What to Expect on Opening Day
December 01 2016
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived... It’s time to take your inaugural turns to kick-start the 2016/17 season!
We want to make sure you have the best day possible, so here’s a couple things to keep in mind for Day 1:
Guest Services is open 8:00am-4:30pm and will be extending their hours to 8:00am - 8:00pm Friday and 7:00am - 4:30 on Saturday. Make sure you pick up your pass before the weekend - otherwise you’ll be spending your day doing tight turns in the ticket line instead of through the trees!
In the Village
This year Stoke FM will be broadcasting live from the village base. They’ll have prize giveaways and great tunes to keep you entertained while you wait for the gondola to start turning.
The Rotary Club will be serving coffee and pancakes by donation so you can load up on the most important meal of the day while you mingle with all your fellow shredders.
Ski Patrol can attest: the alpine conditions are PRIMO! However, downloading from the top of the Revelation Gondola will be mandatory until snow coverage at low elevations improves. Our Avalanche professionals will be working hard to get all the alpine areas open so you can get a taste of your favourite lines in Greely bowl, North Bowl, Gracias Ridge and South Bowl. However, with lots of snow in the forecast for the weekend, avalanche conditions will dictate which runs will get the green light.
Tree skiing is great from the top to midway down the Stoke Chair. After that, try to duck back onto marked runs to avoid open creeks and other obstacles.
Always be aware of the hazards associated with tree skiing, including tree wells and buried obstacles. Buddy up and “woot” your way down.
New at the Resort
Terrain Park Expansion: After a successful first season, our terrain park will be back bigger and better than ever this year. You can expect to see the terrain park partially open December 3-4 with a handful of features to jib on.
The Gnome Zone: Little ones will have a blast whizzing through a tunnel and skiing through features in the trees just beside the terrain park.
Run Improvements: Another off-season of slope work and a new, more efficient cat means our legendary groomed runs will be better than ever in 2016-17. For beginner skiers who are ready to step it up a notch, we’ve re-routed the top of the Last Spike for a better skiing experience.
Once your legs have had all the burn they can handle, take a break at Mackenzie Outpost, enjoy a burger from La Baguette and join in on the beer garden celebration at the top of the Gondola.
This year, downloading will be mandatory from the top of the Gondola. Revelation Lodge, Rockford, and the Mackenzie Common Tavern will be open, so pick a spot to après and soak it all in.