Up-and-comer Revelstoke is quietly gaining in popularity not just regionally, but with Americans as well. This place has it all—over 3,000 acres of terrain, an authentic town with charm for days, a growing dining scene, and snowcat and heli-skiing—from the base area. Not too shabby.
Skiers come here for adventure: spend a few days exploring the resort’s abundant glades, bowls, and long cruisers (vertical rise: 5,620 feet!), then book a day or two in the Selkirks via cat or heli. Options = good.
Born of a tipsy beginning just before 2008’s economic downturn, Revelstoke was supposed to become the largest resort in Canada and is busy catching up to that promise. For years it’s been an underdog enclave of peaks, pillows, and powder for core skiers willing to go the extra mile (Revy is not easy to get to for Americans), but those who do make the pilgrimage do it for a reason.
Still, most everyone agrees this is a skier’s mountain, and not for the faint of heart. It’s laced with serious freeride terrain, along with the longest vertical drop on the continent (5,620 feet). If what you’re looking for is a hidden freeriders’ paradise, very off the beaten path, and with a great vibe, then this is your mountain. — Matt Coté
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is on the Ikon Pass and the Mountain Collective. Ikon Pass holders get 7 blackout-free days. Ikon Base Pass holders get 5 blackout-restricted days at the resort. Mountain Collective pass holders get 2 days at the resort, plus 50 percent off additional lift tickets.
Abundant terrain, the most vertical in Canada, and an authentic town at the base with plenty of amenities and character, Revelstoke is where it’s at. Read the SKI editors’ top picks.
The Stellar quad bridges the gap between the Stoke and Ripper chairs, offering new beginner and intermediate terrain and relief of bottlenecking at the other lifts.
Kill the Banker. Almost 3,000 vertical feet of bumps and cliffs right under the gondola.
DOWN DAY ACTIVITY
Soak in Halcyon Hot Springs, south of town.
Hike to Sub Peak and drop in just inside the resort boundary—to skier’s right of Powder Assault, or “The Banana Hammock,” as it’s locally dubbed—and get the most uninterrupted fall-line run on the mountain.