2018 Ski Guide: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revy's got it all: lift, heli-, cat- and backcountry skiing—plus alllll the local character you need.
January 26, 2018
It’s said that people come to Revy for the skiing and stay for the community—the “real Stoke” (home to both a microbrewery and distillery). While it’s long been a heli-ski go-to in the Columbia Mountains, lift-accessed skiing opened just 10 years ago, making Revelstoke Mountain Resort the only ski resort in the world to offer lift, heli-, cat- and backcountry skiing from one village base. It also has the longest vertical in North America (1,713 metres; you’ll have to go to the Alps to top that). Consider yourself stoked.
Besides four bowls to explore—South, North, Powder Assault, Greely—as well as boot-packing into some serious “slackcountry” (best tackled with an in-the-know guide; sign up for Inside Tracks), Revy now offers single-day cat-skiing with Great Northern Snowcat Skiing. And that means you could possibly do more than one mountain range in a weekend: from the Monashees to the Selkirks.
You don’t have to go far…Mackenzie Common Tavern at the base offers a “shot ski” or signature Ugly Sweater cocktail to get started, but continue farther down the mountain into town for the Village Idiot. A retro-ski-bedecked pub, it’s a local haunt in which to get acquainted with the High Country Kölsch—a pale light-hop beer by local Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Long-time local fave Chubby Funsters has cute-and-casual cocktails and dishes that range from Who Braised Roger Rabbit to Angry Vegan salad. But the recently opened Quartermaster Eatery, in the Explorers Society Hotel, has bistro-style provisions like cheese-and-charcuterie boards (with a house-made vegetarian sausage option!) and steak frites.
The Sutton Place Hotel may be the easy choice at the ski base, but Revy has a new batch of happening hotels, like the boutique Explorers Society, with its cabin-chic revamp of a 1911 tobacco and pool shop in the historic town centre. Start with in-room Stumptown French press and end with a nightcap in the Boiler Room (yes, there’s an actual 100-year-old boiler).
Vital Stats: Revy / Revelstoke Mountain Resort (since 2007)
Elevation: 2,225 metres
Vertical drop: 1,713 metres
Runs: 69 (7% easy, 45.5% intermediate, 47.5% advanced)
Longest run: 15.2 kilometres (the Last Spike)
Average snowfall: 14 metres
Terrain: 1,263 hectares