Revelstoke

Revelstoke

Overall Rating

Revelstoke

Revelstoke3.5/546
Revelstoke3.5 out of 5 based on 46 reviews
  • Recommend
    87%
  • Would Revisit
    89%

Revelstoke - Reviews

Revelstoke - Reviews

Overpriced

Zack
27/03/2022
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Overpriced

Zack
27/03/2022
145 for a day and they had the audacity to close a major lift at 2:30. Most lifts close at 3pm.
Staff seems really grumpy and unhappy. No benches for snowboarders to strap in. Very poor grooming and blue runs can unexpectedly turn into a full mogul run, due to lazy and inadequate grooming practices.
Not a great resort for families. Good for backcountry glade runs on December powder days only. See our video here

The Stoke is the Greatest Place on Earth

Live to Ride
14/10/2021
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

The Stoke is the Greatest Place on Earth

Live to Ride
14/10/2021
The mountain is Sick and the powder is insane. Visited the Stoke three times and every time it dumped and there were no lines. Heading back again this year, can’t get enough. If you can only hit one resort in your life, hit the Stoke (I know locals call it Revey). I hope to be a local soon..,,,,,,, See our video here

Solid mountain

01/03/2021

Alex

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Alex

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Solid mountain

01/03/2021
Solid mountain. Lots of vertical though it skis shorter than the stated vertical as the lower 1000 feet are essentially useless. Few runs down low and conditions vary tremendously from top to bottom. Lifts are modern but there’s really only 3. The gondola is strange as you need to exit and reboard at the midstation. It took me 45
Mins to get to the top of stoke from the village on a powder day with Covid restrictions in place. The vast majority of the prime skiing is off the stoke lift. Tree skiing is amazing. Skiing the backside means a long, flat cat track back to the frontside. Well worth it on a Powder day but snowboarders need to be prepared for a walk. 2 bar / restaurants in the “village”. Once apres is done the village shuts down. Town has some good spots. Revelstoke is a real mountain town as opposed to some contrived ski village a developer puked all over. See our video here

Long, long and long steep runs

Serge
21/05/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    70+
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Long, long and long steep runs

Serge
21/05/2020
Revelstoke has the longest vertical in North America and it absolutely not crowded. On the 3 ski trips that I have been there the grooming is excellent and runs are groomed every 2nd day because of the low traffic.
Great mountain for the advanced intermediate and expert skiers.
For beginners there is a new lift that opened in 19-20 but I have no idea how good the runs are. This is an expert's paradise that love to have burning legs. Altitude is not a problem. Great town with good reasonably priced restaurants, pubs and hotels.
I will be back. See our video here

12 days over New Years 2018/19

Chris
11/11/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

12 days over New Years 2018/19

Chris
11/11/2019
Over a 12 day stay, Revy was the least crowded ski resort I’ve skied, except the morning of a powday (see other reviews). 3 powdays, so for the other 9 days: zero and I mean ZERO lift lines, empty trails, fresh lines in the deep glades. The upper 3500’ had great snow, below which was Spring skiing conditions and slushy at the base. Most other BC resorts had much worse snow and were only partially opened so we guessed right to pick Revy.

There’s a nice intermediate bowl beside the Stoke lift which is forgiving enough for a first-time off-piste foray. Skiers right I found some untracked lines one day after a dump, though I also found a sneaky cliff. The North side had great snow every day and nice light blue groomers. I often road the Ripper alone. The 2 hike-to bowls on the North side are easy hikes even for a weekend warrior like me. Revy’s main side has long, steep runs. When groomed, amazing.

The resort has good facilities once you get to know them. 3 high-speed lifts allow efficient access to a gigantic mountain, though snowboarders must be careful to avoid traversing. Bear in mind: people come here to ski not sip Pinot at the summit. The facilities are clean, modern, but above all, functional and geared to being there when you need them. There’s a cute burger cabin at the top of the gondola, warming huts at the top of the Ripper and Stoke. These are important: it can a very long way back to the main lodge.

The major drawback was a lack of greens and light blues which tethered the novices in my family to the lower mountain where the snow is erratic. I gather the resort has cleared a beginner region on the upper mountain where the snow is good and added a lift. I wish this had been there for our holiday. This would have helped my holiday immensely since the beginner/novice trails are concentrated at the lower mountain where the snow’s not as reliable.

The grooming seemed fine to me though steeper runs - and Revy is very steep - get bumpy quickly. End of day “one last runs” are best chosen with care: there’s a lot pain in a 4500’ steep bump run to get back to the day lodge downloading point (which is not at the base).

