Revelstoke | British Columbia

Backcountry Skiing in Revelstoke

Season

December through mid-March

Nearest city

Revelstoke, British Columbia is 4 hours from Calgary International Airport

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Tucked along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway, Revelstoke is host to expansive terrain both at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) and in the surrounding Selkirk Mountains. Maintaining a small-town feel, this mountain town offers adventure steps from your door. Shuttles to town allow visitors to enjoy apres nightlife easily or retire to a historic Bed and Breakfast. Anyone looking to experience Canada’s reliable, deep powder need look no further.

Most Popular Adventures

Beginner and Family Friendly Backcountry Ski Guiding

Prepare for mellow trees or crushing laps on big lines with the whole family. The choice is yours. These Revelstoke backcountry ski packages don’t discriminate, but are sure to entertain. Our guides maintain a down-to-shred vibe, while your small crew enjoys an unforgettable day.

Explore the Legendary RMR Backcountry With a Private Guide

Want to cater to your specific backcountry goals? Skiers and riders are matched with specialized private guides. Whether new to backcountry skiing and splitboarding or just new to Revelstoke, a one-day tour will set you up for exploring the varied conditions of the Selkirks.

Multi-Day Ski Traverse

Get away from it all with a seven-day Monashee Traverse ski touring adventure, which combines outstanding backcountry terrain with nights spent tent camping in style under the stars. Just west of Revelstoke, you’ll have seven spectacular days and six nights traversing the Monashees, home to thousands of acres of pristine alpine and sub-alpine slopes.

Private, Full-Chalet Group Backcountry Ski Camp

Gather 12-14 of your favorite skiers and riders for a private chalet experience. Fly in by heli for four days of guided ski touring and five nights of bonding with your besties. You’ll enjoy the luxury of a ski Chalet in winter and days of endless powder in the backcountry. Expect a certain component of backcountry education with each trip.

Need to know

When is the best time to go?

November to January typically offers plenty of snow on the resort and deep powder for ski touring. February and March are a great time to visit due to established snowpack and plenty of powder.

What if I’ve never skied?

Revelstoke offers runs for beginners to ski tour. Backcountry tours are also available for all ski levels, it’s best best for intermediate to advanced skiers to be able to safely descend in variable snow conditions.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Services can be limited to anyone 19 years of age or older. Age restrictions can be waived if the legal guardian is present and skill level is appropriate for everyone in the party. Contact us for more details on specific adventures — we’ll answer all your questions and let you know the options available for your whole party.

Group sizes and pricing

Private tours can be arranged for groups of any size. For parties larger than six, additional guides are recommended to improve the ability for instruction and as a safety precaution.

Cancellation policy

Each guiding service sets its own cancellation policy. All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.

What about bad weather?

Inclement weather and unexpected storms are normal in British Columbia. In most cases, if you’re prepared with the right gear, a little bad weather won’t stop the fun. But, if Mother Nature hits you with an unexpected curveball, your guide will know the best course of action to take, determining whether it’s safe to move forward with the trip, switch to a different local spot, or reschedule your adventure for a more favorable day. Prior to booking, your guiding service will provide you with all the details you need to know.

Brief background of area

Built around the Trans-Canada Railway, Revelstoke is ideally positioned in the mountains of British Columbia—called the birthplace of pillow skiing and heli-skiing. Plus, the Revelstoke Mountain Resort is home to the biggest vertical drop in North America. Revelstoke is also home to many backcountry skiing guides and outfits, so there’s unlimited opportunities to experience something new in the area. Ample breweries, restaurants, boutique amenities and close proximity to Glacier National Park makes this mountain town a year-round destination.

Do I need a permit?

Your guide will take care of all necessary permits, such as backcountry skiing in Rogers Pass. If there are additional requirements, your guide will let you know prior to booking.

Getting there

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is generally the airport of choice for most travellers, which is around four hours away by car. Another option is Kelowna International Airport (YLW), only a two hour drive from the resort.

Gear list

  • Alpine tour skis, ski boots and collapsable poles (can be rented)
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood
  • Ski pants (Gore-tex recommended)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
  • Down jacket or vest
  • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
  • Either 35-45 litres daypack or up to 60 liter pack for overnight touring
  • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
  • Safety equipment (can be rented):
    • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver
    • Lightweight snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Harness for glacier travel
  •  In most cases, a guiding service can set you up with the equipment and technical gear you need to adventure safely. Prior to your trip, your guide will let you know what equipment you’ll need to bring and what can be provided.
There’s fantastic glade skiing, steep couloirs and summits all available. Skiing the south facing trees is fantastic and highly recommended.

Grill Hill, ACMG Ski Guide

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