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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Anyone been there?

 

How many cafeterias are there?  How's the food and prices?

 

Are there any lockers that are similar to what's found at Marmot or Lake Louise where you pay $10 CAD for unlimited access for the day?

 

Any tips for where to park?

post #2 of 27

Don't mean to be an ass, but those are the dumbest questions about a ski area that i have ever read. Where to park? How about he parking lot. Cafeterias and food and locker prices? What ever happened to ski conditions and runs and snow quality and crowds?

 

OP you don't sound like a serious skier so Revy is not for you.

post #3 of 27

For some reason these questions remind me of worldtraveler123's repeated posts on Kicking horse and revy

post #4 of 27

Seks = world traveler alias? The generic questions about Revelstoke (or Kicking Horse/interior BC catskiing, etc.) seem awfully familiar.

post #5 of 27
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Seks = world traveler alias? The generic questions about Revelstoke (or Kicking Horse/interior BC catskiing, etc.) seem awfully familiar.



I think you may be onto something..

 

post #6 of 27

1-2-3 if youve missed him has also been posting a few other inane questions about who's skiing in B.C and do we think it's good?. whistler's not bad 1-2-3

post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 

Conditions of the resort can be found on the website.  Quality?  This resort is in a region where snowfall is abundant so why would I ask that?  Crowds?  Don't really care since they are found on every popular resort.

 

Since you're an ass and too dumb to figure out what my reasoning is for asking these "dumbest questions", let me fill you in:

 

1.  Cafeterias and food: Pricing?  Is it consider affordable?  Good food or just plain piuky?  # of microwaves and how are the lineups?  Access to hot water?  Abundant number of tables/seats?

 

2.  Lockers: Paid by credit card?  Coins?  Unlimited access?  How big?  We want to store out shit (keys, some money, food, extra layers of clothing, etc, etc) in there securely.  Maybe you're one of those people that put their bags somewhere in the lodge/cafeteria and wonder why your money goes missing.

 

3.  Parking lot: accessibility especially for families with small children.  Abundant number of spots?  Far from the base?

 

All the above details can not be found on their website.  That's why I ask from people's past visits/experiences.

 

One thing is certain: you're right, I'm not a serious skier...just a serious snowboarder.

 

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

Don't mean to be an ass, but those are the dumbest questions about a ski area that i have ever read. Where to park? How about he parking lot. Cafeterias and food and locker prices? What ever happened to ski conditions and runs and snow quality and crowds?

 

OP you don't sound like a serious skier so Revy is not for you.



 

post #8 of 27

Lots of traversing at RMR so not many snowboarders. Almost no intermediate terrain (its not a true blue square if you have to ski a black diamond to get to it). IF YOU HAVE A  FAMILY WITH SMALL CHILDREN DO NOT GO TO RMR. Not much in the way of crowds. I don't use a locker so don't know if they have any. It is not Whistler, Vail or Beaver Creek so there is no problem with parking and there are shuttle buses from town if that is where you are staying, but only one round trip per day mid week due to lack of people.

post #9 of 27
1-2-3 good to have you back!

PS - howz da wedder up dare in Tunder bay, eh?
post #10 of 27

Hello and all do respect. No i was not posting in this forum as i have remembered my information.

 

So Seks so you know, Revy is an awesome place to ski

 

for food , well there is the mid mountain lodge, which is not a bad place to eat

at base there is rockford grill and the baguette i think now.

its lower key then major places, but epic skiing.

if u care most about quality of skiing then Revy is way to go

great skiing without the glitz and glamour

post #11 of 27
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So I just got back from Revelstoke.  My experience:

 

1.  Too many blacks.  Any if they're blacks, some are actually mislabeled and in my opinion are double-blacks!!!!  Three of us somehow got stuck on this run which I consider a double-black with drops from cliffs, hidden big crevices (and I mean you can probably actually kill yourself if you fall in them), and really really steep terrain.  I would consider the three of us experienced but the run was a big suprise for us so we got stuck on there for close to hr and a half trying to get down.  Thought it was suicidal.  Overall, this is not a mountain for beginners due to lack of green or even blue runs.

