Overall Rating

Revelstoke

Revelstoke3.5/540
Revelstoke3.5 out of 5 based on 40 reviews
  • Recommend
    88%
  • Would Revisit
    88%

Revelstoke - Reviews

Revelstoke - Reviews

Not Sure It’s Rave Worthy

POWDERHOUNDS.COM18/10/2019
  • 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

POWDERHOUNDS.COM18/10/2019
Revelstoke Canada
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.

Revvy Pow

Duncs24/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Revvy Pow

Duncs24/03/2019
Epic snow, steep and deep. For big vertical and steeps this place is insane.

Killer terrain

Colin13/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    1

Killer terrain

Colin13/12/2018
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.

Revy 2018

Jesse20/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Revy 2018

Jesse20/11/2018
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!

Revelstoke is Awesome!

Craig15/10/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    April

Revelstoke is Awesome!

Craig15/10/2018
Low Key town but Revelstoke is Awesome!

Revy is the best

Matt05/10/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Revy is the best

Matt05/10/2018
Seeing the scores for Revy, I'm thinking many reviews are outdated. Revelstoke the town has changed very significantly since the resort's beginning in 07/08. The lifts have become more crowded, but there is still plenty of space on the mountain. The nightlife has skyrocketed, with what seems like 2-3 new bars or restaurants every year. The season snow totals have also trended upward, so that's another plus!

Revy is best visited mid-season, typically peaking in January or February, maybe early March. March and April get a little wet and are risky times to visit. The resort is best, after the lower section has filled in between the mid-station and the top of the gondola. This spreads out the crowds more and opens up a lot of cool terrain! If you're a powder hound headed to Revy, expect to be hiking/ traversing a lot, believe me, it's worth it!

Ridiculous Lift Queues

Powderhounds Europe27/11/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Ridiculous Lift Queues

Powderhounds Europe27/11/2017
The locals said that this lift queue wasn't as long as normal
It was a powder day and the lift queue to the gondola was ridiculous and way out past the car park and there was no crowd management or corral - the wait was about 50 minutes. The locals told us that the queues on a powder day are usually much longer, or perhaps that was there was of trying to deter us from returning another day. Well it worked. We won't be returning to Revelstoke until they do something about lift capacity and crowd control.

Add a lift

John30/10/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Add a lift

John30/10/2017
Revelstoke is great. It might be the current center of the ski world. Ive been once and will return this year and will update this review afterwards.
Consistent Snow: Its snows a lot and its good quality.
Terrrain: A Bowl, great trees, huge vertical, and nice groomers. The terrain is great. The huge vertical makes each run nice and long and is fairly unique.
Infrastructure: The base has one hotel. The sutton place has very nice rooms that you can get great deals on if you book in advance. The hotel and restaurants, theres really just 1, are very limited but good.
Lifts: Here is the only real problem with revy. They need another lift or two. The lines are bad every weekend even without snow. On a snow day they are crazy. The weekdays are better but they are still annoying. They really really need another lift out of the base. Id say their current infrastructure. Hotels, lifts, restaurants, etc is maxed out and needs to be upgraded. I highly advise going over non-holiday periods to get the best experience.
Overall, Revy is really good. The terrain and vertical are great. The only downside is the lift lines. The huge benefit of visiting Revy are the other options in the area. There are many cat and heli outfits in the area, private guide services, and other less crowded resorts you can day trip to.

Not enough lifts

Dan19/10/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Not enough lifts

Dan19/10/2017
The terrain is steep and the snow is good. What I don’t like about Revelstoke is you have to hike and traverse the whole mountain to get to the goods. And then when you get back to the one chair they have to wait in line with all your best local friends. The skiing below the upper chair is unskiable for beginners because ether raining or all ice. There’s very little after skiing restaurants and bars at the base. Although the town of Revelstoke is very close and there’s great eating and drinking there.

Love this place

Airborne13/06/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Love this place

Airborne13/06/2017
I was here twice this year. First time in January with my 9 year old as part of our annual Western ski trip. We stayed at a motel in town and had 3 awesome ski days on the mountain. It did get crowded on the first day because of an overnight dump, but we still managed to find lots of powder. Some people complain about the snow getting tracked, it is certainly true of on piste runs, but there was always tons of powder off-piste. Since we stayed in the trees for the most part, there was still powder to be found even on day three. Revy was our favourite resort out of the 3 that we visited this time out.
I came back to the area again in the beginning of March for some cat skiing at Great Northern Snowcat and when cat skiing was done me and a couple from US decided we couldn't leave before hitting up Revy for a day. It was a little busy since it was a Saturday but that didn't prevent us from having some sick lines, especially in the north bowl and its glades.
Word to the wise, this is not a beginner mountain and I would strongly recommend conditioning before coming down, otherwise you're in for world of hurt.
Also, pay attention to the time otherwise you can end up spending the night at the bottom of the Ripper chair.
I will definitely come back to this place again.
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