I know right!? Revi is Sick! Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Eastern BC announced a number of changes to the lower mountain for the 2011-12 season. You can read about the changes below, but honestly, it was just a good excuse to show this sick video by “The White Room.”
During their last two weeks in Revi 2011 those guys skied that mountain the way it was meant to be skied!
Just in case you couldn’t tell from the video, the stoke is all time up there. I was lucky enough to make a trip to Revelstoke last January. After skiing there for only a few days I was seriously tempted to violate my temporary residency status, quit my job back home, and start shoveling decks, splitting wood, and tuning skis for cash whilst snagging calorie scraps off cafeteria trays at the mountain in order to spend the season shredding BC pow. Everything I experienced about the place told me that Revelstoke is a real deal ski town. An impressive mountain that won’t disappoint on any level, long steep gladed runs, big open and rocky terrain above the trees, amazing backcountry access and buckets of fluffy white stuff.
Ripping grizzled local skiers always donning shovel, beacon, probe, and full beard were unmistakable on the hill, in the liftlines, and at the bars. Even a strong contingent of young skiers were out in force flashing lines on rockered skis and bright colors.
Revelstoke is right in the middle of a kind of goldielocks phase as far as ski towns go. It’s still got a few rough edges and the spirit that a developing resort with a gem of a mountain tends to have. It’s the type of place that draws a certain kind of ski personality in for the long impoverished wonderment of an epic winter while suspending all concern over jobs, school, and other real world trivialities. It’s still a pretty rad and (forgive me) magical place. I hope it stays that way.
As for the excuse to share that video. Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) announced a number of additions to the lower mountain for the 2011-2012 season. A new magic carpet will be installed to access graded beginner slopes and a three lane snow tubing park at the the base of the mountain adjacent to the gondola. Lights will also be installed at the base to allow for evening operations that are planned to run until 8:00 pm daily. RMR will be opening up the new Kids ROC facility or Revelstoke Outdoor Center facility featuring ball pits, cargo nets, and helicopter and snowcat shaped TVs to keep the youngest youngsters entertained while the folks are out on the slopes.
RMR will also be completing phase 3 of their Nelson Lodge adding 107 units to the existing 102. A year round outdoor pool deck will be built in between phase 2 and 3 of the lodge along with an improved fitness facility and heated parking garage with access to the phase 3 units. A new whine bar called WINO will be opening in addition to the existing Rockford Wok | Bar| Grill. The atmosphere in WINO will be what staffers are calling “alpine chic.”
I get a little worried anytime I here a resort advertising an “alpine chic” theme for their new wine bar at the base of the mountain. Hope that’s not indicative of the town’s trajectory.