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5 Revy Edits to get you pumped for winter!

5 Revelstoke Edits

We’ve seen 9 opening days since Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened in 2007 and we’re happy to report this year broke all records, surpassing the epic 2012/2013 early season conditions by over 10cms! To celebrate, we’ve put together 5 of our favourite ski edits from Revelstoke, if you’ve been thinking about where to ski this winter, we assure you, the decision will be much easier after checking out these clips! We’ve included footage from the Freeski World Tour, family friendly runs and all of the epic resort and backcountry that Revelstoke is famous for. Check out the videos here.

New Service – Revelstoke Air

Revelstoke Air City to Slope in one hour

Fly from small and efficient Terminal 2 in Vancouver to the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort with ski-in ski-out accommodations and exchange hours of travel time for hours of skiing legendary BC powder.

Revelstoke Air will operate on Thursdays and Sundays from January 26th, 2017 to March 19th, 2017. The flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal Airlines and all bookings and ground handling will be managed by Everything Revelstoke. You can make your reservations on our website www.everythingrevelstoke.com, call us at 1 888 569 1969 or email info@everythingrevelstoke.com. The schedule is as follows:

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Check out – EvvRevTV Episode 3

The Many Sights of Revelstoke

Revelstoke’s 360 degree mountain views are awe-inspiring right from town but taking in the sights from the various vantage points in the area ups them to the next level.  With the amazing blue skies and warm summer days we’ve been having so far, I saw the opportunity to create a full day of sightseeing from easily accessible vantage points that everyone can get to.

Camera in hand, I start my day off at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.   Though the summer gondola doesn’t go right to the top of the mountain, the views from the Gondola mid-station are quite impressive.   The best part about starting your sightseeing day here is you get to enjoy a delicious, full breakfast from the viewing deck of the mid-mountain lodge.   Rich coffee, fresh-made omelettes and even pulled-pork hash – the food certainly complements the view.

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Looking across the valley at Mt. Begbie (left) and Mt. Macpherson (right) from the observation deck at the RMR Gondola mid-station.

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Looking across at downtown, the airport and the mountain backdrop formed by Boulder Mountain (left) and Frisby Ridge (right).

 

Fully satiated and fuelled for the rest of my sightseeing day, I head to the summit of Mount Revelstoke via the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.   Mount Revelstoke National Park is incredibly accessible with its close proximity to town and easy drive up.  The drive itself is very enjoyable, offering incredible vantage points and various lookout spots along the way plus frequent bear sightings!  If you want all eyes out for wildlife spotting, Everything Revelstoke now offers a shuttle service up the mountain.  A trip to the top of Mount Revelstoke is a must do for visitors and should be an annual tradition for locals.

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No matter how many times I see a black bear, it doesn’t grow old.  It seems that almost every time I drive up Mt. Revelstoke, I see at least one alongside the road.

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Enjoy a short hike (1km) or courtesy shuttle to the summit lookout and trails of Mount Revelstoke.    From this vantage point, you can see Lake Revelstoke and the many peaks in the surrounding area.

 

Back to town, it’s time to take in more views and work off our hardy breakfast with a casual bike cruise.  The various community pathways that meander alongside the Columbia River and throughout town offer incredible 360 degree mountain views.  If you don’t have a bike, Everything Revelstoke can hook you up with a bike rental so you don’t have to miss out on this traditional Revelstoke activity.  A relaxing and enjoyable ride, you’ll be greeted by many smiling faces and canine friends along the way while you soak in the incredibly serene scenery.

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Cruising on the community pathways is just a great and easy way to take in the views.

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On the other side of the river, you get a completely different angle on the surrounding mountains.

 

These are just some of the many vantage points in and around Revelstoke and you are certainly privy to more when you take in some of the adventures in the area such as hiking, mountain biking, or kayaking.  Whether you are a visitor or a local, make sure to get out there this summer and enjoy the many sights of Revelstoke.

