[R2804R, Revelstoke Mountain Resort], which is only in its second year of operation, laid claim to the highest vertical in North America when it opened its gondola extension and new lift on Dec. 20.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort may only have four lifts, but it zipped into the record books by extending its gondola this year. The Lower Revelation Gondola added on 885 feet of vertical to the ski resort's base elevation, starting at the Village and the new Nelsen Lodge. The highest lift at the resort, The Stoke quad, tops out at 7,300 feet on the exposed alpine ridge of Mount Mackenzie.

The two locations span a new North American record of 5,620 feet. That's over 300 feet higher than Blackcomb Mountain.

The resort's longest run - The Last Spike - is a green cruiser that zig-zags the entire vertical from the top of The Stoke to the base area. Its length adds up to a whomping 9.5 miles.

The resort also cranked up its new high-speed Ripper quad  Dec. 20. The Ripper services the lower gladed flanks of the North Bowl, bumping up the resort's lift-served acreage to 3,101 acres. More experienced skiers can plunge from The Stoke down one of 10 black diamond drops before running into the Back 40, Powder Monkey, or Glory Glades.

Revelstoke also improved its new village area. It now includes parking for over 500 vehicles.