Best Ski Town for Hard-Core Ski Bums: Revelstoke

RESORT: REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT

For skiers in western North America, the revitalization and massive redevelopment of Revelstoke Mountain Resort remains one of the most significant events in the last 20 years. A tiny regional ski hill with barely 1,000 feet of vertical was transformed with more than 5,000 vertical feet–even more if you count the short, 300 vertical climb to the summit of the sub-peak. Immediately, the international ski media began riffing on the “stoked” theme–and for good reason. On big powder days, the whole town empties out for the first gondola up the mountain. Thigh-burning vertical, steep chutes and alpine bowls (Revelstoke mountain hosted several freeride, or extreme ski, competitions) during the day carry over to a lively après ski scene that has rejuvenated downtown Revelstoke as well.

TOWN: REVELSTOKE

Downtown Revy was revived in the 1990s and then word got out that a new ski area would be developed–and real estate prices shot up. Some amazing old historic buildings were restored and soon occupied by new businesses. Indeed, all the essentials for mountain adventure are here, including Mount Begbie Brewing–one of B.C.’s top craft breweries–plus a wide selection of restaurants that would not be out of place in Vancouver or Whistler. And, of course, some damned fine places to get a cup of coffee. –Staff

Revelstoke Real Estate Samples

Resort: One-bedroom, one-bath condo in Sutton Place Lodge features a master bedroom and living room with access to a private deck overlooking the Monashee mountains. MLS®172869.$449,000

Town: Located between downtown and Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Mackenzie Village’s Phase One sold out quickly in 2017 and Phase Two will be released by the time the snow flies. www.mackenzievillage.ca