What’s new with Revelstoke’s winter clubs?

For our Revelstoke winter clubs feature, we invited local winter sports activity clubs and club-like organizations to tell us about their club, share an update on their activities, and let us in on what they have planned this season.

This story is part of a feature that first appeared in print in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine’s January 2023 issue. Read the entire e-edition here:

Winter is where it’s at here in Revelstoke, and our community clubs are stoked to get people involved in all sorts of ways. No matter how you choose to slip, slide or shred on the snow and ice, there’s a group of volunteers and enthusiasts ready to welcome you in.

For our Revelstoke winter clubs feature, we invited local winter sports activity clubs and club-like organizations to tell us about their club, share an update on their activities, and let us in on what they have planned this season.


Revelstoke Minor Hockey Association

Established: 1963

Members: RMHA has over 121 enrollments between the ages of 3 and 15. There are 20 board members and over 25 certified coaches.

CLUB UPDATE: RMHA is committed to providing the children of our community the opportunity to play league hockey in an environment which promotes and teaches all aspects of the sport. Children as young as three and up to age 18 can enroll. Our programs aim to promote teamwork, respect in sports, personal growth, building new friendships and, of course, the love of the game.

The newest addition to our club is The Stoke Cubs. This all-female hockey program was introduced by Stephanie Miller in 2019. The traction this program has gained within three years has been astounding, with 28 females enrolled ranging from 3 to 11 years old. This has undoubtedly been a huge success in inspiring the female athletes of our community to participate in a largely male dominant sport. We hope to continue to build this program to a level where our teams can participate in female league play within the B.C. Interior

We have been grateful for the return of normalcy not only in our lives but in sports and recreation. After years of not being able to host tournaments and team events, we are back at it! U7, U9, U11, U13 and the Stoke Cubs hosted tournaments in the month of November and December.

We are happy to announce that for the first time in six years, RMHA is projecting to have enough kids to form a U-15 team. Through the hard work of our board members, coaches and parent groups, we have seen a steady increase in registrations over the last five years. A special thanks go to Stephanie Miller of the Stoke Cubs and Ryan Parent of the Revelstoke Grizzlies for their contribution to adding programs that have helped minor hockey’s success in our community.


Photo: Laura Szanto

Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club

Established: 1891

Members: Last season, 1,194. This year counting and growing.

CLUB UPDATE: Our mandate is to promote cross-country skiing as a lifelong sport and as a basis for a healthy lifestyle, to assist individuals with the development of their skills, to provide training opportunities and support for those wishing to take up competitive skiing and to participate in races. In summary, get people outside to be active and have fun in the winter!

We are a vibrant, welcoming community that enjoys winter nature while propelling ourselves along on skinny skis. From our youngest member, who is one-year-old, to our eldest in their 90s, you’ll see us rippin’ & moseying along the 30 kilometres of trails at all times, day and evenings (six kilometres of lit trails). Cross-country skiing is a sport to be done at your pace/distance in the company you choose, whether it be fury (on our dog loop) or human.

Our lodge, where you can gear up, relax, grab a bite, meet other skiers or enjoy the stove’s warmth, is open to the public 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.

To help facilitate getting folks out skiing, we keep our membership and day ticket prices low. We also have free rentals for youth 18 and under.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

We love to bring our community together, often in costume! Here is what’s happening this season:

– Free day: Dec. 14

– Races: Feb. 18-19

– Headlamp Heroes: Dec. 21, Jan. 25, Feb. 15

– Lantern Ski: Jan. 1

– Team Scream: Feb. 11

– Poker Ski: March 12

– Social meet-ups (e.g. Parents and tots): details found on our web events page

– Lessons/Clinics: See our lesson webpage.

Make sure to check our events page for the latest scoop: https://www.revelstokenordic.org/events/


Revelstoke Curling Club

Established: 1899

Members: 150

CLUB UPDATE: The Revelstoke Curling Club Mission Statement: The Revelstoke Curling Club provides a welcoming and affordable environment to people of all ages and abilities to promote friendship, sportsmanship and skill development through the sport of curling.

The Revelstoke Curling Club is excited to move forward into a new chapter as we engage with the community to increase membership, junior participation and the overall usage of the curling facility. We’ve seen an amazing increase of nearly 50 per cent in league membership from last season. The club board of directors has welcomed a new president and has filled another director position to complement the other experienced members on the board.

Our stick curling league gives an opportunity for curlers of all physical abilities a chance to play. The club volunteers are bringing back the school programs and have curling sessions planned for all of our local elementary schools. The club will also be able to host our annual Revelstoke Bonspiel again which welcomes local and out of town teams to a friendly weekend tournament.

