GO North They Say! Thats the words we lived by this past week as we road tripped on the infamous Powder Highway to a few of British Columbia’s ski resorts.
Tuesday-March 15th we made the 6-1/2 drive from Coeur d’ Alene, ID to Revelstoke, BC to Revelstoke Mountain Resort for our first stop on a 5 day road trip. First stop as we pull into the historic railroad town, The Village Idiot for some legendary pizza and a Mt. Begbie draft. Fueled up we head to the Sutton Place hotel at the base of the resort to check in.Temps down in the valley have been in the mid 40′s but when you have a 5600 foot climb to the top of the Stoke Chair you can pretty much be assured your gonna have some wintry conditions up top.
Day 1- Was a mixed bag of Snow, Fog, Sun and then a repeat of the same cycle throughout the day. The snow was phenomenal but the best skiing was from halfway down the Stoke Chair because of visibility. Fun day All in All!
Day 2- BLUEBIRD! What a sight to wake up to as you look across the valley floor at the iconic Mt. Begbie in all it’s Glory. When a day like this comes along you jump on the opportunity. With the upper mountain being locked in the fog the previous day we knew the short hike from the top of the Stoke chair to the Sub Peak would pay off handsomely.
Nothing like getting the legs and lungs fired up right out of the gate. After 20 minutes we where standing at the top of the Sub Peak with a few other energetic riders in search of untouched powder goodness.
We were right, the snow was phenomenal as we skied around in the SnowGhosts and open pow sections on this run. With skiing as good as this, we hit the boot pack route once again for a rebate for one more run of freshies in the sun. It was well worth it!
By now it was lunch time and we’d worked up an appetite. We made our way down to mid mountain to the Mackenzie Outpost for some killer BBQ Burgers and a little Nat Geo entertainment watching the local Grey Jays or Camp robbers land on patrons hands for a little treat.
Refueled and recharged it was time to lay down some trenches on the groomers. The vert on this mountain is leg crushing and the grooming impeccable as we made numerous high speed laps off the Stoke Chair.
Time to change the views up a bit, we slid around the backside for a few laps on the Ripper Chair which has a variety of terrain options from groomers to bumps and some nail biting Chutes and Rocky areas.
We rode this epic day out all the way to last chair making it back down to the village by 4pm just in time for apres and appetizers on the sun deck at the Rockford in the village.
Day 3- St. Paddy’s Day felt like Ground Hog day as we were graced with Bluebird skies once again. First thing on the list, Sub Peak for another session. We got to the top of the Stoke Chair about 9:15 and there was already a line of about 15 people with the same agenda. We jumped in like lemmings going to sea and made our way back up.
We took our time getting down this run stopping to shoot at every unique opportunity.
We were surprised that the snow held up so well and that there where still lots of little stashes in close and plenty of untracked out further in the slack country if you wanted to put in the effort.
RMR delivers time after time and with he exchange rate it makes for a pretty amazing and economical trip to an incredible resort. After three days at RMR we loaded up the rig and starting heading east. Stay tuned for the second stop.