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It’s the first year (2008) that they have run the resort as Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It used to be a very small place called Powder Springs with only one old double chair and only open a few days a week. Now they have a high-speed 8-passenger gondola and a high-speed quad chair. You get an incredible 4735 vertical feet already, and it will be even more by next season. 2 more chairs and another gondola are next, with many more chairs to come.

With no new snow and some sunshine, it was the perfect day to discover the new resort and find the right runs for the powder days to come soon.

After the first run, we (Steve, Jay, and I) liked this resort a lot. After the 2nd run, we knew that this is and will be one of the resorts we are going to ski for years to come. What a great resort, with steep groomed runs top to bottom, tree skiing, cliff areas; Great out of bounds skiing. Some good stuff after traversing and/or hiking, but not bad at all.

At 9am, only very few cars were in the parking lot, and even at lunch time it was not busy. I have no idea how they intend to make enough money to keep that place open or even build all the new things they have in mind. The master plan is simply amazing.

For sure, this resort is not yet (2008!) for beginners. They do have long green runs, but not the ones you need for your first turns. Intermediate skiers will kind of like it, and advanced and expert skiers will be happy at this place. If you go backcountry, it is even better.

Update 2009

Since last year, the resort has changed quite a lot. One more chair, which gives access to great tree skiing and many new runs. The gondola now goes all the way down to the new base area. Vertical drop from the top is now the biggest in North America and a real leg burner if you take one of the groomers top to bottom.

The snow pack was not as good as last year; nevertheless, we spent most of the time off piste and had a lot of fun exploring the new part of the mountain as well as going back to the stuff we knew from last year.

For me, it’s still one of the top 10 mountains in North America, even with so-so snow conditions.

Still not better than last year: the parking lot is just one big mud field.

Needs to improve ASAP: Mid-mountain restaurant too small now. Next season there will be one at the base and maybe even one on top of the gondola. This will also solve the problem of lack of restrooms.

Accomodation

WARNING: Alpine Inn & Suites is a no-go. Old and dirty! They claim newly renovated and clean, but we checked out after a few minutes and asked for our money back. By 2009-10 season ski in and ski out.

Tip

  • In case of heavy snowfall and you need to drive back to Calgary, check the status of Rogerpass first. It can be closed for hours or even days. A detour will take forever.
  • Check for updates on the Web site. Every year they should have new chairs, hotels, and stuff.

Discounted Tickets

Most motels and hotels offer them for about CAD 5 off.

Food

Woolsdy Creek Restaurant (my favorite). Regent Inn. Zala’s

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