This article first appeared in print in the April/May issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.
Driving West out of Revelstoke, it can be difficult to keep your eyes on the road and away from the rugged mountains that command attention from every line of sight. Boulder Mountain Resort, located just 3.5km out of town, invites you to take a break and appreciate all that nature’s skyscrapers have to offer. With a great variety of accommodation options available year-round, there is something for all budgets and walks of life.
But why not just head into town instead? Ray Redekopp – President of the Redekopp Group and owner of the resort –points towards the trailhead for Boulder Mountain, which sits only metres away from the entrance to the BMR campground. In the winter months, the mountain is home to some of the best snowmobiling trails in North America and can be accessed right from BMR’s doorstep. The mountain’s showcase of wildflowers, diverse terrain and panoramic views, has made it a popular summer destination too, for both hikers and mountain bikers alike.
With the above in mind, Redekopp believes that Revelstoke has truly become a four-season destination. Recognizing the town’s diverse, growing clientele and meeting their demands is a key driving force behind the expansion. “The biggest thing that we’re focusing on is nature”, he explains. “If you look outside your window, all you’ll see is river and mountain. It offers a totally different experience from one you will get in town.” Another key value that continues to steer development is functionality. As well as being conveniently close to town, the ski resort, and backcountry sled and ski trails, BMR further aids its guests’ needs by its well-thought-out design. The resort is geographically split in to two sides, separated by a ravine. This separation allows for noise control as well as ensuring the expectation of each demographic is met.
The west side of the resort boasts luxury two-bedroom cedar cabins, fully equipped with a queen-sized bed and TV in each room, a space to dry gear, a kitchen with a two-burner stove, fridge and microwave, an in-suite washer and dryer, as well as access to an on-site hot tub. “When it came to the cabins” said Redekopp, “we wanted something to look rustic enough to fit well with the landscape, but with enough convenience and amenities to still be appealing.” More cabins are on the way too; at least eight two-person-occupancy structures are currently being built, with plans to debut this fall. These cabins are available at a starting rate of $100 per night.
Another attractive feature of the west-side is the main building, which is separated into two apartments. These newly renovated apartments sport a complete kitchen and spacious communal area, as well as offering access to a large dry room, laundry facilities, hot tub and swimming pool. Guests staying here, or anywhere else on site, have access to a mechanical shop with heated floors and plenty of equipment storage. These apartments are available for rent starting at $300 per night.
If you’re someone who feels more relaxed on the seat of your sled, rather than curled up in bed, then BMR has something for you too. Jack and Jill Sleepers are single-occupancy accommodation options for those who are looking for a comfy, affordable spot to rest their head for the night. These bedrooms include amenities such as TV, desk, sink and a shared bathroom. Starting at just $40 per night, this space is ideal for singles or groups passing through town on a budget.
Glamourous camping – or, ‘glamping’ – is where modern luxury and raw nature meet. Glamping is a concept that Redekopp and his team have welcomed with open arms as they move forward with their exciting developments. In high season, glamping spots will be available to guests that are looking for the thrill of being amidst the beautiful BC wilds, while eliminating the need to carry, or set up, their own gear. Guests can enjoy these tent-like structures, equipped with beds, wooden stove and storage space for $75 per night.
Better yet, taking the previously paradoxical concept of, ‘the comfortable adventure’, one step further – or higher – comes the birth of the treehouse cabin. The scenic east-side of the resort will sport a treehouse cabin which sits above a ravine, providing guests with unique views of the river and valley below. Climb into this treehouse for as little as $100 per night.
Just past the treehouse you will find close to 30 RV spots with a minimum of 50-amp service, as well as further tent sites. There are trails already in place which allow easy movement around the site as well as ideal dog walking routes.
Improving access to the resort is next of the agenda Redekopp. The team is hoping to organize a shuttle service for the campground, to allow guests ease of movement to and from town. Permissions to build a culvert for better access to the site from the highway have also been applied for. If their bid for two further acres of crown land is approved, there will be more interesting developments to come, one of which being a walking and biking trail leading straight from the site into the Big Eddy. But for now, watch this space.
For booking enquires, head to www.bouldermountainresort.ca or call on 250-837-4420.