We stayed at the resort which was perfect, spacious and well/managed. It has all the facilities again, but only one of everything: ski shop, good asian fusion grill, pub, small liquor store, pro shop, equipment rental & repair shop, tasty cafe. We would go to Revy again, but only because of the new beginner terrain for our novices who did languish on the lower mountain. See our video here

4th year

John
21/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    4

4th year

John
21/10/2019
I’ve reviewed Revy before and having just reread that review and the powderhounds review I’d say we were both right on...! The powderhounds review is very accurate.
Snow: The snow gets deep but the quality is a little iffy at the resort. Early or late in the season it is often the case you have to download to the base. The snow is nice up high but can be variable or non-existent below mid mountain. This is true in December and March/April. The snow gets deep but it’s variable. Here’s where heli skiing comes in. You’ll find tons of snow up high with any of the local cat or heli options. Or you can book a guide and tour Rogers Pass. You’ll find more snow than you can handle or imagine if you pay for it with dollars or sweat.
Crowds: the crowds are small. Especially during the week. However, on pow days and high season the line at the base is ridiculous. They need another lift at the base. The current situation is just laughably incompetent. Adding some cabins to the gondola as they did this year will make no difference.
Management/infrastructure: as stated above the management of the resort is questionable. The base needs a chair. The restaurant options are slim. The grooming is atrocious. Picture stoned 19 year old Aussies with no experience. I’ve seen staff smoking in line. The base needs some cleaning and there are major major lines on pow days.
Overall: despite my complaints above I love Revy. LOVE. It is my only December ski location. I go every year. The mountain is empty. The snow is pretty good for December and storms are common. Prices are great. But here’s the real thing about Revy. It’s not about the resort. If you want resort skiing and like resort skiing go somewhere else. Revy is about trees and hiking and Touring, heli and cats. The resort is for down days and practice. This isn’t where you go with a family or if you want fine food and massages. This is the resort for the guy/gal who wants to explore. Who doesn’t care about luxury or hiking. Who wants to go heli skiing and cat skiing and touring in Rogers Pass. If you show up to revelstoke expecting the usual fancies and options you will be disappointed. If you want to explore and learn Revy is unmatched. See our video here

Not Sure It’s Rave Worthy

18/10/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Not Sure It’s Rave Worthy

18/10/2019
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Below the cloud
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing near Revelstoke
Lots of people rave about Revelstoke Mountain Resort and it definitely has lots of great positives, however we’ve visited 4 times and Revelstoke has never managed to capture my heart. Perhaps it’s because the snow’s never been that good, even when it was fresh. On this visit there was decent snow in the north bowl (which has the best expert terrain but the dreadfully heinous exit unless you swing a hard left early on), but otherwise the snow had been sun baked and/or was highly compacted. Considering the snow quality, we wanted to mostly stick to the groomers but some of these were slick and the grooming was subpar. The grooming report would say that a run had been groomed, yet part way down the grooming just stopped, and there were other blue runs that I assumed would be groomed but weren’t. If you want to just ski groomers, there are plenty of better picks for Canadian ski resorts.

Revelstoke Mountain has continued further development including the welcome addition of more cabins on the gondola to improve lifting capacity. And instead of just focussing on their niche market, the resort has added a lift and runs for beginners in an effort to be a resort for everyone. The resort has also done more glading which adds to its supremacy as a ski hill for advanced riders, but they’ve chopped out way too many trees (IMO) so there’s less expert terrain now. Instead I’d love to see them put in a nice trail out of Greely /North Bowl so you don’t have to get pinballed back down to the lift.

The town seems to have become more vibrant since we last visited, particularly the café and dining scene which has seen an explosion, and there were several restaurants and bars where we couldn’t get a seat which is a good sign of a happening town. There were reports of more “locals” moving to Revelstoke (at least for the winter) although I don’t know how they cope with the constant cloud that hangs over the town!

Meanwhile the village at the resort hasn’t really changed and it just remains a collection of condos and houses and one restaurant.

Whilst in Revelstoke we stayed at a couple of hotels. You can see our reviews of the Stoke Hotel and Glacier House here. We also went cat skiing with Great Northern Snowcat Skiing which is reasonably close to Revelstoke and definitely a fantastic experience.

More on our thoughts on the pros and cons of Revelstoke are on the overview page, and you can see our Canadian ski resort ratings to see how we score it against other resorts. See our video here

Revvy Pow

Duncs
24/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Revvy Pow

Duncs
24/03/2019
Epic snow, steep and deep. For big vertical and steeps this place is insane. See our video here

Killer terrain

Colin
13/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    1

Killer terrain

Colin
13/12/2018
Big mountain with amazing terrain for those of us who can handle it. Not a lot of bells or whistles, which I appreciate. Just a burly skiers mountain in a fun laid back town. See our video here

Revy 2018

Jesse
20/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Revy 2018

Jesse
20/11/2018
Best snow ever. If you can spend a day with Eagle Pass for some heli fun, it will be the best experience of your live. Endless pow and complete freedom! See our video here
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