The March issue of Bike is now on sale, and we wanted to share with you some of the many images that didn’t make it into our print and digital issues.
Revestoke articles from all over the web.
Wandering Wheels is pleased to announce that we will be offering a wide range of full-service mountain bike vacation packages in Revelstoke, BC, beginning this summer, 2015.
The competitive side of adventure sport is for certain folk, and it’s not ridiculous to desire to step away from it at some point and get back to what we love about mountain cycling.
There are core experiences that define a mountain biker. Like venturing into unfamiliar mountains to find amazing trails chiseled into the landscape, and then pushing your limits, against all common sense for the pure thrill of it.
Cartier is an old trail – 17km long it loses 2000m elevation. The top part is slightly exposed and meanders through the alpine with switchbacks traversing across a planar avalanche prone face that affords some insane views.
Martha/Sale is still a good ride in Revy that you can do in 2 hours, less then three for the return shuttle. It also ends at a lake which is good fortune for those hot, hot days.
BikeFest is a celebration of Revelstoke’s trails and the mountain biking scene. It was held this year on the August long weekend. Not needing much excuse to visit Revy and bike its trail treasure we were stoked to book it out of Vancouver and head halfway across the province.
When I tried to sit down with Mike Gravelle from Skookum Cycle to talk about the BikeFest, I learned he was working hard to help organize a weekend full of events. I also learned that sometimes I’m lucky and I couldn’t go wrong riding in Revy.
There is a young man on a mountain bike, whose image is plastered onto the side of the shuttle bus in Revelstoke, ripping through alpine single-track with the iconic image of a staggering Mount Begbie in the background.
Revel n 1. To take great pleasure or delight. 2. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry. Stoke v.intr. 1. To feed or tend a furnace or fire.
Swooping through the alpine forest I swing back and forth digging in with each turn. I grab a glimpse of the town of Revelstoke through the trees, far below, but the route ahead quickly grabs my attention.
If you’re looking for an alpine climb, Mt Revelstoke is the place for you. Pro: The toughest climb in Canada. Con: The toughest climb in Canada. View HERE
The high alpine wild flowers around Revelstoke are a sight to behold. For a couple of weeks, usually in late summer, they are at their brightest once all the snow has melted from the high peaks.
Over the past few summers, myself and many of my closest friends have been searching the Columbia and Kootenay valleys for the ultimate trail experience. Old mining trails, alpine ridgelines, forgotten paths still marked on old maps; anything goes on the search for singletrack.
A definite highlight had to be Frisby Ridge in Revelstoke – the grade of the climbing was comfortable, the scent of the wildflowers was intoxicating in places and the scenery was beyond compare. The mountain views in the distance juxtaposed with the soft meadows in full alpine bloom were extraordinary.
Challenge: Take a group of riders, who ride 90% downhill, on a 20-25km total ride, with 5310′ total possible elevation gain/drop, in a bug infested, high altitude, alpine, all-mountain epic adventue.
Already renowned for a variety of other outdoor activities, Revelstoke, B.C., has added dirt biking to their repertoire in a big way.
Musher Eric Marsden of Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures is passionate about his sport, his animals, and his guests’ experiences
The antithesis of cat-skiing in more than just wordplay, Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures, in BC’s Kootenays, is (unofficially) the world’s first “dog-skiing” operation.
The mountain community of Revelstoke, located in Southwestern British Columbia on the banks of the Columbia River, is a stunning place to visit year ‘round.
Running in the summer isn’t the glamour that the magazines crack it up to be. But guess what is: fall trail running.
In British Columbia, Canada, tucked alongside the Columbia River, you’ll find the tiny town of Revelstoke nestled under a multitude of lofty glaciated peaks.
Fortunately, there’s relief just a few hours west on the Trans-Canada Highway in two of Canada’s lesser-known national parks. Were they located anywhere but down the road from the Banff-Jasper corridor, Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks would be celebrated destinations.
Anne Farrar recharges her batteries during a week-long hiking expedition in the Selkirk Mountains.
