Revelstoke Mountain Resort Review
Get revved up and get stoked at Revelstoke Mountain Resort! Corny catch phrases aside, Revelstoke ski resort is continuing to transform itself with the potential to become the biggest and best resort in Canada. Revelstoke BC has long been known by cat skiers and heli skiers for the legendary Selkirk powder that falls in abundance. Realising the potential for the perfect location where snow dumps, Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened in the season of 2007-08 and development continues to turn this powder paradise into a mega-resort.
For powder hounds, Revelstoke has the great advantage that the area offers resort skiing, cat skiing, and heli skiing (with either Selkirk Tangiers
or Eagle Pass Heliskiing
), so you can mix and match your powder adventure depending upon the conditions, and of course, your budget.
Revelstoke Ski Terrain
Revy is big, big, big – big terrain, big pitch, big snowfall and big vertical. Revelstoke ski resort has 3,121 acres (1,263 hectares) of skiable terrain yet only 59 trails, which gives you an idea of the magnitude of the off-piste offerings. Revelstoke has the longest vertical in North America at 1,713 metres/ 5,620 feet (104 metres more than Whistler Blackcomb
), so it’s easy for the thighs to get burnt out after two runs! And the gondola and detachable quad chair lifts are super fast so there’s little rest time.
The Revelstoke skiing
terrain is largely below the treeline and consists of super long steep groomers, mellow groomed runs, moguls, glades, and tree skiing. Alpine bowl skiing is available in the North Bowl and a hike-to area above The Stoke chair.
With terrain split stats of 7% beginner, 45% intermediate and 48% advanced, it’s no great surprise that lots of hot skiers and boarders hang out at Revelstoke ski resort. The main niche of the resort is for advanced riders and those who want to progress to backcountry skiing, and the terrain is OK for experts. The resort is not as well suited to beginners or low-end intermediates, but this isn’t to say that these groups won’t find some appropriate terrain at Revelstoke ski resort.
Revy is renowned for getting lots of snow. Some of the Revelstoke heli skiing areas get a whopping 12-18 metres of powder on average per season, and the resort gets somewhere in the realm of 9-14 metres. The powder at Revelstoke Mountain Resort can be a little heavy, but no one seems to care considering the quantity of powder days.
Where is Revelstoke?
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is 6km southeast of the town of Revelstoke BC, which is 2 hours (199km) away from Kelowna International Airport. There are airport shuttles between Kelowna and Revelstoke, and there are shuttles between the town of Revelstoke and Revelstoke Mountain Resort, but having a rental car is rather handy.
Revelstoke Hotels and Accommodation
The base area of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort has grown somewhat in recent years to become a small village. Core to the village are the three buildings of the large Sutton Place Revelstoke
. This hotel provides delightfully upscale condo accommodation that is fully ski-in ski-out.
Most of the Revelstoke accommodation
is located downtown where there is variety to suit all budgets. In addition to Revelstoke hotels, the town has lodges, motels, and B&Bs. The culture is that of a lovely country town rather than a glitzy ski resort town.
To search for accommodation at Revelstoke Mountain or in town, check out the Revelstoke Accommodation Listings.
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 Ski Resort vs Kicking Horse
Many people like to compare Revelstoke to its neighbour Kicking Horse Ski Resort
. There are many similarities between these two up-and-coming ski resorts, but Kicking Horse is much further progressed in the development of the village. Other differences are that Kicking Horse has more open alpine terrain and much more expert terrain, yet the lift infrastructure isn’t as good as Revelstoke. The other difference is the snow – Revelstoke generally has more of it, but it’s not as dry as Kicking Horse.
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.
||Eagle Pass Heli Skiing
Located in Revelstoke, EP caters for advanced to expert skiers & snowboarders. All small groups of 4 guests per guide/heli. Day trips from Revy and multi-day packages available from the lodge.
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.
||Mustang Powder (Revelstoke Cat Skiing)
Located near Revelstoke in the Monashee 's amongst some of BC 's best skiing terrain. Mustang Powder boasts a massive 18 metre (60 feet) annual snowfall. Pack your snorkel!
More Reasons to Ski Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke is a great resort that hasn’t quite lived up to the avalanche of media hype yet, but it has plenty of potential. The master plan for future development includes another 17 lifts and extensive expansion of the ski run clearings to provide 4,047 hectares of skiable terrain. Blimey!
In the meantime, the tranquility of Revelstoke and the lack of crowds is a huge bonus for powder hounds. Undertake an intensive pre-season fitness campaign and get to this place before anyone else discovers it and steals your powder stash!
Tours that include Revelstoke
Guided & Hosted Multi-Resort Tours
Because Revelstoke Mountain Resort has great slackcountry and backcountry skiing, there are several tour operators offering multi-resort tours that include Revy in the mix packaged with guiding, transfers and accommodations....