Check out – EvvRevTV Episode 2

Go on, Just Get your feet Wet

Why is it, as tourists, we comfortably explore on foot yet stand at the water’s edge, snapping photos of its beauty and barely step beyond the shoreline?  Perhaps we often think the water is only for the nautically experienced or those with their own crafts?  What we don’t realize is there is so much to be missed by not taking on the available aqua-adventures. The pristine waters of Revelstoke’s easily accessible lakes and rivers set the backdrop for stunning views of the surrounding Columbia Mountains right from town.  The real enjoyment, however, lies in the many water activities the area has to offer including white-water rafting, kayaking, and even paddle boarding.  I got my first taste of Revelstoke’s stunning waterways when I hooked up with local kayak guides, Natural Escapes, who recently took me out for a relaxing and unforgettable experience on a hot, sunny afternoon.

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Standing on the shore of Upper Arrow Lake looking across at Mt. Begbie – the water is calling!  Photo:  Sarah Windsor

The Story behind the Kayaks

One of the water adventures offered through Everything Revelstoke, this friendly outfitter was easy-going from the start.  Terry and Wenche Beitel have been ‘floating their boats’ on Revelstoke’s waters for 15 years with their own, hand-made fleet of wooden kayaks.  When I arrived, part of the fleet was racked up on the trailer, as a group of 15 had gone out earlier that day, and I was pleasantly surprised to find impressive, modern vessels instead of rustic, hollowed-out trees I had somehow pictured.  Upon closer inspection, I noticed each kayak had a name: Valkyrie, Alfheim, Viking Queen, etc.  All of which were inspired by Wenche’s Norwegian heritage.  Built with Terry’s passion for the water and named with his quirky but fun sense of humour, each given name has a meaning – be sure to ask Terry about the one named “Ormen Lange”, guys will get a kick out of that one.

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I got to enjoy the sturdy, double kayak named Valkyrie for the afternoon. Photo: Sarah Windsor

Getting Comfortable in the Kayak

Terry’s humour and fun-nature carried through from the land-training to the water and it put me at ease being a novice kayaker.  I had joined a semi-private group that, for the most part, were also novice and included a mature, Californian couple who had booked through Everything Revelstoke as well.  This was Diane and Tony’s first time in Revelstoke and I was pleased to hear they had discovered Natural Escapes – a small outfitter they may not have known about if they hadn’t connected with Everything Revelstoke.

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The on-land instructions were easy to follow and in Terry-style, fun. He said we would look back at this photo and be the only ones who will know what the heck we were doing – so true.  Photo: Natural Escapes

It turned out that this voyage also marked a first for Terry in that Diane had a small dog, Sir Winston, who would accompany us on our kayak adventure.  Apparently Terry’s gentle and relaxing approach also has a positive effect on dogs as Sir Winston, who looked nervous and out of sorts during land-training, nodded-off and dozed on Diane’s lap the entire time in the kayak.

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Sir Winston wakes up from a slumber just in time for the camera.  Don’t worry; he’s got a life jacket too! Photo:  Sarah Windsor

Exploring the Beautiful Water

Terry had chosen Upper Arrow Lake for our adventure this day, though he does also use both Lake Revelstoke and Williamson Lake and offers special experiences like a waterfall tour or even an overnight trip.  Once we ventured out, I couldn’t help be awestruck by the stunning scenery that lay before us and the serene experience of floating on such calm and pristine, aqua water. It was hard to stop snapping the shutter on my camera though I was trying my best to keep up the paddling effort for my friend Gina, who accompanied me in our double kayak.

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Looking south down the valley, the scenery just draws you in and the peacefulness is unreal.  Photo:  Sarah Windsor

At a gentle pace, we paddled out towards Mt. Begbie, a signature Revelstoke peak, and then headed over to Mt. Cartier, the high peak adjacent to Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  About half-way through our paddle, Terry ‘rafted’ us together by holding onto our kayaks and served up his wife’s delicious home-made granola bars. While we munched, he shared his proprietary intelligence on the secret echo spot we had just gathered in.  Though I took video of the unique 360 degree echo experience, I have chosen not to share it as it was a special moment that must be experienced in person.

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Rafting the crew together was no easy feat.  A recently retired physical educator, Terry was patient in his coaching as we spun in circles and had near-misses from bumping boats before we eventually got the group together.  Photo:  Sarah Windsor

In reflection, my kayaking adventure was even better than I had anticipated.  The opportunity to see the surrounding area from a completely different perspective and easily navigate a vessel I had no experience with made me realize this is something every Revelstoke tourist should do no matter what age or ability.  Once you’ve whet your appetite with kayaking, your thirst for the water will have you yearning to take on more adventures like a paddle board tour or even the thrill of white-water rafting.  So go on, just get your feet wet!

