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Old 09-11-2012, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Planning Revelstoke trip Jan/Feb 2013: Accommodations!?

Hey everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed the off/summer season. It's that time of year again to start planning those snow boarding trips and this year the wolf pack and I are planning to hit up Revelstoke. We have a few questions for all the locals and the people that have been fortunate enough to ride revy before.

We're trying to save on a few things and we're thinking of staying at one of the local hotels in the Town of Revelstoke. We don't need much, but would prefer a few things. If anyone could point us the right direction that would be awesome and we'd appreciate it a ton.

What we're looking for:

Local Hotel in the town of Revelstoke
Two beds with couch (3 of us in the wolf pack)
A kitchen if possible so we can cook out own meals, if not a kitchen maybe even complimentary breakfast from the hotel.

That's manily it that we need. Even if we get two of the three that would be awesome. Like I said, we're trying to save as much as possible, but we also don't want to sleep in a shack or have to hit up the local health clinic after our stay, so please if you guy's could send us in the right direction that would be great.

Also, we'll be flying from Toronto,Ontario and we're unsure if we should fly to Calgary or Kelowna and then rent a car for the week so we have wheels.

Also one last thing, we have heard that it's possible to purchase lift tickets from Costco in Calgary for Revy, any truth to this as I do have a Costco membership so if it's true we would probably do that as well.

Like I said, any help would be greatly appreciated!!

PS looking to go either end of January or first week of February
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We stayed at the Sandman on a 5 day trip the end of Feb this year: 2 rooms w/doubles ea. and a kitchen between. Not posh digs, but clean and affordable when split 3 ways, plenty of room to spread gear out, and if you like 5 dudes in a hot tub, you had two choices, one of which looked into the Denny's (!?)

A plus is that the shuttle bus for the mountain stops right out in front. I think it was $1.50.

We drove in from Vancouver (too long of a drive), because we couldn't rent a 4x4 in Kelowna. Both the eastbound and west bound passes were closed for two days when Revi got 41cm and 28cm on two successive nights. I was glad we were stuck there instead of trying to get in.

This year we're flying into Calgary. We plan on hitting Kicking Horse on the way in and going VRBO with 4 people.

We had four of our passes from a ride and stay deal at the Sandman. Lift tix through that worked out to ~$55/day. We bought four more through Liftopia for Sat & Sun. Weekend passes were ~$70 ea, so we saved something like $12-14 over window rates. You pick up your passes at the pre-paid counter right at the Revelstoke main lodge. Be aware that Liftopia tix are day and person specific; you'll need to show ID when picking them up, and if you do not use them, there's no refund. For those that are from the states (not the OP), Liftopia is US based, so no foreign currency transaction fee on your CC when in Canada, aye..

Revi is SICK and has inbound terrain that is unlike any other resort I've been to. We also took a day off and went back country sledding. Highly recommended.

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Old 10-29-2012, 02:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow sorry for such a late response, I totally forgot I made this thread but I truly do appreciate your feed back and recommedations.

We were going to do the whole VRBO but didn't find anything we liked or within our budget except for one place but decided against it and in the end we booked 6 nights at the Swiss Chalet Motel after a lot of research. The price was very right, free breaky (which a lot of reviews on Trip Advisors say is actually a really good breaky). Location seems pretty close to down town and the courtesy shuttle picks us up right in front of the Motel and best part is we all get our own bed lol. Down fall is we'll have to go out for dinner every night but then it gives us a reason to explore the town and night life if there is any which im sure there is.

Lift passes we're going to get from Costco in Calgary when we fly in. They're priced at $99 for two tickets which is a great deal.

All that is left to do is book out flights and we book a rental car.

Maybe someone has a suggestion for rental or information that we're curious about. Can we rent a vehicle from calgary airport and drop it off at the local car rental place in Revelstoke so we won't have to pay for a whole week as we wont need it, then rent another car for our way home and leave it at Calgary airport?
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I would have the car for the whole week so I could use it to go to the hill. Plus If you are going to Revi it would be a shame not to visit the horse as well!
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's what we're trying to figure out. We're riding for 4 days total at Revy, with one day off in between. Either we're going to go to Kicking Horse or snow mobiling for the day.

How far of a drive to kicking horse from revy is it?
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I've been doing a trip to Kicking Horse with a day trip to Revy every year for the past few years.

