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This could be the year to visit Revelstoke

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With Revelstoke Mountain Resort early season snowfall already at 240cms, this is the year to make the trip north. Revy is all about a Big mountain experience with all the amenities for a fun family adventure.

 

 

If you haven't run some big vert laps at Revy or skied their side country your missing out.

 

 

 

There's plenty of terrain choices for all abilities.

 

 

 

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Here's the lowdown of whats up for grabs when you visit Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

 

post #2 of 47

Quote : '' There's plenty of terrain choices for all abilities. ''

Revy is for high intermediates and up ! I wouldn't invite '' all abilities '' to Revy since some abilities may suffer a lot .

post #3 of 47

This should be a GREAT year for Revy! While I kind of agree with Bogatyr that the bulk of Revy is geared for at least intermediates (not sure about having to be "high" to enjoy it, though ;) - j/k), the lower slopes have lesser areas for beginners and growing skiers. The only issue becomes having good snow lower on the mountain. I don't believe that will be a problem this season, if La Nina forecasts hold true. Regardless, this could be the best year out of the last six or seven to be there. Can't wait for the season to start!

 

Nice post, Freeride!

post #4 of 47

Hopefully a great year... October was full on blue balls, amazing snow all month in the alpine, but the last 10 days have seen nothing but rain and melt in the high Alpine, which has decimated what would have been a great early snow pack and what fell in Oct is mostly gone now.  It's been the opposite of last November so far...  Looks like it's finally cooling off again and some snow incoming but will still need a lot more and the freezing level needs to comes down before it can open.

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Let it be a great year  for Revy ( as GoldMember says) I really hope so. Nice post and pictures from Freeride !

post #6 of 47

We had 25cm fall over last night quite aways down the mountain, but we're going to need close to another meter of accumulation before we can open; half the October Alpine snowpack melted and below 1600m it was non existent until last night

post #7 of 47

Early season snow is great, and I had a couple of awesome days of touring in mid-October, but I wouldn't book my vacation around it. 2009-10 was my first winter here and it got off to an incredible start. Then, in mid-January the taps turned off and it barely snowed for two months. It ended up being the worst snow season here since the resort opened.

 

You can see snowfall charts here: http://www.revelstokemountainresort.com/conditions/historical-snowfall

post #8 of 47
Been thinking about making the trip this year since I got the mountain collective pass. What's the best airport and way to get to the resort? Would there be shuttles from airport or is a car rental necessary?

Not at all familiar with the area
post #9 of 47

While checking out flying in to Kelowna a couple of months back, I came across www.everythingrevelstoke.com, and communicated with a nice gal there. In addition to running a shuttle from Kelowna to Revelstoke, there is a flight from Vancouver directly to Revelstoke on Thursdays and Sundays. Here is the text of her email:

 

Thank you for your email, for 2017 ski season our last shuttle from Kelowna to Revelstoke is scheduled to leave at 10pm, in previous years it was 9pm, however flights are landing later, guests were missing the last shuttle so by changing it by this one hour, we can now accommodate many guests. If however all our passengers have landed and ready to leave after 9pm and we have no one else to wait for, our driver will leave sooner and try not to have guests wait in the airport any longer than they need to.
 
We also have a new air service Revelstoke Air from Vancouver on Thursdays and Sundays, the flight departs at 1pm, and lands right at the resort. Let me know if this could work for you too. You can buy one way air and one way shuttle
post #10 of 47
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 all the amenities for a fun family adventure
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 There's plenty of terrain choices for all abilities

I disagree on both counts.  Revy has lots of tree skiing and the North bowl.  Usually great snow.  Few amenities.  Not much terrain choice.  Limited groomer runs.  If there is a gap in the snowfalls, the tree skiing is bumps in the trees.  Very good skiing for those who like challenges.

post #11 of 47
Revelstoke Airport experiences frequent fog and doesn't have a precision approach. I don't think I would take a chance, on the twice a week direct.
post #12 of 47

Revelstoke is not a good family oriented resort.  Beginner and intermediate terrain is limited, the bulk of the beginner terrain is very low elevation where it's often raining, melting or ice.  (1100m is usually the lowest elevation for BC interior resorts, Revelstoke starts around 550m) The mid and upper mountain is pretty much expert or advanced with a few intermediate options, the mid and upper mountain also lack facilities with 1 small café to get a bite, no alcohol and only outhouse bathrooms.

