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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 03:55 AM
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loooks sooo nice!!! i love the snow covered trees
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Sorry to bring this back from the dead but:

Are those hikes closed only to riders with beacons and Avy gear? or is that area usually patrolled/controlled by the mountain staff?

I've looked at the trail maps, and the whole north side looks epic. I'm assuming that's all accessible? Isn't there also a lift on the north side?

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REvy is the only resort i've ever been to that had a sign right when you get off the gondola that says how many people have spent the night in the woods. This can be the same with any resort but Revy's whole appeal going off the beaten path so if I were you i'd definitely get some avy gear. This happened last year there 2 Ont. skiers plunge to deaths near B.C. resort - British Columbia - CBC News
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If you don't have backcountry experience (and the gear to go with it) then don't even consider hiking out of bounds there. If you do have both, then of course adhere to avy conditions and talk to the locals/patrollers about options. Lots of people get lost/die there.
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Note about above CBC article about 2 skier deaths at RMR... They followed tracks out of bounds without knowing where they were going, then crossed a rope, and also past large signs reading "Last chance, life threatening terrain below, turn around" (or something along those lines). It was below the base of the ripper chair.
Also a lot of people getting stuck in the Montana Creek drainage as well, below the cat ski area. A long cold night if you're lucky... most requiring heli-rescue out.

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I think you misunderstood me guys.

we aren't planning on going out of bounds. My question is with regards to the North Side of the mountain.
Based on the pictures the OP posted, the hike to the top is still in bounds, but cautions Avy. Is this still considered in-bounds? In Fernie that was the case. Specifically hiking up to the peak.
We're not going out into backcountry or anything of the like.

I guess what I'm asking is: Do the in-bound hikes require Avy gear? Is it recommended?

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Yes the area you are referring to (all of North Bowl) is in-bounds and does not require avy gear. Usually after a big storm it will be closed temporarily until patrol can clear it (bomb it) to ensure it is safe. Sub-peak (straight above the Stoke Chair) is about a 15 minute hike. If you dip into Greeley bowl, by the time you get back to the Stoke you've had a pretty long run (an hour?). So no avy gear required for anything in-bounds, but it can never be a bad idea. I know a bunch of guys that wear it all the time, mainly for when they decide to dip out of bounds during the day, but also for in-bounds safety. I have seen a couple 'smaller' slides in North Bowl - one after a 10cm snow report which with wind brought 100+cm into the bowls overnight...
Don't forget that some of the best lift-accessed terrain at RMR is on Mid-Mountain. (Conifers of Gnarlia, Critical Path Glades). Some cliffs, best glades on the hill, and pillows galore.
You can also ask a local to show you the Ninja Traverse, to get back from the Cat Ski area easily. It used to be a tight advanced bushwack for a few KMs but they've cleared it out so much now that we just call it the Sumo Traverse instead - which kind of sucks because it allows lower level riders through and more traffic in general in the cat ski. Once again, Cat Ski area is out of bounds and requires backcountry knowledge/gear.

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Yes the area you are referring to (all of North Bowl) is in-bounds and does not require avy gear. Usually after a big storm it will be closed temporarily until patrol can clear it (bomb it) to ensure it is safe. Sub-peak (straight above the Stoke Chair) is about a 15 minute hike. If you dip into Greeley bowl, by the time you get back to the Stoke you've had a pretty long run (an hour?). So no avy gear required for anything in-bounds, but it can never be a bad idea. I know a bunch of guys that wear it all the time, mainly for when they decide to dip out of bounds during the day, but also for in-bounds safety. I have seen a couple 'smaller' slides in North Bowl - one after a 10cm snow report which with wind brought 100+cm into the bowls overnight...
Don't forget that some of the best lift-accessed terrain at RMR is on Mid-Mountain. (Conifers of Gnarlia, Critical Path Glades). Some cliffs, best glades on the hill, and pillows galore.
You can also ask a local to show you the Ninja Traverse, to get back from the Cat Ski area easily. It used to be a tight advanced bushwack for a few KMs but they've cleared it out so much now that we just call it the Sumo Traverse instead - which kind of sucks because it allows lower level riders through and more traffic in general in the cat ski. Once again, Cat Ski area is out of bounds and requires backcountry knowledge/gear.
Perfect! Thanks chupacabraman!

We won't be Cat-Skiing, the trip will be $$ as is . But your tips are appreciated.
We're super stoked for the glades and whole north side!! I'll pass on your tips to my buddies.

How are the conditions near end of Feb?
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How are the conditions near end of Feb?
Well like any ski hill the conditions can vary. Could be pure ice, could be deep pow, could be raining, who knows...
That being said, it's a La Nina season and it is Revelstoke, so there is a high probability of there being plenty of pow. By late February the base will be deep and 100% of the terrain should be open (inc. lower mountain) so it's a better time to go than say early December or late April.
Should be a sick trip; I'm sure you guys will have a ton of fun!!

Last season the town got 550cm (350cm in January alone). The snow pack got close to 2 meters! We're talking buried garages, fences, signs, etc. In town, it was actually the all-time 100-yr record for amount of snow on the ground, even more than the year where 779cm fell because there was almost no rain last year. In the alpine it was just slightly above average, with almost 1200cm.
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There's a reason all the house roofs in Rev are peaked and made of tin.
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so true /\ , wish our van had a peaked roof, LOL!
(We left it in the revi parking lot for the week and it got buried)

just booked our flights for this season, arriving Feb 5th. (Chupa, would love to hookup for some beers if you're around)
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