Girls Do Ski – Start the Year with an Epic Adventure

Calling all ladies! Ready to start the year with an epic adventure? Join Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing for an amazing weekend full of powder, laughter, and memories that will leave you wanting more. Don’t miss out on the best winter camp you could ever wish for.


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There’s this feeling that goes hand in hand with the experience of enjoying a favourite pastime with a group of friends – it’s a pretty amazing combination of freedom and joy. But when that group of friends consists of all guys or all gals, it transforms into something truly special. The term ‘let loose’ sums it up pretty well. There’s a feeling that you can do anything and push the limits of what you thought was possible just by being part of a group of like-minded individuals. We LOVE this feeling. So much so that we’ve teamed up with Girls Do Ski again this winter to bring back one of our favourite events of the season, our Girls Do Ski heli-ski weekend.

We got in touch with Katie Marti, Media Relations at Girls Do Ski, to hear her thoughts on this event: “Heli-skiing is the ultimate freeski adventure, so, naturally, this is one of our most anticipated camps of the season. All of our guests have skied resorts before and some have even toured around in the backcountry, but very few have had the opportunity to spend a day heli-skiing – much less with an entire crew of super supportive, incredible women. It’s bucket list material. This year, we’ve also added an extra day to the program, so that guests have a chance to acclimatize and do a bit of on-mountain prep at Revelstoke Mountain Resort before heading out in the heli with Selkirk Tangiers on Day Two. We’re stoked because we truly believe the full weekend experience will allow ladies more time to connect with our coaches and will leave everyone feeling confident and enthusiastic for the season ahead.”

Meghan Tabor from Revelstoke Tourism recounted her experiences from last season in her blogpost, and summed it up best: “…What I’ll never forget is the smiles on those Girls Day Out campers after conquering their heli-day. Exhaustion began to set in, but spirits remained high right up until the very last turn. As the chopper lowered us back down into the clouds, thoughts were on Mt. Begbie brew and après – to relive the moments that will inevitably last for a lifetime. I know it’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Watch the video from last year’s winter camp to get a taste of what it’s all about.

We’re flying with this package on January 10 & 11, 2015, with Saturday January 10 happening on the slopes of Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sunday January 11 heading into the hills with our STHS Bell 205 helicopter. For more details and information on how to book, click here: http://rvls.tk/1xIuUup.


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2015 Girls Do Ski Itinerary

Friday night – January 9th
• 6:30pm: Orientation and overview of weekend agenda

Saturday – January 10th
• 8:30am: Meet at gondola with Girls Do Ski coaches for epic morning ski time
• Lunch
• Epic afternoon ski time
• Dinner

Sunday – January 11th
• Breakfast/Yoga
• Safety training
• HELI-SKIING ALL DAY LONG
• Après ski
• Prizes!

This amazing weekend includes:

• 2 nights accommodation
• 2 days coaching
• 1 day lift ticket at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• Lunch at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (La Baguette)
• Professional photography
• 2 day Salomon demo ski rental
• Saturday evening dinner
• UNLIMITED runs included on the heli-ski day (4 runs guaranteed)
• ACMG or UIAGM guide services
• Yoga with Diana Newson
• Avalanche transceiver and related safety gear rental
• Comprehensive transceiver training plus backcountry and helicopter safety briefing
• Full breakfast, gourmet lunch in the mountains, and après-ski snacks included on your heli-day

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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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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.

Playground Earth

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I held fascinations as a child with the mountains, curious and whirling my mind constructed a playground to which only the meticulously trained and undeniably free could embrace. I imagined sharp peaks, inverted skies, and ghosted trees all the while finding untracked snow that flowed beneath your feet to the valley below. I also wondered about the people who would embrace such a place and I could imagine their smiles, I could hear their voice recalling harrowing tales that can only be shared over cold beers and between good friends. I was in search of a farfetched world, a place where time seems to stop and begin again with every turn and all that remains are the subtle feelings of pure ecstasy. I know now, I was in search of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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In Revelstoke, your day starts surrounded by friends and a hot coffee on deep, comfy leather couches at La Baguette (at the mountain). Overwhelmed by butterflies, your stomach sinks not at the fact that the mountain above your head is technical and accessible, rather, your stomach fly’s away at the fact that last night saw 30cm of fresh snow on the mountain and it’s currently blue skies above your head. A definition of ‘powder day’.

