Revelstoke Mountain Resort Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Revelstoke Mountain Resort Ski Resort
December 30, 2014
Timish from Canada
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a fantastic destination for hard-core skiers and snowboarders. Given that there is a limited number of green and blue runs, RMR is best suited for strong intermediates and better. Additionally, while on-hill infrastructure is immensely improved over the past 5 seasons, it's still skinny at best.
However, the terrain, snow and overall experience are world class. The 3 main lifts do an excellent job of accessing nearly all the available terrain, with only a short hike needed to access either the peak or North Bowl. Once on slope, everything is steep, fast and snowy.
Great place if you need a break from golf course type resorts!
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Ratings
Overall: 3.4. Based on 38 votes and 100 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Public Transport: 3.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.9
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Revelstoke Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Revelstoke Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Revelstoke Mountain Resort are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Revelstoke Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) Revelstoke Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Revelstoke Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Revelstoke Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Revelstoke Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Revelstoke Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Revelstoke Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.1
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
June 24, 2013
Your server from Canada
This place is a great place to come if you are an intermediate to advanced skier or snowboarder!
Yes it has it's flaws, like:
Lack of variety for places to eat at the mountain.
No convenience store at the resort (you can find your basics at La Baguette).
No place to buy beer or liquor at the resort (but they do have a delivery service at one of the liquor stores in town).
If you want these things they are all available in town, which is easy to get to during the day with a free shuttle for hotel guest running from 7am to 6pm. If not they still have methods of you to reach town (5min drive) through the hotel. But please keep in mind, this resort is only 6 years old and still much more to be added!
Now what's so good about this place you ask?
1. The terrain. This place has so much to offer in-bounds for any established rider! If you are willing to "earn your turns" then this place is for you! There are so many areas in-bounds or not too far off in to the slack-country for you to chose the line of your dreams! There is a reason why pros flock to this area every year to ride terrain that is like non-other!
2. The lack of lift lines. The lines may be "big" in the a.m. on pow days, but still make your way up there and by 11am you'll find that you'll barely have to wait in line at all! It sure beats long lines all day at any other resort.
3. The snow!!! If you are lucky enough to be here during a dump, the snow is amazing. There is lots of it and nothing beats the champagne powder of the interior BC! The bonus is you can still find freshies 3-4 days after snowfalls!
4. The location (in comparison to the town). 5 min drive from downtown and other hotels spread out throughout the town.
5. If you have the money...Heli-Skiing. There is a reason this places is the best place in the world for heli-skiing! It's on my bucket list!
Come here! Experience this place! If this place lives up to it's potential, it'll be a worldwide destination in a few years. It's name can be just as big as Whistler!
March 06, 2013
Dom from Australia
The runs are too short! The midweek lift lines are so long I waited at least 30 sec and the lift system is inadequate; 3 lifts for 3200 acres, rubbish. Seriously though, this place is great. A place the advanced rider can go and just enjoy life. Awesome tree runs, steep as you can bear and if you need something different heli and cat are a phone call away. Lift passes are cheap. I agree with previous reviewers that lower lever snow can get ordinary but there is more than enough terrain on the top half to compensate. Needs a good terrain park to make it world class, otherwise it was great.
February 20, 2013
Dave from Canada
I arrived midweek during a heavy snow fall warning with freezing levels to valley bottom. It was really bad. There was nobody there so I was forced to ride up and down all day without stopping. The snow was really deep and light and I kept getting it in my mouth which was kind of disgusting. The terrain was really steep with all these spaced trees, pillowy things, rollers and step downs which made my skis come off the snow all the time. And it was so high I could barely get down on my last run even though I could see almost 5000 ft. straight down to the bottom. It just looked so far away. Oh and one final thing... the beer at the end of the day was too cold and it gave me an ice cream cone headache. I just don't think you should go there because its no fun and you might get exhausted.
January 30, 2013
Paul from Australia
I’m headed to the Stoke in the 3rd week of Feb 2013 for the first time.
I have skied many places around the world and have been told only good thing about the Stoke. This comment thread is the first place I have heard negative comments.
Oh well, I will report back soon with my own thoughts but something tells me I will be ripping sick lines soon.
January 14, 2013
Linda Sjoman from Canada
We stayed at Sutton Place Hotel. Accommodation satisfactory, but we ate at the Rockford Grill and my new mountain horse jacket was stolen. I suppose not by a customer! Beware! There are thieves at work. Mountain had poor snow and no visibility. Never going there again.
December 28, 2012
Danno from Canada
Please dislike this mountain, please piss and moan about the facilities, please ski elsewhere.
Unless skiing is your main goal and you are an advanced skier, Revy is not for you. They are working on being family friendly but aren't quite there yet.
If you like consistent snow, steep lines and don't mind a bootpack or skin. Revy is for you. It is definitely great to me.
December 20, 2012
customer from Canada
Here we have a new season, with new policies and more greedy management. In past seasons, they have extended reciprocal discounts to season pass holders from other ski areas. Even during black out dates, they have offered the discount. I have the dated tickets to prove it. But now this season, no more, they have to make more money over Christmas. Having a policy that changes from year to year, or staff member to another, is not right. Opting to enforce a witten policy when they feel like it is bad business. As the staff member advised yesterday, 'we need to make more money over christmas season'. What an answer. Further showing poor trained staff and duty managers.
I will no longer ski here. Nor will my family. We will drive to other area ski resorts nearby. A total shame. What they don't understand is that for what we saved via a minor discount, was still spent further in other departments, like food and beverage etc. They would not 'loose' money. What, in fact, this now shows is a greed and attitude of take it or leave it. Well, we have left it!
April 04, 2012
Peter from United States
I read the comments. Let me correct the facts.
The Stoke is over 2000 ft of vertical.
There is plenty of skiing below the Stoke.
The rest is opinion.
March 28, 2012
Jeremy from Canada
I ski the Rockies, Coastal BC and some Continental US (Rockies), I've never skied Europe, so I can't compare Revy to anything overseas.
The best feature of Revy, IMHO, is its glades. There are thousands of acres of glades that hold the soft snow, with the top half of the mountain holding the best and most dependable conditions. In the glades are hidden most of Revy's goods... chutes, cliffs, pillows, gullies, and good snow, with little traffic.
High alpine/steeps/open bowls is somewhat limited and gets tracked out rather quickly. If you like that stuff, Kicking Horse, Louise, Fernie, Castle and even Sunshine are better options.
I like a few of the frontside groomers. Pitch Black is 4000' of nice natural (rarely groomed) cruising without many moguls. Other groomers are variable but nothing I would call special.
I agree that the lower 2/3 to 1/2 of the mountain often has less than ideal snow conditions. This is too bad as there are more rocking glades down there as well.
A pleasant surprise for me was, although the dining options are limited, I found the food by far the best in quality for its price out of any resort I've eaten at in recent memory.
So to summarize... glades, glades, glades (with hidden treasures and hazards)... everything else... just ok.