Top three reasons to backcountry ski in Revelstoke
Revelstoke is the ultimate destination for powder seekers with its light, dry Selkirks snow
Offers vast backcountry terrain for all skill levels just steps from your door
Lift access off the resort gets you into some incredible backcountry terrain and saves your legs for the descents
Tucked along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway, Revelstoke is host to expansive terrain both at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort and in the surrounding Selkirk Mountains. Maintaining a small town feel, this mountain town offers vast backcountry terrains steps from your door. The quality of the powder, steep couloirs and the fantastic glade skiing is the reason why many skiing enthusiasts turn to Revelstoke in search of a true powder paradise. Anyone looking for an epic adventure need look no further than backcountry skiing in Revy.
December through mid-April
Book as many days as you want
Calgary, AB is a four-hour drive; Kelowna, BC is a two-hour drive
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Private Intro to Backcountry Skiing
If you wish to step out of the groomed resort boundaries and step into the wilderness of snowy mountain tops, head off to the backcountry with a guide. Master the basic techniques, develop your powder skiing skills and explore the unlimited terrain surrounding Revelstoke. Many backcountry beginners opt for lift-access to RMR sidecountry — the choice is yours!
Not sure if you should hire a guide? Listen to our ambassador Greg Hill debate the ultimate question: To be guided or not to be guided?
Powder Skiing for Intermediate and Advanced Skiers
Backcountry skiing is a lifelong pursuit, so if you want to develop your skills and enjoy the backcountry to its fullest, we totally get it! Tailor the day according to your needs and wishes. Revelstoke offers endless terrain and infinite tours suitable for all skill and fitness levels. Have the expert guides show you the tricks of the trade and let the adventure begin!
Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:
- 8:00 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location for introductions and going over the day’s plan
- 8:30 am: Head to the location of your backcountry ski tour
- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Gear up, go over safety considerations, and spend the day backcountry skiing on routes selected to best suit your group, stopping for lunch and breaks as needed
- 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives
Advanced Ski Tours & Mountaineering Objectives
If you want to go further and climb higher, Revelstoke offers an array of possibilities. It is ideal for proficient skiers and offers a myriad of breathtaking and challenging slopes, couloirs and glades. Explore the endless opportunities Revelstoke offers and feel the adrenaline as you powder ski down the longest vertical in North America at over 1,700 metres.
Meet your guides
ACMG Ski Guide, Advanced First Aid, CAA Avalanche OperationsLevel 2ACMG Ski Guide, Advanced First Aid, CAA Avalanche OperationsLevel 2
ACMG Ski Guide, Advanced First Aid, CAA Avalanche OperationsLevel 2 · 18 years of experience
ACMG Ski Guide
ACMG Ski Guide · 8 years of experience
I live in the area he primarily guides yet he has shown me new areas almost every time we have gone out together. Be it rock climbing or backcountry skiing/snowboarding we always have a great time. He is the best insurance policy I have that makes sure I am safe and have a great time.
Regardless of your goals for a trip you really can’t go wrong hiring him. He has a plethora of knowledge around snow science/avalanche safety as well as tips and tricks around the snow sports industry as he regularly gets out skiing with some of the biggest name athletes in the skiing world.
Things to know
COVID-19 measures in Revelstoke
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Revelstoke, BC, please refer to the Revelstoke’s official website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full-day of backcountry ski touring
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Lift ticket for Revelstoke Mountain Resort (if applicable)
- National Park and Winter Permit fees (if applicable)
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a good level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day and need to be ready to ascend up to 3.5 hours total throughout the day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in Revelstoke, BC, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on blue level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.
What about required equipment and rentals?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe can be rented from Revelstoke Powder Rentals.
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Revelstoke Powder Rentals
- Splitboards can be rented from Revelstoke Powder Rentals
The rental gear location is in Revelstoke and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
- Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
- Harness for glacier travel
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-tex recommended)
- Ski pants (Gore-tex recommended)
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
- Down jacket or vest
- Gloves and hat
- One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
- Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- First-aid kit
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-45L bag)
- Camera — optional
Group sizes and age requirements
Groups and pricing:
- For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.
- Ski touring in Revelstoke can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
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. You can rent a car or take a shuttle service from both airports.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The day usually starts early at your accommodation, Revelstoke Mountain Resort or a local cafe.