Several on-mountain improvements are coming to Revelstoke Mountain Resort for the upcoming 2018/19 season.
The Ripper Zone in particular is slated for a series of developments that will be completed over the course of two years.
In addition to a new warming hut, glading and run development, the two year plan includes a new beginner chairlift, modernized Swiss Cord rope tow and an increase in upload capacity for the Revelation Gondola, said a news release from the resort.
Vice President of Operations for Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Peter Nielsen, is excited about the potential for this distinct mountain zone.
“Revelstoke is home to some of the best glade skiing on the planet, and the Ripper Zone features some of Revelstoke’s finest tree skiing,” said Nielsen. “Our immediate goal is to provide easier access in and out of the Ripper Zone, while developing the terrain to its fullest potential.”
Over the course of the summer, the resort conducted an extensive glading program to improve spacing in Powder Monkey Glades and the Lower Back 40 Glades.
Skiers and riders can also look forward to two new runs in the Ripper Zone this season with the debut of Blow Down and Simmer Down.
Blow Down is a blue run that branches off of the Downtowner through Snorkel Glades, while Simmer Down offers an alternate route through Stop At The Road Glades.
The Downtowner has also undergone a major overhaul to facilitate easier access to the front side of the mountain.
For the 2019/20 season, an additional fixed-grip quad chairlift will be constructed in an area between the Ripper Connector and the Revelation Gondola.
This new lift, named the Cupcake Chair, will provide a direct link to the Ripper area from the top of the Gondola and feature a beginner terrain pod.
The new Cupcake Chair will have an upload capacity of 1,800 people/hour with a travel time of just over three minutes.
Nielsen states, “The Cupcake Chair will be a welcome addition to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. This lift will provide an ideal training ground for beginner skiers and riders, and also provides direct access to the Ripper, alleviating some of the pressure on the Stoke Chair.”
The resort has also confirmed an increase in the Revelation Gondola to full capacity of 2,800 people/hour for the 2019/20 season with an additional 22 gondola cabins on order.
Other significant improvements for the upcoming 2018/19 season include two additional PRINOTH snowcats, a warming hut at the top of the Ripper Chair, a new hard goods store at the village base named Critical Parts, and hands-free RFID access for tickets and passes.