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REVELSTOKE

Revelstoke, a town of a little more than 8,000 people, plopped on the eastern shore of the Columbia River, has no shortage of adjacent ski touring. Just stand in town and look around—the Monashees to the west and the Selkirks to the east.  What more could a skier want? A lift?  Head south just a few klicks and check out Revelstoke Mountain Resort if you’d rather not walk to the goods. For the ski tourist, a strong sense of adventure and a set of sturdy legs are the only requirements. Rogers Pass is about an hour east, and the rest of the Columbias are yours to discover. We included a few tasty Mt. Macpherson tours below but we’ve only scratched the surface. Grab a map, head out and experience all the area has to offer.

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All routes listed here provided by Conor Hurley of Stoke Roasted. If we have missed anything please let us know?

For a full listing of backcountry huts, cabins and lodges check out the Interior Mountain cabins/huts/lodges page over here.


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MT. MACPHERSON - THE FINGERS

Drive 7.5 kilometres south on Highway 23 from the intersection with the Trans Canada Highway just west of Revelstoke and park at the Mount MacPherson Nordic Ski Centre parking lot on the right (west) side of the road. There is a $5.00 parking fee which goes towards the maintenance of the parking lot. 

Ski left (south) from the lodge up the hill on the groomed Main Trail. Follow the trail, gradually climbing and curving to the right, for about one kilometre until you see a Mountain Climb to The Fingers sign and a trail heading left (south). The trail is also marked by a CAA Avaluator sign and a photographic description of Mount MacPhersons avalanche terrain. 

Turn left and follow this broad trail for about 300 m to an open area where you cross a creek on a bridge. Follow an old forestry road for about 400 m climbing steadily and curving to the right. Keep your eyes open for a skin track heading off into the forest on the left (south) side of the road (413100 E 5643900 N). 

Follow this skin track for about 100 m through the forest to reach a drainage that trends up right. Follow this drainage for about 500 m to reach an open area at the bottom junction of the middle three fingers. From here, depending on avalanche conditions, you can either uptrack though the trees or centre-punch the fan. There are plenty of options for good skiing. 

Mt. Macpherson Fingers Revelstoke

ROUTE: Mt. MacPherson Fingers
ACCESS: 7.5 kilometers south on Highway 23 from the intersection with the Trans Canada Highway just west of Revelstoke. The Mt. MacPherson Nordic Ski Centre parking lot.
MAP: 82 L/16
TIME: 30 min from the parking lot
ELEVATION GAIN: 800 / 2,600ft
ATES RATING: 
Complex (3)

 

 

 

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MT. MACPHERSON - SUMMIT VIA SOUTH EAST FACE

Mount MacPherson offers a great ski descent, however getting to the summit is a circuitous affair. The initial approach follows the same route as described previously for The Fingers. As you gain the upper fan of the central three fingers, you will note a gulley just to the right of a prominence in the ridge that breaches the ridge crest. Use this steep gulley to reach the crest about 412100 E 5642500 N. Sometimes you can ski to the ridge and at other times it is necessary to boot-pack. 

Follow the undulating ridge in a westerly direction to a col (410800 E 5642600 N). Enjoy the view to the north over the precipice and into The Womb. Continue along the ridge to another col (410300 E 5642500 N). You are now standing at the top of the womb, a big run, about 1300 vertical metres. 

From here you can drop into The Womb or continue another 300 m along the southeast face to the summit. It is worth the walk as there are exceptional views of the Monashees and the Selkirks from the top. 

From the summit reverse your ascent route to the top of The Womb. It is a committing run, so the stability must be good. At the fan trend right and bushwhack towards the road. When you reach the road turn right and ski down towards the Nordic centre. 

Mt Macpherson South East backcountry skiingROUTE: Mt. MacPherson Summit via SE Face
ACCESS: 7.5 kilometers south on Highway 23 from the intersection with the Trans Canada Highway just west of Revelstoke. The Mt. MacPherson Nordic Ski Centre parking lot.
MAP: 82 L/16
TIME: 5-8 hours 
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,600m / 5,250ft
ATES RATING: 
Complex (3)

 

 

 

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MT. MACPHERSON - THE WOMB

The initial approach follows the same route as described previously for The Fingers. As you gain the upper fan of the central three fingers, you will note a gulley just to the right of a prominence in the ridge that breaches the ridge crest. Use this steep gulley to reach the crest about 412100 E 5642500 N. Sometimes you can ski to the ridge and at other times it is necessary to boot-pack. 

Follow the undulating ridge in a westerly direction to a col (410800 E 5642600 N). Enjoy the view to the north over the precipice and into The Womb. Continue along the ridge to another col (410300 E 5642500 N). You are now standing at the top of the womb, a big run, about 1300 vertical metres. 

It is a committing run, so the stability must be good. At the fan trend right and bushwhack towards the road. When you reach the road turn right and ski down towards the Nordic centre.


Mt. Macpherson The WombROUTE: Mt. MacPherson The Womb 
ACCESS: 7.5 kilometers south on Highway 23 from the intersection with the Trans Canada Highway just west of Revelstoke. The Mt. MacPherson Nordic Ski Centre parking lot.
MAP: 82 L/16
TIME: 4-6 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: Approximately 1,300m / 4,265ft
ATES RATING: 
Complex (3)

 

 

 

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