Why Revelstoke Should Be at the Top of Your Ski Bucket List


Revelstoke, British Columbia is one of the world’s most unique ski destinations, offering a range of terrain suitable for all skill levels along with plenty of other outdoor activities. If you enjoy world-class skiing, mind-blowing snow conditions, and around-the-clock fun, Revelstoke is the place for you!

If you’re looking for fun off the slopes, there are tons of great things to do in Revelstoke. Dog sledding through the hills, snowshoeing, curling, and watching or playing hockey are only a few of the many other outdoor activities that Revelstoke has to offer. After the fun, don’t forget to share your favorite photos of your Revelstoke winter adventures at the Coast Hillcrest Hotel!

Skiing at Revelstoke

Revelstoke is home to the longest runs and the most vertical terrain in North America. The Last Spike run alone goes more than 15 kilometers. 1,713 meters of downhill runs are right at your fingertips when you stay at Coast Hillcrest Hotel. Aside from their top-notch snowfall and terrain,  Revelstoke exceeds 10 meters annually. That means tons of great powder and almost no need for artificial snow. Don’t let these stats intimidate you, Revelstoke offers a full range of skiing and riding for people of all skill levels with 45% of its terrain geared to intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

family skiing revelstoke together on chair lift
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Revelstoke

You don’t have to be an expert skier to make the most of your Revelstoke experience. Ski schools and equipment rentals are available for all ages. Experienced instructors will teach you the skills you need to start hitting the slopes. You can also choose to sign up for backcountry skiing training to expand your terrain options even more.

Group rates for ski clubs, universities, corporate events, and more, along with multi-day pass deals make the fun even more affordable. Residents of Western Canada and Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have the option to purchase the Vertical Card. This option allows you to prepay for your future visits to North America’s most versatile and exciting ski destination.

Heliskiing Adventures

If you’re searching for untouched terrain stretching as far as the eye can see, a heliskiing adventure with Selkirk-Tangiers is what you need. You will find access to pristine ski terrain, all to yourself. Located conveniently inside the Coast Hillcrest Hotel, you can book from a variety of multi-day programs that range from a 3-day getaway to an exclusive, private week. With over 40 years in the business, Selkirk-Tangiers is Revelstoke’s original heli-ski company.

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Photo Courtesy of Tourism Revelstoke

On top of access to over 500,000 acres of terrain, your heli-ski package includes accommodations at the Coast Hillcrest Hotel and rental of powder skis/snowboards. Make sure to book early because spots sell out fast!

Guided Snowshoeing Tours

Revelstoke Snowshoe Company offers yet another great way for your group to take in all the great sights and terrain around Revelstoke. Snowshoe tours start daily at 12:45 p.m. and include snowshoes, a lift ticket, and a variety of hot beverages. Choose from several tour options, but make sure to book at least a day in advance. Tours are appropriate for all ages, with options for every experience level.

Tours provide about three hours of guided fun in the pristine mountain wilderness. Trails take you through the Revelstoke Greenbelt and Mount Macpherson in Mount Revelstoke National Park. You also can go to Rogers Pass in nearby Glacier National Park. Any needed gear and safety equipment is provided through Revelstoke Snowshoe Company.

people snowshoeing to a frozen waterfall in Revelstoke
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Revelstoke

If you’re looking to explore on your own, local sport shops in town provide snowshoe rentals. Revelstoke has many trails to choose from, but make sure to do research ahead of time about avalanche terrain. If you plan to head to these spots, you will need to be aware of the forecast, the risks that come with these regions, and you will need to travel with the proper safety gear.

Howling Good Times with Dog Sledding Tours

Another great activity is a Revelstoke dog-sledding tour. You can book individual or group tours that will take you through snowy trails. Better than a sleigh ride, a dog-sledding tour lets you hold the reins and learn how to mush like an expert. Or, you can opt for a more intimate outing with your sweetheart and have a guided tour for two through some of the most breathtaking mountains in Western Canada. You will need to bundle up for the three-hour tours. Snow pants, a good winter coat, boots, scarves, and hats are necessities.

dog sled tour in Revelstoke
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Revelstoke

Revelstoke Railway Museum

Still looking for more to do in Revelstoke? Why not check out the Revelstoke Railway Museum and learn more about the area’s founding. Revelstoke came into existence when the Canadian Pacific Railway was built in the 1880s. The museum features many great artifacts and exhibits detailing the area’s history. It shows the relative settlement of the still-rugged Columbia Mountains, home to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. You can visit the Museum from May through mid-October, which makes it a popular off-season destination for the non-skiing crowd.

Enjoy a Stay at the Coast Hillcrest Hotel

The Coast Hillcrest Hotel is an ideal location to enjoy your Revelstoke activities. You can book ski packages with great combo deals on room stays and all-day skiing. If you prepay for your stay, the hotel offers a 25 percent discount on the room rate. You also can book special packages for stays throughout the year. That makes the hotel one of the best options for weddings, business events, and other group activities. The outstanding skiing opportunities make Revelstoke a must-do for your skiing bucket list and the affordable rates at the Coast Hillcrest Hotel make it downright unbeatable.

exterior of Coast Hillcrest Hotel with snow

With winter just around the corner, the many great winter activities in Revelstoke will soon be available to you. Now is the best time to book your stay at the Coast Hillcrest Hotel. The wide variety of Revelstoke winter activities await for people of all ages and walks of life. Any lover of skiing should take the time to enjoy the world’s only location where you can find cat, heli, backcountry, and traditional downhill skiing all in one spot. Revelstoke features some of the world’s most diverse terrain and skiing opportunities in a very friendly and welcoming community nestled along the beautiful Columbia River.


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