THE BIG MOUNTAIN RUSH IS BACK BRINGING THE BEST IN FREESKI ACTION TO REVELSTOKE Mountain Resort

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After a two year hiatus, the biggest event in backcountry freeskiing returns to its roots. Fusing the disciplines of backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine ski touring, Red Bull Cold Rush will return to Canada from February 3-6 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia. The Red Bull Signature Series event will see a handful of the world’s premier skiers invited to battle it out for a chunk of the $36,000 prize purse awarded to the most versatile, well-rounded freeskiers.

The return of Red Bull Cold Rush means a blend of fresh powder and fresh ideas. Along with the new location in Revelstoke, the event is also being updated with fresh elements including innovative on-mountain features and a  competition format that places a greater focus on alpine touring. But one thing remains the same: the peer-judged three-day competition will see athletes pushing one another to raise the bar of backcountry freeski progression.
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“Red Bull Cold Rush is the one and only top tier event that I, and all the other backcountry skiers, have to express our type of skills in a competition format. The fact that this amazing event is coming back to Canada just gets me all fired up! It’s where I spend my winter doing what we do, so I’ll be right at home this year” says Sean Pettit, professional backcountry freeskier and two-time winner of Red Bull Cold Rush in 2010 and 2011.

HISTORY OF RED BULL COLD RUSH

In an event that pits man against nature, nature always has the upper hand. Born and bred in Canada, the first ever Red Bull Cold Rush was set to take place in 2007 at Red Mountain in Rossland, BC, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Due to warm temperatures and a deep freeze that followed, the terrain was deemed unsafe to ski. When the event returned to the mountain in 2008, it was a skiers’ dream come true. Blue skies and deep snow greeted some of the best freeskiers in the world. Dave Treadway ended up at the top of the podium followed by Sean Pettit in 2nd and the late JP Auclair in 3rd.

In 2009 and 2010, the event moved to Retallack, BC pushing riders further and into new and challenging territory. A year later, Red Bull Cold Rush moved south of the border for the first US event held at Silverton, Colorado where it remained for a second year into 2012.
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Even in the powder-heaven that is the BC Interior, Revelstoke was a stand-out destination and obvious choice to play host for the return of Red Bull Cold Rush. Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts the most vertical in North America at 5,620 ft. of lift accessed terrain, two alpine bowls and legendary glades. The only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry access from one village base, it has become a true ski mecca and synonymous with backcountry adventure.
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“This is the perfect event for us because it showcases all we have to offer – our diverse terrain, excellent conditions and all the challenging vertical and features they could event want” says Revelstoke Mountain Resort General Manager Rob Elliott.

On average, the mountain’s peak receives roughly 30-45 ft. of the fluffy stuff every year. For those in search of the white room, the high altitude and location in BC’s Interior Selkirk Mountains brings some of the most consistent quality snow in the region.

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There’s nothing more important than impressing your friends, and that is exactly what the premier field of 15 men and 5 women will do throughout the peer-judged event as athletes aim to raise the bar of backcountry freestyle progression.  Following each run, competitors will evaluate one another on performance basing scores on style, speed and technique.

Spread across three powder-laden days, the competition focuses on several distinct ski disciplines including backcountry slopestyle, big mountain, cliffs and alpine touring in order to find the best all-around freeskier. Each day of competition will focus on one specific discipline, with a new emphasis on the ski touring component that will see athletes traversing to different areas of the mountain in the shortest possible time. Athletes will now be able to accumulate more points through the touring portion, helping to offset potentially lower scores in other disciplines that might not be their strong suit.

PARTNERSHIPS   

Red Bull is excited to have the support of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing and the The Sutton Place Hotel. In addition, for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015, Red Bull is excited to announce partnership with The North Face, official host of the ‘Big Mountain’ day of competition.  

About Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Since 2007, Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft.) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. For all the latest news, visit www.revelstokemountainresort.com.

About The North Face

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About The Red Bull Signature Series

The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Frozen Rush, Joyride, Rampage, Straight Rhythm, Mint 400 and Volcom Pipe Pro. These represent a collection of the most innovative snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, motorsports and BMX events on custom courses inspired by the athltes themselves.

