How to plan the perfect ski trip to Revelstoke, BC this winter

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January 16, 2023
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The town of Revelstoke, British Columbia is a skier's and snowboarder's paradise, known for its massive amount of snowfall, diverse terrain, and endless winter activities. Whether you're a seasoned skier or a first-timer, planning the perfect ski trip to Revelstoke requires some careful consideration including the best times to stay, what to pack, where to stay and the best Après spots.

Here are eight tips to help you plan the perfect ski getaway this winter:

1) Schedule accordingly - Best times to visit

Choose the right time to go and you could very likely be treated to the deep snow conditions the interior of BC is renowned for. Revelstoke, BC, receives an average of over 9 meters (30 feet) of snow each year, so you're almost sure to have a great time no matter when you visit. However, if you're looking for prime-time conditions, snow records show it's best to plan your trip for January or February when the snowfall tends to be at its heaviest. Don’t be fooled though, winter lasts until mid of April and surprise powder days can occur on what feels like a weekly basis.

Picture by Ryan Creary

2) Book your accommodation - Book early or watch for last minute offers

Depending on the experience you’re after, the town of Revelstoke has loads of offerings where you can rest your head. From on resort hotels, to downtown motels to peaceful and secluded resorts just on the outskirts of town.

Our Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke property has suites ranging from 430 square feet micro suites featuring a queen bed with a full kitchen to a 4 or 5 bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to 14 guests. The property also features two outdoor hot tubs offering a direct view to the Columbia River. There is also ample parking for trailers for those traveling with snowmobiles. Did we mention that Revelstoke is also a snowmobiler's paradise? More on that later.  

For ultimate convenience, the Revelstoke Mountain Resort Shuttle also comes by our property every day of the week offering full shuttle service between your front door and key spots of downtown Revelstoke and of course stopping at the Resort. All information and schedule can be found here.

3) Purchase lift tickets in advance

To make the most of your time on the mountain, it's a good idea to purchase your lift tickets in advance. This will not only save you time upon arrival but it will also save you money. By buying tickets online, you can save up to 40% off your passes.

If you’re an Ikon Pass or Mountain Collective pass holder, then you’re in luck! Both offer access to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. The Ikon Pass is a season pass that grants access to various ski resorts around the world, including Revelstoke. The Mountain Collective pass is a limited-use pass that grants access to a select group of ski resorts, including Revelstoke. Both passes can save you money on lift tickets and give you access to exclusive deals and discounts at the resort such as savings on rentals and food.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort also makes picking up your pass super easy and time efficient ensuring that you spend most of your time on the slopes and not in line ups.

4) Figure out your gear

If you’re a seasonal shredder and already own your own gear, then you may not have to think about rentals. Every one of our suites at Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke has enough space to store gear. No need to leave your gear in any public lockers!

Picture by Royce Sihlis

If you're not looking to invest in your own gear or if you're traveling from out of town, Revelstoke has several ski and snowboard rental shops where you can rent everything you need for your trip, from skis and snowboards to helmets and boots - even avalanche safety gear.

Keep in mind that most ski resorts and rental shops do not rent out ski goggles so either plan to buy some or pack your own pair in your luggage.

Check out theses rental shops for everything you need for your trip:

  1. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  2. The Wax Bench
  3. Revelstoke Powder Rentals

5) First things first - Coffee

If you are staying at our Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke property, then your suite will come stocked with complimentary coffee. If you’re on the hunt for a great cup of joe, add these spots to your itinerary:

  1. La Baguette
  2. Dose Coffee
  3. The Modern Bakeshop and Cafe
  4. Conversation Coffee

6) Plan for the best Après-Ski

Is a ski day ever complete without a solid Après? We think not. Revelstoke offers a wide range of activities to enjoy after a long day on the slopes, from hot tubs and spa treatments to dining and nightlife. Although Revelstoke has plenty of food options, if you’re planning for more than just drinks, make sure to think about making a reservation if you’re staying over the weekend. Everyone in town is thinking the same thing as you on a Saturday evening and the best spots get booked up!

Photo by Kerri Knap

Here are our favorite Après spots to check out:

  1. The Village Idiot
  2. Rockford Bar & Grill
  3. Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
  4. River City Pub
  5. Chubby Funsters

7) Avalanche territory - Know before you go

Avalanche safety is crucial when skiing or snowboarding in Revelstoke, British Columbia. The area is known for its heavy snowfall and backcountry terrain, which can be dangerous even if proper safety precautions are taken. To ensure a safe trip, it is important to take an avalanche safety course, carry proper safety equipment, and check the daily avalanche forecast before heading out. Additionally, always ski or snowboard with a partner and let someone know your plans before heading into the backcountry. With a little bit of knowledge and preparation, you can enjoy all that Revelstoke has to offer while staying safe and avoiding any hazards.

Picture by Laura Szanto

8) Pack accordingly

Revelstoke is surrounded by the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains so expect to be hit with true mountain weather. Pack warm clothes, including a base layer, mid-layer, and insulated jacket and pants. Make sure to bring gloves, a hat, and a neck gaiter to keep you warm on the mountain. Make sure to also bring proper winter footwear. When it dumps in Revelstoke, the last thing you want is to be stuck walking around in knee deep snow in the wrong footwear..

Bonus tip - Know the best spots on the mountain

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is known for its massive amount of snowfall and diverse terrain, but with so many runs to choose from, it can be tough to know where to find the best snow. North-facing runs tend to hold snow longer than south-facing runs, so they're often a good bet when searching for fresh powder.

Also don’t be shy to ask the ski patrol where they recommend going to find the best snow. They know the mountain inside and out and will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Photo by Mitchell Winton

Here are our favorite runs to check out:

  1. SWF
  2. Stihl Life Glades to Cannonball to Aspens
  3. North Bowl
  4. Back 40 Glades
  5. Hot Sauce/Jalapeno

By following these tips, you'll be sure to have a fantastic ski vacation in Revelstoke. With its incredible snowfall, diverse terrain, and wide range of activities, Revelstoke is the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

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