A complete guide to Revelstoke
Revelstoke Mountain is famous for some of the best skiing in BC. Revi (as it’s called by locals) also happens to be a cool town. This guide goes into where to ski, stay, eat, and drink in Revi.
Why Revelstoke should top your ski-trip list
- Insane in-bound terrain – including lots of chutes, bowls and glades
- Great slack and backcountry
- Modest lift lines and affordable prices
- Excellent gondolas, lifts, and infrastructure
- Tonnes of snowfall (3rd biggest in North America)
- An authentic mountain town with cool restaurants and bars
How to get to Revelstoke
Revi is remote, which is part of the charm and means shorter lift lines!
Driving from Vancouver: 6-7 hours weather permitting
The drive can be challenging in winter, as the roads go over steep mountain passes, including the infamous Coquihalla. A 6-hour drive can easily turn into 10-hours in bad weather.
Driving from Calgary: 4-5 hours
Flying: The closest airport international airport is Kelowna, 2.5 hours away.
Dining in Revelstoke
Revelstoke has stepped up its culinary offerings with a couple of fine dining establishments, some ethnic restaurants, like sushi and Mexican, and some great cafes. There are two breweries, a distillery, and many bars.
112 Steakhouse is one of the best restaurants in town for meat lovers!
The Woolsey is a popular fine dining option with fantastic food.
Kawakubo is excellent sushi in an authentic setting.
Taco Club serves excellent Mexican food and margaritas in a cool setting. The prices reflect the quality. It’s definitely not a cheap taco joint!
Dose is a hipster cafe with the best coffee in town and lots of healthy food options.
Bars & apres-ski
The Village Idiot is the most beloved bar in town. Hit it for apres or dinner. The pizzas are enormous.
Craft Beirhaus is a beer bar that offers a large selection from some of the best breweries in the province.
Rumpus Beer Company is loved by beer enthusiasts.
Mt Begby brewery opened a larger taproom outside town with a restaurant and full bar, to complement their in-house crafted ales and lagers.
River City Pub, or the Regent to locals, is the place for live music and cheap drinks!
Monashee Distillery is the place to go for curated elixirs in a great atmosphere. They distill their own spirits and make delicious cocktails.
Restaurants in the village at the base:
The Mac is an apres-ski bar with a large patio. Pizzas and burgers are available from the food truck outside.
Rockford Wok Bar & Grill is in the Sutton Place hotel. They have a DJ and drink specials for apres and an Asian inspired menu.
La Baguette sells tasty, cheap sandwiches, baked goods, and decent coffee.
Revelation Lodge is a large dining area with a bar and lots of food options.
Mackenzie Outpost is higher up the mountain, enjoy a tasty burger with stunning views from their balcony.
Skiing & snowboarding in Revi
Revelstoke has a huge amount of vertical terrain for all abilities. The gondolas and lifts are fast and modern and the lines are moderate. There are lessons for all abilities. Revi is great for skiers. Snowboarders love Revi too but there are a few flat spots and cat-tracks where it comes in handy to have a skier friend to give you a little push!
Beginner/Intermediate: Thanks to the new addition of the Ripper chair there is more green and blue terrain than ever before.
Advanced: The Stoke chair is an excellent area to explore with lots of nice glades, like Tally-Ho trees. Vertigo Ridge has some great runs and provides access to North Bowl, which is very fun on a powder day. The Ripper has some fun gladed skiing but is mostly blue runs.
Day lift tickets are $129 as of 2020. It’s part of the Ikon pass with 41 other destinations.
Where to Stay
Sutton Place Hotel is the only mountainside option, 4-star luxury with 1 or 2 bedroom suites with balconies. From $200 per night.
The Explorers Society Hotel is a boutique hotel with a rustic vibe, hot tub, bar, and restaurant. The main selling feature is its location in the middle of town. From $130 per night.
Holton Heritage House is a historic B&B in an old house that includes parking and breakfast. From $150 per night.
Stoke hotel is the best cheap and cheerful option in town. It’s no-frills but clean and the beds are comfy! From $90 per night.
Tips for visiting Revelstoke
- The best snowfall tends to be February and March
- Book your accommodation early, especially for high season (Christmas, family day, Spring Break), as there aren’t many lodging options
- Revi is part of the Ikon pass with 41 other destinations. Ikon pass holders get discounts off lodging, lessons & rentals.
- Ski bums and social folks will want to stay in town, luxury seekers will enjoy the Sutton Place for ski-in/ski-out
- There are a few excellent heli and cat skiing operations in the area
- Backcountry skiers love Revi but be careful as people get lost daily
- Combine Revi with a visit to Kicking Horse, Sun Peaks, or Silver Star
- Revi is also perfect for a summer holiday, with plenty of mountain bike terrain & other outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, & climbing