The unique feature of Mount Revelstoke is that you can actually drive all the way up to the summit. Only the last few hundred meters need to be walked, and that isn’t very vertical. It is one of the only mountains in Canada that can be summitted this way.
Ambling through alpine meadows at the summit of Mount Revelstoke National Park, all I can think is: I hope I look this spectacular when I’m one hundred years old.
I have driven past the entrance to Mount Revelstoke National Park without stopping at least a dozen times. This past weekend, I made the park my destination with the plan to hike the trail to Eva Lake.
It’s a toss up between the breathtaking views, the quaint cafes, the smiling people and the tight-knit community, but perhaps one of the most incredible things about Revelstoke is how quickly you can access the mountains.
What popped up was the Selkirk Mountain range in British Columbia. Specifically, the Selkirk Mountain Experience, a ski touring and alpine hiking and climbing company that draws adventurers of all ages to its doors. It appeared to be exactly what I was looking for.
Begbie Falls is located south of the community of Revelstoke, BC. The popular falls are tucked away in the forest canopy on the shores of Upper Arrow Lake at the mouth of Begbie Creek. The falls are best accessed by a hiking trail and/or by canoe or kayak.
This weekend’s Wild West Coast Adventure was at Begbie Creek, just south of Revelstoke. The trailhead is accessed from a small, gravel parking lot off highway 23, about 10km south of Revelstoke.
BC’s Monashee Mountains are best known for their dry ‘champagne’ snow that attracts hordes of backcountry skiers in winter. But after most of the snow melts – usually by mid-July – the mountains come alive with wild flowers, bubbling brooks and wildlife.
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fly, soaring thousands of feet above the valley floor, a tandem paragliding flight off the resort’s upper slopes with Revelstoke Paragliding offers you an eagle’s eye view of the largest vertical in North America.
ll it takes is five or six running steps full-tilt through an alpine meadow to become airborne, soaring with the eagles high above the town of Revelstoke. It’s quiet and serene, unlike any other method of flight
Ruedi Beglinger is the founder of Selkirk Mountain Experience in Revelstoke, BC, and one of the leading route developers of the area. Over the last few seasons Beglinger and partners have been hard at work developing the Victor Lake Wall.
Ski & Snowboard
Winter is not over, some would argue that the best part is still coming—the long days of spring when the sun shines and the snow more forgiving. While some resorts have closed early, others around North America have some of the best coverage of the year.
When I tell my friends I’m heading to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in B.C. for a ski vacation, they look at me kind of funny. I just took up skiing two years ago, at age 50, and Revelstoke is about as far from a beginner’s mountain as you can get.
At 3 am on a Friday in early January, my taxi wound through the streets of Revelstoke, a town of 7,000 along the banks of the Columbia River in the British Columbia interior.
With bragging rights for the most vertical in North America at 1,713 meters (5,620 feet), Revelstoke is known for spectacular free ride and steep fall line skiing. Yet it is also surprisingly accessible for skiers of all levels.
B.C. ranked generally as a loser in Teton Gravity Research’s Winners and Losers of the 2015 Ski Season. The exception was Revelstoke, which earned high praise from the Jackson Hole-based action-sports website and film-production company.
Originally from Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Bruno Long made the move west 15 years ago. He has lived in Revelstoke, B.C. for a decade.
Winner: Revelstoke. With the deepest base in BC, Revelstoke, along with much of interior B.C., has been the place for Canucks and vagabond gringos (including TGR’s own film crew) to go to find pow this winter.
Sunshine and powder: you won’t find the latter at our local mountains anytime soon, but you can experience it vicariously through a sweet photo spread of Revelstoke Mountain Resort at OnTheSnow.com
Located in southeast British Columbia, Revelstoke is no easy feat to get to, what with a three-hour drive from the Kelowna, BC airport, but at the end of the scenic drive awaits the longest vertical drop in North America (at 5,620 ft).
How to find the Canadian ski town hosting Red Bull Cold Rush and what to expect when you get there.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort has a wealth of ski runs that sprawl across British Columbia’s Kootenay region. That means lineups are short and skiing is plentiful for visitors to the area.
If hockey is our first national winter pastime then gliding down perfectly powdered mountainsides has to be the second.
