My ten year old is focused on the light at the top of Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s (RMR)pipe coaster, waiting for it to turn green. The moment it does, his hands shove the brake down and he takes off down the rail. My other son sits in my lap, ready for our turn. He is just old enough to ride, and he is thrilled. From top to bottom, he shrieks and yells ‘more fast.’
The pipe really is a blast for riders of all ages. This Saturday, May 17 2019, RMR is opening the pipe for the summer season.
For locals, now is the time to check it out, before the summer tourists take their number and roam either the resort village plaza or the town until their gondola load number is called. The ride is open from 9 am – 5 pm until June 21, when the extended summer season hours kick in.
2019 marks a true expansion of RMR’s summer operation. A trail from the base of the village called Bottom’s Up, will lead to a nine hole disc golf course, doubling the amount of disk golf offered. Guests can rent disks, for a nominal fee, from RMR, or bring their own disks.
By mid June the four storey aerial ropes course geared to ages six and older, as well as hiking trails from the upper gondola, will open. Mid July heralds RMR’s foray into downhill biking, with the first of their trails, a top to bottom trail called Fifty Six Twenty, due to be ready. Riders will take their bikes on the gondolas before climbing 7km on the Stoke Climb Trail (an uphill only trail). Greely Trail will also be open, though the trail is multi use and those riding down must yield to hikers and bikers climbing the trail. One day tickets will be $35. Children between the ages of six and twelve will be $20 a day.
Bottom’s Up and Take it Easy hiking trails open this Saturday, and there are four more trails set to open as the melting snow pack allows.
While RMR is synonymous with Revelstoke’s winter wonderland, it is interesting to see it dive into showcasing the beauty and sport this town offers in the summer as well.