Gearing up for a cold winter

According to weather experts, residents of Canada should be gearing up to expect a colder than average winter this year, with a substantial 80% chance of temperatures dropping a degree or two below their seasonal norms.

With this in mind, we thought it apt to give you a bit of insight into one of our most snow laden hotel locations and how it thrives during the harsh winter months. Our Sandman Hotel in Revelstoke sits between Rogers Pass and the 3 Valley Gap at an altitude of around 1500 ft at the edge of Mt Revelstoke National Park. It can experience anywhere between 40ft and 60ft of snow a year!

So, what does the snowy, cold weather mean for the hotel and its visitors? Well first of all, it’s play time for guests who visit the property to enjoy its close proximity to world class skiing and boarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  It’s also a comfortable port of call for people who find themselves unexpectedly delayed by local snow and avalanche triggered road closures.

As for the hotel team, the priority is ensuring that the property remains safely accessible for their guests at all times during the winter period. A snow removal company is utilized to keep the parking lot and driveway clear, while the maintenance crew spends time shovelling and sanding to make sure the walkways are always safe. Ice pellets are also used in the high traffic areas as an extra precaution and this also minimizes the amount of sand brought into the hotel.

Meanwhile, inside the property, Housekeepers make sure that all guests are greeted by rooms heated to a comfortable temperature – even unused rooms remain heated to prevent the freezing of any plumbing.

Preparing a hotel for the winter months and keeping the property running smoothly is much like winterizing a car and the precautions you should take when driving in winter conditions. The focus is on the comfort, health and safety of our guests – and tackling the weather conditions successfully all comes down to being prepared.

To conclude our frosty themed blog, we have dug out some icy Canadian climate facts for you to enjoy:

  • The lowest temperature ever officially recorded in Canada is -63 °C on February 3, 1947 at Snag in Yukon.
  • Did you know that the snowiest town in the country is Stewart in northwest British Columbia?
  • Mount Fidelity in British Columbia boasts the record for highest average annual snowfall recorded at a weather station in Canada at 1471cm (48 feet).
  • Saskatoon has the coldest climate of any city in Canada, a cool 2.2 °C – based on the mean daily temperature, averaged over the year.
  • Extreme climates! Regina’s coldest temperature on record stands at a ridiculously cold -50 °C whilst the hottest day on record is a staggering 43.3°C!

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