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Just got back from Revelstoke and hadn't seen anything on it in a while so wanted to give you guys the lowdown:

 

Getting there: It's a long way and may take most of the day both ways if you're from the states. The closest airport, Kelwona, is still 2.5 hours from the mountain. But, this keeps the crowds down. I mostly ran into Canadians while I was there, hardly anybody from the states. Just too hard to get to for most.

3 out of 5

 

Staying there: The Best Western Plus close to town is almost a luxury hotel for budget money. 2 nice hot tubs, rooms are big with a sitting area, flat screen TV, free buffet breakfast, free shuttle to town...you really can't beat it for the money. We checked into staying on the mountain, but it was extremely expensive.

4 out of 5

 

Apres ski scene: This isn't Whistler, but the small downtown area has some good restaurants including 112 for a high end steak/seafood experience, and the Village Idiot for more pub fare. Always long waits there, though.

I would stay and hangout close to downtown since the 2 bars on the mountain makes for a very limited experience. But either way, if you're looking for a wild party scene, this ain't it. And yet, the skiing is too difficult for a true family experience. I barely saw any kids while I was there.

2.5 out of 5

 

The Skiing: Spectacular. We hired a guide the first day and he took us all over the mountain. This is the type of place that will still have powder days after a storm. If you're willing to hike 15-20 minutes you will get untracked powder guaranteed, and locals are pretty friendly about telling you where to go if you ask. This is a skiers mountain,as there isn't much in the way of intermediate or beginner terrain, and there is everything from cliffs to tight, steep, tree runs to chutes that rival Squaw Valley or Jackson Hole. 

 

It snowed every day we were there, but visibility was pretty good, and there were ample trees to help with definition.

This is some intense terrain, you can easily get to an unmarked cliff and nearly ski off it, which I almost did the last day. You also have to be careful looking for powder to far outside the boundaries, there's a sign that gives an update of how many people got lost and have spent the night unprepared in the wilderness this year...11 so far.

 

There are only a few lifts to cover 5,600 vertical feet, so the runs are really long. Top part of the mountain had most of the best snow, though. This was the busiest weekend of the year, and yet lift lines were non-existent or 3-5 minutes at most, and the lifts were highspeed. You'll get a ton of vertical and your legs will be screaming by 3pm.

4 out of 5

 

Cat/Heli-skiing: We took off one day and went heli skiing with Selkirk Tangiers. This is an extremely well run operation and we skied thigh deep snorkel powder all day. You can sign up and do it for just one day at a time which is more economical (though heli skiing runs about $1,000 per day, so that's all relative). But reserve well ahead of time as it fills up.

4.5 out of 5.

 

If you're looking for the big mountain, still unspoiled experience, with cat and heliskiing operations to spice things up, Revelstoke is a great place to check out.

 

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Nice review,
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Yep, good review.

 

But, Getting There a 3?   What are 1's & 2's, Kamchatka and Kazakhstan?  Revelstoke is a hard place to get too.  I would only recommend it for a long, multiple destination powder tour.

 

I also stayed at the Best Western Plus and agree 100%.  I got it on Hotwire, 3 1/2 stars for $150 last minute and it's probably on Priceline as well.

 

The skiing was very good on the Stoke Chair, but I can see how the skiing below that could be marginal a fair amount of the time.  They could really use two more upper mountain chairs.

At a minimum, they need to work on their traverses.  My old knees just can take 2km of rutted out whoptodues. 

I was there on the biggest powder day so far this year and Stoke as 20-30 minutes all day.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Yep, good review.

 

But, Getting There a 3?   What are 1's & 2's, Kamchatka and Kazakhstan?  Revelstoke is a hard place to get too.  I would only recommend it for a long, multiple destination powder tour.

 

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Haha, good point. I gave it a 3 because the fact that it was hard to get to kept the crowds down. I like Telluride for the same reason. I agree it would be better for longer trips. I only went for 3 days and the sunk costs of travel really ate into the budget. Would have loved to go for a couple of weeks and hit some of the other resorts and/or catskiing operations throughout the region.

 

Agree also that they need new lifts, but it was cool to go to a resort before it gets completely built out. A little hiking keeps the powder fresh too.



 

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I will tell you what a 1 or a 2 would be ... Mammoth Mountain (which I am heading to on Monday).

 

A 5 hour drive from LA, and the fact that if a snow storm hits you could be stopped.  4WD is recommended (yet car rental agencies don't guarantee), and snow chains cannot be rented nor are authorized for rented cars.

 

I am completely at the mercy of factors out of my control.

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Don't worry, it looks like sun in CA for the forseeable future.

 

I bought a season pass to Squaw Valley and have only used it one day so far this year. That's why I went to Revy. Plus, it's fun to ski and stay someplace new. I'm a big fan of BC, it's just a very different feeling than CA. But CA definitely gets more sunshine.

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Thanks for the review.  Revelstoke is a place I'd like to go one day.

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Nice review. Thanks for posting.

 

What did you think of the guide? Worth it? Did he/she take you to powder stashes or just a general overview of the mountain?

 

Might head up there this March/April -- anyone know how it skis in the Spring with the low base elevation?

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Might head up there this March/April -- anyone know how it skis in the Spring with the low base elevation?



In another review, I mentioned that you might wnat to download from the top of the gondola on really warm days?  One of the days I was there in January, it was very sticky and slow just above the midmountain lodge.

You might want to check out Eagle Pass heli?  They have a lodge near the ferry.

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Agree also that they need new lifts, but it was cool to go to a resort before it gets completely built out. A little hiking keeps the powder fresh too.
 


You don't ever need to worry about Revelstoke getting built out.  That will never happen, as there just isn't a big enough local (i.e. western Canadian) market to support it (as the developers have discovered first hand).  It will never be more than one of those odd, out of the way places with big potential, that people read about and very rarely visit. 

 

Having hardly anyone on the mountain is great for the skiers, but it doesn't make for a strong business case and eventually resorts like that either go out of business or get sold.  Sooner or later the owners will have had enough and will sell it off, as happened recently with Kicking Horse (the owners had been trying for close to a decade to sell that turkey, and finally succeeded earlier this year).

 

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