Revelstoke Mountain Resort should be high on your list if you want powder snow and a Ski Resort that caters to the modern powder-hungry skier/snowboarder. The resort boasts the longest vertical in North America (i.e. 1,713 metres/ 5,620 feet) and averages around 9-14 metres of powder snow per season!
Revelstoke BC is around 200km away from Kelowna International Airport, the resort is a further 6km outside of the town of Revelstoke. There are airport shuttles between Kelowna and Revelstoke, and there are shuttles between the town of Revelstoke and Revelstoke Mountain Resort. I drove directly to Revelstoke Mountain Resort but used the shuttle to the town regularly.
Before I’d ever set foot in Revelstoke I’d heard skiers and snowboarders talk of legends about the snow there. The over-the-head face shots of blower pow, unlike any they’d seen before. This was long before I knew how to ski or knew what any of that meant but I could tell from their goggle-tanned expression of enthusiasm that it must be a good thing.
I’ve only personally learned to ski in the past few years so when I read online that Revelstoke Mountain Resort has very little beginner terrain I was a little anxious about what to expect. The difficulty in terrain is generally split like this: 7% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 48% Advanced.
Terrain for all experience levels:
But once out in the resort my fears were soon quelled. The intermediate terrain does not feel too difficult and the sheer amount of new snow on the ground will usually make even steeper runs feel forgiving.
The actual ski resort at Revelstoke is pretty new, opening for it’s first season at the end of 2007, but it has all the hallmarks of a location that will become the premier ski/snowboard resort of Canada. We stayed at the Sutton Place Hotel in a suite during our visit which was amazing. After a long day of skiing we could ski right back to our Hotel, drop off our skis and head straight for the hot tub to unwind our muscles and get them ready for our next day skiing on the mountain.
Our stay was only a few days long so it felt almost like a whistle stop. More fresh snow was in the forecast and it was a hard decision to pack up and move on. The snow was everything we expected and the terrain on the mountain exceeded our expectations. The resort hasn’t been carved into big long wide ski runs that simply go from top to bottom. They curve and narrow and widen and offer abundant options for splitting off into the trees. It’s fun to ski here, a lot of fun! We particularly liked the glade skiing from the top of “The Stoke” Chair, we could have spent a week skiing different variations in this area alone.
Great skiing, facilities for everyone from families with small children to expert skiers looking to rip long lines of powder. The resort area has everything you need right there at the base of the mountain, but if you are looking to check out the town of Revelstoke then definitely do, it has many interesting eateries offering up delicious food.
Overall a highly enjoyable visit and it left us wanting more! It even has us thinking about spending an entire season in Revelstoke skiing? Maybe we will, how about you!
Resort Info: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Book a stay: Sutton Place Hotel
Find out about the town: Revelstoke Town
Local Park: Mount Revelstoke National Park