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Local's Guide: Revelstoke

The best way to ski Canada's notoriously amazing big mountain paradise.

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Revelstoke rocks. Maybe it’s the infectious smiles the locals permanently carry (and their insatiable desire to make sure you leave bearing one of your own) or perhaps it has something to do with the spicy inbounds terrain and hidden pow stashes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It could be the massage you get at the base of the mountain after a long day of hucking cliffs and exuding general gnarliness, or maybe the mind-blowing sandwich (yes, this really is a thing) you had during a quick lunch break. Either way, this tiny town will steal your heart and make you never want to leave.

skier in Revelstoke
There’s nothing quite like deep Canadian powder on a sunny day.Photo Credit: Crystal Sagan

To get there, fly in to Calgary International Airport and make the 4.5-hour drive northwest over Rogers Pass into Revelstoke. Getting to Revy takes some time, so consider spending a day or two exploring another town, such as Banff, on the way. Don’t forget to give yourself extra time to make it over the pass, it’s infamous for long closures in the winter due to avalanche control. Slightly more direct, flying into Kelowna International Airport can be an easier option but it still requires a 2.5-hour drive (or shuttle ride) into Revelstoke.

Get Stoked

skier in Revelstoke
Big mountains, big smiles.Photo credit: Crystal Sagan

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has the kind of legendary status amongst skiers that can only be backed by proof, and the resorts’s inbounds terrain is no joke. From the Stoke lift, traverse skiers right towards the pristine alpine on the North side of the mountain for pucker-inducing lines. Pick your way through tight, steep, technical couloirs (plural, as there are many), or watch your buddies yard sale from the top before cruising down the much more mellow ridge. You’ll find plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain dispersed throughout the mountain for the kids, or for later in the day when your legs have turned to Jello. Bonus: Your Mountain Collective Pass includes two days at Revelstoke, what are you waiting for? 

Sutton Place Hotel

Located at the base of the mountain, the luxury Sutton Place Hotel is the perfect ski-in, ski-out option. Fully equipped kitchens, private patios, soaker tubs, heated floors—it has more comforts than home—and it’s primo location keeps you close to the mountain’s amenities. Try the third-floor, outdoor hot tub post-ski, and take advantage of the free shuttle to town that runs every 30-minutes. Explore the ground floor of the hotel’s multiple buildings where you’ll find restaurants, a ski shop, a spa, and more. Extra perk: Complimentary happy hour in the lobby daily.    

Take Flight 

Lets be honest, chairlifts are fine, but helicopters are divine. Eagle Pass Heliski offers heli-assisted ski touring, incredible day trips, and private heli-skiing. A quick 10-minute drive from town, Eagle Pass has access to some of Canada’s most epic terrain (as seen in Sherpa Cinema’s Into the Mind) and perfect Monashee powder. Friendly guides are choc-full of experience and knowledge, and have enough jokes to make you relax when you get nervous about getting in the helicopter. Get the full experience by staying at the brand new 12-room Eagle Pass Lodge, where you’ll enjoy access to a private executive chef who will prepare gourmet meals and a private heli pad, amongst other things.

revelstoke eagle pass heli skiing
The further you fly, the better it gets.Photo credit: Crystal Sagan

Get Your Grub on

It doesn’t get any more convenient than The Rockford Bar. Located in the same building as the Sutton Place lobby—and thirty feet from the mountain’s gondola—the restaurant opens early to fuel skiers before lifts start turning. Keep it simple with the Sutton Place’s continental breakfast (standard fruits and pastries), or take it a step further and order a fresh-made omelet of your choice from the omelet bar. Dinner at Rockford is even better than breakfast, with Asian-fusion options like Tokyo street noodles and green Thai curry. Service is friendly and efficient, and floor to ceiling windows keep the environment light, bright and full of energy.    

Fuel Like a Local

La Baguette is not your average coffee and snack joint. The organic bakery serves locally roasted coffee, homemade artisan gelato, and sandwiches to die for. Maybe it’s the fresh-from-the-oven, still warm bread they’re served on, or maybe it’s the quality, heady ingredients that go into each creation hailing from the kitchen. Either way, we’re convinced La Baguette is reason enough to visit Revelstoke.