Did you get any time to ski in Revelstoke outside filming? Any tips for Ski Club of Great Britain Members looking to visit Revelstoke?
The film itself was shot over a very intense six day period in December 2019. We then spent the following six weeks editing the film, so we could hold a special screening for the local people of Revelstoke first, before the online release this autumn.
Whilst many hours were spent locked away behind the screen putting the film together, we definitely found time to enjoy the mountains too.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort itself is huge – and whilst there are groomed runs and areas for learners and intermediate skiers - it is largely a steep and challenging mountain with endless amounts of tree skiing; perfect for expert skiers and people looking to push themselves.
The snowfall last winter was phenomenal, with plenty of great days spent skiing power and exploring the backcountry – with lots of great backcountry terrain quite easily accessible from the top of the Stoke Chair (just to be sure to carry all the relevant safety equipment and know where you’re going – so skiing with locals or a guide if you’re not familiar is strongly advised).
If you are just getting into backcountry skiing, Revelstoke is a great place to start – as you can easily ski back in-bounds to the resort from lots of touring routes on the boundary of the resort itself.
The whole Rogers Pass area around Revelstoke has excellent backcountry too – but I’d recommend heading to Mount MacPherson. It has a selection of touring routes and if you get there early enough on a pow day, it won’t disappoint. I can honestly say I enjoyed the best powder run of my life there in January after a three-hour hike of “Burnt Knob” with a friend, where we had fresh untracked powder barrelling over our heads - so I may be a little biased.
Mount MacPherson is also the location of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, with lots of great trails to explore if you are into or interested in trying cross country skiing.
For time off the mountain, I’d recommend a visit to Big Eddy Glass Works, who offer drop in glass blowing sessions for beginners. It’s lots of fun and it’s cosy and warm inside too, so a great way to warm up after a day skiing – as winter in Revelstoke can get very cold!
Where and how can our members watch the film?
The Revelstoke Diaries film and web series will be available on our Vimeo and YouTube channels – as well as Amazon Prime.
The main film drops on Sunday October 4th with web series episodes dropping daily the following week. People can stay tuned to updates via our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels too.
The film has been selected for a number of film festivals in Europe too, where we will also plan to hold a special preview screening in London ahead of our UK Premiere of Matchstick Productions “Huck Yeah!” at the Soho Hotel on Friday October 2nd.
“The Revelstoke Diaries” features Chris Pawlitsky, Greg Hill, Izzy Lynch, Bill Pollock, Kelsey Adam, Mark Baron, Shred Kelly, Leah Allison, Faron Ling, Kristy Whale and Gnorm the Powder Gnome.
Holmlands would like to thank Tourism Revelstoke, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Somewon Collective, Sutton Place Hotels, Revelstoke Powder Rentals and Protect Our Winters Canada for their support of the project.