Another week, another hotel proposal for Revelstoke. At least it seems that way.
The latest is from Jason Stutzke, who is proposing to build a 19-room lodge on a bench above the Trans-Canada at the western edge of city limits.
“It’s a smaller hotel,” said Stutzke. “It’s a Glacier House concept.”
The plans, which went out for referral last week, call for a hotel, restaurant and sled service shop.
“It will be up to 100 seat restaurant, and commercial retail space for snowmobile rentals and quads and retail clothing sales,” said Stutzke.
Stutzke is originally from Winnipeg but has been coming here to snowmobile for years. He said he moved out west four years ago and owner of Extreme Powersports until in Sicamous until it burned down a little more than a year ago. He also ran the Sundog Bed & Breakfast there.
He’s looking forward to coming to Revelstoke.
“I like the atmosphere of Revelstoke a little better. There’s higher traffic flow potential,” he said. “Revelstoke has a lot more to offer.”
His proposed hotel would be located along the Jordan River Forest Service Road, next to the Telus Tower. It would be perched on a hill above the highway, on private land he is planning to buy. The FSR connects the Peaks Lodge to the Boulder Mountain trail network.
“It will be sled-in, sled-out access,” he said, adding the road to the hotel will be plowed.
The floor plan shows a shop and restaurant on the main floor, hotel rooms on the second floor, and a caretaker suite on the third floor.
Stutzke has filed his re-zoning application with the City of Revelstoke and hopes to get it approved this summer so he can open the shop by this winter.
“In a perfect world I’m hoping to have the performance shop open for Dec. 1, but there’s a lot of what ifs between now and then,” he said. “Realistically, it could end up being next fall.”
He sees the snowmobiling industry continuing to grow in Revelstoke, as long as the community can meet the demand.
“It’s known as probably the best backcountry snowmobiling area in North America or maybe the world,” he said. “Unless something happens to the snow, it’s there for good.”