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Snow School Information

Find information on rentals, meeting points, what to wear and how to assess your ability.

  • General Information

    • All lesson participants are required to check in at the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre, located at the base of the Resort in The Sutton Place Hotel
    • Plan to arrive at your lesson meeting area prior to the lesson start time. Allow at least an extra hour if you are renting equipment
    • All program participants are required to have a lift ticket or season pass. Lift tickets are not included in the program prices
    • Program availability, prices and lesson formats are subject to change
    • For advance sales and reservations, credit cards will be charged at the time the order is placed
    • All prices noted are listed in Canadian dollars and are subject to applicable taxes
    • Children and teens under 19 years of age must wear a helmet while participating in programs
    • Equipment: Bring your own or rent the necessary equipment from Revelstoke Mountain Resort Rentals

    How to Dress

    • Dress in layers
    • Wear a thermal base layer
    • Outer layers should be well insulated and protect you from both water and wind
    • Do not wear jeans!
    • Wool and polyester/fleece blends are warmer and drier than cotton
    • Socks should be a wool/polyester blend and not be too bulky
    • Only wear one pair of socks
    • Wear a helmet or warm hat to keep your head warm
    • Gloves or mittens are important. A nylon or leather outer shell will help keep your hands dry and warm
    • Goggles are your best bet to protect your eyes, but a good pair of sunglasses will do on a sunny day
    • Protect yourself from the sun with sun screen in the spring when the temperatures rise
  • Skier & Rider Ability Level Chart

    Level 1: First Timer

    You have never ever skied or snowboarded before, and you want us to show you how to get started.

    Recommended Program

    Discover Package


    Level 2: Still a Beginner

    You have been out before but only once or twice. It may have been years ago, and starting in the beginner area will put you more at ease while remembering how to control your speed, turn and stop.

    Recommended Program

    Discover 2.0 Package


    Level 3: Green Runs

    You have had some time out and your confidence is growing. The Green Runs are appealing because of their gentle slope, but you know that with a little guidance and some added skill, a Blue run is in your near future.


    Level 4: Blue Runs

    Control on groomed runs is the name of the game. You avoid bumps and prefer the Blue Runs. Your adventurous side is calling to you to try something different. You feel that with some new skills, you may be able to venture onto a non-groomed run, some trees, a Heli or Cat Day or even a Black Diamond Run.


    Level 5: Black Diamond Runs

    You can get down anything with a Black Diamond, but just getting down isn't your goal - getting down with style, rhythm and speed is. Long vertical with steep terrain is what you crave.


    Level 6: Double Black Diamond Runs

    You want to go from the Front Side to the Back Side. You can still work on some technique, but really want to find those new and challenging lines. Powder calls to you and you aren't afraid to go out looking for it.

  • Kids' Ski Ability Chart

    Level 1: First Timer

    Let’s get out on the snow and show you how to go. Equipment familiarization and having fun in the snow while learning how to stop and turn are the focus.

    Runs used:

    Turtle Creek Beginner Area

    Skiers learn to:

    • Walk in ski boots
    • Slide on flat terrain
    • Side step or duck walk up a slope
    • Stop consistently
    • Ride the Magic Carpet with equipment on
    • Acquire a snow plow position
    • Straight run in a snow plow on a gentle slope
    • Stop with a snow plow on a gentle slope
    • Turn in each direction independently

    Snowboarders learn to:

    • Walk up a slope with one foot in a binding
    • Slide down with one foot in a binding
    • Straight run on a gentle slope
    • Stop consistently
    • Balance with both feet strapped in
    • Side slip while staying balanced
    • Use the Magic Carpet with one foot strapped in

    Level 2: Lil Bits

    You’re sliding, but stopping and turning aren’t your strong points. Gain control so that you can access more of the mountain.

    Runs used:

    Turtle Creek Beginner Area, The Last Spike from Mid-Mountain.

    Skiers learn to:

    • Ride the Gondola with equipment unassisted
    • Change direction and link turns
    • Balance against the edge of your outside ski
    • Initiate turns in a snow plow
    • Match skis at the end of a turn
    • Control speed by completing turns

    Snowboarders learn to:

    • Ride the Gondola with equipment unassisted
    • Traverse the hill with control
    • Pendulum down the hill with control
    • Maintain balance while on heel edge
    • Maintain balance while on toe edge
    • Do sliding turns in both directions
    • Link turns
    • Use turn shape for speed control

    Level 3: Spikes

    You’ve mastered the magic carpet and now it’s time to play on the long runs. Introduce mountain etiquette while refining the skills needed to ski with control.