This mountain resort is located on B.C.’s Mount Mackenzie and is home to 8,000 people year round. Twelve to 18 metres of snow falls on the 515,000-acre area annually.
Two of the more popular backcountry areas close to Revelstoke are Mt. Begbie and the Fingers.
Revelstoke proclaims itself to be the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli- and backcountry skiing from one village base with a vertical drop of 5,620 feet (1,712 metres).
When it comes to superlative powder, epic runs and a myriad of totally insane mountain activities, there aren’t many places that compete with Revelstoke.
Vancouver ranks fourth while sports-centric destinations such as Revelstoke, British Columbia (No. 2) and Charlevoix, Quebec (No. 16) also placed on the list for the first time.
There is only one. And although the crowds have discovered this place—you can easily be over run by mobs of bright-colored Swedish skittle armies—it’s for good reason.
JUST occasionally you may be lucky enough to experience a sensation that somehow transcends the normal boundaries of a humdrum daily existence. If you’re a skier, one way to do this is to head to Revelstoke and book an A-Star helicopter.
There’s a reason Revelstoke has been named number one on Powder Magazine’s list of “32 Best Places to Ski in North America.”
Just occasionally on the snakes-and-ladders board of life you may be lucky enough to experience a sensation that somehow transcends the normal boundaries of our humdrum daily existence. If you’re a skier, one way to do this is to go to Revelstoke and book yourself on an A-Star.
Perhaps no place on earth possesses such a wealth of ski options as here in the Kootenay Rockies.
If you’ve never felt hugged as you pulled into a town, then you haven’t been to Revelstoke. The surrounding mountains snuggle a tiny town that snow globes everywhere are modeled after.
This winter was slow in coming, all over BC except in the North, Revelstoke, and Rogers Pass. We took the opportunity to hunt for pow heading to Revelstoke to find the possibilities for skiing in adjacent areas.
”Man, this place is amazing. I’d love to get back up here. On a powder day, it seems like there’s nobody here and the terrain’s incredible. I gotta get back.” – Arne Backstrom, 2010 Revelstoke FWT Champion & 2010 Overall FWT Champion
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, now entering its eighth year, is one of the most ambitious ski resort projects in recent history, with the largest vertical drop anywhere.
Almost 2 years ago my parents retired, moved across the country and settled into mountain life in one of the most beautiful regions of Canada.
B.C.’s Revelstoke Mountain Resort, three hours’ drive northeast of Kelowna, is renowned for having North America’s greatest vertical (1,713 metres) and plenty of snow (about nine to 13 metres a year).
Looking for the funnest terrain in North America? Go here.
Here is our take on the five ski areas you should visit this season in North America.
No fewer than 7 top-notch heli-skiing companies operate out of Revelstoke, making it our pick for all things helicopter related.
The ski town that hosts the most lift-accessed vertical in North America’s winter also boasts adventure of equal scale in the summer. You can see why it’s so easy to get people to talk about the goods “Revy” claims.
Revelstoke is the ultimate of ultimate freeride resorts! It’s the only place in the world that offers ski lifts, cat skiing and heli-skiing, all under one proverbial roof.
Motto: Live to Ski, Ski to Live
For our winter holiday, we decided to skip the beach vacation and head to a ski hill for a few days . We wanted to find somewhere right on a hill with ski-in-ski-out access, on-hill amenities, a reputation for amazing skiing, and a great kids’ program.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort serves up heaping powder and North America’s biggest vertical.
When I told a Canadian friend that I was going to ski Revelstoke, she had a request for me. “If it’s family friendly, let me know.” It was a fair request and a good question.
I was in search of a farfetched world, a place where time seems to stop and begin again with every turn and all that remains are the subtle feelings of pure ecstasy. I know now, I was in search of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Boasting the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 feet), Revelstoke Mountain Resort promises plenty of powder for the people, plus incredible fall lines, wide-open bowls and fantastically varied, adrenalin-thumping terrain. Also on offer: glades galore.
This week marks a major milestone in women’s ski jumping as it debuts at the Olympics, but the history of the sport in Canada can be traced back to a ski jump in interior British Columbia more than nine decades ago.