 

2.  The lockers are at the base of the mountain where the parking lots are.  They are situated in a lodge where you get your tickets and rentals.  But the main eatery/cafeteria area is one gondola trip away and it's situated about 1/3 up the mtn.  There are NO lockers (As far as I saw) in that lodge with the cafeteria.  So if you put your food in the lockers and you want to eat, you would have to take the gondola down to the base to retrieved them and go back up.  I find that to be so inconvenient.  The lockers should have been located in the same place as the cafeteria.  We ended up buying food at the cafeteria instead of going down to retrieved our food from the lockers.  Stood 1/2 hr in line too at the cafeteria.

 

3.  Some runs are not very well marked at all.

 

4.  We were directed to park at parking lot #3 and that was close to 9 AM.  You have to walk down this path from parking lot #3 to the lodge to get the tix.  They just dump rocks on that path for you to walk on.  There was a bit of freezing rain the night before so guess what?  I saw a few people slipped and fell on their ass trying to navigate down the path.  Even one kid was crying.  They should actually build stairs.

 

5.  Lifts get shut down at 3? wtf?  Kicking horse shuts down at 4.

 

6.  Lots of snow.

 

I wouldn't go back to Revy myself.  We should have saved the additional 1.5+ish hours driving and just board at Kicking horse.

 

post #12 of 27
Revy is known for two things, deep pow and sick lines. Not their food or amenities.
post #13 of 27
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5.  Lifts get shut down at 3? wtf?  Kicking horse shuts down at 4.

 

 



Revy tends to kick my ass pretty good, so a 3:00 closing time doesn't bother me much.

 

And, KH is on mountain time. Revy isn't much further west, but it is on Pacific Time.... So closing time is the same at each resort.

 

Letting joe skier approach North America's biggest Vert at 4:00 PM Revy time would be a disaster. Most of the good skiing at Revy is in the trees. It is fairly steep and here are a lot of unmarked obstacles. You don't want people getting hurt or tired in the woods with darkness approaching.

post #14 of 27

"Too many blacks, poorly situated lockers, lots of snow".  I'm surprised you didn't say "too much snow".  This post is hilarious...makes me want to go to Revy even more!

 

post #15 of 27

Revy sounds like a true skiers Mtn. Definitely on the bucket list.

post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Seks View Post

So I just got back from Revelstoke.  My experience:

 

1.  Too many blacks.  Any if they're blacks, some are actually mislabeled and in my opinion are double-blacks!!!!  Three of us somehow got stuck on this run which I consider a double-black with drops from cliffs, hidden big crevices (and I mean you can probably actually kill yourself if you fall in them), and really really steep terrain.  I would consider the three of us experienced but the run was a big suprise for us so we got stuck on there for close to hr and a half trying to get down.  Thought it was suicidal.  Overall, this is not a mountain for beginners due to lack of green or even blue runs.

 

2.  The lockers are at the base of the mountain where the parking lots are.  They are situated in a lodge where you get your tickets and rentals.  But the main eatery/cafeteria area is one gondola trip away and it's situated about 1/3 up the mtn.  There are NO lockers (As far as I saw) in that lodge with the cafeteria.  So if you put your food in the lockers and you want to eat, you would have to take the gondola down to the base to retrieved them and go back up.  I find that to be so inconvenient.  The lockers should have been located in the same place as the cafeteria.  We ended up buying food at the cafeteria instead of going down to retrieved our food from the lockers.  Stood 1/2 hr in line too at the cafeteria.

 

3.  Some runs are not very well marked at all.

 

4.  We were directed to park at parking lot #3 and that was close to 9 AM.  You have to walk down this path from parking lot #3 to the lodge to get the tix.  They just dump rocks on that path for you to walk on.  There was a bit of freezing rain the night before so guess what?  I saw a few people slipped and fell on their ass trying to navigate down the path.  Even one kid was crying.  They should actually build stairs.

 

5.  Lifts get shut down at 3? wtf?  Kicking horse shuts down at 4.

 

6.  Lots of snow.

 

I wouldn't go back to Revy myself.  We should have saved the additional 1.5+ish hours driving and just board at Kicking horse.

 




Seks, you were warned that RMR had very little intermediate terrain but you went anyway.

 

KHMR has marginally more intermediate terrain, mostly off a chairlift near the bottom of the mountain. The rest of KMR is mostly moguls.

 

Next time, you should fly to Kamloops and board at Sun Peaks Resort. They have around 90 intermediate and beginner runs and about 30 black diamond runs plus easy hike to side country. SPR is Canada's third largest resort in skiable acres, but not it's third busiest so if there are line ups at Xmas, they are short.

