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.