Nothing beats a weekend road trip to the mountains with your friends. I think we can all agree that snowboarding is truly something that is deeply embedded into our lifestyle. It is a weather-watching, trip-planning, couch-crashing, coffee-drinking lifestyle….and I LOVE it.
Many of the local characters in this mountain town in the West Kootenays of British Columbia live and breathe for the next epic powder day.
Bighorn Lodge in Revelstoke, British Columbia takes indulgence and special touches to an entirely new level with a private heli-pad and in-house award-winning European chef, and so it came as no surprise when they were named World’s Best Ski Chalet in 2013 at the World Ski Awards.
What a great ski trip. When Ben and I booked this trip early in the season we were dreaming of endless powder, steep terrain, no people and sunshine.
So why should a resort be in your Top Ten Ski Resort Bucket List? Well in the office, after a few hours of calm debate, followed by a few more hours of shouting, we decided that there is no set reason, or even set combination of reasons, it’s just far too personal.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is directing its efforts at younger rippers and riders. The “Shreducation” seminar features a special Q-and-A with certified guide Marty Schaefer.
To make sure the snow hounds among us get equal treatment to the beach bums, we asked some of the world’s top skiers, snowboarders and winter sports journalists to name their favorite ski run.
The stories coming out of the north are true, Revelstoke is the place with all the snow! No exaggeration here. The’ve been hit with over 200″ so far this season. Not bad for the second week of January.
As the world starts to recognize Revelstoke as the premier destination for advanced skiing…a little known secret exists. Over the past decade, skiier inner circles have been quietly keeping Mustang Powder under their toques.
It’s a resort with the most lift accessible, vertical skiing in North America which is helping develop a a world class reputation. Robert Buffam reports.
The first time I took my sons to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, I was terrified they’d fall into a tree well or spark an avalanche in North Bowl. My 12- and 15-year-olds, however, navigated the soft snow with ease.
Nothing like kicking the season off in style – opening weekend at Revelstoke with a Canadian hero in more ways than one, Ross Rebagliati. See what he has to say about Revelstoke and as you can see from the footage, things are looking good.
Five years ago, Revelstoke Mountain Resort was hailed as skiing’s Next Big Thing, an area that appeared to be lifted straight off some dreamy, après-ski bar-napkin sketch.
Less than a decade ago, Revelstoke was a sleepy little town in interior British Columbia, known for long winters, deep snow and incredible snowmobiling. In 2007 however, with the opening of RMR, Revy, became a world-class ski destination.
It is believed that both cat-skiing and heli-skiing were pioneered in British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies.
#1. Revelstoke, B.C.
K3′s location is in the Anstey range of the Monashee Mountains which their highest elevation is over 7400 feet and the lowest point is around 4000 feet. One one clear day we could see the new proposed terrain north of their main peak that they were expanding to.
1. Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Revelstoke is an up-and-coming resort and it is one not to be missed. Revelstoke isn’t just about skiing or boarding.
These days, Revelstoke evokes the days when ski bums lived alongside blue-collar workers in mining towns like Aspen, Telluride, and Sun Valley.
Now in its sixth season of operation, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) has created enormous buzz in the worldwide skiing community for its epic snowfall, gnarly terrain and the nearby town’s rootsy, down-to-earth vibe.
Patrick Thorne was wary about the hype surrounding this latest addition to the super league of North American destinations but was quickly won over by the authentic charm of the existing town and the sheer gob-smacking quality of the skiing…
This is Freeride Camp at CMH Revelstoke in B.C. Call it a big mountain skier’s boot camp complete with a helicopter to get you back to the top. And I’ve been waiting all year for this.
Get revved up and get stoked at Revelstoke Mountain Resort! Corny catch phrases aside, Revelstoke ski resort is continuing to transform itself with the potential to become the biggest and best resort in Canada.
Cat-skiing prep courses give skiers a taste of backcountry powder in Revelstoke, recently named the No. 1 ski resort in North America.
