Revelstoke Mountain Resort Building 11-Acre Terrain Park

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The Terrain Park’s location on Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s upper mountain.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to announce the addition of an 11-acre terrain park for the 2015-16 season. Work is already underway clearing the park area which will run directly under the Stoke Chair.

When complete, the park will be nearly 450 metres long and 100 metres wide. Including more than 20 jib features, the park will also have a range of jumps that will be expanded throughout the season.

After getting great response to a ‘teaser park’ built last spring, Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Vice President Peter Nielsen said this is the highly-anticipated next step.

“Our guests have been asking for a terrain park for quite some time, so we are really thrilled to have the resources and team in place to build a full-size progression park,” Nielsen explained.

“We are designing the park to appeal to a wide range of ages and abilities, and I think it is going to be a great addition to our winter offerings.”

Along with expanding the legendary groomed runs Revelstoke is known for, the Resort has also invested in increasing the existing grooming fleet to enable maintenance standards necessary for a high quality terrain park.

The Terrain Park is scheduled to open this winter.

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Proposed Terrain Park layout (not to scale).

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Red Bull Cold Rush Cancelled

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Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Due to compromised backcountry conditions, Red Bull Cold Rush will be cancelled in 2015. With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to call off the freeski event.

“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either,” said Scott Jewett, National Event Manager.

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature. While Revelstoke Mountain Resort has terrific terrain and snow on resort, conditions in the remote backcountry regions unfortunately do not support the needs of the contest.

Red Bull Cold Rush is an important pillar of the Red Bull snow program that aims to offer the best and most progressive freeski action, and will return in the future when conditions permit.

RED BULL COLD RUSH ANNOUNCES ATHLETES & COURSE DETAILS

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Sean Pettit hits the Castle Jump at Red Bull Cold Rush 2012 in Silverton, Colorado.                  Photographer Credit: Mike Arzt / Red Bull Content Pool

Invitations went out in early December to a select group of the top freeskiers around the world to meet in Revelstoke, BC for one of the biggest showdowns in the backcountry.

With Red Bull Cold Rush returning after a two year hiatus, athletes were quick to RSVP for a chance to take on a new mountain and claim a winning spot at the legendary contest. As an invitation only event, the 2015 athlete roster is stacked with some of the biggest names in the game featuring 15 male and 5 female competitors.

Being a multi-disciplinary event that fuses big mountain, cliffs, slopestyle, and touring, the competitors come from a diverse background. Athletes will be pushed well beyond their comfort zone in a contest that seeks to reward the most versatile all-around skier. Slopestyle skiers most comfortable with throwing big spins in the park will find themselves negotiating the steep alpine terrain and massive cliff drops of the upper area of Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Mount Mackenzie and traditional big mountain skiers will take on rails, kickers, and other custom built features. To help even the playing field, the contest will include a larger focus on ski touring allowing athletes to potentially recoup points lost in disciplines that are not their strong suit.

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The view from the top of the Slopestyle venue for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 in Revelstoke.         Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content

The brand new playing field at Revelstoke Mountain Resort features one of the most all-encompassing contest sites in freestyle skiing, offering an amphitheater of powder that hosts four distinct venues each catering to one of the specific contest disciplines.

Tasked with the job of preparing the venue is veteran builder/freestyle skier Riley Leboe (Vernon, BC) who has been building jumps for as long as he can remember. Of the four contest zones, it is the slopestyle venue that Leboe gets most excited about which will feature roughly eight or nine jump and step-downs where skiers will have a choice to hit three features at the top of the venue, mid mountain, or at the bottom.

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Freestyle skier Riley Leboe working on a jump at the Red Bull Cold Rush slopestyle venue.        Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

“Athletes are going to have to nail three jumps in each line… it’s hard enough stomping one jump first try in the backcountry, so stomping three huge tricks out here is really going to show the level that freeskiing is at,” says Leboe. Beyond the built up kickers, the slopestyle course also comes equipped with some challenging natural terrain like wind lips and a step over that competitors can take advantage of, allowing them to pick their own unique lines on the slope.

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe, Tatum Monod work on building the bottom jumps for the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course. Photographer CreditBryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe & Tatum Monod building the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course.    Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

Putting this all together takes a six-man crew a full week on the mountain constructing the features entirely by hand. As a competitor in the event himself, Leboe is the perfect candidate to oversee the design of the course, ensuring it is up to the safety and skill expectations of his fellow athletes. He isn’t merely building his own personal dream park as he relies on the close input of other competitors. Athletes Dane Tudor, Chris Rubens, and Tatum Monod have already made a trip to visit Leboe on the build site. Regardless of the competitive format, the close knit group of athletes supports one another to simply ski the best they possibly can.

Here are your Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 competitors:

Male

  • Bene Mayr (GER)
  • Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA)
  • Sean Pettit (CAN)
  • Dane Tudor (CAN)
  • Sammy Carlson (USA)
  • Chris Rubens (CAN)
  • Kye Petersen (CAN)
  • Riley Leboe (CAN)
  • Callum Pettit (CAN)
  • Wiley Miller (CAN)
  • Logan Pehota (CAN)
  • Richard Permin (FRA)
  • Johnny Collinson (USA)
  • Stan Rey (SWZ)
  • Joe Schuster (CAN)

Female

  • Tatum Monod (CAN)
  • Michelle Parker (USA)
  • Ingrid Backstrom (USA)
  • Grete Eliassen (USA)
  • Suz Graham (USA)
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Red Bull Cold Rush 2011 in Silverton, Colorado. Photographer Credit: Erik Seo / Red Bull Content Pool

 

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

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.

Photo courtesy Alain Sleigher

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!

Comes with 3 or 5 days preloaded

Load straight onto the lift without having to visit Guest Services

Skip the ticket line with Direct-to-Lift

More discounts

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

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.

Cropped trail map displaying new glading on the Ripper at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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!

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!

 

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.

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!