Revelstoke Mountain Resort will not be opening for two “bonus” weekends in April. The resort had posted on their website that they’d close on April 8, but then re-open for the April 14-15 weekend and the April 21-22 weekend. The bonus weekends were recently removed and the resort announced April 8 was the final day.
Spokesperson Sarah Windsor said the bonus weekends had been posted on the resort’s website during a redesign. They were based on last year’s final bonus weekends and that posting them “definitely was an oversight” Windsor said. “We were always planning on closing on the 8th.”
Windsor noted the resort hadn’t advertised or promoted the bonus weekends elsewhere.
What about keeping the resort open later in future years? Windsor said it was a possibility, but that many other factors come into play. In springtime, gardens sprout, bicycles are dusted off and skiers’ minds drift elsewhere. For example, this past Sunday, there was 8-centimetres of snow overnight and it was a beautiful sunny day up top. However, few took advantage of it. The gondola line was gone shortly after 8:30 a.m. and there were still parking spaces in the small wedge parking lot at that time. A stark contrast to a gondola line to Camozzi Road just over a month ago.
Windsor said the resort opened two days early this year and that in future years they’d likely move in that direction instead — catching skiers when they’re still chomping at the bit and camping in the parking lot. “Tightening our business structure is definitely our model to make it a more successful experience for our guests,” she said. “It was a big push to get it open early, and everybody forgets that.”
Windsor said that RMR would be announcing their final weekend events shortly, including the Stoke to Spoke race on April 7 and a pass-holder appreciation day on April 8.