There are tons of ski-in/out accommodations, plus 7 hotels with kitchenettes and over a dozen restaurants. The Village Day Lodge and Bentos cafeteria have lockers and cubby holes and they allow you to bring your own bag lunch.

 

SPR gets slightly less snow than RMR but it is drier and SPR does not suffer from low elevation or near as much traversing as RMR.

post #17 of 27


 

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Originally Posted by Seks View Post

So I just got back from Revelstoke.  My experience:

 

1.  Too many blacks.  Any if they're blacks, some are actually mislabeled and in my opinion are double-blacks!!!!  Three of us somehow got stuck on this run which I consider a double-black with drops from cliffs, hidden big crevices (and I mean you can probably actually kill yourself if you fall in them), and really really steep terrain.  I would consider the three of us experienced but the run was a big suprise for us so we got stuck on there for close to hr and a half trying to get down.  Thought it was suicidal.  Overall, this is not a mountain for beginners due to lack of green or even blue runs.

 

2.  The lockers are at the base of the mountain where the parking lots are.  They are situated in a lodge where you get your tickets and rentals.  But the main eatery/cafeteria area is one gondola trip away and it's situated about 1/3 up the mtn.  There are NO lockers (As far as I saw) in that lodge with the cafeteria.  So if you put your food in the lockers and you want to eat, you would have to take the gondola down to the base to retrieved them and go back up.  I find that to be so inconvenient.  The lockers should have been located in the same place as the cafeteria.  We ended up buying food at the cafeteria instead of going down to retrieved our food from the lockers.  Stood 1/2 hr in line too at the cafeteria.

 

3.  Some runs are not very well marked at all.

 

4.  We were directed to park at parking lot #3 and that was close to 9 AM.  You have to walk down this path from parking lot #3 to the lodge to get the tix.  They just dump rocks on that path for you to walk on.  There was a bit of freezing rain the night before so guess what?  I saw a few people slipped and fell on their ass trying to navigate down the path.  Even one kid was crying.  They should actually build stairs.

 

5.  Lifts get shut down at 3? wtf?  Kicking horse shuts down at 4.

 

6.  Lots of snow.

 

I wouldn't go back to Revy myself.  We should have saved the additional 1.5+ish hours driving and just board at Kicking horse.

 


I was there for 10 days in mid-Feb 2010 (first time skiing in North America too). Tried to cover most of the mountain (except the ice/slush/mud at the lower half of the mountain). My experience was very different from yours. Sure, lots of black runs (a good thing) but never felt like they were mislabeled. The only serious cliffs I encountered were at the top of the mountain - had to hike for a while, so I don't see how you can blame that on the ski resort. I thought the mountain was great, offered much more exiting terrain than my boring home mountain, but I was really surprised by the lack of snow. Almost every tree run was pure ice (if there were any powder, it was scaped away long before I got there). Later found some small patches of untouched fresh snow, but only the top 15-20 cm could pass for powder. Everything below the gondola was almost unskiiable (slush/ice mixed with rocks and mud). One would think that 10 days in February would be enough to see some changes, but no. :( Ended up doing mostly groomers, as anything else simply wasn't fun for me (survival runs on ice through narrow forests/cliffs).

 

Overall though, I had good time at Revelstoke. Great mountain and piste layout, friendly locals, cheap food, lots of parking, not crowded. I don't trust snow reports anymore, though. I got some snow the 10 days I was there, but never more than 2-3 cm per day, which makes no difference off-piste. It wasn't until I got back home to Norway that I could ski some real powder (in boring terrain, and -40° unfortunately).

 

I'm sure my experience would have been different if I paid for heli or cat skiing, but too pricey for me, and also they told me the avalanche risk was borderline what is acceptable. (Didn't think I'd helis in Revelstoke, that's why I went there. :))

 

Anyway, I'd still recommend Revelstoke to a skiier that is not afarid of semi-steep runs (I'd estimate 35-40 degree). There were actually a nice snow base (about 2 meters), but it wasn't much more forgiving than rocks and dirt. If it wasn't for that, it would have been a perfect trip

post #18 of 27

I been to REvy twice and going again at beginning of Feb 2012. Its a great place. No complaints, more of a grassroots experience.

