Revelstoke is surrounded by rugged mountains with extremely heavy snowfalls (almost 18m/59 ft. annually). The town is particularly known as a center for heli-skiing, a sport that employs helicopters to deposit expert skiers high on mountain ridges, far from lifts and ski areas.
The mountains around Revelstoke are etched with old logging roads that have been converted into mountain-bike trails; ask at the visitor center for a map.
Revelstoke Golf Club (tel. 800/991-4455 or 250/837-4276) is an 18-hole, par-72 championship course established in 1924, with narrow fairways lined with mammoth conifers and small lakes. The club -- one of the oldest in British Columbia -- has a driving range, clubhouse with lounge and restaurant, and pro shop. Greens fees are C$59 for 18 holes.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort (6km/3 3/4 miles southeast of Revelstoke; tel. 866/922-8754 or 250/814-0087; www.revelstokemountainresort.com) is a new billion-dollar four-season resort that includes 21 lifts, 110 ski trails, 5,000 housing units, a pedestrian village, and an 18-hole golf course. The resort is home to the longest lift-serviced vertical in North America, with 1,713 vertical meters (5,620 vertical ft.) of skiing. An eight-person gondola and high-speed quads access the five bowls, terrain park, natural and man-made glades, and vast backcountry terrain that counts a whopping 208,413 hectares (515,000 acres). Located in the legendary Monashee and Selkirk Mountains along the Columbia River, the resort also differentiates itself by providing downhill, cat skiing, and heli-skiing all from the same base. Lift tickets are C$74 adults, C$57 seniors and children ages 13 to 18, and C$26 children 6 to 12.
Also now based out of the resort, the long-established Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing (tel. 800/663-7080; www.selkirk-tangiers.com) offers helicopter-assisted skiing and snowboarding trips to more than 200 approved areas in the Monashee and Selkirk mountains, with some runs up to 2,195m (7,201 ft.) in length. A 4-day package, with access to 13,000 vertical meters (42,651 vertical ft.) of powder, accommodations, and meals starts at C$3,820. For cat skiing, look no further than Revelstoke Cat Skiing (tel. 866/922-8754; www.revelstokecatskiing.com), which offers snowcat access to untracked terrain in the powder-rich Selkirk Mountains. A day's package, including guides, unlimited vertical, and meals, is C$400.
Revelstoke is also one of the home bases of CMH Heli-Skiing (tel. 800/661-0252; www.cmhski.com), a longtime purveyor of helicopter skiing to remote slopes and glaciers in the Monashee and Selkirk mountains. CMH offers 7- and 10-day trips to 12 locations; prices begin at C$6,685 for 1 week, including lodging, food, and transport from Calgary.
A detailed brochure of snowmobiling trails is available from the visitor center; contact Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours (tel. 800/667-8865 or 250/837-6500; www.snowmobilerevelstoke.com) for guided trips.
Apex Rafting Company (tel. 888/232-6666 or 250/837-6376; www.apexrafting.com) offers excursions down the Illecillewaet River's Albert Canyon. The trip provides thrills, but nothing too extreme. In summer, daily 4-hour trips cost C$85 for adults and C$69 for kids 16 and under.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.