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT OPENS NOVEMBER 29


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Powder on the Menu — Revelstoke Mountain Resort Opening Weekend

As the snow continues to fall on Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is preparing to open November 29th amidst excellent early season conditions.

With over 270 cm of snow already, and a further 30-40 cm forecast before opening day, the 2014/15 season will be kicking off with a base of over 115 cm and enough powder to go around.

“Things are looking awesome! With all the new snow we will be opening top to bottom, giving skiers and snowboarders access to all 5620 ft of vertical,” says Mike Verwey, Mountain Operations Manager.

“Looking at the forecast, what is going to make this even better than past opening days is that we are going to have amazing visibility… after all the snow comes down, it is going to clear up and be bluebird for Saturday.”

One hundred per cent of the lifts on the mountain will be operational for the first day of the season, giving skiers and snowboarders access to nearly all of the 3,121 acres of inbound terrain.

With all that untouched powder being served up, Steve Bailey, Director of Skier Services and Base Area Operations says, “be prepared for Saturday to feel like heli-skiing, but for the price of a lift ticket.”

Lifts will start operating at 8:30am on Saturday, with the last ride on the Ripper at 2:30pm and on the Stoke at 3pm.

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort couldn’t be more excited for the 2014/15 season!

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The Beauty of The Vertical Card!

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

For decades, heli and cat skiers from around the world have flocked to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) attracted by its perfect powder, varied alpine terrain, and quaint mountain community.

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Photo courtesy Alain Sleigher

Since 2007, the Resort has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs, including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies, that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain.

With under one week before Opening Day, Saturday, November 29th, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is gearing up for another amazing season!

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Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Looking for the perfect lift ticket for your amazing winter getaway?

The Vertical Card is the best way to ski multiple days at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this winter. Now available with 3 or 5 days pre-loaded, this direct to lift loyalty card is your ticket to savings. The best part: the days purchased can be used any time all season – no blackouts!

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Tons of discounts + added benefits

Get your powder sooner! Buy your Vertical Card by December 5 and:

  • Ski 3 days for $159 or 5 days for $250
  • December 6 – 25, 2014: Ski 3 days for $189 or 5 days for $300

Unlike other loyalty cards, this one is direct to lift so you don’t have to buy lift tickets every day. Even after you have used all your preloaded days, you don’t have to go inside and talk to anyone. Additional days can be charged directly to your credit card at a $20 discount on the window rate. So go straight for the gondola and get your powder fix faster!

The Vertical Card also includes:

  • Save $20 off regular ticket prices on all other days – no blackouts, no restrictions
  • Save 10% off Day Heli Skiing in December and January with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (Vertical Card must be presented at time of booking)
  • Save 10% off Cat Skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for last-minute specials all season long
  • Save 10% off first night, 15% off additional nights at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s exclusive slope-side accommodation. Blackout dates: December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2015 and February 7-16, 2015.
  • Save 10% off first night, 15% off additional nights at Sandman Hotel Revelstoke. Blackout dates: December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2015 and February 7-16, 2015. Complimentary shuttle to Revelstoke Mountain Resort included.
  • 25% off First Tracks – load the Revelation Gondola 45 minutes before anyone else, and take advantage of untouched powder or perfect corduroy. Must be booked 48 hours in advance.
  • 25% off Private Lessons – when you book 48 hours in advance
  • 25% off Ski & Snowboard Rentals – discount available on High Performance gear!
  • 15% off Repairs – discount available on full or minor tunes
  • 2-for-1 Tubing – enjoy family fun at Turtle Creek Tube Park

For additional information or to buy your Vertical Card online, click here.

See you this winter!

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Get Ski Fit with Greg Hill

Opening day is fast approaching and that means it’s time to stop procrastinating and start getting physically ready for the upcoming season.

Now, it’s possible you’ve been prepping all summer in anticipation for winter fun? In that case, disregard everything that follows and continue doing what you’ve been doing.

