Not only is Revelstoke Mountain Resort celebrating its 10th anniversary this winter, it is also increasing lift capacity from 7,299 to 9,700 skiers per hour with the addition of new gondola cabins and chairs for the lifts.
A statement from the resort said the Revelation Gondola will be fitted with 24 new cabins increasing lift capacity by 25%.
The effect of this upgrade will be most noticeable at the village base, decreasing wait times and allowing people to load quicker. An additional 21 chairs will also be installed on the Stoke Chair line to help carry more skiers up the mountain per hour.
“The combination of adding more gondola cabins and chairs will enable our guests to do more of what they love – skiing Revelstoke’s 3,121 acres of world-class terrain and increasing the speed of the lift lines by 25%,” Peter Nielsen, RMR’s vice-president of operations, said in the statement.
The possibility of adding a direct ski run from the top of the Revelation Gondola to the base of the Ripper Chair is also being explored.
“Cutting a direct line to the north side of the mountain would allow guests to access the Ripper and more of their favourite terrain faster than ever before,” Nielsen said. “However, we’re still in the process of getting the area surveyed to see if this will be possible to implement for next season.”
This summer, the Revelation Gondola will be running its full length, transporting guests one mile high to breathtaking views. A network of hiking trails and sightseeing platforms overlooking the Columbia River and Monashee Mountain range will also be open for guests to explore and discover.