With a new President appointed, new RFID ticketing, new snow cats and new terrain this season, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is upping its game. Canada’s newest mountain playground today revealed even more improvements coming for 2019-20, including new beginner chair and surface lift. The high elevation beginner zone will sit between The Ripper and Revelation Gondola, its quad chair called Cupcake. “This lift will provide an ideal training ground for beginner skiers and riders, and also provides direct access to the Ripper, alleviating some of the pressure on the Stoke Chair,” noted Vice President of Operations Peter Nielsen. The lift will take just over three minutes to ride and move 1,800 skiers per hour. Leitner-Poma Canada constructed all four of Revelstoke’s current lifts, though no manufacturer was specified for the new one. The resort has also placed a third order for 22 gondola cabins, bringing the second stage of Revelation to its design capacity of 2,800 guests each hour in 2019.
Located on the Trans-Canada “Powder” Highway between Kicking Horse and Sun Peaks, Revelstoke is one of three Ikon Pass destinations in British Columbia. The new lift will be the first built since Revelstoke ran out of cash in late 2008, less than a year after opening. By the time Leitner-Poma finished the company’s second batch of lifts, the global financial crisis doomed the Denver-based developer of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which sold it to Northland Properties. It took a decade, but many of BC’s interior resorts are back in the green and adding lifts again. “We are well poised for a second lift and future on-mountain infrastructure development,” says Revelstoke.