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Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

Revelstoke has obvious stoke factor, with the biggest vertical in North America at 5,620’, and 3,121 acres of skiing including two high alpine bowls and 65 thigh burningly long trails. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort in the world to offer lift accessed resort skiing plus cat skiing, heli-skiing and backcountry skiing all emanating from one ski resort base. In fact, Revelstoke is the capital of heli-skiing in BC, Canada and the globe for that matter. Just off the Trans Canada Highway, Revelstoke is home to the humbling ski resort plus Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing -giving skiers and snowboarders access to a total of 515,000 acres of diverse terrain and options in all kinds of weather from snowy white outs when helicopters can't fly or lifts can't run, but cats can. Plus there are numerous other cat ski and heli-ski outfits in Revelstoke including Eagle Pass Heli-Ski, Mica, and CMH to name a few.

Revelstoke’s conical ski peak, finally accessed by lifts in 2007 (previously cat ski tenure) is spectacular, snowy, and has superb views. Revelstoke Ski Resort is actually on Mt Mackenzie but named for the neighboring Revelstoke Mountain and Revelstoke National Park (established 1914) you can view from the slopes. The beautiful Columbia River below snakes through the valley, and across the valley are the magnificent Monashees, home to some of the best heli-skiing in the world

Although Revelstoke is the newest ski area, opened in 2007, skiing in the Revelstoke region dates back to the late 1800s with oldest ski club in North America based here, and a tradition of Nordic jumping and skiing on Boulder Mountain right in town. Revelstoke was a potential host site for the 1916 Winter Olympics for its terrain, WW1 interrupted that first game. In the 70’s Revelstoke’s current lift-serviced terrain was Powder Springs Cat ski operation. Dopplemayer wanted to build the largest ski resort in the world here in the 80s, and with just two more lifts Revelstoke could expand to over 9,000 acres eclipsing Whistler/Blackcomb. But for now, there is too minimal skier traffic to justify that expansion. Skiing at Revelstoke is rarely crowded. 

Today the Gaglardi family, Canadian owners of Sandman and Sutton Place Hotels and Dennys, are at the helm. Revelstoke offers a surprising range of low to high alpine terrain. The Revelation gondola takes you from the base just above the Columbia River up 3,500’ vertical. Expert skiers can access North Bowl and Greeley Bowl’s snowy steeps and chutes with a short hike from the Stoke quad (2,000’ vertical high speed), or you can cruise on super long steep groomed runs like Snow Rodeo, and a bunch of glades from well spaced, moderately pitched tree to crazy cliffs in tight pines – like Conifers of Gnarnia. What’s nice about Revie is you can pop into the glades, bumps or steeps and bail onto the Last Spike, the 10-mile Last Spike that meanders down the Frontside. 

The only slopeside hotel at Revelstoke is the posh Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke, or rent the new Heli House or Big Horn private luxury chalet with 8-10 bedrooms for a Pinnacle Experience. The Sutton Place Hotel is elegant and perfectly poised by the gondola. The Sutton's ski-in ski-out condo style hotel has beautiful suites with fireplaces, washer dryers, and full kitchens, plus the amenities of a full-service hotel including concierge service, and outdoor hot tub, and you are just steps to the two great eateries, Rockford Wok/Bar/Grill and Mac’s Village Tavern. The Revelstoke village is very compact, just a few ski shops, La Baguette coffee shop. What’s amazing is that you can ski to Revelstoke's cat ski operation, and a heli picks you up for heli-skiing – pretty sweet. The only ski joke about Revelstoke is that it snows so much here, you might get Revel-stuck... is that a bad thing?! Rogers Pass that travels from Kicking Horse and Golden to Revelstoke often closes in big snow. But the lifts, cat, and heli-skiing keep spinning! 