 

If you want a family friendly experience go to the Okanagan; Revelstoke is far more geared toward adrenaline junkies, athletes, and back country / side country enthusiasts in it's current state.  Revelstoke draws a fairly unique crowd that is different from what you see at any other interior BC ski resort, as you will observe standing in the hour-long line up at the bottom on any day it snows.  They still have a lot of work to do on the mountain before I'd consider it appealing for families and beginner/intermediate skiers... they've done very little to improve this since the mountain open.

 

But, conditions are looking good right now as we head toward opening day; sadly the Okanagan has not faired so well do to lack of snow and warm temperatures.

post #13 of 47

Not sure this is the right place to post for meet ups, but I figured if anyone is looking for skiing buddies at Revelstoke you might find me here. 

 

I'm flying into Calgary 12/10 and departing 12/18.  No firm plans, but intend to hit Revi and Kicking Horse.  Possibly Banff.  Will do AirBnB along the way.

 

If anyone wants to meet up for some turns, I'm in.  I'm pretty solid on skis.  I *should* be able to follow you where ever you roam.  ..and if I can't keep up, too bad for me. 

 

Keep snowing!

post #14 of 47
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Not sure this is the right place to post for meet ups, but I figured if anyone is looking for skiing buddies at Revelstoke you might find me here. 

 

I'm flying into Calgary 12/10 and departing 12/18.  No firm plans, but intend to hit Revi and Kicking Horse.  Possibly Banff.  Will do AirBnB along the way.

 

If anyone wants to meet up for some turns, I'm in.  I'm pretty solid on skis.  I *should* be able to follow you where ever you roam.  ..and if I can't keep up, too bad for me. 

 

Keep snowing!


Hey there @MattSmith, have you noticed this ongoing regional thread?  Probably the best place to let people know when and where you'll be skiing in Dec.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147366/alberta-eastern-bc-2016-17

 

Did you happen to go to the Warren Miller showing in Somerville last week?  I was in the area but the timing didn't quite work out.

post #15 of 47
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Revelstoke Airport experiences frequent fog and doesn't have a precision approach. I don't think I would take a chance, on the twice a week direct.

Good input. I was thinking of trying the Thursday direct flight in early February, but the stars did not align this time around. Great info so far in this thread about a mountain that had piqued my interest in the last couple of years. 

post #16 of 47

Conditions were great opening weekend but have deteriorated quickly and it doesn't look like we'll have any significant snow fall for at least a two week period.  The lower 2/3rd's of the mountain remain closed.

post #17 of 47
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Conditions were great opening weekend but have deteriorated quickly and it doesn't look like we'll have any significant snow fall for at least a two week period.  The lower 2/3rd's of the mountain remain closed.

They've had the most snow of any area in North America (over 15 feet), what happened to it?


Edited by mudfoot - 12/10/16 at 5:51am
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They've had the most snow of any area in North America (over 15 feet), what happened to it?

Not quite.  Right now RMR has about a 50 inch base while Mt. Baker's is at 111" this morning and growing by by the hour.  Even Stevens Pass has them beat with 58".

post #19 of 47
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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

Conditions were great opening weekend but have deteriorated quickly and it doesn't look like we'll have any significant snow fall for at least a two week period.  The lower 2/3rd's of the mountain remain closed.

They've the most snow of any area in North America (almost 14 feet), what happened to it?

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Not quite.  Right now RMR has about a 50 inch base while Mt. Baker's is at 111" this morning and growing by by the hour.  Even Stevens Pass has them beat with 58".

OK, but Revy still had over 15.5 feet of snow this season, but the bottom 2/3 of the mountain is closed, which is about 3,000 vert of unskiable terrain. 

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They've the most snow of any area in North America (almost 14 feet), what happened to it?

OK, but Revy still had over 15.5 feet of snow this season, but the bottom 2/3 of the mountain is closed, which is about 3,000 vert of unskiable terrain. 

