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Guide to RMR

post #1 of 6
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I have a trip planned to Revy last week of January. When I look at the trail map on RMR website it seems very poor on details and somewhat confusing. I wonder if there some basic guide to skiing the mountain for someone who likes to ski trees and loves hiking up to access good runs. Just to put it in the perspective: our favorite mountains are Taos (West basin and the Ridge) and KHMR, which involves quite a bit of hiking to access all the chutes from T1, 2 and CPR ridges. But I have been to Taos many times and locals showed us how to get to all the best  hidden stuff ( like R&R), whereas in KHMR one can see it directly either from the Gondola or skiing down, because it does not have many heavily treed runs ( may be a few to skier's left at the end of the Redemption ridge, which are not even officially open for skiing but they are the best). At Revy it seems that one may waste a lot of time discovering the mountain before finding all the goodies. We are going to be there only 4 days, jan 30 to Feb 2nd, and would hate to waste my time to separate the wheat from the weeds, which seems to  be a real issue at RMR for so many first time skiers at the place.

    Just as an example, in case of KHMR to an expert skier I would advise to start the day by taking the Gondola to the top, drop into Crystal bowl , first run to the left of CPR ridge. Ski to the Stairway to Haven lift.  Ski 2 or 3 runs through the glades  of the Redemption ridge. All end up at the loading station of the Stairway lift. Then, when at the top of the lift climb up using metal ladder to the top of whitewall and drop down in Feuz bowl. You can either choose a number of chutes right at the top or continue a bit futher and drop the cornice and ski all the way down to the bottom of the gondola. Keep to the left to hit two long fields of steep moguls. Time for early lunch. After that there is rarely any long wait for the Gondola and one can hike up to T1 or T2 ridgesand ski down any chutes of these ridges. Chutes to the left of T1 are particularly good and rarely skied especially truth, dare and consequence. When tired from hiking up one can simply keep taking the gondola to the top and ski of the CPR ridge on either side, glades on the right and gnarly chutes to the left w/o having to hike up. There will be no waits at the Gondola at this time of the day and the ride up will provide an ample rest. 

   I wonder whether someone can provide a similar advice for RMR. 

post #2 of 6

not a guide but some observation from my grand total of 3-days there (so i'm no expert).


We loved the jalanpenos and hot sauce on the far side of the south bowl: for some reason it was deserted and snow preservation was great.. it did require to go all the way down to the intermediary station or find the hard-to-find and unpleasant shortcut to the stokes chair but i read somewhere that the shortcut has been improved this year.


Also on a powder day, the glades inbetween the north bowl and the stoke chair were vastly deserted... everybody was either staying on the pistes or making their way to the north bowl... maybe i missed somthing in the north bowl that day but i had fun lapping those glades so i saw no need to go elsewhere....

post #3 of 6

Most of the best skiing will be off the Stoke chair.     The Ninja traverse returns to Stoke from South Bowl side and the Goldie Locks traverse from the North Bowl side.  You'll spend way more time on these than you like, but it's just the way it is for now.


The top of Greely Bowl was good, but going down Big Woody to Ripper Chair wasn't very fun.  Really long gully with really shitty bumps.

Rippers mostly a flat access chair to return you to Stoke.


We got Kill the Banker and Glades of Gnarnia one day before the snow set up.   Some really nice terrain, but very tight trees. Even our local (2 years) guide didn't know the lines very well, because it's just not open all that much.


We stayed at the new Best Western and it was very nice with a great breakfast.  They also have a shuttle to/from downtown so that you can enjoy a few adult beverages.

post #4 of 6

I posted this in the other thread:



Smart question!  The night we got into Revelstoke we met a girl who worked at the motel we were staying in.  She offered to guide us around the first day & man am I glad she did.  There are tons of tight tree runs at Revy that were never as fun when we tried to repeat them on our own.  Some of the other hikes & sidecountry stuff was a bit more obvious, but there were lots of dead ends in those trees.  I would find a local or hire a guide to maximize your time in the trees.  My best runs in the trees were when I was right on her tail.

Here is a link to my TR from 09':




The top of Greely Bowl was good, but going down Big Woody to Ripper Chair wasn't very fun.  Really long gully with really shitty bumps.

Rippers mostly a flat access chair to return you to Stoke.

I thought that gully was kinda fun :devil:.


post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanx guys, all good advice. Will try to find some locals to show around. The first day on the way from Calgary will stay around Banff and ski sunshine  or LL. On the way back will stay in KH and ski for a day there before going back to Pennsylvania.

post #6 of 6

The first day I would ski at Lake Louise if your bound for Revelstoke.

Sunshine has a short acess road, followed by a tram ride to the lifts.

LL is easier in and out with the parking lot next to the lifts, plus its 30

minutes closer to where your headed.


The scenery is spectacular.The area is pristine. Banff is a great town. 

The roads are a little sketchy. Be careful driving.

There are many avalanche paths from Lake Louise to Golden to Revelstoke.

I wouldnt want to drive the road at night. Its fairly desolate, besides you miss the scenery.

Kicking Horse is the real deal. I have never been to Revelstoke.

It should be a great trip.

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