BC Road Trip-Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on March 22, 2016 6:51 pm

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.

On the ferry heading to Revelstoke

On the ferry heading to Revelstoke

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.

Seizing the moment at RMR Skier: Tommy Frey

Seizing the moment at RMR
Skier: Tommy Frey

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!

Mt Begbie in all it's Morning Glory

Mt Begbie in all it’s Morning Glory

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.

Sunshine, Pow and Smiles for Desiree Leipham at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Sunshine, Pow and Smiles for Desiree Leipham at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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.

Oh Yeah Tommy! Skier: Tommy Frey

Oh Yeah Tommy!
Skier: Tommy Frey

Desiree Leipham charging hard at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Desiree Leipham charging hard at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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!

Getting after it Skier: Desiree Leipham

Getting after it
Skier: Desiree Leipham

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.

Who wouldn't be smiling! Skier: Bob Legasa

Who wouldn’t be smiling!
Skier: Bob Legasa

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.

Soft and carry Skier: Tommy Frey

Soft and carry
Skier: Tommy Frey

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.

Groomed to perfection. Skier: Desiree Leipham

Groomed to perfection.
Skier: Desiree Leipham

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.

Revelstoke means Powder.  Skier: Bob Legasa

Revelstoke means Powder.
Skier: Bob Legasa

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.

Happy days at RMR Skier: Desiree Leipham

Happy days at RMR
Skier: Desiree Leipham

Part way down we found a sweet little drift that we sessioned for an hour alongside the paragliders taking advantage of the updrafts rolling up the mountain. Nothing better than flying high!

Go with what you know, Bob Legasa showing his age.

Go with what you know, Bob Legasa showing his age.

Desi Getting Sendy Skier: Desiree Leipham

Desi Getting Sendy
Skier: Desiree Leipham

Paraglider at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Paraglider at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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.

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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.


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