Lift, Cat, Heli & Backcountry Skiing Karen Moodie, Ski Specialist

"Revelstoke is all about the powder. If you're looking for something a bit out-of-the-ordinary with super technical terrain then 'Revy' should definitely be high on your list. For me it’s the best kept secret in North America, it has the longest vertical in North America and one of the best powder records of all Canadian resorts."

Revelstoke Ski Holidays

Bursting onto the North American scene and named Best Canadian Ski Resort at the 2016 World Ski Awards, the peerless Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts the biggest vertical of any of the North American resorts at a staggering 5,620 feet. It offers a huge ski area, massive snowfall, great high alpine terrain, with an exceptional big mountain vibe backed up by a buzzing mountain community.

Revelstoke is the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. When completed, this vast area is set to be one of the largest in North America, and is home to some challenging terrain which is sure to leave you feeling inspired. For now the resort features 2 high-speed quad chairs and an eight passenger gondola – which service the 3000+ acres of fall line skiing, groomed runs, high alpine bowls, and 15 areas of gladed terrain – all shared by very few other skiers and boarders!

NEW for winter 2019-20 is the new Stellar Chair - a brand new quad chairlift servicing a new beginner & intermediate terrain area with six new runs and improved access to the Ripper Chair from the top of the Gondola. Lift capacity will also be increased by around 20%.

The funky and vibrant little town of Revelstoke is a short five minute shuttle ride away from the mountain base at the beautiful Sutton Place Hotel. Downtown you’ll find a network of small streets packed with independent businesses, bakeries, cafes, outdoor shops, adventure suppliers and some amazing bars and restaurants. This is a genuine mountain community proud of its outdoor focus – a real skiers town, and somewhere you’ll feel right at home in.

Skiing in Revelstoke

Surrounded with incomparable views of the majestic Monashee Mountains and the Columbia River valley, Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers some really great terrain for all abilities. Some would think that with only three ski lifts that Revelstoke would somehow be at a disadvantage – in reality, they’ve hit it right on the money with all three lifts combining and linking together to make the ski experience here out of this world!

Revelstoke has been working hard to create a better experience for complete novice skiers and riders. After mastering your basic skills in the beginner’s area it’s entirely possible to head up Revelation gondola and The Stoke chair to the mountain summit at 7,300ft where you’ll then be able to gently glide down the 9.2 mile green trail - The Last Spike – one of the longest runs in North America. Winter 2019-20 brings a new beginner and intermediate terrain pod serviced by the new Stellar Chair offering 6 new runs for improvers which will really help to keep things interesting.

Intermediates though are really spoilt for choice in Revelstoke with countless long undulating trails off all three lifts offering wide open space and some rollers to help you on your way. The terrain and pitch off The Ripper chair is a revelation for cruisers, whilst the lower mountain trails down through the trees just seem to go on and on – this really is a big, big mountain.

For expert skiers and riders, Revelstoke should be top of your wish list – massive snowfall, big alpine terrain above and below treeline, huge fall-line runs, and the best named gladed areas in the world: ‘Conifers of Gnarnia Glades’ and ‘Iron Glaiden’ are amongst our favourites. Then there’s the hike-to terrain on Sub Peak and Mount MacKenzie which opens up another world altogether. Then there’s the heli-skiing…

Heli-skiing in Revelstoke

Selkirk-Tangiers Heli-Skiing: Prices from £585 per person

Based in Revelstoke, with 38 years’ experience, Selkirk-Tangiers Heli-Skiing have access to 500,000 acres of Columbia Mountain range terrain, stretching 88kms long by 97kms wide, with an average snowfall of between 40 and 60 feet (12 to 18 metres) per winter! A 1 Day Powder Excursion price includes three drops, an avalanche transceiver, professional guides, powder ski or snowboard rentals, breakfast, lunch and an après party, as well as pick up from any Revelstoke hotel.

Getting to Revelstoke

Ski Independence offer daily flights to Kelowna via Vancouver or Calgary with Air Canada, and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Revelstoke include a shared scheduled shuttle transfer from Kelowna airport. NEW for winter 2019-20 is an increased frequency for the shared shuttle - with up to 6 shuttles per day (an increase of 50% on winter 2018-19). We can also offer a selection of bespoke private transfers.

(Image credit: Royce Sihlis)

Important information
Season Early December – Mid April
Ski Area 3,121 acres
Annual Snowfall 38ft
Number of Lifts 3
Ski Range 1,680–7,300ft
Blue Runs 7%
Red Runs 46%
Black Runs 47%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
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Distance from airports
Kelowna 2 hrs 30 mins