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post #31 of 36
But Kelowna's not much of a gateway. So it's a two leg flight, then a 2.5 hour drive. That might work for a small segment of hard cores. But not the masses that they will need to pay for the resort.
post #32 of 36
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Five hours drive from Calgary, five to six from Vancouver, two and a half from Kelowna--they really need to upgrade the Revelstoke airport to take Westjet and Air Canada flights if this is going to be a destination ski resort. On the other hand, their first three phases of real estate development did sell out almost immediately so someone must want to get there.....
post #33 of 36
A few facts:

The "Main Face" faces WEST
The closest main airport is Kamloops....easy 2 hour drive.
The Revelstoke airport will never really take off, the valley won't really allow it.
The above tree line skiing will be MASSIVE once the lift to the top is in.
Visibility is no worse then Whistler.

Revelstoke is a great place to live...alot of the owners of the realestate would have got it for their own use...

However having said that Revy is not likely ever going to be a "Whistler".
post #34 of 36
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Originally Posted by Skidude72 View Post
A few facts:
The closest main airport is Kamloops....easy 2 hour drive.
I wouldn't consider Kamloops a "main" airport. They've only got flights from Calgary and Vancouver - and a couple a week from Seattle. It's an incredibly smelly airport too, being downwind from the pulp mill.
Kelowna airport (about 15 minutes longer drive time) is Canada's 10th busiest airport, with daily non-stop flights from Toronto, 4 per day from Seattle, plenty of daily flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver as well as service to/from Mexico and Hawaii.
So the people at Revelstoke Resort are likely marketing thier packages using Kelowna as a gateway.
Having said that, the runway in Revelstoke is situated as close as you could possibly get to Mount Mackenzie. It would be about a 2 minute drive from the new ski village. Hopefully someday it will be utilized for charter flights.
post #35 of 36
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Originally Posted by Beric in Whistler View Post
I wouldn't consider Kamloops a "main" airport. They've only got flights from Calgary and Vancouver - and a couple a week from Seattle. It's an incredibly smelly airport too, being downwind from the pulp mill.
Kelowna airport (about 15 minutes longer drive time) is Canada's 10th busiest airport, with daily non-stop flights from Toronto, 4 per day from Seattle, plenty of daily flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver as well as service to/from Mexico and Hawaii.
So the people at Revelstoke Resort are likely marketing thier packages using Kelowna as a gateway.
Having said that, the runway in Revelstoke is situated as close as you could possibly get to Mount Mackenzie. It would be about a 2 minute drive from the new ski village. Hopefully someday it will be utilized for charter flights.
That is all true...my point was only that Kamloops is closer, totally agree Kamloops is not exacltey what someone would call "glamourous"....not that kelowna is...but it is 10x's nicer then the loops...imo. I just meant "main" in the sense commercial flights go there...unlike Revelstoke Airport which is really just used by small private Cessana's and the like.
post #36 of 36
I have been with CAT Powder skiing in February 1999, a record snow year in much of western Canada. I was not impressed with the terrain vs. other B.C. cat operators (Island Lake, Chatter Creek, etc.). Trees seemed to close out below 6,000 feet or so. ChrisC is correct that the entire 6,000 vertical main face rising above Powder Springs faces directly south. Even in the epic 1999, off-piste conditions on the lower 2,000-3,000 vertical were crappy. I advise waiting for the upper mountain lift to be built before going out of your way to ski Revelstoke. They also need to reach the top in order to gain access to the north facing terrain on the other side. I did not ski that terrain in 1999, but by reputation it's better than the main face.

Mt. Mackenzie is not as deep into the Selkirks at Mt. Fidelity, but I'd presume snowfall at comparable elevation (6,000 ft.) is in the 500 inch range. But it's going to be a lot less at 3,000 or 4,000. I think Kicking Horse is a fair analogy in that only the upper half of the big vertical is going to have interesting skiing a lot of the time.

I've also skied the Jumbo terrain with RK Heli in late March 1999. Jumbo is a high alpine environment, more like the Alps than anything lift served in North America. Totally different snow and topography than Panorama. It's directly south of CMH Bugaboos with similar weather and terrain. I'd be much more excited about Jumbo than Revelstoke based upon what I've seen.
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