However, if you fall into the same category as us and have, despite your best intention, not been squatting and lunging up a storm all summer, we will help ease the pain.

That is why we called in an expert from Revelstoke Mountain Resort‘s pro team.

Whitecap Alpine, South Chilcotin Mountains, British ColumbiaGreg Hill is one of the fittest people you will ever meet. EVER. The man was named one of the top 25 Fittest Guys in the World in 2011, for climbing and skiing 2 million feet in a year. In case you were thinking of trying that… it’s the equivalent of climbing Toronto’s CN tower three times every day for 365 days. Bottom line, Hill knows how to get the most out of your body and he was kind enough to offer up some tips:

Q: It’s three weeks from opening day and we haven’t started training. Where do we even begin?

I would think that Cardio is the best thing to work on.  Getting your overall fitness up will help you recover quicker, which means that each time on the lift you will be ready for the next shred fest. You may not have the strength to stomp big cliffs but at least you will be able to keep going all day. It’s also something that can be gained quickly.

Q: We want to be ready for opening day but don’t have a lot of time. What type of exercise do you recommend where we will get the most ‘bang for our buck’?

Obviously quad strength is key for skiing, but explosive strength is more important. So lunges, squats, and jumps are pretty key.  Anything that works your core strength is handy too, since the core is what will keep it all together while you recklessly shred lap after lap.

Q: What’s your go-to exercise to make sure your legs are ready for opening day?

We used to do a lot of wall sits. Which is similar to tucking snow rodeo top to bottom.  Most shred runs last less than 5 minutes so if you can sit against the wall for 5 minutes and then break and repeat. It will be similar to your days on the hill. Intense leg workouts for 5 minutes and repeat.

Q: Fast forward to opening day, what are your tips to make sure we don’t injure ourselves first day out?

Take it easy. There is a whole season ahead. Pull back a bit and shred at 75%. Obviously hard to do, but well worth it in the long run. Also don’t go for the whole day, just go for the excitement and psych of the day and ease into your season.


Amazing pre-season Ski & Stay packages available at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Click here for more information. See you this winter!

What’s New for Winter at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Mountain Operations has been busy this summer!

There’s always room for improvement where skiing terrain is concerned, and our Trail Crew has worked hard to develop terrain on all sides of the mountain. With extensive glading and regular brushing, exciting new areas and old favourites will be ready to shred on Opening Day.

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We’ve expanded glading on Southside, doubling the size of Tally-Ho Glades.

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We’ve straightened Chopper, improving its flow. We’ve also expanded glading in the Glades of Glory, greatly improving skiing quality and increased ease-of-access from the Ripper Connector.

The BCA Avalanche Ranch is a new and improved transceiver-testing area at the top of the Gondola to hone backcountry skills and avalanche awareness.

Enjoy our new retail concept with ski boots, a specialty BCA backcountry area, and softgoods all under one roof. Bootfitting and custom foodbeds will also be available in retail to fix pressure points and save your ski day.

Opening day is Saturday, November 29. See you this winter!

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Hosts the Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

A shot of Ghost Peak with Mount Cartier's summit on the right.

Ghost Peak with Mount Cartier’s summit on the right.

Canada’s top endurance athletes take over Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Saturday, July 19, 2014 when it hosts the Canadian Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.

The race starts at the resort’s day lodge and is a 60-kilometre gruelling run through mountain terrain. Competitors will run up the ski hill, through the alpine to the basin between Mount Cartier and Ghost Peak, and back down to the resort.

The 60-kilometre course is approximately 3,000 metres of elevation gain. Runners have the option to take part individually or in teams of three. The race starts at 7am and the winners are expected to reach the finish line around 2pm. All competitors have a 5pm deadline to finish.

There is more to the event than just a race; there is an entire weekend of festivities. On Friday, July 18, three guest speakers will share their stories beginning at 7:30pm, including Revelstoke ski mountaineering racer Melanie Bernier, elite Canadian ultra-runner Adam Campbell, and American trail running champion Max King.

There is a party scheduled for Saturday evening at the day lodge, and on Sunday, there will be 5K and 10K runs.

