This article first appeared in print in the December 2018 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.
Revelstoke Mountaineer: A club? Aren’t those for skiers?
Revelstoke Snowboard Club’s Simon Allwein: Yes, and for any other group of people who share common interests. In Revelstoke we have the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club and of course the Revelstoke Ski Club itself.
RM: So, why the Revelstoke Snowboard Club? What are you planning to do with it?
RSC: Our intention is to bring all Revelstoke snowboarders together, no matter your age or ability, and share our passion for the sport and lifestyle. We want to organize riding days at our home resort Revelstoke Mountain Resort as well as explore other resorts or go touring together. We also want to offer backcountry and avalanche education to our members, as well as support the local youth and get them thrilled about snowboarding. There will also be off-snow events such as a snowboard swap and tuning clinics.
What do you have happening this season?
In our first year we want to identify the desires of the Revelstoke snowboard community and eventually cater to it. But we will definitely be involved in the Trapper Snowboards Banked Slalom at RMR in February. A banked slalom is a good example of what we like about snowboarding: having fun with friends while experiencing a healthy dose of competition.
What are the benefits of joining? Are you giving out free swag?
Our main objective is non-materialistic. We want to get snowboarders together and share the stoke. But thanks to our sponsors we are able to support our members in many ways. Our members get discounts to their services or products, and I’d like to mention them here briefly: Revelstoke Backpacker Lodge, Trans-Canada Fitness, Wax Bench, Powder Rentals, Revelstoke Trading Post, Society Snow & Skate, Trapper Snowboards, Board Butter Glide Wax, and Nitro Snowboards. Also, if you sign up for a membership until the end of the year you get a free Revelstoke Snowboard Club T-shirt … so there’s your free swag.
Video: We spoke with Revelstoke Snowboard Club organizers ahead of the Revelstoke Mountain Movie Festival in mid-November.
So, if all goes perfectly, where will the club be at in five years?
If everything goes perfectly, the Revelstoke Snowboard Club will be established similarly to the ski club. We would love to have a solid member base (100-plus) and offer programs to every kind of snowboarder in Revelstoke and surroundings. The ski club has a nice van — I would love to offer this to our members as well, either for picking up kids in town and taking them to the hill or for day trips to other resorts or events.
Who are the organizers behind the RSC?
Besides me, Simon Allwein, there is Jason Dinardo, Brooke Campbell and Mark Baron on the board of our non-profit society.
How can people get involved?
Prospective members or sponsors can find us on Facebook and Instagram or write us an email: email@example.com