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You guzzle your coffee, rush out the door of La Baguette and hop on the first gondola up at 8:30am. On the trip up the mountain, people laugh, eyes widen, and childlike grins can be seen through everyone’s balaclava. By the time you reach the first chairlift, a group of glass-eyed children gawk at the untouched playground all around them.

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Stepping off the Stoke Chair puts you at the base of a perfect boot pack up to the summit of Sub Peak, below Mt. Mackenzie, and with a short hike you find yourself atop  a sea of first tracks. Time seems to freeze as you become engulfed in the white abyss of clouds and surrounded by the eerie existence of snow ghosts. No words need be shared as you strap in, each person contemplating their journey  into an ocean of white. Once you drop in, each and every turn cuts deep into the mountain as a spray of champagne snow cascades around you. Like walking on water in an ocean of snow, the feeling is indescribable, but the rewards of earning each turn leave you with no questions, just satisfaction.

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The treeline approaches and the glades begin to unfold around you. It’s time to stop a minute, mostly to fight the leg burn, but more importantly to look back up at the peak you just descended, and now a sea of trees which lay ahead of you. It’s time to take on an entirely new attitude as it is no longer wide open turns through knee deep snow, it’s time for the glades and a more aggressive approach. The snow is just as deep, yet the turns are a little bit quicker, but still effortless. Now, instead of a white world mitigated by miniature frozen trees, it’s time to feel like a swift ninja jumping through 50ft trees and thigh deep snow.

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Whether a 4ft snow pillow on top of a big boulder below a mysterious drop appeals to you, or effortless  turns through wide open trees seems more appropriate, the options are endless and readily available on either side of the groomed runs. That’s what makes Revelstoke such a special mountain. The unpredictability of the big mountain terrain where between the trees and cliffs anything can happen, yet is safely accessed and descended by chairlifts and cat tracks. It’s truly a destination for adventurists and professionals alike, a mountain best felt with friends and loved ones.

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Though the mountain alone inspires awe, it is the people who call Revelstoke home that make the entire trip a true mountain experience. Riding down you might hear a story about a local guy who just hid in the trees with a sign that reads “Will you marry me?”, waiting on the girl he loves. At the bottom of the hill you see the now happily engaged couple ride in, champagne in hand, smiles beaming. Their friends wait for them at Rockford Wok | Bar | Grill for a drink and a celebratory toast. A heartfelt moment that only Revelstoke can deliver. Friendly hellos and wide eyed grins are the norm and you’ll always have someone to share a drink and a story with. Staying on the mountain at The Sutton Place Hotel with their ride in and ride out ease in the heart of the village connects you instantly. The stay is world class in a mecca of world-class riding- it’s the best place to stay to maximize your time on the on the  slopes.

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I’ve grown a little bit since my days spent dreaming of a beautiful mountain, yet I still feel the same as when I was young. The truth is, I am still young. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a place where anyone can be eager and energetic because anyone can find exactly what they are looking for, even if it is ethereal things like a snow cased tree or a ride through the clouds. For myself, I have always looked for a way to satisfy the intangibles to which I desire. What I found in Revelstoke was far from a ski resort in British Columbia, I found a place to deliver the satisfying moments to which I have always dreamed.

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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.

Family Week 2014 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

With 117 cm of snow in 7 days, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is literally a winter wonderland. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snow shoeing… the activities are endless.

Watch this beautiful video of all the fun had this past Family Week and plan your next trip to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort – there’s plenty of powder in the forecast!