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Sustainable Backcountry Skiing in Revelstoke

Revelstoke | British Columbia
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Top reasons to go green backcountry skiing in Revelstoke

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    Learn about adventuring in an eco-friendly way powered by renewable energy

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    The ultimate ski destination with its light, dry Selkirks powder

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    Expansive backcountry terrain for all levels just steps from your door

Travel to Revelstoke and start learning how to make your life greener! Tucked away in the Selkirk Mountains and boasting vast terrain, steep couloirs, and fantastic glades, Revelstoke is home to some of the best backcountry skiing in the world. Maintaining a small town feel with a deep link to its natural surroundings, this mountain town offers consistent, light powder just steps away from your door. Step out of the groomed resort boundaries and step into the wilderness of snowy mountain tops—anyone looking for an epic adventure free of harmful fossil fuels need look no further! Hop into your guide’s state-of-the-art all-electric vehicle and take part in this educational and environmentally-friendly backcountry skiing vacation. This backcountry journey full of great powder skiing and interesting conversation will teach you how to progress and search for ways to adventure better and make the world a better place. Find out more about the best spots for backcountry skiing in Revelstoke from an environmentalist and local guide Greg Hill.

Season

December through mid-April

Nearest city

Kelowna, BC is a two-hour drive

Duration

3 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

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3-Day Green Backcountry Skiing in Revelstoke

3 days

Head to Revelstoke and learn how to make your adventures and life more eco-friendly! Learn all about greener options for travel, a mostly 100-mile diet, and carbon footprints as you explore the endless opportunities and feel the adrenaline on some of the best slopes in the world. Revelstoke wilderness offers a myriad of breathtaking and challenging slopes, couloirs, and glades. After you’re all skied out for the day, head back, relax and see how you can make the world a better place.

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What you'll learn

Outdoor adventuring makes us fall in love with our planet, which is why we should be more aware of our impact on nature. This adventure will help you lead a more sustainable life and teach you how to make your adventures more eco-friendly, without harming natural and cultural environments. Over the course of three and a half days, your guide will walk you through:

  • Sustainable travel and electric cars
  • The 100 miles diet
  • Carbon emissions and how to use the Carbon Calculator
  • 5 ways to lower your carbon footprint
  • Possible offsets

See how you guide and record-breaking mountain endurance athlete Greg Hill plans to achieve his goals and make outdoor adventuring greener:

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Itinerary

Day 0: Meet and greet

Fly into Kelowna and meet your guide Greg Hill. Greg will pick you up in an electric car and your green adventure will begin! Drive for 2 hours to Revelstoke where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation which will be organized with your guide. Relax and get acquainted with Revelstoke. Your guide will help with your meal, one mostly sourced from within 100 miles and get ready for some ski touring. Also if you haven’t already, you can fill out a Carbon Calculator and see where you are at with your carbon emissions!

P.S. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to drive an electric car, you can rent one on Turo.com and explore the area over the next few days! Your guide will explain how it works, where you can charge it, and give you some tips and tricks.

Downtown Revelstoke , BC, Canada

Day 1: Rogers Pass

Your guide and environmentalist Greg will pick you up in the morning and take you (electrically) to the historic Rogers Pass. After an hour of avalanche training, it’s time to get skinning! Hours of informal conversation on the environment and adventure will bring you to the top of an untracked run of the best powder skiing you have ever experienced. Spend the day searching for more deep powder and head home. Head back to your accommodations and relax in the hot tub. After local appetizers, Greg will present on “5 ways to lower your carbon footprint”, followed by dinner where this conversation can continue. 

Ascent: 1000+ m
Descent: 1000+ m
Max elevation: 2400 m
Hiking: 7-15 km | 4-9 mi
Driving: 150 km | 90 mi

Green skiing in the Revelstoke backcountry. Skier: Greg Hill Location: Rogers Pass, BC

Day 2: Monashee Mountains

Head deep into the Monashee Mountains or another spectacular range in the area and ski amongst massive old-growth trees and up into the alpine. By skiing the incredible snowy slopes, you will notice the Columbia river coursing below and the Revelstoke Dam creating the renewable electricity powering this adventure in so many ways. Enjoy a relaxing evening eating a meal from locally sourced ingredients and reminiscing about the day. 

Ascent: 1000+ m
Descent: 1000 +m
Max elevation: 2400 m
Hiking: 7-15 km | 4-9 mi
Driving: 20 km | 12 mi
Electric Snowmobiling: 30 km | 18 mi

Day 3: Return to Rogers Pass

Return to Rogers Pass for some more fantastic skiing! Skin and hike your way to a summit, pull your skins and ski.  Once you feel all skied-out for the day, head back to town and eat at Woolsey Creek. Over the dinner you will calculate the carbon footprint of this vacation and then explore and discuss possible offsets with Greg. 

Ascent: 1000+ m
Descent: 1000+ m
Max elevation: 2400 m
Hiking: 7-15 km | 4-9 mi
Driving: 20 km | 12 mi

A man skiing through Revelstoke powder. Skier: Greg Hill Location: Rogers Pass, BC

Day 4: Say goodbye to Revelstoke

All great things come to an end, but we’re sure you’ll come back as soon as possible! Ideally, you’ll leave satisfied with your skiing and armed with new knowledge to live a greener and better life.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid 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 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’s included?

What you get in this adventure: 

  • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Three full days of backcountry ski touring
  • Presentation on 5 ways to lower your footprint and guided help on lowering your personal footprint

What’s not included:

  • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
  • Transportation to and from Revelstoke
  • Accommodations at the Explorers Society Hotel 
  • Dinner during your adventure
  • Food and snacks during your time on the slopes

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in Revelstoke, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-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 challenging blue or black-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 equipment do I need to bring?

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

 

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Gloves and hat
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
  • Down jacket or vest
  • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
  • 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
  • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
  • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

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.

Group sizes and age requirements

Groups and pricing:

  • For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1.
  • It takes a minimum of 3 people for this tour to run.
  • The cost per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

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

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is only a two-hour drive from Revelstoke, BC. Your guide will meet you there and drive you to Revelstoke where your green adventure begins.

Once you and your guide agree on the details, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.

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Wired for a better world

Outdoor adventuring makes us fall in love with our planet and people, it gets our brains rewired differently and forces us to rethink our life priorities.

For years, we’ve dreamt of building a company that can make an impact on things that we deeply care about. Here are some initiatives we are grateful to be contributing to.

1% of our sales goes to environmental non-profits
We provide work to thousands of local guides worldwide
We operate on carbon neutral and renewable energy
1% for the education and diversity in guiding

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