Located in British Columbia, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (also known as “Revy” or “Rev”) is relatively new and not well known to many people. The area was originally a heli-skiing area, but has since been developed into a mountain resort. It is a little out of the way (5 hours from Calgary or 3 hours from Kelowna) and therefore you can find it very quiet. But, the location offers some of the best powder skiing you can find anywhere and people that have gone to Revelstoke Mountain Resort quickly make it one of their favorite mountains. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base.
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Even though Revelstoke Mountain Resort currently only has 5 lifts (including 2 carpets) and 65 trails, it is much larger then it appears. There are 3,121 acres of terrain. But, when you combine the mountain, heli-skiing, and cat-skiing together, skiers and riders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. Revelstoke Mountain Resort also has North America's largest vertical drop at 5,620 feet. This means that you can travel more than a mile in altitude from the resort's peak to its base. The long lifts give you access to glades, high alpine bowls, and groomed terrain. Its longest run is 9.5 miles that goes from the top of Mount Mackenzie to the base village.
Currently, the village at the base is fairly small. Guests can stay at the Sutton Place Hotel at the base or head over to the town of Revelstoke. But, development of the village continues with a plan for the resort to eventually have more than 20 lifts and over 100 ski and snowboard runs. They are also planning on transforming the area into a world-class destination by adding over 5,000 new housing units and 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, plus a resort-style golf course.
For a long time, Revelstoke has been a destination for helicopter and cat skiers from around the world who are seeking deep powder, varied alpine terrain and a small laid back mountain community. Now, with a full resort and lifts, some describe Revelstoke Mountain Resort as “Heli Skiing with a lift”. With only 7% beginner trails and its steep and wild terrain, this is a fantastic destination for hard-core skiers and snowboarders who are looking for an amazing ski experience.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Notable Trails:
- Blackout - Insane vertical and pitch.
- Rogers Pass – Some of the best backcountry skiing in the world.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Tips:
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort is really for more advanced skiers looking for an adventurous challenge. Timid skiers/riders will find it difficult. The Black diamonds are serious. Be prepared for anything, including wild terrain with breathtaking steeps, narrow gulches, jumps, and tight trees.
- January will get very cold. February is an excellent time for powder.
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