The big appeal of Revelstoke is adventure. Snowcat skiing and heli-skiing mean that guests will be taken to places that lifts can't reach and have the opportunity to ski down untouched snow and untamed terrain. Thousands of people flock to Revelstoke each year in order to experience some of the very best backcountry skiing in North America. And even those who stay on the marked trails can be challenged by the longest vertical drop on the continent. The longest run clocks in at a whopping 9.5 miles and is sure to provide a challenge to any skier.
For kids and beginners there are world-class ski lessons and backcountry programs. These help get kids familiar with the area, winter, and snow safety and ski patrol. It should be noted that unlike many resorts that are designed specifically to attract families with children, many of the people who visit Revelstoke are intermediate, and advanced skiers on vacation specifically in order to get in some serious backwoods and wild country skiing. There are beginner areas, it should be noted however, that the vast majority of Revelstoke is designed for more advanced skiers.
Some of the other fun wintertime activities available at Revelstoke include dog sledding and paragliding. There are classes to take in order to prepare for snowcat or heli-skiing. Conditions can't be guaranteed on the mountain and Revelstoke boasts many areas that are unmarked, so guests need to understand how to handle themselves in potentially dangerous areas. It's of paramount important to learn how to pick a line through the trees in order to make it as safe as possible and fun. The type of experience guests have at Revelstoke is one of the more special ski vacation experiences. Revelstoke is absolutely a top British Columbian ski destination for those are who are serious about their slopes.
The area is a quaint and beautifully mountainous area that serves the plethora of skiers who visit the area each year. There's a variety of restaurants and shops where visitors can choose between international cuisine or fast food, necessities or designer items and souvenirs. The region also boasts its fair share of lounges, pubs, cafés and restaurants are available when guests are not too busy enjoying the snow and the adventure.
Entertainment and après ski in the area is just as much fun as the skiing at Revelstoke, with a variety of pubs and taverns to choose from as well as live entertainment in town. Visitors to the area will have a full variety to choose from, everything from romantic restaurants and casual eateries to raucous bars and relaxing, rustic lodges are available.
Revelstoke gives its guests the chance to ski and ride on some quality snow and lots of it, between 40 and 60 feet annually . Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the place to go for pristine, challenging and unforgettable powder and backwoods skiing. Almost everything at Revelstoke is designed for intermediate and advanced riders. There’s a vertical drop of over 5,600 feet, which serves as a challenge for even the most advanced skier. The mountain’s top elevation is over 7,300 feet. In total Revelstoke contains over 3,000 skiable acres and more than 50 trails. Additionally, the ski area has the biggest vertical in all of North America and skiers and riders with stamina will want to head directly to The Last Spike, which lasts for 9.5 miles. Only 7% of the trails at Revelstoke are designed for beginners. 45.5% are great for intermediate level skiers while the remaining 47.5% are for truly advanced and experienced skiers. There is an eight person high-speed gondola called Revelation, two high-speed quads, a magic carpet lift and a snowcat.
There is no terrain park at Revelstoke but snowboarders are more than welcome. Riders will no doubt enjoy more than a dozen areas of gladed terrain, numerous bowls, and some of the best cat-skiing in all of North America.
The Lodge and other accommodations at the resort offer a variety of dining and shopping activities. But most people come to Revelstoke to ski. And for those who want a big ski experience there’s heli-skiing and cat skiing that can offer over 250 runs with 6000 foot ski out and up to 2000 feet of vertical drop.
The lodge at the resort and several lodges scattered throughout the mountain are the places most riders go to relax and gather after a robust day on the slopes. Other than that the area and towns surrounding Revelstoke are rather quiet and offer up a few bars and lounges but nothing like some of the larger ski villages in British Columbia.
Thousands of people flock to Revelstoke to cat and heli-ski and enjoy the lift-serviced slopes. It’s a conveniently located resort and easy to get to by car or shuttle service which runs every day during the height of the season. To get to the mountain from the TransCanada Highway simply take the first Revelstoke exit coming from either Calgary or Banff or take the second exit if coming down from areas like Vancouver, Kamloops or Kelowna. That turns onto 4th St., South, follow that until Nichol Road. Follow Nichol until Camozzi Road and then turn right and the road will lead right to the resort. Even though the resort is easy to get to it still has that backwoods wild mountain feel and guests will truly get to indulge in that feeling with all of the great cat and heli-skiing available.