The Ski Resort
Revelstoke, the ski resort in the heart of British Columbia, has the longest lift-served vertical in North-America and features an incredible elevation of 7,300 feet. Thanks to that you can expect an annual snowfall of 30-45 feet every season. The ski resort is among Canada's largest ones and offers winter athletes more than 3,121 acres of both groomed and ungroomed trails.
Even though the main focus is on expert skiing, featuring more than 45 percent expert terrain, that doesn't mean intermediates and beginners have to miss out. There is abundant terrain to satisfy all ability levels and the best thing about Revelstoke is that you don't have to share it with too many others. Where else in the world do you have access right from the valley to go cat-skiing, heli-skiing, backcountry skiing and lift skiing? This is possible since the famous Selkirk powder is falling in abundance.
Even if beginner runs only make up 7 percent of the total 69 runs there's still enough to do for ski novices. The Turtle Creek beginner area and Little Bit are beginner runs. Gentle slopes are Tickle Trunk and Tumbelina, these are both blue runs on the lower mountain. The Last Spike is a beginner run and the longest trail on the mountain at 9.5 miles, it runs from the top of the Stoke chair to the base.
Revelstoke holds 45.5 percent full of challenges for skiers on the more experienced side. In order to find intermediate slopes you might want to hop into the Revelation Gondola from where you get access to great trails like Snow Rodeo, Feller Buncher, and Wooley Bulley. Those remain pretty wide-open but will make you want to bring your skills to the next level. Around the Ripper chair you will find two additional well-groomed runs that are suitable for all athletic skiers. Here you get to hit great powder whilst tree-skiing.
The resort takes expert skiing seriously, boasting extremely challenging runs for the most part and having the ideal terrain for those who want to progress to backcountry skiing. You can choose if you want to hit wide-open bowls, moguls, or really steep glades. Take the 4 passenger high speed chairlift The Stoke to find tons of trails that are designated black. Seperate Reality, SWF, Pitch Black, or Hot Sauce are just a few examples of the huge variety.
All thrill-seekers should head to The North Bowl where you can hit the real deal, such as the Greely Bowl that descends into the black Big Woody. Generally speaking, Mount Mackenzie offers a pretty outstanding off-piste terrain that brings you through the woods and you'll often be the first explorer of fresh lines and piles of snow.
Freestylers get their money's worth at the local terrain park. With a variety of features, it promises fun and action for beginners and experts alike. And even children get to take part - right next to the terrain park, at the Gnome Zone, they get to whizz through a tunnel and ske through smaller features in the trees.
- Offering 3121 acres of slopes and terrain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is among the 10 largest Ski Resorts in Canada.
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in Canada.
- Elevated between 1680 ft and 7300 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 15 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Canada. The vertical drop from summit to base is 5620 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Canada is 1178 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- During the season the average snow depth at Revelstoke Mountain Resort is 93 ". Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 100 " at summit elevation and 0 " at the base. Therefore Revelstoke Mountain Resort is among the 15 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Canada.
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort features 26 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Canada is 33 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 7 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 10 sunniest in British Columbia.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Perfect for lunch, dinner, cocktail hours and late night snacks is the Rockford Wok/Bar/Grill. Rockford is a blend of a bar and restaurant. Besides high quality menus, its generous portions and welcoming atmosphere, it is a nice place for everyone to grab a bite and a drink. Moreover, it offers a daily breakfast buffet including omelettes, waffles, breakfast sausages, bacon and eggs, breakfast potatoes, toast, pastries, juices, tea, and coffee. The Mackenzie Common Tavern is another great experience with delicious food, a cozy atmosphere, local brews and classics on tap.
La Baguette joins the Revelstoke Mountain Resorts in the village base as well as on-mountain at the Mackenzie Outpost. Downtown La Baguette serves amazing dishes and both hot and cold beverages, such as fresh baked breads and pastries, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads, exclusively brewed coffees, juices, a wide range of teas and fruit smoothies - yet nothing beats their homemade gelato.
La Baguette's on-the-go treats are available for guests on-mountain at the Mackenzie Outpost. Of course, they also offer hot coffee, sandwiches, homemade goodies and way more to satisfy your cravings. If you’re into cafeteria-styled restaurants with espresso bars and BBQ decks, the Revelation Lodge is your place! Giant floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the valley and the mountains.
The Last Spike is the longest run in Revelstoke and actually one of the world's longest, featuring a length of 9.2 miles (15km). It is a doable run for beginners that takes you right into the base by skiing down the entire front side.
It goes without saying that Revelstoke does also have plenty on offer for its youngest guests. The Turtle Creek Fun Park is pretty much exciting featuring two tubing lanes, a beginner slope as well as a Bungee Bounce. If your kids are attending the local snow school anyway, the Kids’ Centre in the village gives your young adventurers a second home - both during the day and on evenings.
Of course there are various things to do for their parents: Check out the 14 acre terrain park located under the Stoke Chair where you will find features for every ability level. The terrain park comprises numerous jump lines among other features. You could also experience a day exploring the ski resort with a Pro in order to get the most amazing riding tips or go cat skiing as well as backcountry touring.
In case you always wanted to try Nordic Skiing, a snowmobile tour, or dogsledding, here’s your opportunity. Going snowshoeing through the woods of Selkirk Mountains is also an option. You can book tours so you don't have to make up your mind finding the perfect hiking trail. The professional tour guides display information about local flora and fauna, plus Canadian history. Those tours include a warming beverage and a fantastic panorama from almost everywhere.
If you’ve always wanted to fly and you're looking for an adrenalin-fuelled day out, then it's time to go paragliding, instructed and attended by a fully qualified pilot. The eagle eye view of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort and the Columbia river will be an unforgettable experience and a story you will tell your grandchildren.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The Village Idiot Bar & Grill is numbered among the most popular bars in Revelstoke. After a long day on the slopes, this is your place for a cool beer or a delicious, hot, home-made pizza, as if you were in Italy.
You are looking for a pint of lager, some great food, and a cozy mountain atmosphere to top off a perfect ski day? Look no further. The Mackenzie Common Tavern is conveniently located in the Village Plaza, features a great assortment of local micro-brews as well as classics on tap, and is exactly what you need. If beer isn’t your thing, try one of our signature drinks like the Ugly Sweater. Après has never been this good. If you are in for a billiard match, the Last Drop Pub is your go-to.
Dining and Restaurants
112 Restaurant & Lounge is rich in tradition and steeped in history as it serves already since 1978. It specialized in seafood and is well-known for best meat quality possible. Here you'll probably even get the best steak in town.
Located in the Coast Hillcrest Hotel, you'll find The Hillcrest Dining Room that offers fresh ingredients for the farm-to-table-dining experience. It also comes with the plus of the panorama view of Selkirk and Monashee Mountains. The international and continental cuisine will please your taste buds for sure.
The easiest way to access Revelstoke is definitely from Vancouver. Everything Revelstoke offers direct flights during the winter season. Revelstoke Airport, Kelowna Airport and Calgary International Airport all offer shuttle services to the Revelstoke ski resort.
If you prefer having a car around, you might want to make use of local car rental deals. Either way, the drive to Revelstoke is one of the most spectacular in Canada. If you come from the east, you will pass two National Parks; coming from the west, you will pass through the Okanagan Valley.