Location: In the heart of British Columbia, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is known for creating the longest vertical ski hill in North America, trumping Whistler in 2008 when their gondola was extended to 1,713 metres. From its logging town roots, it now attracts skiers and snowboarders searching for some serious powder. It also has a thriving snowmobile community so expect some great characters to meet in the bars in town.
With over 3,120 acres of skiable terrain plus access to endless cat and heli ski terrain, Revelstoke is the perfectly located as North America’s ‘deep snow capital’. They can see up to 18 metres of snow per season so you won’t be lacking for the white stuff.
With only one hotel on the ski hill with ski in / ski out options, most visitors tend to stay in town riding the ski bus up to the hill by day and enjoying the restaurants and bars in town by night.
Getting there: Daily flights depart to Kelowna from London Heathrow with Air Canada and British Airways (via Vancouver or Calgary) In the winter, Canadian Affair operates twice weekly charter flights from London Gatwick.
Revelstoke is 2.5 hours by shuttle bus, private taxi or rental car from Kelowna Airport. Or fly into Calgary and visit Banff, Lake Louise and Kicking Horse on your 5 hour drive to Revelstoke.
Where to stay: The Sutton Place Hotel is the smart option on the ski hill but expect to pay for it. Although rooms come in handy Studio sizes it’s almost double the cost of options in town. The 2 Bedroom apartments though are perfect for families or groups happy to share. The restaurants on the ski hill are limited though so a car is advised to avoid taxi costs into town.
We love the Best Western in town with large, modern bedrooms and a swimming pool to soothe those aching muscles. The ski bus stops outside but they also provide a free shuttle into town to enjoy the bar and restaurant at their sister hotel, the Regent Inn. This is usually full with CMH Heli Skiing guests so you’ll meet lots of other keen skiers if you hang out here.
Highlights: Nothing will compare to skiing at Revelstoke (unless you already have experienced the powder delights of heli skiing). Deep powder and endless tree runs make Revelstoke a playground unlike anything you’ve experienced before in Europe. Enjoy it before others cotton on.
Downsides: The town hasn’t developed to offer itself as a skiers mecca as yet – expect some fun sports bars but nightlife is limited and take some earplugs for the nightly Trans Canada Pacific railway that rolls through town.
Best piste run: All of it – it’s been said Revelstoke offers the best resort skiing in the world. I can wholeheartedly agree. Within 3 turns from the gondola, I skied some of the best powder ever seen on a ski hill.
Best mountain restaurant: The Mid Mountain lodge is a relaxed outpost offering spectacular views over the Columbia valley with a sundeck and BBQ’s on offer. Fit in with the other skiers though who bring packed lunches so they can go a-trekking.
Best restaurant in town: The Regent Inn’s 112 Restaurant offers some of the best steaks in Canada. Locally sourced produce and hearty hospitality.
Best après bar: Options are limited here but head through the swing doors of the Regent Inn restaurant and you’ll find the best sports bar in town.
Best off piste run: The North Bowls are a 20 minute hike from the Stoke chair but offer unlimited fun. Steep chutes and tree skiing galore.