Staff housing included in updated RMR Master Development Plan

Plans also include development of a beginner’s ski area, mountain bike trails and golf course.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort's update Master Development Plan includes expansion of ski trails. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Plans for staff housing are among a number of items outlined in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s updated Master Development Agreement Plan.

The updated plan, which was accepted by the province on May 15, 2019, also includes plans for a beginners’ ski area, further development of hiking and trails network, a golf course and mountain bike trails.

During a presentation to Revelstoke city council on Tuesday, May 28, RMR VP of Operations Peter Nielsen said plans for village phasing include building a new hotel and conference centre (which has already been before council). Next steps after that include development of staff housing. Nielsen said the ski resort is hoping they’ll be in a position to approach the city for development permits sometime in August.

The updated development plan notes the plans for staff housing and parking include 9.19 hectares in the Lower Village with a minimum of three employee buildings containing 150 to 200 bed units per building.

Plans include starting construction of an initial building at the same time as the development of the already planned hotel and conference centre. The plans for an additional 800 public staff and parking spaces. Nielsen said there is still a significant amount of real estate remaining unsold in the lower village, and until it is sold and market demand improves, there are no plans to continue with additional development.

RMR priorities include development of beginner ski area, expansion of runs past existing boundaries

Revelstoke Mountain Resort will be opening alpine mountain biking trails this year, a new offering for the resort. Photo: Ian Houghton/Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Often touted by the public as “not for beginners,” RMR has plans to develop an area specifically for beginner skiers. This includes construction of a lift with access to green skiing and development of new beginner-level runs. The beginner area would also include access to the magic carpet so new skiers would be able to work their way up to the beginner ski lift. Nielsen said that lift is already under construction and will be ready for the 2019/2020 ski season.

“The concept is to create an entire beginner zone and a better experience for the beginner,” said Nielsen. “We’re prioritizing access for new and intermediate skiers.”

For non-beginners there are plans for significant run development, including expansion of trails past the current RMR boundaries.

Summer development plans include golf course, mountain bike trails and aerial park

Racers stage at Revelstoke Mountain Resort before heading up to the Crowbar trail. Photos in this gallery by Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Lift access mountain biking is being offered at RMR for the first time starting this summer. While this year’s mountain biking includes only a single top-to-bottom 14-kilometre-long trail, it’s part of a planned five-phase building project.

Nielsen said the trail will be ready for use starting the first week of July. Plans include building additional trails with direct access to the gondola, which would be open for use next summer.

Other summer activities planned for this season include expanding hiking trail networks, development of an aerial adventure park, and adding an additional nine holes to the already existing nine-hole disc golf course.