Revelstoke, B.C. Conditions Report: Cold Snow, Soft Bumps, Some Pow, But Mostly Good Ole Fashioned Skiing

Sergei Poljak | | WeatherWeather
This sweet mountain, in all its alpen-glory, is to be found at Rogers Pass, backcountry Ski Mecca. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains
This sweet mountain, in all its alpen-glory, is to be found at Rogers Pass, backcountry ski Mecca near Revy. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains

No, Revelstoke did not get in on the crazy pow action last week, but…it was amazing anyways. There were powder turns at the beginning of the week, soft bumps all week, a refresher over the weekend, and 100% of the terrain open at the Stoke and Ripper chairs. If you weren’t having a good time, you just don’t really like skiing.

The Pow Eagle strikes. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains
The Pow Eagle strikes. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains

Or you don’t like the cold, in which case you aren’t a true Canadian (It’s OK, I’m American too. You can still be a true Canuck in your heart…if you dig the cold.)

The conditions stay great here because the sun is low (we’re at crazy latitude), its often cloudy, and it’s always cold up high. 

Rudy rips some chopped up pow. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains
Rudy rips some chopped up pow. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains

What was the schedule over the past week? 

Let’s see, last Monday there were sweet slackcountry turns in Montana Trees:

What's that you say? Largely untracked slackcountry lines? PC: Sergei/Snowbrains
What’s that you say? Largely untracked slackcountry lines? PC: Sergei/Snowbrains

Tuesday the sub-peak hike opened and we skied pow. Here is a video of a bit of the pow, with Alpha Blondie’s Sebe Allah Ye playing in the background.

Wednesday through today I skied slackcountry at Montana Trees, backcountry at Rogers Pass, and had a couple resort days skiing North Bowl and the like. Oh, and I saw lots of ghosts.

Ghosts are abound. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains
Ghosts are abound. PC: Sergei/Snowbrains

The Forecast:

PC: Opensnow
PC: Opensnow

Frigid temperatures this week heading into a milder snowier pattern that should persist for at least a couple weeks. No big single day totals, but it will add up nicely here at Revelstoke, and the Stoke and Ripper are higher than that forecast and will get more snow, assuming the storm does arrive. We just need to hope for more down low to get the gondola open to the Day lodge, about 3/4 of the way down the mountain. Then it’s game on.


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