REVELSTOKE RESORT REVIEW
Images courtesy of Royce Sihlis & Hywel Williams
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Overview
**Revelstoke is operating under The Government of British Columbia's response to Covid-19 which is to stay local and avoid non-essential travel. Revelstoke will have daily capacity restrictions and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online, in advance. On-site ticket sales have been eliminated. Advanced, online sales will also serve as reservations. Reservations will not be required for Season Pass Holders or pre-purchased programs including Ikon Passholders and Mountain Collective Passholders. Several services including warming huts, childcare services, locker facilities and The Terrain Park are suspended at this time. See here for the latest on Revelstoke's covid-related operating procedures.
A gem on British Columbia’s revered Powder Highway and one of the newest resorts in North America, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a dependable, early-season powder destination. With big mountain vibes and small town, Victorian charm, the opening of Revelstoke resort in 2007 turned this sleepy backwater into a world-class destination. An attraction of note: Revelstoke Resort boasts the longest vertical descent of any ski area in North America at 1,713 meters or 5,620 feet! If that's not enough, phenomenal access to untrammeled backcountry terrain via the cat and heli skiing operations is accessible directly from the base village. Revy's terrain encompasses steep, lengthy groomers, moguls, glade and tree skiing, and 4 immense alpine bowls for powder lovers. With 30-40 feet of powder per season and a rich railroad and mining history,
Revelstoke should rank highly on any powder-lover’s list. Though it’s a little tricky to get to, it’s worth the haul and can be combined with a thrilling road trip itinerary along the Powder Highway. There are luxury ski-in-ski-out condos at the base and plenty of more affordable options along Highway 1 or motels and hotels in the town of Revelstoke itself. We've had a wonderful stay at the Valley Retreat Revelstoke BnB, just down the street from the resort.
Snow-Making & Grooming
Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain
On Mountain Dining
Powder hounds rejoice — take your pick from in-bounds turns at Revelstoke, book a heli or cat-skiing package, or the First Tracks experience for pre-public turns
Weekdays are fairly mellow
Revel in Revelstoke's eclectic and rustic ski town with its approachable vibe and Victorian charm
Just one of many incredible resorts on B.C.'s Powder Highway, road trip to Revy and other wold-class destinations like RED Mountain, Whitewater, and Kicking Horse
Can you shred North America's longest vertical drop without stopping?
Some storms trend warm, affecting snow quality—check the forecast and pack your Gore-Tex
Powder weekends are crowded—arrive early!
The mountain highways accessing Revelstoke are often plagued by closures and challenging driving conditions. Rogers Pass is one of the most avalanche-prone roadways in North America. Avoid becoming ‘Revelstuck’ by checking Drive BC for road conditions or dial 1-800-550-4997. Do not attempt this drive without proper tires and a 4WD or AWD vehicle.
Limited beginner terrain
Consider an early-season trip in Dec or Jan to increase your chance of legendary powder conditions and cold smoke temps
Start your squat and lunge routine a couple weeks before you head to Revelstoke—your legs will thank you once you’re there!
If the visibility is poor, make for the trees; the plethora of gladed runs (13 dedicated glade areas) means you can continue shredding in flat light or foggy conditions
In the early AM, hit the freshly groomed Snow Rodeo run from top to bottom; this is the quintessential Revelstoke experience, and you’ll enjoy a velvety smooth, true fall-line pitch with serious vert and epic views
Consider booking the affordable First Tracks program for a 45-minute bump up the hill prior to public access in the AM.
For an in-depth breakdown of Revelstoke's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included.
Getting To & Around
Difficult to get to, harder to leave, Revelstoke is an idyllic winter wonderland. It’s probably best to rent a 4WD or AWD vehicle to maximize your time here or just spend a whole week road tripping the B.C. Powder Highway.