot pack you hike further towards the peak of Mt Mackenzie and drop into the couloirs above Greely Bowl. Upon exiting the alpine and entering the tree line, it is advised to follow the boundary ropes towards the Back 40 Glades. All fall lines beyond these trees can put you in danger of missing the turn-off back to the Ripper Chair.
If you want to enjoy the backcountry in style, Revelstoke Cat Skiing offers a full day package of unlimited vertical, crepe breakfast, beacon training, hot lunch and après session for $400 CDN per person. 12 seats are available daily.
For the ultimate powder experience in the Selkirk Mountains, Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing enjoys access to over 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) in the Mt Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Seats for both cat and heli in Revelstoke often sell out months in advance, so be sure to book early if you are planning heli-skiing on your next trip.
For ski touring purists there is no shortage of mountains void of mechanized lifting. The Revelstoke Guides Bureau (located in the Nelsen Lodge) offers a variety of single and multi-day trips into the vast Mt Revelstoke National Park. There are numerous guiding companies in the town of Revelstoke and all the ski shops have knowledge of the touring hot spots. Be sure to check in at the Headquarters of the Canadian Avalanche Association in town for all the latest backcountry information and snowpack conditions.
Ski lifts & pass
Revelstoke’s newly built high-speed lift system aims to provide access to all of the terrain with minimal linking of lifts and minimal traversing.
Revelstoke Ski Lifts
The comfortable 8 person Revelation Gondola provides access to Mid Mountain from the base stations and car parks both at the Village and Daylodge. Once at the top of the gondola, a short cat track takes you to the base of The Stoke chair and from the top of The Stoke, you can either traverse in the direction of the North Bowl to the base of The Ripper chair or ski the fall line back to the base of The Stoke. While there are only two chair lifts servicing all this terrain, the conical shape of the mountain means there is always quick access between the different alpine zones.
At the Daylodge station (where the mountain restaurant is located) the Li'l Bit magic carpet provides a short easy slope for beginner lessons. The carpet is mainly used for people getting 60 ft up the hill to load onto the Revelation Gondola. The gondola opens at 8:30 am with the chairs opening (conditions allowing) at 9:00 am. All lifts upload until 3:00 pm with extended hours until 3:30 pm after January 31st.
There is growth projected in Revelstoke over the next few years and plans for further lift systems and village development are in place. Lifts will further extend into the old cat ski areas in the South Bowl area and beyond.
|Name||Type||Ride Time||Make||Year Built|
|Revelation (Upper)||Gondola||9 minutes||Leitner Poma||2007|
|Revelation (Lower)||Gondola||4 minutes||Leitner Poma||2008|
|The Stoke||4 person detachable chair||7 minutes||Leitner Poma||2007|
|The Ripper||4 person detachable chair||7 minutes||Leitner Poma||2008|
|Magic Carpet||Surface lift||2007|
Revelstoke Ski Lift Passes
Discounted rates are available for seniors (over 65), full-time students, youths (13-18) and children (6-12). Lift passes for children aged five or under are free. If you are lucky enough to have a season pass at any other British Columbia or Alberta ski resort you receive 25% discount on your Revelstoke lift pass.
2017/18 Window Rates
|Age Category||1 Day||Afternoon||2 Days||3 Days||4 Days||5 Days||6 Days|
|Adult (19 – 64)||$99||$79||$193||$287||$381||$475||$569|
|Tot (5 & Under)||FREE|
Season Passes 2017/18
|Individual Passes||Regular Rates|
|Youth (13 - 18)||$799|
|Child (6 - 12)||$399|
|Super Senior (75+)||$829|
|Tot (5 & under)||$25|
|Family Passes||Regular Rates|
|Adult Family Member||$1,069|
|Youth Family Member||$689|
|Child Family Member||$319|
|Senior Family Member||$689|
|Tot (5 and under)||$25|
|Add'l Family Member||$25|
How to Purchase Your Pass
To purchase your Season Pass in person, visit Guest Services in the resort village.
Activities & Things to do
Wild or mild, there are plenty of Revelstoke activities in winter besides just skiing or snowboarding at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Revelstoke Heli Skiing Activities
Revelstoke is heli skiing central. Check out Selkirk Tangiers heli skiing who offer single day as well as multi-day packages. The day heli skiing is particularly well suited to first-timers or those without a lot of heli skiing experience.
Eagle Pass Heliskiing provides day heli skiing and multi-day trips in small group formats that are really well suited to experts and high-end advanced riders.
Revelstoke Cat Skiing Activities
The resort also offers Revelstoke cat skiing; one day trips of snowcat skiing within a small area.
Another Revelstoke cat skiing operation is Mustang Powder who offer superb multi-day cat skiing trips and significantly more terrain.
Revelstoke Backcountry Tours
Revelstoke Alpine Adventures Mountain Guide Services offer a wide range of mountaineering activities such as ski touring, avalanche skills training and ice climbing. Sol Mountain Touring provides 3, 4 and 7 night fully guided and catered ski touring trips.
Cross Country Skiing Revelstoke
For cross-country skiing, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club has 22km of groomed trails. The trailhead is 7km south of Revelstoke on Highway 23 and there are a couple of Revelstoke ski shops that rent out Nordic ski equipment.