It was pretty warm here for most of November. A lot of snow fell in October, then melted during a warm, rainy spell in early November. It snowed a lot after that, but it was still relatively warm and most of it fell up high, over 6,000 feet elevation. Below that, the snow pack drops off significantly. The alpine is skiing as good as ever, but once you get to treeline, you're best off staying on the trails.

post #21 of 47

If it wasn't for the first 10 days of Novemeber, Revelstoke would have had pretty epic conditions, but we had rain and melt to the tops of mountains during that period.  I skied down to mid station yesterday "still closed" and for reasons that become obvious when I realized my error in judgement... The first 3/4 down to mid station on piste had decent coverage... the last 1/4 snow pack is about 1 foot deep, and I hit half a dozen rocks + sticks.  Hopefully the storms return before Christmas, but we predict the dry arctic ridge to continue into mid next week at least.  It snowed today in town, not so much on the mountain!  The high pressure is really forcing most of it south.

post #22 of 47
We've also had a whopping 40cm for the first half of Dec and not much optimism for anything this week/weekend. In a month where 200cm + is pretty standard.
post #23 of 47

What a difference 3 days make after a very dry December; dumped nearly 70cm on Revelstoke... not just the mountain but in town as well... they've opened the mountain top to bottom but coverage is still marginal lower on the mountain, the snow has been very light/low density powder and even with 109 under foot I've hit bottom in numerous places on the lower 1/2 of the mountain with powder up to my quads.

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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

What a difference 3 days make after a very dry December; dumped nearly 70cm on Revelstoke... not just the mountain but in town as well... they've opened the mountain top to bottom but coverage is still marginal lower on the mountain, the snow has been very light/low density powder and even with 109 under foot I've hit bottom in numerous places on the lower 1/2 of the mountain with powder up to my quads.


What was the 109 ? (just curious)

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Easy come easy go, a gnarly wind event yesterday pretty much ravaged 2/3 of the terrain on the mountain W to S... and blasted the champaign powder into wind crust... least we had 3 awesome days out of it

post #27 of 47

I was gone for a few days. When I left, it was bottomless and now I'm back, and it's almost bottomless. 

post #28 of 47

Yah, it's great now... As mentioned we usually get close to 200cm on average in Dec on the mountain... only 40 came in the first half of Dec... I'd say we've had 120cm fall in the last 10 days even in town, with another 15-25 forecast today/tonight.  bit more on Saturday then back to a dry/cold pattern.

post #29 of 47

Crazy season so far as that low elevation struggles to build due to an overly warm Novemeber... We had over 2 weeks of very cold, very dry weather during the first half of Decemeber with no snowfall... followed by two weeks of consistent snow through the holidays, then as soon as the holidays were over, a huge wind event tore up the snow pack followed by another two weeks of very cold, very dry weather with only 1 significant snowfall forecast for that period... For the winter they were predicting above average precipitation with average temperatures... So far we've been well below average temps since the start of Dec, with below average precipitation into mid January at least.  Hopefully January's late half switches back to what we experienced in the late half of December... at Revelstoke below 1700m the coverage is still poor and numerous rocks are exposed on piste, be it groomed or ungroomed.  The Alpine coverage is great though, below is still very dicey... if Novemeber wasn't so warm coverage would have been amazing top to bottom, but we've only had 2 weeks of lower elevation snows in the last 2 and a half months... fortunately it was a lot in those two weeks. 

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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

Crazy season so far as that low elevation struggles to build due to an overly warm Novemeber... We had over 2 weeks of very cold, very dry weather during the first half of Decemeber with no snowfall... followed by two weeks of consistent snow through the holidays, then as soon as the holidays were over, a huge wind event tore up the snow pack followed by another two weeks of very cold, very dry weather with only 1 significant snowfall forecast for that period... For the winter they were predicting above average precipitation with average temperatures... So far we've been well below average temps since the start of Dec, with below average precipitation into mid January at least.  Hopefully January's late half switches back to what we experienced in the late half of December... at Revelstoke below 1700m the coverage is still poor and numerous rocks are exposed on piste, be it groomed or ungroomed.  The Alpine coverage is great though, below is still very dicey... if Novemeber wasn't so warm coverage would have been amazing top to bottom, but we've only had 2 weeks of lower elevation snows in the last 2 and a half months... fortunately it was a lot in those two weeks. 


They should have better snowmaking for the low elevation.

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