For a great ski safari, we recommend you start your adventure from Calgary skiing Banff’s Sunshine and Lake Louise, then proceeding to Kicking Horse and Revelstoke. For tamer terrain, you could start with Big White, Silver Star, or Sun Peaks in the Okanagan, then graduate to Revelstoke’s challenging terrain and cat or heli-skiing when you have your ski legs. While BC is a bit more challenging to fly to than Utah or Colorado, once you ski the Canadian Rockies snow and see their magnificent mountains you will be glad you made the ski trip.

Elevation

Base
1679 feet
Base
Summit
7299 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
5620 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Tram
1
Gondola & Tram
High Speed Quads
2
High Speed Quads
Surface Lifts
2
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
7 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
45 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
35 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
13 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
69
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
2
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
10 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
3121 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
150 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 12/02/2017 04/13/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 12/03/2016 04/16/2017
2015/2016 11/28/2015 04/10/2016
2014/2015 11/29/2014 04/12/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $79 (99 CAD)
Child 5 & under Free
Child 6 - 12 $31 (39 CAD)
Child 13 - 18 $62 (78 CAD)
Senior 65 & over $62 (78 CAD)
Season Pass $1,039 (1299 CAD)

Overall Rating

4.2 / 5 Very Good

based on 17 reviews

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Latest reviews

Score: 4.2 / 5Dec 06, 2017
Revelstoke is an amazing mountain. Long winding trails, great steeps and epic tree runs. The resort is always improving and caters more to the intermediate and advanced patrons. I've snowboarded all over the world and will continue to go back to this resort in the ... More
Corey W. advanced snowboarder
Score: 4.5 / 5Dec 05, 2017
Is just the best in canada with an amazing view, cliff and lot of backcountry. And the town and the local are just awsome i have bar and hotel for all of kind of ... More
Jeff D. intermediate snowboarder
Score: 4.2 / 5Nov 29, 2017
Incredible resort. Most accessible backcountry right off of a lift I've ever had at a resort! It is never crowded here either. Definitely a place to check off your bucketlist! Wicked tree ... More
Ben L. intermediate snowboarder
Score: 4.9 / 5Nov 23, 2017
If revelstoke isn’t on your list better add it. The amount of fresh snow and unridden terrain is unbeatable. You get big mountain feel all while little to no wait in lines, and with backcountry and hikable areas available a ... More
Wesley R. intermediate snowboarder
Score: 4.2 / 5Nov 20, 2017
Reve has the vertical to compete with any mountain resort in BC. If you wanna ski with the family all day no problem, or if you wanna challenge yourself they have that too. Enough runs to spread people out even on the busiest of days. I will make efforts to visit this mountain ... More
Matthew intermediate snowboarder
Score: 3.5 / 5Nov 14, 2017
Revelstoke is a little gem in BC. About a 10 minute drive from the highway yo the base of the hill this mountain is amazing on big powder days. This is a very steep mountain, with minimal green runs on the lower bit, and a single cat track that green top to bottom. The maps ... More
Matthew advanced snowboarder
Score: 4.5 / 5Nov 11, 2017
I make multiple trips to revelstoke every winter because the riding is unreal! They have a new chairlift being added for the 17/18 season to access even more of this awesome terrain. Endless amounts of powder and with a vertical drop of 5620ft your legs will be on fire by the end ... More
Jared M. expert snowboarder
Score: 3.9 / 5Nov 10, 2017
If you are into steep and deep this place is awesome. Can almost always ski onto the lifts too. Not much in the way of beginner terrain at all ... More
Jeff M. expert skier
Score: 4 / 5Nov 06, 2017
This is THE ski resort to go to if you like steep, trees, and tons of snow. The mountain vibe is that of a skier's resort - people who ride here don't care about the shopping in town; they only care about the mountain, the snow, and which line they are going to ski ... More
Angie H. expert skier
Score: 3.4 / 5Nov 06, 2017
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the thing of dreams for advanced skiers/snowboarders, with its seemingly endless advanced terrain and bottomless powder. 'Revy' isnt exactly the most beginner friendly mountain, which makes for a nice quiet resort and freshies that last for days ... More
Scott advanced skier