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Seattle to Revelstoke Driving...Crazy?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Been to Revy a couple of times, both times from Spokane.  Air fare being what it is, there are screaming deals on non-stops from Boston to Seattle, hundreds less dollars than flying into Spokane.  The trip will be long enough to fit some driving in.  Many of you  travel in BC in winter and know it can be full on.  Google maps puts Seattle to Revy at like 425 miles.  The route going north to Abbotsford and then North east towards Revy.  Is this a crazy undertaking?

post #2 of 14

You are going to fly across the country and then add 850 miles of winter driving through several mountain ranges to your ski trip? 

 

I have driven up to Revelstoke from Spokane, and  from western Washington in the winter, and it can be a long haul.  The preferred route is definitely to fly to Calagary.  It is usually not a  bad drive on the Trans-Canadian Hyw. to Kicking Horse and Revelstoke, with options for Sunshine and Lake Louise coming and going.  Fly in, rent a car, stay near the airport, and in the morning you can drive to Golden for a half day of skiing at KH on the way to Reve.  After doing the trip many times that's what I have found to work best.


Edited by mudfoot - 12/9/14 at 6:11pm
post #3 of 14

Not so crazy, when I lived in Seattle we would do a great road trip most years to Canada and ski a different resort most every day.

 

Day 1, Crystal Mountain

Day 2. Red Mountain

Day 3. Whitewater

Day 4. Fernie

Day 5. Kicking Horse

Day 6. Lake Louise

Day 7. Revi

Day 8. Silver Star

 

We found the distance between these resorts manageable..

post #4 of 14

I also recommend stops along the way.  Stevens Pass, Mission Ridge, Mt. Baker, Apex, Silver Star, Big White, Sun Peaks, Red and others are all along various routes you could take from Seattle to Revelstoke.  Make it a road trip and stop by Bellingham to pick me up!!

post #5 of 14

The real advantage for flying to Spokane is to also ski Red and Whitewater on the way to Revelstoke. Flying to Seattle, crossing the border at Sumas/Abbotsford and driving straight to Revelstoke is actually a quicker route AFAIK. Better connections to Seattle is another factor.

 

Flying from the USA into Canada (Calgary or Kelowna) is more expensive than flying domestically in the USA and then driving into Canada.

post #6 of 14

Last year, did a powder hwy trip. Drove from Seattle to Schweitzer, then up through Panorma, to Lake Louise, and back. Stopped off on the way back home and did a day heli-skiing at RK Heli. I'd say go for it, and hope you have good conditions! Lots of options as folks have mentioned.

post #7 of 14

Fwiw, I've got a heli-trip scheduled in February just south of Revelstoke (and live in Boston), and was able to get Seattle-comparable airfare to Spokane (from Logan) via Southwest airlines. From what I saw, they were vastly cheaper than the other airlines offering similar routes.

post #8 of 14

It's an easy drive to Revy. Do it often. We start just about where you cross the border. It's an extra 2 hr (traffic co-operating) coming from Sea-Tac.  But that's 2- 8hr drives (16 hr) for just one area  . 

 

If you have time suggest trying my favorite loop.

We drive from Vancouver-to the I-90 in Seattle then on to Whitefish 11hr -Fernie 2hr- Castle 2hr-then Banff 5hr (a nice stop for a rest day) Sunshine 1/2 hr- Lake Louise 1 hr -Kicking Horse 1hr -Revy 2hr and then drive home after skiing. The total drive time is about 32 hours for 7 good hills

You still have the big drives on both ends but the daily drives are short.

 

You can also take other routes such as via the Okanogan (Apex Big White and Silver Star) or go further inland (Schwietzer Red Whitewater) Really just depends on the amount of time you actually have and how many days you think you can ski in a row.  Other than the flight in and car rental I wouldn't bother to book anything in advance.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Money2ski View Post
 

Not so crazy, when I lived in Seattle we would do a great road trip most years to Canada and ski a different resort most every day.

 

Day 1, Crystal Mountain

Day 2. Red Mountain

Day 3. Whitewater

Day 4. Fernie

Day 5. Kicking Horse

Day 6. Lake Louise

Day 7. Revi

Day 8. Silver Star

 

We found the distance between these resorts manageable..

 

You would drive from Crystal to Red after a full day of skiing?  You're a hardier soul than I am, I'll tell you that.

post #10 of 14

Actually no, we ski Crystal then drive to Ellenburg, get up early and we're at the mountain by 11. So we do a day and a half there and Whitewater is close by.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Money2ski View Post
 

Actually no, we ski Crystal then drive to Ellenburg, get up early and we're at the mountain by 11. So we do a day and a half there and Whitewater is close by.

 

Ah, ok, that makes much more sense. :)

post #12 of 14
Have you looked into flights from Seattle to Spokane on Alaska Air? They are practically hourly and not usually expensive. I gotta think your rental car will be cheaper in Spokane, too; tourists are always complaining how expensive it is to rent at Seatac.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies.  Obviously flying into Spokane would have been more ideal.  Our plane tickets had to be with Jet Blue as we had a voucher that needed using ASAP.  Great idea about Alaska Air from Seattle to Spokane.  That I will look into.  But so far I have laid out a plan that could work.  Tired bodies shitty driving could change that.  

 

Tentative plan:

 

Seattle, Drive to Bellingham

Mt. Baker

Drive

Revy

Revy

KHorse

KHorse

Drive

Stevens Pass

Seattle

Sleeepp!

 

Hopefully we'll be watching the Patriots win the superbowl during that trip.  Last year we watched Peyton get crushed:) by the Seahawks at the Hume Hotel in Nelson.  That was a fuunnn place to be.  The skiing at wh20 weren't to be either.  

 

cheers

post #14 of 14

Looks good.  If you're staying at a place in Bellingham, don't stay at any of the places on Samish Way unless you're into meth.  The Lakeway Inn is a decent place; it's in back of the Fred Meyer off of the Lakeway exit.  Places near the airport should be OK too (Bakerview exit). 

 

Also, after your day at Baker consider crossing the border at Sumas and staying somewhere along the way in BC.  If you stop before you get past Hope it will set you up for your next day's drive without having to do a marathon after skiing.  Going back to B'ham would send you an hour in the wrong direction.


Edited by Posaune - 12/11/14 at 12:41pm
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