Revelstoke is a rail town on Hwy 1 600km East of Vancouver and 400km West of Calgary. Sitting in midst of the Selkirks range it is a skiers' recreation destination.

Backcountry skiing has always been popular with two local areas close to town; the Fingers and Mount Begbie. These areas start out low-lying at about 800m above sea level so keep an eye on temperatures to catch a good day there. Also because there's low lying slide alder and thicketed bush expect to have character-building approaches and exits unless there's lots of snow down low. An example of a typical day skiing town pow can be found here 

Fifty kilometers east of Revelstoke is Rogers Pass. Rogers Pass is considered to be one of the world’s meccas for ski touring. The Pass is another area with incredible backcountry skiing. It used to have a hotel and gift store, but now only has the Info Center where you can get a backcountry permit and find out about local avalanche closures.  The best skiing information about Rogers Pass can be found in this Guide Book.  For a typical day of skiing at Rogers Pass check out this link.  Backcountry skiing in Rogers Pass and the Revelstoke area is pretty magical. But be warned there's lots of snow, terrain is HUGE and generally speaking should be taken very seriously. Links about snow safety are available below - there's lots of information. 

For the high avalanche danger days, or for lift assisted skiing Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers many options, for a typical day check out this link.   

There are many hotels and B&B's in Revelstoke including the Best Western Plus Revelstoke as a comfortable hotel with awesome buffet breakfast and Minto Manor a Heritage character house serving great breakfasts. If you have a group and want to cook your own breakfast or dinner consider staying at the Sutton Place Hotel, Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Places to eat that will refuel you after a day of skiing include:

 

 

Other restaurants can be found here 

The info center is new with lots of helpful information on this area. One of their recommendations that was interesting and to be explored on those really lazy days was the Historical Revelstoke Museum

Other useful information about skiing in the area is listed below 

Parks Canada

Parks Canada (Revelstoke Office) (250) 837-7500 – http://www.pc.gc.ca/fra/pn-np/bc/reve...

Parks Canada (Rogers Pass Office) (250) 814-5202 – http://www.pc.gc.ca/fra/pn-np/bc/glac...

Road Conditions (Banff) (403) 762-1450 (Jasper) (780) 852-3311 – http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banf...


Winter Permit Information

Winter Permit System explained – http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/glac...

Winter Restricted Area status (250) 837-SKIS (7547) – http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/tcond/cond_e...


Weather, Snowpack and Avalanche

http://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/bulletin-en...


Glacier Park Avalanche Bulletin

(250) 837 – MTNS (6867) – http://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/bulletin-en...

Other information

Weather station/Dataloggers – http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/pre-trip-...

North and South Columbia bulletins (250) 837-2141 – http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins...

Parks Weather Snowpack and Avalanche Observations – http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/glac...

Environment Canada – http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/p...

University of Washington Atmospheric Science – http://www.atmos.washington.edu/

Drive BC road and weather conditions 1-800-550-4997 – www.drivebc.ca/

Avalanche advisories for BC highways – http://tranbc.ca/avalanche-advisories/

Webcams

Home – www.drivebc.ca/

Revelstoke – http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam...

Macdonald Snowshed East of Revy – http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam...

Rogers Pass – http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam...

Golden – http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam...

Ski areas

Revelstoke Mountain Resort – www.revelstokemountainresort.com/

Kicking Horse – www.kickinghorseresort.com/


Maps and Imagery

Government of BC 1:20,000 geotagged TRIM – http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/dmf-viewer/...

National Resources Canada geospatial information – http://geobase.ca/geobase/en/

Geogratis 1:50,000 maps – http://www.geogratis.gc.ca/geogratis/...

Magnetic declination calculator – http://geomag.nrcan.gc.ca/calc/mdcal-...

NAD 27 to NAD 83 calculation tool – http://www.geod.nrcan.gc.ca/tools-out...

Topographic mapping basics – http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences...

Map Tools – http://www.maptools.org/

Garmin GPS user guide – http://www8.garmin.com/aboutGPS/manua...

BC Peaks KMZ – http://www3.telus.net/mtnclimb/pers/c...

Google Earth (GE) browser – http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

GE Community – https://productforums.google.com/foru...