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A bit of a drive and a free ferry ride to Galena Bay, the Halcyon Hot Springs are the premiere extracurricular activity. With two pools, 100 and 105 degrees, it is the ideal place to spend a rest day.
At Revelstoke’s one hipster coffee shop, the walls are adorned with photos of cruiser bikes buried in snow and helicopters landing on nearby peaks. The menu offers traditional hippy fare from the brown rice bowl, topped with cabbage, carrots, and almonds, to the cinnamon bun sprinkled with pumpkin and sesame seeds. There’s free wireless connection and plenty of booths to post up for an afternoon.
Here you’ll find water slides, lazy river, hot tub, steam room, and sauna. If you’re visiting Revelstoke in real ski bum style, the aquatic center is the place to get in your one shower for the week.
I know I said “outside” of skiing, but you are in British Columbia in the middle of winter. So, if you want to leave the resort and have beacon, shovel, probe, and a partner, take a drive up to Rogers Pass. Between the skiing mecca of Revelstoke and Nelson, the pass offers incredible backcountry skiing in every direction. Get permits and check the avy report at the Rogers Pass Discovery Center, located at the summit of the pass.
Located on Victoria Street, you will see the Farm Market on your way to the resort when you drive into town. From the outside, it looks like a run-down Laundromat, but inside offers local produce, meat, and goodies, such as honey and maple syrup. Check out their discount section for slightly bruised produce at a ski bum price.