Sarah Windsor – Guest Blogger for Everything Revelstoke

Sarah is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for adventure and travel.  She has extensive experience in travel and tourism and previously worked in marketing for various world-class resorts throughout Alberta and British Columbia.  Sarah now pursues her love for writing and lives in Revelstoke, BC.

Don’t forget to check out EvvRevTV Episode #1

Can I get the Kayak Special with an Order of Spa on the Side?

Walking into an adventure centre is like walking into your favourite fast-food restaurant and being tempted by everything displayed on the menu boards.    That’s how I felt when I walked into Everything Revelstoke – suddenly; I had a hunger for adventure and fun.   I was impressed at how much Evv Rev (so they like to call it) had to offer and how simply they had presented it in a menu-like display.

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It’s bright and vibrant inside Everything Revelstoke and the adventure menu boards make it easy to see what is available and at what price points.

As I stood chatting with General Manager, Rich Eden my eyes couldn’t help wandering around looking at all the options and envisioning myself doing each one.   An outdoor enthusiast but certainly not an adventure expert, I’ve done a handful of activities they offer such as golf, mountain biking, and skiing so thinking about kayaking, rock climbing, or paragliding got my heart rate up wondering what these experiences would be like and if I could do them?  Fortunately, everyone will soon be able to get an inside look at their full adventure menu with the launch of EvvRev TV – a new online video series that will showcase two different activities per show with the first of 5 summer episodes going live on Thursday July 4 and a winter series to follow.   Like many, I want to know as much about the experience before-hand so this will be a handy tool for visiting tourists looking online.

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Everything Revelstoke opened its doors to the public on Saturday May 25, 2013

Discovering a Taste for Adventure

It wasn’t until I familiarized myself with Everything Revelstoke that I was considering expanding my adventure palate.   It’s not that I haven’t known that all these activities exist in Revelstoke, after all, it has a reputation for being an ‘Adventure Mecca’ but I had felt satiated with my familiar regime of recreational activities.  When I was talking with Rich at their downtown Revelstoke location, a call came in for a rock climbing booking.   Hearing Rich’s enthusiasm describing the experience to the guest was not only inspiring but contagious.  All of a sudden I had this massive urge to paddle, climb, soar, and whatever else they could offer me but which one first?     Rich explained that guests often feel this way – with so much to choose from it can seem overwhelming.  He suggested I read each description and start out with the one that I was first drawn to.  Naturally for me, I chose the one I felt the most apprehensive about, figuring once I had that under my belt I could do anything.  I’m now booked for my first kayaking experience and will report back in an upcoming blog!

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Everything Revelstoke is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Revelstoke

Choosing the Right Adventure Combo

Lucky for me, I live in Revelstoke so I had an advantage when I went into Everything Revelstoke, knowing most of the adventure possibilities and just having to pick one.  When you’re a visitor, however, and you come into these tourism hubs, there is so much to learn about all the activities, attractions, and adventures in the area and putting together a comprehensive itinerary could mean a lot of legwork.   The great thing about Everything Revelstoke is they are a one-stop shop and can book your airport transfer, hotel, and all the activities prior to your arrival. These guys are like your travel agent, activity director, and personal concierge all rolled into one!  If you don’t have the luxury of planning ahead, they will certainly endeavour to book you into your desired activities but advanced booking is recommended particularly if you have specific activities in mind, especially during the summer and winter high seasons.

There’s no doubt that coming to an adventure-rich, travel destination like Revelstoke is thrilling and you’ll want to take full advantage of your visit.  Putting the right itinerary together for you or your family can be tricky and tedious so save yourself the hassle and connect with Everything Revelstoke – they truly have everything you need!

Sarah Windsor – Guest Blogger for Everything Revelstoke

Sarah is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for adventure and travel.  She has extensive experience in travel and tourism and previously worked in marketing for various world-class resorts throughout Alberta and British Columbia.  Sarah now pursues her love for writing and lives in Revelstoke, BC.

 
 
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