Brief: What’s new for RMR’s 2016/17 ski season?

Early bird passes are done and the countdown is on until 2016/17 ski season begins at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Find out what's new at the resort.

A new terrain park feature will be ready for Revelstoke Mountain Resort's 2016/17 winter ski season. Photo: Jake Philpott

You may have seen a smoke coming from Mt. Mackenzie over the last few days and wondered what that is.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort staff have been carving out and clearing a space for terrain park updates, located skiers right of the current terrain park under The Stoke chair.

“We’re expanding the terrain park and majority of that expansion is a family friendly kids park,” RMR’s vice president of operations Peter Nielsen said.

The area will be called The Gnome’s Zone, after RMR’s popular weather presenter gnome, Gnorm.

“It will be a really cool addition for the kids,” Nielsen said.

Bluebird groomers at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo: Ian Houghton/RMR
Bluebird groomers at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo: Ian Houghton/RMR

Staff have also carried out extensive land shaping and reworked a few runs, in an effort to have smoother grooming and a better ski experience.

While The Pipe Mountain Coaster brought more tourism to Revelstoke this summer, it means less bulk staff hiring for Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s winter season.

“The effects of our summer operations is really having a much larger core year-round staff,” Nielsen said.

“Onboarding for the upcoming season is not as onerous as it has been in previous years.

RMR is ramping up for a big winter season and Nielsen reports pre-bookings have reached a historic high for the resort across accommodation and other products.

“We’re looking forward to a really good season,” he said. “Our early booking numbers are very, very strong.”

Early bird passes are closed and the countdown is on until Revelstoke Mountain Resort opens on Saturday, December 3 for the 2016/17 ski season. The scheduled closing day is Sunday, April 16, 2017.