 

For the guy on this forum who was just there, how is the snow situation below the mountain, the last bottom part from mid mountain lodge to the base, is it open for skiing yet?

 

Thanks and i am doing a cat ski this year

post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by world-traveller123 View Post

I been to REvy twice and going again at beginning of Feb 2012. Its a great place. No complaints, more of a grassroots experience.

 

For the guy on this forum who was just there, how is the snow situation below the mountain, the last bottom part from mid mountain lodge to the base, is it open for skiing yet?

 

Thanks and i am doing a cat ski this year



Most people took the gondola down to the base.  There were a few that took the ski out.  Didn't seem like there was a lot of snow on that path though as I was peering down from the gondola.

 

 

post #20 of 27

World Travler123, do not under any circumstances go cat skiing with RMR. Their operating area is limited and worse than that is the fact that folks riding the top Stoke Chair can boot hike up about 200 feet and then traverse over and poach the Cat Ski terrain.

 

Instead book day cat skiing with K3 Cats as they will pick you up at your hotel in Revelstoke. Their operating area is huge and borders Mustang Powder Cats who offer multi day cat skiing with lodging.

post #21 of 27

I'm here right now.  Skiing is good, but not great.   Most of the good skiing is off the stoke chair.  If you get much below this it's bullet proof.  I hope you like to traverse. and some of them are Gnarly. 

post #22 of 27

21cm@5am and still coming down 3cm/hr.

post #23 of 27

Ended up with 31cm in 24hrs. Nice yeah, but it's heavier than sun peaks! wink.gif  Shredhead, I hope you were able to avoid the lines, and found some untracked snow today. 

 

You'd have to go back to the 05/06 season to find a year where sun peaks received as much snowfall as Revy has seen this season to date. The base at revelstoke also receives 80% of the average annual snowfall at sun peaks highest snow plot.

 

 

Having said that. They built the base on the Columbia river. The largest river in the NW.  They literally could not have picked a lower starting point. This probably says something about how good the skiing actually is in mountains around Revelstoke. 

 

 

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Ended up with 31cm in 24hrs. Nice yeah, but it's heavier than sun peaks! wink.gif  Shredhead, I hope you were able to avoid the lines, and found some untracked snow today. 

 

You'd have to go back to the 05/06 season to find a year where sun peaks received as much snowfall as Revy has seen this season to date. The base at revelstoke also receives 80% of the average annual snowfall at sun peaks highest snow plot.

 

 

Having said that. They built the base on the Columbia river. The largest river in the NW.  They literally could not have picked a lower starting point. This probably says something about how good the skiing actually is in mountains around Revelstoke. 

 

 

yes what is says is they were so concerned with the marketing possibilities of having the "most vertical" they weren't thinking about how low the base actually is and what that means to the lower half of the mountain 
 

 

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1/14/13 RMR.

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 Shredhead, I hope you were able to avoid the lines, and found some untracked snow today. 

 

 

Yeah, I found some untracked!  I arrived a little before 8am and was right at the entrance to the maze, maybe a 100 people in front of me?  Didn't know you could pay $30 and get up a little earlier for a muffin and first tracks.  

 

The first tracks people were just finishing their first run when I got to Stoke.   We got two laps on Stoke before the line got big.  Then did a North Bowl to Ripper, followed by a Stoke to South Bowl back to the Gondi.   The Gondi line was also pretty big, but it went fast.  Then Kill the Banker to Glades of Gnarnia for a couple of laps, because the Gondi was better than Stoke.

Stoke was crowded till about 1.

 

How often are the lower Glades really skiable?

 

I thought RMR was kind of a diamond in the ruff.  Nice hill, but definitely could use some improvements. A couple of more upper lifts would really help, but I'm not sure that will ever happen.

Some of the traverses that are just about a necessity,  are really gnarly.  Ninja traverse could be widened, regraded and some additional glading would really help. 

 

All in all, I had a great time in Revelstoke!   Ate at the Regent, Village Idiot and the Last Drop.   Stayed at the new Best Western Plus, very nice.  $159/night 31/2 Stars on Hotwire. 

 


 

 

post #27 of 27

those pics make me envious.

 

my only day at revy they had had no snow in 2.5 weeks.  :(

 

my best days have been at KMR most recently i had a day in feuz just like the pics above, but steeper!

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