January 4, 2011

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

The town of Revelstoke is blessed with a truly marvelous ski area, Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  Its gondola and chair lifts carry skiers to the greatest vertical rise of all North American ski area on Mount McKenzie.  From a base elevation of 1680 feet, the chair lift tops out at 7300 feet.

Dr. Snow, Kruser, mw and yours truly started 2011 with a couple of days of powder prospecting at RMR.  Fresh snow had fallen about a week earlier, and all of the obvious powder lines had been skied.  But, we found a fair amount of untracked powder in the glades of the North Bowl, served by the "Ripper" high speed quad chairlift, as well as the higher "Stoke" lift on the front side. 
Doc Surviving the Cliff
Kruser found fresh in the next alley
The "Back 40 Glades" funneled into an interesting creek

RMR has exceptional terraine with a lot of cliffs.  We found so many cliffs, mostly marked with unobtrusive signs and downclimbed by our party in only two episodes, that we joked about doing the cliff run... Which one?

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