New Ski Hill for the Holidays

    REVELSTOKE, BC, Dec. 22 /CNW/ - The ski world welcomed a major new player
today - Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Revelstoke, British Columbia -
fulfilling a dream this ski town and international powder skiers have
anticipated for almost three decades.
    The resort officially opened this morning with five feet (1.6 metres) of
snow; 4,735 vertical feet (1,443 metres) of lift-serviced terrain; 1,500 acres
(607 hectares) of skiing; and 27 new ski runs serviced by a $22 million
Leitner Poma eight-person gondola and a high-speed quad chairlift. It is being
developed by partners Don Simpson, Pobert Powadiuk, Hunter Milborne and Tom
    After Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee cut the ribbon for the inaugural ride
on the Revelation gondola, an estimated 2,000 skiers and snowboarders, from
the Revelstoke area and as far as Hawaii, the U.K. and Germany, rode the new
lifts this morning to experience the legendary powder of the Selkirk
    "Revelstoke offers everything a skier could want - epic Selkirk powder,
miles of largely untouched terrain, killer runs and awesome vistas of the
Columbia River Valley," said Paul Skelton, president of Revelstoke Mountain
    First-day skiers were visited by Santa Claus on skis and treated to hot
holiday drinks and cookies, commemorative tokens and opening day photos, as
well as the on-site carving of ice sculptures by the Canadian Snow Sculpture
    "The mountain's opening is a great Christmas present for Revelstoke, and
for British Columbia, as it will help build awareness of the unparalleled
recreational opportunities in our province," said Mark McKee, mayor of
Revelstoke. "We anticipate 50,000 skier visits this winter, and these visitors
will benefit local hotels, restaurants and retailers."
    The mountain - long an exclusive haven for cat skiers - will ultimately
boast over 20 lifts and more than 100 runs, transforming the hidden gem in
B.C.'s Columbia Mountain range into one of the world's most sought-after
resorts. Next season, when the gondola is extended down to the village and
condo hotel area, now under construction, Revelstoke Mountain Resort will have
North America's longest lift-serviced vertical at 5,623 vertical feet (1,714
metres), topping out at over 6,000 vertical feet (1,829 metres) when a future
lift is installed. The $1-billion, four-season Revelstoke Mountain Resort is
expected to be completed over 15 years and include 5,000 new housing units,
including hotels, a pedestrian village with shops and restaurants, and an
18-hole championship golf course.

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For further information: Media contacts: Felicity Stone, Dunn Public
Relations, Cell: (604) 788-8148,; Marilyn Hennessy,
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Cell: (250) 814-8755,

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