Searching for Powder: #LetsModo to Revelstoke with HitchPlanet
What do you get when you pack a van full of French expats and send them in search of powder? A weekend in Revelstoke with the slopes all to themselves…
Thanks to our friends at HitchPlanet for the latest installment in our #LetsModo series of adventures.
While everyone this Winter is loving the sun (and secretly, so are we), the dry weather hasn’t given us the powder we’re used to. The snow gods have been more generous in Eastern B.C. so we’re heading there on a quest for the white stuff.
Revelstoke is a 600km trip East of Vancouver (plan a good 6 hours) and is accessed via the Coquihala Highway, famous for enduring severe Winter conditions.
We were booked at two separate hotels in Revelstoke: The Cube, a trendy youth-hostel in downtown; and the Best Western Plus, just outside of town and more fancy, with two hot tubs and a good breakfast (unlimited bacon and eggs, if you wake up early enough). Both recommended!
We hit the slopes on the Friday and Saturday. There had been no new snow in a while, so we were expecting fast corduroy. What we weren’t expecting was having the slopes to ourselves. Forget Whistler’s crowds, Revelstoke is up and down on the chair all day!
We got blessed with a blue-bird on the Saturday and warmer temperatures which softened the snow. With 1,713 metres of descent, Revelstoke is North America’s greatest vertical, which gave us the opportunity to test our top speeds. The winner, Nathalie, topped an estimated 130km/h, the speed limit on French highways.
The scenery was stunning. Revelstoke is in a valley surrounded by mountains and traversed by the Columbia river. This town is at the footholds of the Rocky Mountains and famous for its history: it was named after Lord Revelstoke, who saved the Canadian Pacific Railway from bankruptcy in 1885 and enabled the railway to reach Vancouver.
While we didn’t get any fresh powder this time, we recognize the potential of this place: less people, steep terrain, and a friendly small-town B.C. attitude. We hope to be back next season when mother nature delivers some fluffy white stuff!
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