Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC, Report: Impressive Lines and Superb Views

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Image Lee Lau: Lance and Sharon on a run off the Stoke Chair.

Report from week of January 24th, 2022

It’s been some time since we’ve visited Revelstoke. It’s our interior BC home-away-from-home and a place to escape from Whistler when inevitable snow dry spells hit.

With COVID, then highway failures, it’s been over two years since we’ve visited for winter. Floods washed away The Coquihalla in the fall of 2021 and (amazingly quickly) repaired enough for recreational traffic in mid Jan 2022. So off we were to visit again. After leaving Vancouver, we rolled into Revelstoke after six hours and a bit of easy driving.

On this trip we were hosted by Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) with the kind help of Peter Nielsen.

image Lee Lau: Coquihalla travel was quick. There’s a lot of infrastructure replacement. Although we were told to expect delays there were none
image Lee Lau: Sutton Place at Revelstoke
image Lee Lau: Deck overlooks the gondola, a fully-equipped kitchen & COVID-conscious policies and cleaning.
image Lee Lau: Lots of space to spread around ski gear then walk to lifts

It hadn’t snowed in a week but hardpack was in fine form as temps were nice and cold unlike the warm spring-like conditions of the Coast. Lake effect was giving us a fine fog-bank show and views were superb!

image Lee Lau: Less than half an hour to get above valley fog and do the guide point at the slackcountry of Montana & Kokanee Bowls
image Lee Lau: Classic tourist shot looking west towards the Monashees and Mt Begbie
image Lee Lau: Views skiing off the Stoke Chair are above average
image Lee Lau: Lance above the Stoke Chair

For a change of pace we headed up the Lemming Line to see how north-facing had fared. Not so great above treeline we found due to wind effect. However the snowpack seems to have tightened up and some impressive lines were getting skied into North and Greeley Bowl.

We then transitioned over to the Ripper Chair and enjoyed the lightshow as the fogbank dropped lower and lower down the mountain. A last cruise down the mountain in good light as the fogbank parted in the late afternoon and off to hit the Sutton Place hot-tub.

image Lee Lau: I had to check out the Lemming Line
image Lance P: The next day, we toured some quick slackcountry hits outside RMR boundaries towards Greeley
image Lee Lau: Sharon shredding week old snow
image Sharon B: We found some decent, well-preserved snow on NE slopes. Not too bad given that it had been a week since substantial new snow
image Lee Lau:  Light show at the Ripper Chair
image Lance P:  Lee on an afternoon lap off the Stoke
image Lee Lau: Comfortable beds with hot-tub bath robes; complimentary wine; and a chance to use the tub after skiing

Where to Stay – Sutton Place

We stayed at the Sutton Place right at the resort. What a dentist this one is you say! But hear me out.

We stayed in a one-bedroom premium suite. This unit has one bedroom with a king bed, has a den with a pull out bed and another pull out couch in the living room. If you book mid-week and apply anyone of a plethora of discounts (eg Grouse Mountain passholder discount) this worked out to approximately $ 700/night. The unit comfortably sleeps four people and if you packed in more ala sardines six people. Doing that math that works out quite alright.

Now this doesn’t actually sound like too bad a deal if you want to park your car, not drive for a week and save on food bills (the kitchen gives you the ability to prep your own meals). RMR and the Sutton are also doing a lot of things to make it easier for you; for example there’s a free shuttle bus back and forth to town if you want to check things out. In another example, Sutton Place also has a decently paranoid COVID response plan and to top it off, both the resort and the Sutton are trying to make the gong show of ever-changing federal regulations easier by allowing travellers selected for testing to have that testing done at RMR.

image Lee Lau: Apres at the Sutton

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