Revelstoke Announces Third Chairlift for 2019

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.

The new Cupcake lift may follow alignment 25 on the Revelstoke master plan, though things may have changed somewhat.  Orange lift 14 is The Ripper, built in 2008.

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.


14 thoughts on “Revelstoke Announces Third Chairlift for 2019

  1. Collin September 13, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Hopefully with the addition of more cabins they don’t have to turn the speed down resulting in a capacity gain of zero like happened to Bridger at Jackson Hole.


    • Peter Landsman September 13, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      No comment on that but does anyone know if they still run Revelation as two separate sections with cabins turning around at the mid? When I skied there back in the day, cabins made the full trip but the gondola had two different names – Anticipation and Revelation. Then I heard they split it up but unified the name. Go figure.


      • Ryan Murphy September 14, 2018 / 4:47 am

        They do run as separate lifts. There’s a priority loading queue if you came from the lower gondola, but you have to get off and back on again. I think it helps since very few skiers go all the way to the bottom, so it speeds up loading on the main section.


      • Collin September 14, 2018 / 6:46 am

        On Killington’s two stage Skyeship Gondola, they usually have both stages connected with cabins making the full trip. They send up empty cabins from the bottom to allow people to load at mid. Sometimes they will run them separately if there’s a problem with the link or if they’re running on diesel. I think it works better to have the stages connected because there are fewer people getting in and out at mid.


  2. reaperskier September 13, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    I expect cupcake (I love the name) to be built by either skytrac or leitner-poma.

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    • Peter Landsman September 14, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Confirmed Leitner-Poma Alpha. I never assume these days!


  3. JBB September 14, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    According to the updated Revelstoke master plan (April 2018, final). “The potential development of beginner terrain at the top of the Gondola will be explored and there will also be the continued development of runs and glades with current lift priorities being Lift 11, 1 and 18, and continued modernization of the snow cat fleet.”

    Lift 18 looks fun!

    Click to access Master_Plan_2017_Update.pdf


  4. Brian September 15, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Peter, do you know that Cupcake follows alignment 25? I was sort of assuming it would be 11 as Revelstoke recently mentioned that was one of their three priority lifts.


    • Peter Landsman September 15, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      I’m not certain. My thinking was 11 looks too long for a 3 minute ride time.


      • Thomas Jett September 15, 2018 / 7:48 pm

        Have you been told that the new lift is a 4C, and not a D4C? Chair 25 from the 2007 master plan isn’t even on the 2018 master plan. The new 25 is a 5,000 ft lift that runs from the top of 6 to below the top of the Stoke. Chair 11 is about 3,300 ft long, so if the new lift is detachable, then I’d imagine that it’s going to be 11.


    • Collin September 15, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Lift 11 looks to be about half as long as The Stoke. Maybe a 3 minute ride on a detachable but definitely not on a fixed grip. Assuming a design speed of 400 feet per minute, Cupcake would be 1200 feet long.

      It will be exciting to see if Revelstoke is able to complete more lifts and expand terrain in the future. Adding the other lifts they listed as a priority would nearly double their lift fleet.

      It was also interesting to read in the master plan how much capacity the lifts originally had, how much they are designed for, and how much capacity was added to them in 2017. All lifts started with an hourly capacity of 1800, except The Stoke which was 1820. The gondola sections have a design capacity of 2800 and the chairs have a design capacity of 2600.

      The lower gondola had 6 cabins added and how has an hourly capacity of 2177. The upper gondola has 18 cabins added and now has an hourly capacity of 2371. The Stoke had 21 chairs added and now has an hourly capacity of 2207. The Ripper did not have any chairs added.


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