Reveslstoke (BC) must be a fantastic place when they get those 18 meters of average. This time was after a 3 weeks dry spell. Long runs, and quite a bit of hiking to get to the powder. I had WAY more snow here in my backyard at Kirkwood. But bottom line it was a chance to ride with my brother and some very old friends form Rome.
After arriving in Calgary I rented a car with my brother and drove 5 hours to Revy.The road is not bafd, narrow at times and free of snow, but be sure to check the conditions before you leave, we rented a compact Toyota and it was fine without snow.
The next day we were up on the mountain, cold icy morning that pushed us to hike a traverse to get to the North side. About 6 turns in the powder later we paid the price and had to hike back toward the groomers on waist deep snow, then back on a steep and mogulish trail that went down the woods, opening up in a long boarderX-like run, and some flats (wax it!) and back to the gondola.
Revy is a huge mountain when it is all open, but we had only the upper part. So despite the tons of backcountry gear we had (ARVA for everybody, showels, probes, radios, and some airbags) we saw very little deep stuff. There are quite a few of long flat stretch, not so fun on a board, and not so fast on packed snow....I don't want to be there when the snow is deep...you need to pick your runs and avoid them.
By 12 the snow would give up a little, turning the groomed runs in VERY fast tracks... packed powder and this sand-like 5cm of shaved ice made for a carving and "bombing" paradise. I never went so fast on my board. The edge-hold carving is impressive for a non-alpine board, and there was no way to cartch an edge...flat riding paradise.
We met some locals at the end of the first day, that introduced us to a common froend...KUSH...
that made the sow-less trip much more fun. The CAT was booked up all week, and they managed to get a heli saturday, when I had to leave. I called them and they told me it was unreal. Next time.
The town itself is nice, plenty of places to eat, shops, and all the typical amenities of a mountain community. The landscape around it is gorgeous.
5 hours from Calgary, but coming back I was able to book a shuttle to Kelowna, (2:5 hrs) fly to Seattle from there and then to San Francisco.
Check the road conditions before you leave Calgary...we had no snow at all, but be sure you get an AWD, the road to get there is dangerous, the last 100Km, and the traffic of huge truks is massive.