The Wild Beauty Of Revelstoke
What makes Revelstoke unique is that the town and community came first and the development of the ski hill came second. Revelstoke town was established in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through the area when mining was a very important early industry. Originally called Farwell after a local land owner it was later renamed Revelstoke after Lord Revelstoke, the head of Baring & Glyn, a UK banking firm that saved the Canadian Pacific Railway from bankruptcy in the summer of 1885.
Revelstoke is a thriving community, independent of the ski hill, although the added tourism certainly enhances the town. Located between the spectacular Monashee and Selkirk mountains, downtown Revelstoke offers a vast array of coffee shops, restaurants, gift boutiques and art galleries as well as supermarkets, bakeries, sports shops, clothing shops etc. There is also a movie theatre. Take a stroll down Mackenzie Avenue and feel like you are going back in time. Take in the spectacular scenery and experience outdoor dining in the summer and cosy fireside dining in the winter. Grizzley Plaza hosts free live music on most nights during the summer months. See www.seerevelstoke.com
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Located on Mt MacKenzie, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is North America’s newest and most exciting winter sports destination. It now boasts the largest vertical in all of North America with over 7,000 feet of vertical terrain. With an average of between 40-60 feet of champagne powder during the season, Revelstoke is fast becoming the ultimate in ski resorts. Predominately for intermediate to advanced skiers/boarders, there is a large variety of gladed runs, groomed trails, open bowls and steep shutes. There is an eight passenger gondola lift that takes you from the valley floor up the mountain via the day lodge at the mid way station. It has a further two high speed four person chair lifts, with further lifts being planned for the future. The beginners area at the Day Lodge features a magic carpet which is also very useful for getting to the mid station from after lunch. See www.revelstokemountainresort.com
Heli and Cat Skiing
In addition to the vast resort area Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing operate from Mt Mackenzie. The cat skiing operation offers access to untracked terrain close to the resort whilst the Heli Skiing operation has access to over 500,000 acres of terrain in the Monashee and Selkirk ranges. Why not combine a few days resort skiing with a few days heli or cat skiing.
If you are looking to incorporate a three to five day cat skiing/mountain lodge stay within your vacation we recommend “Mustang Powder” located in the Monashee mountains 44km west of Revelstoke. See www.mustangpowder.com
Cross Country Skiing
7kms south of Revelstoke on the slopes of Mt MacPherson, the Revelstoke Nordic Club maintains the cross country ski trails. The trails wind through the natural beauty of the forest and offer a variety of terrain for beginner to advanced skiers.
As well as all the traditional ski and board school lessons, Revelstoke Snow School offers an exciting array of programs. Try out the Heli/Cat Prep Program or the Front to Backcountry Intermediate Program. There are also the ever popular Ladies Day and the Weekend and Youth Programs. See www.revelstokemountainresort.com
Revelstoke is a true all year round destination. In the summer you can play Golf, with a new world class course being designed for the future. The existing course is pretty spectacular too. Hike along the trails of Mt Revelsoke, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, caving, hot springs and camping, just to name a few. The summer months bring warm weather with endless “Not a cloud in sight” days, just perfect for those outdoor activities. Even if too much exertion isn’t your thing, just relax and enjoy a coffee or a meal in the alfresco dining in Mackenzie Avenue.