While Revelstoke isn't touted for the weak-kneed, there's no shortage of runs to keep both beginners and kids happy
Published in Parents Canada in March 2015
When I tell my friends I'm heading to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in B.C. for a ski vacation, they look at me kind of funny.
I just took up skiing two years ago, at age 50, and Revelstoke is about as far from a beginner's mountain as you can get. In fact, it's been named as a "must do trip" on National Geographic's Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.
With terrain split stats of seven percent green, 45 percent blue and 48 percent black, it's known as a backcountry skiing and snowboarding paradise - and an epicenter of heli skiing and cat skiing - with big terrain, big pitch, big snowfall (30-35 feet a year) and big vertical (the highest in North America at 5,620 feet).
While the primary demographic niche of the resort is still adrenaline-lovin' advanced riders, beginners like me can cope just fine since there are plenty of long mellow groomed runs (The Last Spike at 15.2 km is the longest, a meandering green with stunning views of the spectacular ice-clad peaks of the Monashee Mountains).
And daily free mountain guide tours will match with you a pro who will help find the easier terrain if you're a relative newbie like me.