It was probably one of the more depressing March's I've had as a skier in the Pacific Northwest, with little or no coverage and many PNW resorts already shut down we were looking for one more fix so we headed to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Revelstoke, British Columbia in search of some vertical and hopefully one more powder session.
It looks like somebody is excited for a ride on the Galena Ferry
The 20 minute commute across Arrow Lake on the Galena Ferry. Revelstoke is 40 minutes North of the Ferry.
We arrived late Thursday afternoon April 2nd under gorgeous bluebird spring skies. After the mandatory pizza and beers at Revelstoke's The Village Idiot we were ready for Friday.
We awoke on Friday to overcast skies and as we loaded the Gondola at the village base we could see from the dirt and grass that even the famed Revelstoke was having a tough season. We made our way up to mid mountain to the Stoke Chair where it looked like winter still had a heartbeat. First two runs we hike to the Nipple (a weather station shaped like a nipple) just above the Stoke Chair for a few broken powder runs.
Tommy and Desi at the Nipple
Tommy Frey getting some turns in on the groomed under Greybird skies
Felt good to get into soft snow as the conditions off the Stoke Chair were a mixed bag from soft carvable snow up high to locked up hard spring snow down at the bottom of the Stoke Chair. As the morning progressed their were glimpses of sun and temps were warming up giving us that corn snow we love in spring.
Around midnight on Friday we were awoken to the rain just pounding our condo. We were definitely hoping temps were much colder up high and this precip down low would be pow up high. Over 5" of fresh gave us a great reset for Saturday and it seemed like winter conditions with grey skies and a little snowfall here and there.
Desiree' Leipham sampling the 5" of Fresh!
Tommy Blasting out!
We worked the runs which were groomed on Friday evening before the snow arrived. They were Silky smooth and seemed to go on forever. Getting off into the trees was hit and miss as we ventured all over off the Stoke Chair looking for more goodness.
Bob Legasa going Old School with a Cossack and enjoying the soft landings.
We eventually made it to the Ripper Chair on the backside of the mountain where we found a few pokes and by 2:30pm we were ready to call it a day. Over the course of the day we ran into a few Revy friends, one of them was Ron Sahlstrom the mystery man whose ski tracks graced the cover of POWDER Magazine last month.
Ron's POWDER cover shot. The photographer Ryan Creary did not know who's tracks they were when he submitted the photo and later after the cover came out the Revy locals started recounting the days and it was discovered it was Ron who skied that line.
Ron invited us to an end of the day tailgate function with his skiing posse, the "4:30 Crew". The Kootenay Beers and Jager were flowing. Good times with some long time locals some of which were here in the early 90's when a portion of the ski hill was call Powder Springs.
Nothing better than celebrating with a cold one after a good day of skiing.
Sunday-Easter Morning, There's something special about a bluebird morning in the Selkirks.
Easter Sunrise as it hits Mt. Begbie
Gorgeous Morning from Mid Mountain
As we rode the Stoke we could see there was lots of untracked above the Chair below the nipple. Gotta earn it to get that fresh. The skiing was incredible with the 5" of the fresh from Friday night sitting on top of some of the other deposits from earlier in the week. WE were back in the Game and REVED UP again!
Desi "Dropping In"
Bob all smiles and leaving a Vapor trail
Tommy Frey Charging Hard below the Nipple
We ended up hiking for several runs getting that goodness and by noon we had our share plus we had to get loaded up and back on the road for the 7 hour drive home. The drive went by quick as we recounted our past three days at Revelstoke. I love that mountain!