The first time I heard mention of Revelstoke Mountain Resort was from my husband several years back. With two young children barely able to snowplow, the fact that the mountain had the longest vertical in north america, just wasn’t resonating with me.
A day that begins with a ride in a helicopter and ends with a cold beer in a hot tub is a very good day. Fill the space between with skiing or snowboarding beyond your wildest dreams, and you’ve got yourself the sort of experience bucket lists are made of.
For the past four ski seasons, I have kicked-started my winter in Revelstoke. A classic, old railroad town with around 7,000 residents dispersed around the southwest side of the legendary Rogers Pass, Revelstoke is one of the most beautiful mountain towns in North America.
These ten North American ski towns may not have the name recognition of the world’s best-known destinations, but that’s just fine with them. These are the local’s favorites, the up-and-comers.
Late February and March promise to be awesome at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With a base of 196 centimetres and 841 cm of snowfall to date, Revelstoke Mountain Resort heads into a period known for big spring snowfalls and late-season powder days.
Last December, in the midst of another epic Rockies dry spell, I needed my powder fix and Revelstoke was getting hammered. With two friends along for the ride, I finally headed south to find out if the resort lived up to its reputation. Here are 5 steps to finding the ‘Stoke in Revelstoke:
Winter in the mountains is part of the Canadian experience,” says Ilya Storm, forecast co-coordinator for the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke, B.C. “We come from a country of igloos and fur traders and birch bark canoes. We love our snowshoes, and in today’s world it means split snowboards and skis.
For many skiers and snowboarders, riding perfect powder runs, far out in the backcountry, is the Holy Grail. The difficult bit is actually finding them.
Five thousand vertical feet later, I found myself at the bottom of RMR, taking in a replay of the action from the FWT event as the hill shut down for the day.
Imagine a fantasyland of skiing and riding — a place with the longest vertical drop in North America, 500,000 acres of heli-skiing and three large bowls of cat-skiing.
Known as Revy to those few who ski there, Revelstoke resort in British Columbia is a relatively unknown jewel among the ski resorts of the world. It has roughly half a million acres of heli-skiing terrain, 3121 acres of fall-line skiing as well as the highest vertical-drop in North America served by lifts.
I bounce over giant snow pillows on Kill the Banker, hike Sub Peak, cruise through the snow-laden Conifers of Gnarnia and lap the freshly groomed runs off the queue-free Stoke chair before sipping a Begbie blonde at The Village Idiot.
For superior thrills and spills and some of the best and most reliable snow in the world, head to Canada says Felix Milns.
So far, everywhere we’ve gone, the host mountain has been incredibly welcoming and helpful, and Revelstoke was perhaps on the top of that list.
Famous for its verticals, Revy has something for everyone.
To the uninitiated, the Powder Highway sounds like some sort of mythical, ski-bum Shangri-La.
Revelstoke, in Canada, has not only lived up to its promise, but is now the perfect spot for every proficient skier, says Peter Hardy.
On the eve of Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s opening weekend 2012, why not get pumped for the season by reminiscin’ the pow slashes and faceshots from last season’s epicness.
If you are looking for a thrilling way to celebrate a landmark birthday or a special anniversary, helicopter-skiing from Bighorn Lodge in British Columbia will not disappoint.
If someone had actually walked out of a marketing brainstorm session with the idea of calling a new ski area Revelstoke Mountain Resort, they would have earned a pass straight into the Branding Hall of Fame.
This triple play trip idea takes advantage of British Columbia’s Powder Highway for an unmatched adventure itinerary of big mountain skiing, cat skiing, and heli-skiing the finest powder the world over.
Nestled in the heart of the Selkirk and Monashee mountains of British Columbia lies a once anonymous little town called Revelstoke. Cat skiing and heli skiing were nothing new to the town but until recently, the quality of the terrain was something of a local secret.
It was a thrilling weekend of full throttle, uphill race action
Revelstoke has a solid reputation for being one of the best snowmobile destinations in Canada
Experts and novices alike can find their fit in this B.C. snowmobiling destination
The Revelstoke snowmobile scene has a lot going for it, which makes it a destination for riders from around the world
Revelstoke, B.C., not only offers some of the earliest season snowmobiling around, it also boasts some of the best alpine and trail riding areas in Western Canada. Most sledding done in Revelstoke is at elevations of between 5,000 and 8,000 feet.
