We made it our goal a few years back, to try to ski all of British Columbia’s Powder Highway mountains as a family. Our first stop on this journey was Revelstoke Mountain Resort, home of the longest vertical in North America. We loved it so much, that we have actually been back several times since our initial visit.
Not only did we fall in love with Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR), but we also fell in love with the town. This former historic railway outpost is an authentically cool ski town that provides for a lot of fun. Between great runs during the day and enjoyable après ski in the evenings, we just keep returning. For a quick overview of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, take a peek at our short youtube video, or just read on:
About Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR)
Where: Fly to: Kelowna (+1 hr drive/shuttle north-east), Vancouver (+7hr drive east) or Calgary (+5 hr drive west). See getting to RMR.
Claim to Fame : The longest vertical in North America, heaps of powder, one of the world’s top heli skiing destinations.
Terrain: 7% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 48% advanced runs, covering 1263 acres.
Family Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Terrain Park, Kids’ Night Out and more !
For more information: See the Revelstoke Mountain Resort website.
Why we go: Although the mountain is not really what I would describe as a beginner’s mountain, Revelstoke has put enough infrastructure into place (kids lessons, kids activities etc.), that we can visit as a family and still feel like we parents have had a challenging ski day. On our first trip, we had the kids in full day lessons. On our most recent trip, they skied with us, pushing themselves on some of the more difficult terrain. While RMR does not offer as much for the kids as some of the other B.C. mountains (Silver Star, Whistler etc.), it provides something special for a double black skier like my husband (namely, the Longest Vertical in North America).
A Stay at Revelstoke Mountain Resort with Kids
While I could talk at length about the incredible terrain of Revelstoke Mountain, what I really want to mention, is the infrastructure that Revelstoke Mountain Resort has put in place to encourage families to visit. For instance, on the eve of our first visit, I was thrilled to discover that it was Kids Night Out at the ROC (Revelstoke Outdoor Centre), conveniently located right at the base of the Sutton Place Hotel. For only $5 my kids were able to have several hours of tubing and dinner. What a deal ! In the meantime, my husband and I had the opportunity to hang out with the cool kids at the Mackenzie Common Tavern (The Mac), followed by a leisurely dinner at the Rockford Grill (which incidentally also has a kids’ menu). The Kids Night Out runs Thursday – Saturday throughout the ski season, offering a different activity each night. Children must be 6 – 12 years old to attend.
The ROC was also where my children met in the morning for Snow School. Truthfully, they would have been happy playing there all day, hiding in the foam pit and scaling the small climbing wall. Since Revelstoke is a relatively quiet mountain, my kids actually each ended up with a private lesson for the price of a group lesson ! My daughter told me that her instructor was “Great!”, which is very rare high praise from her. After her lesson, we were back at the Turtle Creek Tube Park (which is right outside the ROC), followed by an apres-ski gelato at La Baguette (where I also found my daily caffeine fix).
Apres-ski is a lively affair for grownups at Revelstoke, especially on a clear day. People gather around the fire pits, enjoying the view, while kids play in the nearby snow. And with views like this, who wouldn’t want to stick around?
On of my favourite things about skiing at Revelstoke is the non-existent life lineups. The following picture was taken on a Friday afternoon.
Did I mention the view?
Where to Stay at Revelstoke Mountain – Family Friendly Accommodation
As far as where to stay at Revelstoke with kids, The Sutton Place Hotel could not be more conveniently located. The gondola is literally steps outside their door. The luxurious and modern suites have full gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces and top-of-the-line amenities. On the day of our check-in, there was a hosted wine reception in the lobby. Coffee and tea was offered from the same location during the day. For those traveling with baby, the hotel will provide a pack n play in your room.
More about The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke
Price Range: $$ – $$$
Hotel Class: 4 star
Reviews: 94% of family reviewers rate as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ on Tripadvisor
Best Rooms: Building 1 is above the ski school. Building 2 has the pool. Building 3 has the daycare*. All three buildings are in very close proximity to each other and the gondola.They are also connected by an underground parking lot (if you really don’t want to go outside).
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* Mountain Child Care offers half day, full day and some evening service for children 18 months to 6 years. As space is limited, be sure to book this service in advance. If you are looking for babysitting for a child younger than 18 months, the daycare can help you with a list of local providers. Please see the Mountain Child Care website for more information.
Note: I feel like I need to show you exactly how close the Sutton Place is to the gondola. Check it out !
What to Do In Revelstoke with Kids
Having had time to explore Revelstoke with the kids on our several trips to the area, here is what we love
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Revelstoke: We have enjoyed The Modern Bakeshop and Cafe (breakfast and lunch), The Village Idiot (dinner – casual pub), Nico’s Pizzeria and Kawakubo (sushi). All of these get great reviews on Tripadvisor.
For a Little History: see The History of Revelstoke (The Revelstoke Museum)
Disclaimer: During our stay in Revelstoke, we were offered a discounted media rate at the Sutton Place Hotel and lift passes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. All opinions are entirely my own. As always on my website, I encourage you to read current reviews and room tips from other family travelers on Tripadvisor before booking a hotel stay.
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