Revelstoke has long been known as a mecca for sledding. Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours located just north of Revelstoke, offer a range of day-time, twilight and evening tours including fondue nights and chocolate moonlight rides. Some of these tours only operate in March and April. For standard tours they offer trips for both beginners and experienced riders, and if you want to DIY they also provide rentals.
Leisurely Activities Revelstoke
For a slightly less adrenaline-pumped activity you could go to the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre (600 Campbell Avenue). The pool provides plenty of fun year-round for children, the young at heart, and fitness freaks that haven’t used up enough energy skiing or snowboarding. In addition to swimming lanes, facilities include a waterslide, climbing wall, wading pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room.
The Revelstoke Museum and Archives (corner of First & Boyle) provides an overview of the history of the town and district. During winter it is only open 1-4pm. The Railway Museum (719 Track Street West Revelstoke) also provides a great appreciation of the heritage of the area and the Canadian railway.
The Roxy Theatre (115 MacKenzie Ave) is a historical theatre but you won’t be stuck watching re-runs of the Blue Brothers. They show recent movies, although the cinema has the classic small town tradition of only showcasing one movie per week.
Family Activities Revelstoke
Family fun is available at the base of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, with magic carpet serviced tubing on offer from 2-8pm Wednesday to Sunday!
The Kids ROC at Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers après ski activities on some nights for kids 6-12, including the mini climbing wall, foam pit, fossball, other games and crafts.
Revelstoke Day Spas & Massage
If you need complete relaxation, there are a few Revelstoke day spas.
Facilities & Services
The facilities and services at Revelstoke ski resort are not extensive, but more than adequate to cover most requirements. The “village” at the ski resort has developed a lot since its inception but it’s still rather small. The amenities are largely contained within one of the ski-in ski-out Sutton Place Hotel buildings (lift ticket sales, guest services, equipment rentals, ski school, activity centre), and a couple of other facilities are housed inside the other two Sutton Place structures (coffee shop, child care).
Revelstoke Ski Rentals and Snowboard Rental
The Revelstoke Mountain Resort rental shop is located in the main building at the base of the resort. They have standard ski rentals, lots of powder skis, regular camber all-mountain snowboards, and reverse and hybrid camber high performance powder boards. The Revelstoke Mountain Resort rental shop also has lots of backcountry gear and touring equipment, and they also do equipment repairs. Costs for rental gear at the resort are in line with pricing for most ski resorts across Canada.
There are also Revelstoke ski rental shops in town. One great example is Skookum Cycle & Ski in downtown Revelstoke (opposite the Roxy). They rent out demo powder skis, snowboards and X-country ski gear.
Facilities for Children
Revelstoke Mountain Resort has been working hard in recent years to attract families by adding more amenities for kids.
Mountain Child Care is conveniently located at the Sutton Place Hotel, providing crèche for children aged 18 months to 6 years. Child care is provided in either a half day or full day format, and ski lessons can also be added to the package for 3-6 year olds. Rates are pretty reasonable relative to many other Canadian ski resorts.
The Revelstoke Outdoors Centre (ROC) is the base for kids’ ski school during the day, and on some evenings they offer après ski activities for kids aged 6 to 12. The space includes a mini climbing wall, various games, and craft activities.
The Turtle Creek area in front of the Sutton Place Hotel has a little tubing hill.
Revelstoke Ski School
The Revelstoke ski school instructors (in their poxy looking orange jackets!) provide traditional ski and snowboard group lessons for 2 hours for children and adults. Private lessons are provided in 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour and all day formats.
The rates for the lessons are middle of the road for a Canadian ski resort, whilst the first timer and second timer packages that include a lift pass, equipment rentals and a lesson, are very inexpensive.
For adults, the Revelstoke ski school provides full day instruction for cat skiing and heli skiing preparation and transition. This program runs through powder skiing and tree skiing, to ensure that you’re ready to commit to cat skiing or heli skiing.
The ski school also offers a backcountry guiding service for day touring outside the resort boundaries, which caters to backcountry old-hands or newbies.
Eating On Mountain
The main day lodge is located near the gondola mid-station, with a large range of food on offer. The day lodge has typical cafeteria fast food options such as sandwiches, sushi, soups, wraps, chilli and the yummiest energy bars. Slow food is also on offer (and I mean slow!), which includes customised pastas, great poutine, and burgers. The day lodge also has a small licensed bar for alcoholic beverages.
Up at the top of Revelation Gondola is the Mackenzie Outpost, a small lodge selling on the go treats, BBQ fare, and hot beverages. The deck is a particularly good spot to hang out on fine days.
Day time fare is also available down at the base area of Revelstoke ski resort at La Baguette coffee shop, or you can have a more formal lunch at the Rockford Bar and Grill.
ATMs are available on-mountain at guest services (at the base), the Rockford Wok Bar and Grill, and the mid-mountain day lodge. ATMs are also available in the town of Revelstoke.
Restaurants & Nightlife
The dining and drinking options in the village of Revelstoke Mountain Ski Resort are somewhat limited, although downtown Revelstoke has a much bigger range of restaurants and bars.