    Runs used:

    The last Spike from the top of the Gondola, Tickle Trunk, Tumbelina, Sunshine

    Skiers learn to:

    • Match skis at or before the fall line
    • Perform long turns
    • Perform shorter radius turns
    • Manage a small variety of terrain changes
    • Improved balance against the edge of the outside ski
    • Handle ski poles with hands up in front of the body
    • Keep ski poles touching the snow with baskets positioned behind the heel piece of your bindings

    Snowboarders learn to:

    • Create stability by bending lower joints
    • Bend knees at or after the fall line to maintain pressure control
    • Perform long turns on green runs
    • Perform short turns on green runs
    • Perform an "on snow" 180
    • Perform an "on snow" 360
    • Perform long turns on easier blue runs

    Level 4: Cannonballs

    Green runs are good but it’s time to explore more of the mountain.

    Runs used:

    The Last Spike from the top of The Stoke Chair, Critical Path when groomed, Upper portion of Snow Rodeo down to the first intersection with The Last Spike, Snow Rodeo from the top of the Revelation Gondola, Hollywood, Ripper Connector, Burn Down, Chopper when groomed, Wooley Bully, Feller Buncher, Lightning Rod, Cannonball, groomed runs from Mid-Mountain.

    Skiers learn to:

    • Ride a Chair Lift
    • Ski blue runs and small moguls
    • Use poles for timing and coordination
    • Balance against the edge of the outside ski on intermediate terrain
    • Use your lower body for turning
    • Increase edge angle when needed for enhanced control
    • Ski with rhythmical movement patterns

    Snowboarders learn to:

    • Ride a Chair Lift
    • Perform long turns on more difficult blue runs
    • Perform short turns on more difficult blue runs
    • Ride switch
    • Transition from riding regular to switch with ease and vice versa
    • Use your knees to initiate turns
    • Carve turns on intermediate terrain
    • Perform straight airs on smaller natural features

    Level 5: Devil’s Club

    You’ve got the Blue Runs under control and you are ready to play in the bumps. Use a variety of terrain to develop all mountain skills.

    Runs used:

    All runs from level 4 including: Hot Sauce, Separate Reality Glades, Chopper, SWF, Clyde’s Secret Glades, Devil’s Club, Snow Rodeo, Pitch Black, Fast Fred’s, Short Shot, Short Final, Aspen Glades, 007 Glades, Meet the Neighbours, Unlimited Assets, Sweet Spot and more.

    Skiers learn to:

    • Use all joints to adapt to terrain
    • Ski smoothly and in control at higher speeds
    • Ski the fall line on black runs
    • Always keep your skis parallel when on a blue run
    • Carve turns on intermediate terrain
    • Balance against the edge of the outside ski on advanced terrain
    • Use your lower body for turning
    • Increase edge angle when needed for enhanced control
    • Ski with rhythmical movement patterns

    Snowboarders learn to:

    • Can use all joints to adapt to terrain
    • Create and hold an early edge
    • Carve on more difficult blue runs
    • Carve on easier black runs
    • Perform basic freestyle tricks on smaller natural features
    • Perform straight airs on mid to larger sized natural features
    • Maintain contact with the snow on varied terrain
    • Use your knees to absorb pressure on bumpy terrain

    Level 6: Powder Assault

    There is nowhere you can’t go. Become more confident, no matter what the terrain.

    Runs used:

    Anywhere on the mountain while following the guidelines for skiing in the trees.

    Skiers learn to:

    • Ski all terrain
    • Demonstrate performance skiing
    • Balance against the edge of the outside ski on expert terrain
    • Transfer easily and quickly from edge to edge on all terrain types
    • Use your lower body for turning

    Snowboarders learn to:

    • Ride all terrain
    • Ride aggressively
    • Ride with confidence
    • Perform advanced freestyle tricks on larger natural features
    • Ride with timing and coordination
    • Make quick changes while riding on varied terrain