Explore Beyond the Resort Boundaries
Stand on the summit of any of BC’s major resorts and you’re greeted by a similar vista: A sea of mountains stretching to the horizon. You know what lies beneath your tips, but what’s out there? Or the next valley over? Unlike many ski areas in the western U.S., in BC it’s surprisingly easy to find out.
Take Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) for instance. Renowned for the most vertical of any North American ski area at 1,713 metres (5,620 feet), RMR features 3,121 acres of terrain, four alpine bowls, and world-famous tree-skiing spread over 75 runs and zones. But the town it rises above is also celebrated for being the oft-cited heli- and cat-skiing capital of the world. A range of operators in both departments are based here but Selkirk Tangiers, an RMR partner, has offered heli-skiing for over 40 years in 500,000 acres of prime Selkirk Mountain terrain that consistently receives 12 to 18 metres (39 to 59 feet) of powder every year. If you want to find out what the word “bottomless” actually means, this is the way to go. Though it boasts its own lodge, K3 Cat Ski is also a good day-ski option, and Great Northern Snowcat Skiing, an hour-and-a-half south that includes a scenic a ferry ride across Arrow Lake, offers deep and delightful removal from the lift-served fray.