Revelstoke Downtown Restaurants
Downtown there are lots of Revelstoke restaurants and bars that are located within easy walking distance of the centre of town. And if you really don’t want to walk very far, some of the Revelstoke hotels have their own restaurant and bar!
The eateries and restaurants in Revelstoke are somewhat varied and include bakeries, cafes and coffee houses for day-time fare. Evening dining includes pubs, grills, Japanese and Chinese restaurants, and pizza and pasta joints.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Restaurants & Bars
The little village at the base of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort is contained within the three Sutton Place Hotel buildings and includes one restaurant, one bar, one coffee shop, and a few facilities. So if you’re staying at the Sutton Place Hotel and you don’t want to cook in your condo every night, you might want to drive yourself into town to get a little more variety with respect to dining and drinking establishments.
La Baguette is a beautiful little coffee shop that’s open during the day for eat-in or take-away. They do great coffees, breakfast wraps, paninis and other simple meals and snacks. They have decent wifi access too (by Revelstoke standards!).
Up at the mid-mountain day lodge there’s a small licensed bar where some punters partake in a few après ski bevvies, but it’s usually rather sedate après. From there you can move down to the Wino bar at the base of the resort. This is generally a reasonably quiet atmosphere for a sophisticated drink in a modern chic setting with aspen log walls.
You can also hang outside for a drink in front of the Wino bar or the Rockford Bar & Grill. Watching the alpenglow and perching in front of the modish outdoor gas fires is pretty special!
The Rockford Wok, Grill and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, après ski and dinner. It’s a fraction classy but still casual enough that you can rock about in your ski gear. This large restaurant has lots on the menu (although the wine list is somewhat limited), so you shouldn’t get too bored if you want to dine here a few nights during your stay. The cuisine also caters to a range of budgets. Fare includes Asian wok dishes, steak, pasta, and burgers.
Revelstoke Nightlife & Bars in Town
The Revelstoke nightlife in town is definitely more happening than that on-mountain at the ski resort. Revelstoke is not a bustling town with a vibrant nightlife although this seems to be growing, and it really depends on the night. Revelstoke bars include casual pubs that double as sports bars, sophisticated lounges, and a couple of bars that morph into night clubs. The Village Idiot Bar and Grill (306 Mackenzie Ave) is a good pub for an inexpensive feed and casual drinks.
The Regent Hotel has the elegant 112 lounge bar (the restaurant). Some nights they have live music; generally background music type acts where you can continue to chat over a wine if you wish. Next door is the River City Pub which offers casual fare and beers. Some nights the pub transforms into a quasi-nightclub with a rocking dance floor.
A different sort of drinking establishment is The Cabin, which is a lounge bar, bowling alley and snowboard shop, all rolled into one.
The Out of Bounds Lounge can also be classified as a nightclub depending upon the moment that you visit.
A retail shop is located at the base of the Revelstoke ski resort, however most Revelstoke shopping is in town where there are quaint boutiques, gift shops, grocery stores, numerous sporting goods shops selling ski and snowboard gear, and even a special adult shop!
Revelstoke Ski Shops and Snowboard Stores
If you find yourself at the mountain with only a bikini in which to snowboard, there are various Revelstoke ski shops and outdoor stores to buy a warmer outfit!
The Revelstoke Mountain Resort shop has a moderate range of ski and snowboard accessories such as goggles, helmets and gloves. The store also sells a little backcountry equipment, outerwear, and lots of thermals and logo wear mid-layers.
Skookum Cycle & Ski is a large Revelstoke ski shop in town (118 Mackenzie Avenue). This is the place to come if you’re in the market for hardwear: powder skis, downhill skis, kids skis, Nordic skis, snowboards or boots. They have a decent range of gear and knowledgeable staff. This ski shop also has a variety of outerwear from brands such as Spyder, some backcountry gear, and lots of ski and snowboard accessories.
Valhalla Pure Outfitters (213 Mackenzie Ave) is predominantly an outdoor and backcountry shop, and they also sell skis and ski specific clothing and equipment.
If you’re after a colourful outfit for the slopes, try the Revelstoke snowboard shop in The Cabin (200 East 1st St).
Souvenir Shopping Revelstoke
The Revelstoke Mountain Resort shop is only medium sized but it packs a lot in. They sell lots of standard logo wear including t-shirts, hoodies, jumpers, polar fleeces and caps, but they also have lots of high quality ski and snowboard clothing from well known brands with the RMR logo emblazoned on it. The shop also has lots of other Revelstoke souvenirs such as teddy bears, drink bottles and glasses.
Selkirk Graphics (110 W 1 St) is dedicated to selling Revelstoke souvenirs and a few Canadian mementos. They have Revelstoke T-shirts galore, hoodies, and even “Get Stoked” undies!
Revelstoke Grocery Shopping
There is no grocery store at Revelstoke ski resort, but for those staying at the Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke, there is a grocery and liquor delivery service available.
There are at least four grocery stores in Revelstoke. One example is Southside Grocery (900 4th Street East, on the way into town from the ski resort), which sells bakery and deli goods.