Revelstoke Mountain Resort has announced they will be increasing lift capacity for the 2017-18 season by adding new cabins on their gondola and chairs on the Stoke Chair.
The new cars will increase their lift capacity from 7,299 to 9,700 skiers per hour with the addition of new gondola cabins and chairs for the lifts.
Lift capacity has been a key issue in recent years. On Revelstoke powder days, line-ups can extend for hundreds of metres and take an hour or more to clear.
The Revelation Gondola will be fitted with 24 new cabins increasing lift capacity by 25%. In a statement, resort owner Northland Properties said 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%,” said Peter Nielsen, Vice President of Operations at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in a 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,” said Nielsen. “However, we’re still in the process of getting the area surveyed to see if this will be possible to implement for next season.”
There is an existing roadway there, but it’s marked off limits and is used by staff on snowmobiles to access the Ripper Chair from the top of the gondola. It is a hilly road and not practical for travelling in either direction without having to walk uphill in a few spots.
New trails for summer use
RMR said that the Revelation Gondola will be running its full length in summer, 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 be open for guests to explore and discover.