We fly into Calgary so here's what I've found:

1) Costco is the real deal. Just check that the deal is for 2 single day tickets instead of one 2day pass. They have flipped-flopped between the two deals. It is a great deal, but not so much for a single day trip. Probably shouldn't bother you if you're there for a week, but take a hard look at the Kicking Horse ones if you're only going for a day, last year it was a 2 day pass, not 2 single lift tickets. And anything you buy at Costco can be returned to ANY Costco (even Toronto) for a full refund. Make sure you all have enough debit card room.

2) Enterprise has the best deals for rental cars that I have found. If you have friends with the entertainment or wheelchair sports coupon book, then use it. Keep checking prices right up until the moment you fly as "sales" pop up all the time. You don't have to give them a credit card or deposit to reserve so you can cancel an existing reservation and re-book at a better price any time you like.

Check to see if your credit card offers insurance. The cars are cheap, but the insurance kills. Check that it covers windshields. If you're taking the rental company's insurance, pay the extra $5/day for windshield insurance. Trust me on this, we had to replace a windshield at a Speedy Glass last year.

Renting for a week is a way, way better deal than renting for a day or 2. Between the free upgrade and 15% off and then another free upgrade at the airport (cuz they were out of mid-size) we got an SUV for $150/week. The regular price for a mid-size was $79/day.

If you want to save even more, take a cab to an non-airport location (there's one 5km away) and rent from there.

One way rentals between provinces are usually very expensive (Vancouver to Calgary is $800 on top of the weekly rental, for example)

I wouldn't sweat the 4x4s. Rentals come with all-season tires anyway, so 4x4 is only marginally better. If you really need 4x4 to get thru Rogers Pass or Kicking Horse Canyon, then it's probably closed anyway.


Personally, I'd pay the extra to get a place with a kitchenette if you want to save money. You're going to Costco anyway. That $2 worth of pasta will run you 5x that in a restaurant and you'll have to do that 3x per day. And you can make/take lunches to the hill. Buy your booze in Alberta (liquor store next to the Costco)

If the roads are open, then Revy-Kicking Horse is about 2 hours. If it is going to be a heavy POW day, then you might get stuck in one place or the other so have a credit card to get a motel.

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We flew into Kelowna from toronto, rented a suburban and drove to Revy - 2 hours. (The chance of the roads being closed is too great a risk to take another route) I only had the one winter trip, I'll be darned if Im getting snowed out and stuck outside trying to get it.

We thought about a day trip to Kickinghorse, but my friend, there is SO MUCH to shred at revy it's almost pointless going anywhere else unless you are there for more than a week. If you have "ridden' all of Revy" then you havent really ridden it all all. So much untouched Pow and terrain all within a short hiking distance......

Fuck me i miss Revy so much im trying to go back this year...

Revelstoke...... amazing. I love when people give it bad reviews. Just means more people might decide to go somewhere else, leaving those in the know with less tracks to cross (Not that there are many)...

this year I have my sights set on the South Bowl & Brown Shorts (to name a few).......... it runs down the right side of the neck along the Peak then spits you out into Greely Bowl.... sick.

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We flew into Kelowna from toronto, rented a suburban and drove to Revy - 2 hours. (The chance of the roads being closed is too great a risk to take another route) I only had the one winter trip, I'll be darned if Im getting snowed out and stuck outside trying to get it.
Amen to that. 2 seasons ago, we spent 9 hours trying to get from Calgary to Golden due to the avalanche closures. And that was well timed since the Trans-Canada had been closed for the previous 4 days. At least there are 3 ways to get to Golden (thru Field, Radium Hot Springs or way down to the Crowsnest), If you're trying to get to Revy from Calgary and the Rogers Pass is closed, then you're pretty much screwed.

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We thought about a day trip to Kickinghorse, but my friend, there is SO MUCH to shred at revy it's almost pointless going anywhere else unless you are there for more than a week. If you have "ridden' all of Revy" then you havent really ridden it all all. So much untouched Pow and terrain all within a short hiking distance......
I'd say pretty much the same about Kicking Horse. The two are pretty much 1 and 1a in my book. If I was only going for a week (and I will be soon), then do a day trip from one to the other only if it's going to be a bluebird day. If it's puking, stay where you are and don't waste any time on the road.
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dinner at the village idiot is a must, great vibe, peeps & food!
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