Revelstoke looks after beginners

19th September 2011, by Chris Gill

Nelsen Lodge – Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Nelsen Lodge – Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke, the resort with North America’s biggest vertical and renowned for its powder snow, will open a new beginner area this winter.

The Turtle Creek beginner and tubing area is a first for the Canadian resort, which has been expanding its terrain and facilities significantly in the past few years. The new area is located beside the gondola base station, is equipped with snowmaking and served by a new 175m moving carpet lift.

The slopes will have three gradients, so helping novices to progress to something a little steeper as they learn; plus there will be a children’s area and three-lane tubing park – floodlit for evening entertainment until 8pm. This is all beside the Revelstoke Outdoor Centre, which has also expanded to provide families with a ski school and après-ski activities. And there’s more childcare available for the 18 months to six-year olds.

The resort still appeals most to experts, with its ungroomed steeps and adventurous back country, but can satisfy an intermediate who does not mind limited terrain – and is better suited to visitors now that the Nelsen Lodge is open at the base. Revelstoke wants to attract more family groups, and the improvement of facilities here ought to help (while parents tackle more challenging slopes).

The Nelsen Lodge has been expanding too, with phase three due to open shortly. It’s 107 new units double the existing lodging and together the complex will also offer guests a new year-round pool, spa and fitness area.

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