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Powder Highway: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Written by Fiona

July 22 2019

I visited Revelstoke as part of a ski-drive tour of the Powder Highway in Canada. We stayed at: The fabulous Sutton Place Hotel at the ski base.

Revelstoke, or Revie as it’s known, is a serious ski mountain. For years, the snow-covered outdoors playground was only accessible helicopter or snow cat, which gave it a reputation as remote and gnarly.

Now it has four lifts and boasts the most vertical – 1712m – of any resort in North America. It is acclaimed as Canada’s newest resort, too.

This is a resort for people who like steeps and with more than 3000 acres of open bowls and glades thee is plenty to explore. It also has a good does of easier groomed slopes, too, for when your legs are tired or the steeps or you just want a nice ski in your comfort zone.

There are plans for expansion too, with more lifts and a much larger skiing terrain.

Stunning Revvie. Credit: Royce Sihlis
Great views and powder. Credit: Ian Houghton

Revelstoke stats, pros and cons

Plenty of groomers – and off-piste.Credit: Ian Houghton

Revelstoke stats

  • Top: 2225m
  • Base: 512m
  • Drop: 1713m
  • Area: 3,121 acres
  • Number of runs: 69
  • Beginner 10%
  • Intermediate: 42.5%
  • Expert: 47.5%
  • Longest run: 15.2km The last Spike, green run
  • 3 uplifts: gondola and 2 high speed quads
  • 2 magic carpets
  • Snow making: No snowmaking except in Turtle Creek beginner area at village base.
  • Average annual snowfall: 15m
Back country is easy to access, but also comes with warnings.

Pros of Revelstoke

  • North America’s longest lift-accessed vertical (1,713m).
  • Modern resort feel and in-resort hotels
  • Good for intermediates and experts
  • Tons of snow
  • The First Tracks Programme is the perfect way to enjoy powder mornings
  • First time visitors can hire a Private Tour Guide through the Inside Tracks programme for a tour of the mountain,
  • Good balance of pisted and inbound back country
  • Superb steeps
  • Lift, cat and heli skiing from one village base
  • Great tree skiing
  • Sutton Place Hotel is fabulous with ski to the door, amazing rooms and facilities and very professional staff .
  • Easy to “flirt with the boundaries” (skiing on soft snow at the edges of the groomers)
  • Other winter activities, such as snowshoeing, dogsledding, paragliding and snowmobiling

Cons of Revelstoke

  • There are only three lifts (although somehow this still allows you to reach all the mountain with a few traverses)
  • Heli skiing is popular but expensive (cat skiing is more affordable)
  • Keep an eye on lift closure times (we almost got caught out by a 3pm lift closure
  • Probably not the place to head if you are a group of mixed abilities
  • Not ideal for beginners
Lots of “pow”. Credit: Royce Sihlis

What we discovered at Revelstoke

  • We enjoyed the drive through the Rockies to reach Revvie.
  • We compared Revvie to Kicking Horse and while there are less steeps there are more gladed runs
  • You can ski the whole mountain on piste or stay off-piste
  • Trees have been thinned out her to make it more enjoyable to ski through them .
    Surprising that three lifts (only) allows you to reach so much of the mountain resort
  • You can ski almost every inch of the resort and it feels like you are skiing forever on long runs, on piste and off-piste
  • It is a small resort but we were here three days and apart from the big runs, we never felt as if we were repeating runs
  • Nice atmosphere.

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