Is bigger always better? Investors pouring a billion dollars into B.C.’s Revelstoke Mountain Resort think so. One writer explores what just might become the continent’s largest ski resort and answers the question on everyone’s mind: Go now or wait it out?
The mountain finally breaks me. Some 3,500 vertical feet after I disembark the highest chairlift at the new Revelstoke Mountain Resort—after I bebop through the timberline krummholz on Clyde’s Secret, swing through evergreens wearing wizards’ caps of snow along Snow Rodeo’s fringe, then roar downhill in my best thigh-burning Bode mode for what seems like forever—only then do I run into the mogul field.
A new Revelstoke heliski outfit serves up virgin slopes in a 600-square-mile domain.
The chopper thumps up Victor Creek and lands on a ridge somewhere above Revelstoke, British Columbia. Eagle Pass Heliskiing guide Norm Winter exits into the Crayola-blue Monashee morning. Winter—who has the sky-matching blue eyes that all mountain guides seem to share, deep-set in a face that's all angles—skis down to timberline, then stops to dig a snowpit and gauge avalanche conditions. Satisfied, he clicks into his bindings.