It’s all down­hill from here

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - KATHY MCCORMICK

The first home­own­ers have moved into the lat­est ski re­sort de­vel­op­ment at Revelstoke Moun­tain Re­sort just in time for snow sea­son — and like plenty of the buy­ers so far, they are from Cal­gary.

Four­teen per cent of the new home­own­ers in the B.C. de­vel­op­ment are Al­ber­tans, says Mike Vopni of Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty Canada, which is mar­ket- ing the re­sort.

And no won­der. The re­sort is just 413 kilo­me­tres west of Cal­gary in the Selkirk Moun­tains.

“The own­ers are peo­ple from around the world looking for the best ski ex­pe­ri­ence avail­able,” says Vopni. “Many of them have told us that af­ter miss­ing out on re­sorts like Whistler, Vail, Aspen and Mount Trem­blant, they have found re­demp­tion by pur­chas­ing on a moun­tain with the long­est vertical in North Amer­ica.”

What a sea­son it will be at Revelstoke Moun­tain Re­sort, which of­fers 52 runs in a ter­rain of 1,214 hectares of snow-capped moun­tains.

Opened in 2007, the re­sort con­tin­ues to ex­pand and now has an eight-passenger gon­dola, two high-speed quads and a vertical de­scent of 1,713 me­tres. Heli-ski­ing and cat-ski­ing are also avail­able at the re­sort, which is six kilo­me­tres south­east of Revelstoke.

The home of the Cal­gary fam­ily, who wish to re­main anony­mous, is on one of 25 exclusive lots in McKen­zie Land­ing on the slopes of Mount McKen­zie.

It’s just north­east of what will be the core of the re­sort, in­clud­ing a pedes­trian-friendly vil­lage with restau­rants, cafes and re­tail.

Built by Ur­sus Custom Homes, the ski-in, ski-out, five-bed­room home is more than 5,500 square feet. It is a pre-fab­ri­cated, tim­ber­frame home with fea­tures that in­clude a boot room with ski and snow­board stor­age, as well as a board dryer and board main­te­nance bench.

The house also con­tains wide­plank knotty alder floor­ing, whole­home au­dio, a me­dia room and a six-per­son hot tub.

McKen­zie Land­ing lots face west and have strict ar­chi­tec­tural guide­lines that in­clude view cor­ri­dors with at­ten­tion to such things as grad­ing, rooflines and over­shad­ow­ing.

A few of the home­sites have ap­proval for pri­vate he­li­copter ac­cess. This, too, is a first for North Amer­ica, al­low­ing own­ers and guests to walk out of their homes and into a wait­ing Selkirk Tang­iers he­li­copter to ac­cess more than 202,342 hectares of pow­der ter­rain.

A fur­ther 24 lots are avail­able in Monashee. Lots are any­where from just un­der 0.2 hectares to more than 2.4 hectares, and 32 are al­ready sold. Prices range from the low $700,000s to $2.9 mil­lion.

Views are of the Columbia River val­ley and Monashee Moun­tains.

The other de­vel­op­ment cur­rently un­der­way in the re­sort is Nelsen Lodge, a con­do­minium ho­tel that will be three build­ings by com­ple­tion, in­clud­ing 200 homes and one grand lobby. Homes range from 532 to 2,100 square feet with one-to four bed­rooms and some lock-off units.

A man­aged rental pool en­ables Nelsen Lodge own­ers to gen­er­ate in­come from the ski-in, ski-out turnkey homes when not in use.

The first lodge is now com­plete, with 54 of the 59 units sold and prices rang­ing from $339,000 to $819,000. An­other build­ing in Nelsen Lodge is un­der construction and will be five storeys with com­ple­tion set for early next year.

Forty-six of the 56 units are sold with sizes from 912 to 2,000 square feet and prices from $569,000 to $2 mil­lion for the three-bed­room pent­house with a den.

The third build­ing will have 104 units from $467,900 to $2,959,900. The foun­da­tion is com­plete and construction is ex­pected to restart in the next few months.

An ad­di­tional home style is also of­fered for sale at this time — Tang­iers town­houses. Twen­ty­four will be built and 10 have now sold at prices from $1.169 mil­lion to $1.459 mil­lion.

The 2,020 to 2,200 square foot homes in­clude at­tached, two-car garages, ski stor­age, ac­cor­dion­style win­dow walls that open to large, cov­ered decks, vaulted ceil­ings, and wood-burn­ing fire­places with gas starters.

Com­ple­tion is ex­pected in the sum­mer of 2011.

The re­sort is the only one in the world to of­fer lift, cat and he­liski­ing. The ski re­sort was ini­tially launched by Revelstoke Moun­tain Re­sort Lim­ited Part­ner­ship. A ma- jor­ity eq­uity in­ter­est was taken this year by North­land Prop­er­ties Corp.

North­land owns the Sand­man Ho­tel Group, as well as sev­eral well-known restau­rants that in­clude Moxie’s, Denny’s and Chop Clas­sic Grills. The $1-bil­lion, foursea­son re­sort is ex­pected to be com­pleted over 15 years to in­clude more than 5,000 hous­ing units.

Top-tier lux­ury ho­tels, town houses, con­do­mini­ums, and sin­gle-fam­ily homes will make up the mix. In ad­di­tion, the re­sort will have 300,000 square feet of com­mer­cial and re­tail space and a Nick Faldo 18-hole golf course.

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A snow­boarder en­joys the slopes at Revelstoke Moun­tain Re­sort. Top, a sin­gle-fam­ily home on one of 25 lots at McKen­zie Land­ing.

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The in­te­rior of a home in the Macken­zie Land­ing neigh­bour­hood of Revelstoke Moun­tain Re­sort.

Win­dows are above a fire­place.

A view of the kitchen show­ing the use of tim­bers in the ceil­ing.

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