A resort that maybe doesn’t get the attention it deserves when talking about Canadian skiing is the stunning resort of Revelstoke. I’m not a fan of cliches like “hidden gem” but it is hard to talk about Revelstoke without using that exact phrase.
The best way to get to Revelstoke is to fly with Air Canada via either Calgary or Vancouver (dependant on flight timings) and on to Kelowna which really is much easier than it sounds; most connecting times are about an hour which gives you time to stretch your legs and grab a coffee before hopping on the 55-minute or so internal flight to Kelowna. Once you arrive into Kelowna, we have a great transfer provider where you can sit back and enjoy the 2 ½ hour drive to Revelstoke and believe me when I say it is worth it when you get there. As it’s one of the more remote resorts in Canada you don’t have the crowds as in some of the larger resorts and the whole resort is a luxury extreme skiers paradise.
Currently the only on mountain accommodation is The Sutton Place Hotel which is one of the nicest self-catering condo style accommodations I have ever stayed in. One of the perks of my job is exploring North America and getting to stay in lots of beautiful places but this really is one of the nicest; and I have stayed in more than a few! From walking into the lobby with its huge open feel you are warmly welcomed at the check-in desk with the typical friendly Canadian hospitality that we all have become accustomed to when travelling in Canada.
The rooms are just incredible from the studios up to the two-bedroom signature suites; they all have kitchen facilities as well as a washer/dryer which is great for drying ski gear after a day on the mountain. My top tip is to request a high floor room overlooking the slopes which are perfect for sitting out on the balcony with a tipple in the evening. The hotel is also right by the Revelation Gondola as, let’s face it, who enjoys walking in ski boots or lugging your gear onto a bus each morning?!
When I got back from my visit to Revelstoke, our MD, Jeremy, asked me what I thought of the resort and the first words I said to him were the place screams luxury, even the plants were luxurious; once he had finished laughing at me and given me chance to explain, he understood that I meant the whole resort is well maintained, clean and just a lovely place to be. It’s the finer details that define luxury in a resort; the word luxury can be overused but is often not backed-up.
As it is one of the smaller resorts (in terms of village, not terrain) the dining options are not vast but there is the amazing Pan Asian Rockford Grill which I ate at a number of times during my stay and the food was better than your average mountain restaurant. Huge portions and lovely Asian-inspired flavours along with the usual fare found in a grill-style restaurant but all of a fantastic quality.
There is also the nearby town of Revelstoke with a vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene for those wanting to experience some of the Canadian nightlife with the free shuttle running until around half 9. This is all before we even talk about the skiing!
While all abilities can have a great time in Revelstoke, it is ideally suited for the strong intermediate and advanced skiers as 88% of the mountain’s 3,000 skiable terrain is blue and black runs.
Revelstoke boasts the longest descent in North America; it is possible to ski the entire 5,620 foot vertical in one hit from the top of Stoke to the base of the gondola, via several routes, including the challenging Pitch Black or the circuitous Last Spike. If you like it steep, head over to the North Bowl which is served by recently increased capacity from the Stoke Chair. If you’re more adventurous, there is also an abundance of fantastic off-piste skiing available. The resort also has fantastic conditions for powder with an average snowfall of some 33 feet a season!
So if you are looking to experience a true luxury ski holiday with some amazing (but challenging) skiing without the crowds then Revelstoke really is ideal. Best of all, you may be surprised at how affordable a trip to Revelstoke actually is, coming in at under £1,400 per person for a week including return flights, accommodation and transfers is amazing value. I can’t wait to go back, when are you going?