As I woke up from a long slumber, I peered through the foggy window at a lonesome madrone tree and noticed massive cones of powdery snow atop its leaves. I could clearly remember the lack of considerable snowfall on yesterday’s forecast. Yet again, I was caught in a surprise snowstorm.
Welcome to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada: land of blinding pillows, spine-chilling cliffs, and shocker powder days.
Needless to say, it was deep today. With 15cm of new snow overnight and 19cm in the last 48 hours, the conditions were pristine. Temperatures sat at -7C with moderate winds in the alpine, tapering off at treeline. The thick clouds were hovering just below the top of Mount MacKenzie (2459m), providing adequate visibility throughout the day.
Phil and I hurried off the chair as we saw a pilgrimage of powder devotees racing up the Lemming Line, a hiking route leading to gnarly lines. After conquering the short hike, we dropped into Lower North Bowl through a mellow chute below the Drop-In.
Boy, were we in for a treat! The snow was buttery soft as we lay fresh tracks in remote areas of the bowl.
We skied to the Ripper Chair spotting drops and pillow lines along the way.
We spent the afternoon exploring the Back 40 Glades, finding fresh features every four turns or so.
It’s settled: Revelstoke’s terrain is hazardous and labyrinthine, but incredibly rewarding.
It’s worth noting longtime locals still find new lines to this day.