The Sutton Place Hotel is thrilled about all the amazing athletes that will be descending on the beautiful town of Revelstoke. The top finishers will be selected to represent Canada at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships at the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado on Aug. 16.

Good luck to everyone competing!

Thank You for an Incredible Winter!

RMR End of SeasonOn behalf of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the guests that have made the 2013/14 Winter Season such a great success.

With 972cm (32 feet) of snow, it’s been another powder-filled finale. The 7th Annual Stoke to Spoke went off without a hitch, and Closing Weekend was an event bonanza to remember. Keep your eyes open for the start of our Early Bird Season Pass Sale on May 1 for the best rates on skiing and snowboarding in Revelstoke.

Revelation GondolaAs Revelstoke Mountain Resort enters its second season of summer operations with the lower Revelation Gondola in operation from June 28 – September 8, 2014, enjoy sightseeing with scenic gondola rides available daily from 6:30am to 10:30am (last download at 11:00am).  Make the most of your experience and combine your visit with a full buffet breakfast at the Revelation Lodge.  With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering spectacular views of the valley and the Monashee Mountains, make sure to bring your appetite and your camera to capture an unforgettable dining experience!

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited about the upcoming summer season. Stay tuned for amazing family and couples promotions!

 

Spring has Sprung (or has it?)

The season has changed, the majority of Canada is still covered in snow, and so far, nothing about spring is warmer than winter. Even though this is the time of year the weather usually changes from freezing to moderate temperatures, that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.

So instead of complaining about the weather and the snow, we asked our guests to send us beautiful snowy pictures of either Edmonton or Revelstoke. And boy, are we happy we did.

Edmonton’s Sunny Spring:

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Snowy Spring:

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South West Snow

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In the ski town of my mind, the weather is blue and rainy, the town is sleepy, yet a vibe constantly thrums and a presence looms over the town. Like a heartbeat fueled by snow, everyone knows what blue weather means, and, suddenly, a rainy day becomes the perfect anticipation for the best phrase in any turn hungry town: Powder Day.

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This winter has been a struggle across much of North America’s ski towns to find a weather system pushing snow and averting dry weather. It’s been a race to find any sort of tracks which one could call their own and it seems reluctance and skepticism took the driver’s seat over faith towards the powder pilgrimage. The winter has been slow with snow falls remaining few and far between, even in places typically rife with snow, the weather seems to be following this trend… Frankly, the past few seasons have been this way and the places which receive notable snow are sending up full chair after full chair. I shy away from long lines and short runs because I know of the perfect place with a huge vertical descent and almost non-existent lines. The best part is that each season, a storm system comes off the South West and hands snow graciously to Mt. Mackenzie and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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Each run, you are surrounded by not just friends but people enthused about being on a big mountain. Runs can be fast but if you want to stop, relax, and enjoy the peace of the trees, then it’s guaranteed your friends will be there.  I can’t say that I have chased snow across the west and I would be lying if I said that I’ve skied all over the world. But one thing that is for sure, Revelstoke has a pull that I nor any of my friends have felt.

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The snow seems to never end, the lines are always quick, and above all else, the people are local and friendly. It’s the sort of community which can only be found in a small mountain town with a big mountain attitude. If you’re looking for that right place to divide your time in the winter and you want a small community to stray from the mindset of a visitor to a friendly local, make your pilgrimage to Revelstoke.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Black & White Dynamic Landscapes

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Intrigued by his Black and White images of Yosemite, Ansel Adams created an addiction which came to consume the greater part of my childhood. I would marvel at his meticulous compositions, note his subtle thoughts within the frame, and always dream of the dynamic nature of his lighting. I always wondered if I would find a place as visually dynamic and aesthetically untouched as the Yosemite that Adams found when he so graciously documented it. I believe Revelstoke provides that outlet for my imagination to wander.

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The images above and below were not captured on rigorous backcountry trips nor were they meticulously planned, rather, each image is found on a trip down the mountain or a stroll around town. If you are a landscape photographer looking for fresh, wild, and rugged landscapes with dramatic weather to accompany, Revelstoke is your next destination.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.