After skiing pow runs all day with competitors Cliff Bennet and Mark Welgos, Black Diamond athlete, Zack Giffin, documents the crowd’s reaction to Arne Backstrom’s winning run at the Canadian Freeskiing Championships in Revelstoke, British Columbia, January 10, 2010. Only three years old, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is in the infantile stages of development, with more lifts and acreage planned. Here is a behind the scenes look at what Revelstoke offers.
Inside Line: Revelstoke, BC
Following Revelstoke’s grand opening last winter, first-time visitors identified a series of problems that the resort’s developers had failed to anticipate when they created a ski destination integrating 500,000 acres of cat- and heli-skiing with North America’s longest lift-served vertical. Among the quibbles: (1) The runs are “too long.” (2) There’s “too much powder.” (3) The absence of lift lines “prevents skiers from resting between runs.” This may sound like a joke, but these are actual complaints logged by management—and they underscore the stunning enormity of Revelstoke’s terrain. Our advice: If you aren’t prepared to go huge, don’t go at all.