The Best Ski Resorts in North America: 28. Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke Mountain Resort.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The ‘stoke gets crazy snow: 720 annual inches, making for 19 percent powder days per season. There are only four lifts here—one’s a gondola—that’ll take you to any of 40 trails, which are fairly evenly spaced out across skill levels.

The ski school’s top instructors are Justin Garey, who holds Canada's speed-skiing record, and Filip Mertlick, a former Czech World Cup team member. Adults can take brush-up classes and for first-timer kids, the Discover package ($59) comes with a lift ticket, rentals, and a two-hour lesson.

Though 5,620 vertical feet are there for downhillers to ravage, there’s also most any other kind of skiing you’d want: cat, heli, cross-country, backcountry, plus an onsite equipment shop with a big selection of high-performance gear. Other at-resort highlights include a new tube park, a skating rink, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. January sees the North Face’s Swatch Freeride World Tour, and February’s for the Spirit Festival, a week-long celebration of music and multiculturalism.

The resort’s environmental footprint is a mixed bag: It monitors and reports wildlife activity within 515,000 acres, holds regular “bear aware” programs, and claims to relocate work crews if wildlife is impacted. Heli trips actively avoid goat migration paths. But Revelstoke is also planning a huge development that’ll pave over land that’s currently wild habitat—the expansion will encompass 500,000 square feet of commercial space and 5,000 new housing units.

Aside from that upcoming addition, Revy’s already got a couple of pedestrian villages with retail and lodging offerings—one at the resort and another in town. Each of Sutton Place Hotel’s 222 new condo-style rooms have kitchens, fireplaces, balconies—and ski-in/ski-out access. The staff-to-guest ratio at Sutton is one to four, and it offers full concierge services.

Other niceties in town include a lively restaurant scene (worth trying: Woolsey Creek Bistro, 112 SteakHouse, and Kawa Kubo), bars (the Village Idiot is a fun place to drink), nightclubs (dance ‘til 2 a.m. at The Last Drop), a bowling alley, a movie theater—and that’s to say nothing of the town’s gorgeous Monashee Mountain scenery, the more beautiful for being right near the Columbia River. If you’ve got an RV, the local KOA welcomes hard-sided campers during winter.

CONTACT: (866) 373-4754, revelstokemountainresort.com
SEASON: Early December to early April
TICKETS: General: $76 ($60 for a half day), children: $27 to $59, ages 65 and older: $59; ages 5 and younger: free

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