Lift-Accessed Backcountry: Get your Brown Shorts on at Revelstoke
by Izzy Lynch
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is best known for its epic inbounds skiing, deep snow, alpine bowls and endless glades, and the lift-accessed backcountry makes it even better. Once the rope to the upper mountain is dropped, a short bootpack from the top of the Stoke chair up to the subpeak reveals a plethora of lines, with the not-so-distant peak of Mount Mackenzie staring you right in the face.
Photo by Garrett Grove
The most iconic line is visible from the backside of the ski hill, all the way down to town. Best scoped from the subpeak, it lies no more than fifty meters looker’s left of the peak. Deemed “Brown Shorts,” the aesthetic chute is impossible to miss, running straight and steep from the col at the intersection of the main face and the left ridge. This line is the real deal, with an exposed approach, a sporty entrance from a cornice and a sustained fall-line pitch. This is avalanche terrain with considerable consequences, so make sure you and your partners know what you’re in for.
From the top of the Stoke chair, the hike to the Mackenzie Peak takes just over 30 minutes. Bootpack straight up to the subpeak, scope your line and follow the ridge towards Mackenzie Peak. You’ll be heading up the south-facing slope to the summit. Breathe in the 360-degree view of the Selkirk and Monashee ranges and drop carefully off the backside, moving down the east face and trending left. Be aware of the 100 foot cliffs below, one slip could result in airing into the abyss. Find the obvious entrance to the chute on the left side of the face. Pucker up and drop in. Hopefully you don’t have to check those shorts.
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*Hike and ski ratings are in terms of difficulty: 1 being relatively easy, 10 being very challenging. This article originally appeared in the 2013 FREESKIER Backcountry Issue. Subscribe to the magazine, or get it on the iTunes Newsstand.
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