Fernie & Revelstoke take out equal top spot for Josh
Josh has travelled the globe in pursuit of perfect powder, and that experience sees him heading back to western Canada time and again to get The Good Stuff.
If you want to maximise your chances of experiencing some of the most consistently light, fluffy powder snow in the world, the geography here is on your side: moist air from the Pacific rises as it hits the Rockies and gets super-chilled by Arctic blasts from the north. The resulting falls of powder snow blanket the area’s ski resorts in the lightest, deepest snow imaginable.
- How long have you worked at Skimax?
- Skier or Snowboarder & how many years?
I've been snowboarding for 12 years
- Favourite Ski Destination?
I can’t pick one – Revelstoke and Fernie are both amazing.
- What do you love about these resorts the most?
Great mountain and Authentic town to back it up!
- Best place for coffee?
Rooftop Coffee Roasters in Downtown Fernie. They’re a family owned and run business, still roasting their own coffee beans in small batches (but not on the roof anymore). They take their coffee very seriously in British Columbia, and nowhere more seriously than at Rooftop
- Best place for apres?
In Fernie it has to be the Griz Bar. Right at the bottom of the mountain, it’s only about 30 steps from your last turn at the end of the day. The atmosphere is great especially on weekends when they’ve got live bands from mid-afternoon.
In Revelstoke it’s the Village Idiot Bar & Grill. Solid bar food, awesome local brews and a must-do range of Caesars (the BC version of a Bloody Mary).
- Best village dining and favourite dish?
Fernie’s Big Bang Bagels for the B-B-BLT Bagel – it’s loaded with triple bacon. So good.
In Revie at Village Idiot, go for the Nachos. It’s sets the new bar in bar food.
- Special occasion dinner spot?
Up at Lizard Creek Lodge at Fernie Resort, right at the base of the Elk Quad, is Cirque Restaurant and Bar. They turn out beautiful food with a focus on local produce, in a dining room with soaring windows looking back up the mountain.
Revelstoke has Rockford Grill, with a wide-ranging menu they call ‘contemporary Canadian’, so there’s everything from steaks to Asian influenced deliciousness. People rave about this place.
- What should visitors not leave your resort without doing?
Heliskiing. BC is pretty much the birthplace of this holy grail experience for skiers and boarders, and the ranges outside of Fernie and Revelstoke offer the ultimate untracked runs
- Any other tips to making the most of your stay in this resort?
With so many great resorts along the Powder Highway, it’s worth splitting your holiday over a few and spending three to four days in each. So many resorts, such big mountains, so much snow!