Somehow I haven’t blogged about the greatest present Revelstokians have ever gotten. A little earlier than Christmas but on Dec 22 Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened its doors to the general public. This mountain has long been my stomping grounds, early season, late season and occasionally poached during the winter. The hill has always been a favorite quick hit of mine and now it is easier than ever.
In the old days I would get up real early; 5 am, be skinning by 6 am at the top around 830 and home by 9.30. It would take me 2-3 hours to tour to 7600ft. Now I walk up at 9.am get on the Gondola, by 9.25 we are skiing off the quad at 7600 feet. It’s Amazing.
Today we skied off the quad at 9.45 and by 10 10 I was standing on top of a small chute into the North Bowl. Deep undisturbed powder lay waiting for my untired legs. An incredible 1800 foot run and then a 200 foot skin back into bounds and we are skiing around and back up the quad. By 12 we are once again standing on top of the North bowl only this time from higher up. Door Number One tumbles down below my skis, this chute has a 15 foot mandatory into a 1000 foot chute, it looks enticing.
We all shred this beautiful line and tour back up and around to get another sweet shot and a quick wrap around back to the lifts.
From there we ski tour around and up to the top of Mt-Mackenzie, to the top of the true summit. Standing on top we peer into the North Face but turn our skis and shred down the south face to get the 5800 foot run to the bottom. Epic day in the slack country.
Epic because we shredded around 9-10 000 feet of great skiing with only 2000 feet toured. Some of that total included some great groomers but most of it was cold deep selkirk snow. Just ridiculous.