During the '80s and '90s it was on, then off, then so on you could almost feel the face shots. Then the idea went to sleep for a decade...until 2004, when British Columbia gave the green light to the slumbering resort proposal. Now nothing can stop Revelstoke Mountain Resort - the new billion-dollar dream hill on Mount MacKenzie.
After resort developer Simpson Property Group Canada put up $270 million in 2004, it seemed that the single-lift Powder Springs ski hill - which had operated since 1964 on the lower 1,100 feet of Mount MacKenzie - would soon be transformed. The new resort's 6,000-foot vertical drop would be the biggest in North America, and its annual snowfall of 480 inches would put RMR among the continent's top ski areas for powder.
But more money would have to be raised. RMR had to take over management of the floundering town hill and buy out CAT Powder Skiing snowcat tours, which ran on the top of Mount MacKenzie. Plus, there were longstanding arguments over where the skiers would come from. Two more years slid by.
But then, at last, the news came: On January 16, 2007, RMR announced a partnership with Leitner Poma Canada to install a $22 million gondola and chairlift for winter 2007-2008. The Alps-scale hill is officially alive - good news for high-profile skiers like Dan Treadway who've purchased property there. "This place is going to rock," says Treadway. "Finally."