When you’re sledding in Revelstoke you can get what you want—family, intermediate and all-out extreme experiences await on any terrain or trail type you can imagine
Reporter Emily Kemp slows it down to make tracks and take in the vegetation and animal signs with Peter Dixon of the Revelstoke Snowshoe Company on a tour at RMR.
If you’re at the resort with non-skiers, however, why not suggest a guided snowshoe tour? The resort offers daily guided tours through beautiful groomed trails in the sub-alpine forests.
When you are cold water canoeing, there are a few things to take into consideration: no standing, no aggressive gesturing, no sneezing – basically, no tipping, whatsoever. Out here in Revelstoke, when you’re canoeing in the springtime, you definitely want to stay in the boat.
The pristine and inviting waters of Revelstoke, BC are easily accessible and minutes from town which is situated right along the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1).
After a day in the snow, a visit to Wildflower Wellness will feel like you’ve been transported to the summer. The spa focuses on using natural products with botanical ingredients like lavender, and holistic treatments like jade stone therapy. Unwind during your service with a cup of herbal Mountain Goodness tea.
The Cube opened its doors in this rising south-central British Columbia town last January, its Mondrian-patterned exterior hinting that this wasn’t a traditional backpacker’s hostel, like the one that sits two blocks away.
The Enchanted Forest is no ordinary forest. No, this forest attraction is writing real life fairy tale stories thus creating a library of childhood memories.
From the team of brewers to the “softly titled” brewmaster, from the smiling girl at the front desk to the owners and operators driving the growth and infrastructure of the company, the Mt. Begbie crew cares about their beer with a lot of thought and a lot of heart.
I don’t know what it is about small towns – perhaps the lack of anonymity between the proprietors and the patrons – but the coffee shops that pepper the streets of Revelstoke, BC, have a loyal scene so strong that a daily cafe visit is not far off from a pilgrimage.
Other than the soft bumbling of bees and sweet chirping of Black-capped Chickadees, it’s completely quiet on the mountain. A wisp of a white cloud tickles the flawless blue sky, as if swept with a feather. An immature Bald Eagle glides in gentle circles above us.
We spent a weekend in Revelstoke recently and had the most amazing time. Although the small peek you get of the river as you cross the bridge is a pretty view, you are missing the fun if you don’t go into the town itself.
Since moving to Revelstoke B.C., Canada people ask us all the time, “Why, after seeing everything and anything in Canada over and over again, did you decide on moving to Revelstoke BC?” Good question.
You could call me a pastry aficionado. Everywhere I go, I know a bakery or cafe that serves up the flaky, puffy, perfectly baked and sweetened product of the most refined baker’s love.
An unplanned but much needed night in Revelstoke, British Columbia turned out to be quite the delicious stop over. While almost every little mountain town we drove through on this trip seemed to have a little natural foods store, Revelstoke was like hitting a jackpot.
Arrived in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada and look at those mountains! They are “everywhere mountains” with every day summits, peaks and glaciers. It is just one more “WOW” moment on our road trip of research.
Anna Young, a freelance tour guide, reveals her favourite things to do in British Columbia.
Amongst the many B.C. craft breweries (mostly from Vancouver and area) which came away winners at the recent Canadian Brewing Awards — Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie Brewing Co., was one of the big winners.
That’s what you call long exposure! Photographer camped in -37C temperatures for three months to capture the Northern Lights over Rocky Mountains…and they appeared just as he was about to leave.
Spring is almost here and my hiking boots are getting antsy. It’s time to re-stock the RV, check out a few campsites and climb a few summits.
Revelstoke, British Columbia might have North America’s newest and most vertical ski field; but the town is more than just a winter sports mecca. While everyone else goes up to the mountain, you can fill your day with ground-level, local activities.
The community of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada is smack dab in the middle of nature surrounded by national, provincial and community parks, man-made lakes, alpine mountains and waterway rivers.