Best Ski Resorts: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia

Editor's choice for sidecountry.

    Photo: Courtesy of Sherri Harkin/Revelstoke Mountain Resort

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 600 INCHES
ACRES: 3,031
THE EXPERT: DAVE PEHOWICH, 37, OPERATIONS MANAGER AT SELKIRK-TANGIER HELICOPTER SKIING
I moved here in 1994. There was just one lift on Mount MacKenzie. Now there's a hotel [the Nelsen Lodge; doubles from $159; sandmansignature.com], three lifts, and a bar on the mountain, tentatively named Concept LCH, opening this winter. The gondola accesses 3,000 acres of terrain and 5,600 feet of vert. It's five hours from Calgary, so it's still wild. Revelstoke is like a European guide's office. You can take in-bounds avalanche-safety courses on the powder you're skiing or go cat- or heli-skiing. HOT TIP When the lift-serviced terrain gets skied out, take the gondola to the Stoke quad and hike to the northwest ridge to access glades, chutes, rock drops—everything.

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