Heli Hiking Ghost Peak

Heli Adventures with Selkirk Tangiers are available from July 3 – September 7. Join Liz Craig (Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Media Relations) on a preview flight to the alpine basin below Ghost Peak.

Looking down from the helicopter at the valley below, it is hard not to be blown away by the beauty that surrounds the town of Revelstoke; the meandering Columbia River, the lush green of the flats, and the wall of surrounding mountains.

The Columbia River Valley

Revelstoke’s Columbia River valley

This is the first time that I’ve ever flown in a helicopter, so I’m having a hard time not grinning from ear-to-ear.

A group of us are heading into the alpine for a sneak peek of the new summer heli adventure products that we are launching this summer in partnership with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

As we make a sharp turn and start climbing higher into the mountains, my jaw drops even further, and by the time the helicopter touches down and leaves us high in the remote alpine, I am beyond excited to explore this remarkable expanse.

Revelstoke alpine wildflowers

Revelstoke alpine wildflowers

The wild flowers are just starting to bloom and are poking out in little bursts of colour amongst the spongey moss and lichen adding to the overall beauty.

Once the rest of the group has been shuttled in, we set off on our half-day hike.

I have to force myself to focus on the ground in front of me to avoid spraining my ankle while I ogle the jagged peaks that surround us.

Hiking in the Revelstoke alpine

Hiking in the Revelstoke alpine

After nearly an hour of hiking, we follow our guide down an embankment and come out at a stunning azure blue alpine lake where we take a moment to sit and take it all in while simultaneously devouring a tasty lunch.

Blazing trails to Revelstoke's alpine lakes

Blazing trails to Revelstoke’s alpine lakes

Fueled by our quinoa chicken wraps and freshly baked cookies, we are ready to continue our climb. A quick ascent brought us around to two more lakes nestled below the impressive Ghost Peak.

Hiking below Ghost Peak

Hiking below Ghost Peak

One last scramble and we are at yet another fabulous vantage point where we relax and snap a few last shots before our helicopter arrives to whisk us back to reality.

Taking off from the alpine

Taking off from the alpine

Back at my desk, I’m already reliving the magic of the day and I’m ready to go again… only this time I think I need to do the full day hike!

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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!