Revy's got it all: lift, heli-, cat- and backcountry skiing—plus alllll the local character you need.
It’s said that people come to Revy for the skiing and stay for the community—the “real Stoke” (home to both a microbrewery and distillery). While it’s long been a heli-ski go-to in the Columbia Mountains, lift-accessed skiing opened just 10 years ago, making Revelstoke Mountain Resort the only ski resort in the world to offer lift, heli-, cat- and backcountry skiing from one village base. It also has the longest vertical in North America (1,713 metres; you’ll have to go to the Alps to top that). Consider yourself stoked.
Besides four bowls to explore—South, North, Powder Assault, Greely—as well as boot-packing into some serious “slackcountry” (best tackled with an in-the-know guide; sign up for Inside Tracks), Revy now offers single-day cat-skiing with Great Northern Snowcat Skiing. And that means you could possibly do more than one mountain range in a weekend: from the Monashees to the Selkirks.
You don’t have to go far…Mackenzie Common Tavern at the base offers a “shot ski” or signature Ugly Sweater cocktail to get started, but continue farther down the mountain into town for the Village Idiot. A retro-ski-bedecked pub, it’s a local haunt in which to get acquainted with the High Country Kölsch—a pale light-hop beer by local Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Long-time local fave Chubby Funsters has cute-and-casual cocktails and dishes that range from Who Braised Roger Rabbit to Angry Vegan salad. But the recently opened Quartermaster Eatery, in the Explorers Society Hotel, has bistro-style provisions like cheese-and-charcuterie boards (with a house-made vegetarian sausage option!) and steak frites.
The Sutton Place Hotel may be the easy choice at the ski base, but Revy has a new batch of happening hotels, like the boutique Explorers Society, with its cabin-chic revamp of a 1911 tobacco and pool shop in the historic town centre. Start with in-room Stumptown French press and end with a nightcap in the Boiler Room (yes, there’s an actual 100-year-old boiler).
Vital Stats: Revy / Revelstoke Mountain Resort (since 2007)
Elevation: 2,225 metres Vertical drop: 1,713 metres Runs: 69 (7% easy, 45.5% intermediate, 47.5% advanced) Longest run: 15.2 kilometres (the Last Spike) Average snowfall: 14 metres Terrain: 1,263 hectares Population: 6,719