Revelstoke is a place no one ends up at by accident. Find out why.
A helicopter dropped 27 U.S Freeskiing competitors on top of Mt. Mackenzie for the final day of the Canadian Freeskiing Championships at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on January 10, 2010. Using helmet cameras, Zack Giffin captures the crowd’s enthusiasm along with some powder skiing.
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.
Deep snow and a change to the judging rules kept things interesting at the Revelstoke stop of the FWT.