Story by Michelle McChristie, Photos by Darren McChristie
It’s amazing how out-of-date a Lonely Planet guidebook can become after 18 years. My now vintage British Columbia edition has a little write-up on Powder Springs Resort—“a small ski hill on Mt. Mackenzie, just 4km southeast of Revelstoke” which “lacks the multiple chairlifts of bigger resorts, but its heavy snowfall (up to 1,200 cm), access to backcountry slopes and relatively cheap lift tickets make it a spectacular spot.”
These days, Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s highest vertical at 1,713 metres, an average snowfall of 10.5 metres, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, tonnes of glades and endless groomers—not small by any definition.
Flights are available from Thunder Bay to Kelowna or Calgary; Revelstoke is about 200 kilometres northeast of Kelowna and just over 400 kilometres west of Calgary. There are also direct flights between Kelowna and Revelstoke.
Revelstoke offers a full range of accommodation options, including the swanky Sutton Place Hotel (the only true ski-in, ski-out hotel)
Revelstoke has an impressive variety of restaurants, we recommend The Chubby Funsters and The Taco Club downtown and Rockford Grill in the village—all are family friendly.
Revelstoke offers a blend of terrain to challenge intermediate and advanced skiers for months (we talked to a Thunder Bay skier who has visits annually for a month and is still discovering new areas). If you are heading for the glades, be sure to keep your friends in sight and stop every 30 metres or so to make sure you haven’t lost anyone (speaking from experience here).