Ongoing ice improvements continue with a new dehumidifier, upgraded ice shaver blades and LED lighting projects underway.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

-Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening curling leagues

-Tuesday afternoon stick curling league

-Revelstoke Open Bonspiel March 3–5

-School Curling Programs

-Special Olympics BC Curling Program

-Spring Curling League

-For private ice and lounge rentals contact revcurler@gmail.com; rentals include complimentary lessons and basic equipment!


Photo: Katee Pederson

Alpine Club of Canada Columbia Mountains Section

Established: National: 1906; Local: 2018

Members: About 400

CLUB UPDATE: As a local section of the Alpine Club of Canada, we promote alpine experiences, knowledge and culture, responsible access, and excellence in mountain skills and leadership. We do this through building a community of mountain recreation enthusiasts to grow and learn from, maintaining local trails, and offering skills and leadership courses.

We continue to grow and offer new activities and trips for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. There is always room for new people to get involved, so sign up for an upcoming trip or come on out to a meet-up and make some new friends!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AST Courses

Wheeler and Asulkan Hut Trips

RMR Meet Ups

Nordic Ski Meet Ups

Ski/Split Touring Days

Winter Camping


Revelstoke Snowmobile Club

Established: 1968

Members: 1,022

CLUB UPDATE: Delivering a world class snowmobile experience for our club members and guest riders by offering the highest quality trails, warmup shelters and events. Collectively we strive to build a strong snowmobile community founded on respect for others and the environment.

To be the global leader in sustainable snowmobile tourism, while continuing our environmental stewardship and protecting motorized backcountry access. Established in 1968, we are very proud to be one of the oldest and largest registered clubs in the province. The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club is a not-for-profit society holding a partnership agreement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC to maintain 150 kilometres of trails, two staging areas, and emergency shelters on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge.

The club promotes the safe and responsible use of snowmobiles and encourages all snowmobilers to practice environmental awareness while using the backcountry.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Family Day, February 18

Annual Vintage Ride, March 4


Revelstoke Skating Club

Established: unsure

Members: 80 skaters, two coaches, tons of program assistants and volunteers

CLUB UPDATE: Our mission is to foster a love of skating, a sport that is affordable and accessible to everyone. The Revelstoke Skating Club encourages young skaters to develop strength and skills on the ice, fosters a sense of personal accomplishment through competition, promotes volunteerism and a sense of camraderie in being part of a group that works hard, mentors each other and performs together.

New this year is an early afternoon pre-can skate program for children up to 5 years old who have little or no experience on the ice — we still have some room in this program, and preschools are welcome to join as a group. We also have a growing adult skate program for adults wishing to enhance their skills or try something new.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Many of the star skaters will attend the Okanagan Regional Championships at the end of January in Vernon. And our biggest event of the year is the year end carnival taking place March 16. It will be an on-ice version of Mary Poppins!

Nordic Ski Meet Ups

Ski/Split Touring Days

Winter Camping


Queer Shred Revelstoke

Established: Winter 2021

Members: We have a small group of organizers, and our goal is to be ever-expanding!

CLUB UPDATE: We are an inclusive multisport group encouraging Queers, Femmes, Poly Folk, and Allies to get out and active in nature. We aim to create safe spaces by increasing awareness and facilitating community here in Revelstoke.

In our past year, we have been able to host more events, including on-hill meetups, rail jams, and indoor and outdoor skateboarding meetups. This summer, we organized Revelstoke’s first pride event at Kovach Park. We know there are Queer people in Revelstoke, and our dream is to create community through visibility. We want people to know we’re here, we’re queer, and we want to have fun!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

This upcoming winter, we are planning a variety of opportunities to connect with fellow Queers, including fires, rail jams, XC skiing nights, indoor skate nights, music events, bar nights and on-resort ski/snowboard meetups. We are striving to grow as a collective by providing a diverse range of events for Queers and allies and increasing accessibility throughout our community.


Photo: Mike Turnbull

Revelstoke Ski Club

Established: 1891

Members: 157

CLUB UPDATE: The Revelstoke Ski Club is a non-profit youth sports organization that provides alpine skiing programming for athletes aged 6 to 17 and provides a fun social community for parents and volunteers. We pride ourselves on offering the most affordable ski programming in all of B.C. Our goal is to instill a love for skiing at a very young age, with hopes of creating a passion that lasts a lifetime.

The 2023 season has brought along some big changes in our club. Most notably, we have hired a new Program Director, Mike Turnbull. He has been with the club as a coach for the last five years and could not be more excited to help the club grow and prosper. We are continually growing, hitting record registration numbers almost every year! This year our freeride program has seen the biggest increase in size with numbers totalling nearly 40 per cent of our core athletes. Revelstoke has the opportunity to produce some incredible freeride skiers and the hope is to continue that growth moving forward.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The ski club in partnership with Revelstoke Mountain Resort will be hosting two races this year. There will be athletes from all over the province coming to attend the U14 Provincials in April and athletes from around the Okanagan in February for the Nancy Green Race.

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