Sneak Peek of The Pipe Mountain Coaster: Coming Spring 2016 to Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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The track has been laid and Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to be a month and a half away from cutting the ribbon on its newest summer attraction: The Pipe Mountain Coaster.

Opening May 21, 2016, The Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort will be North America’s very first Brandauer Mountain Coaster.

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Thrill seekers are in for a treat as the unique single-track coaster will travel at speeds of up to 42km/hr as it whisks guests 1.4km from Revelation Lodge down to the Village Plaza.

For those looking to soak up more of the spectacular summer scenery, the ability to control their own speed adds to the excitement as they travel through ski runs, forest, and a tunnel at their own pace.

Watch this video to get a first look at The Pipe Mountain Coaster.

The Pipe Mountain Coaster will be the newest addition to Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s exciting line-up of summer activities that include sightseeing and breakfast via the Revelation Gondola as well as Heli Adven­tures with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, offering a range of exhilarating activities that include sightseeing, hiking, alpine picnics, and biking.

The coaster will be operational for thesummer season beginning May 21, 2016. For hours and rates, visit www.revelstokemountainresort.com.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day across Canada

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This year, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be held across Canada as a time honoured tradition since 1824. Toronto and Montreal hold the largest and longest-running parades and festivals in Canada; as we drink green beer and wear green clothes, have we ever thought about the man behind the namesake holiday and where and how these traditions came to be?

Contrary to popular belief, Saint Patrick was actually an Irish missionary born in Wales, Great Britain. Although he spent much of his early life in Britain, during the Roman Empire no less, he was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish pirates and sold into a 6-year slavery stint in Ireland. After escaping and a short time back at home in Wales, he returned to Ireland as a bishop to expand his teachings about bringing together traditions of the old pagan and new Christian religions. Even though Patrick lived during the 4th and 5th centuries, he didn’t become known as a Saint until about the 7th century, which marked the beginning of his large and celebrated following on the anniversary of his death on March 17th.

Canada’s Irish population predominately lives in the eastern part of Canada as it was difficult for the poor immigrants to travel very far past the coast. The immigrants from Ireland were actually the founders of Irish celebrations in North America, and, thus, were born the origins of the celebrations as we know them today.

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Eco-friendly vegetable dye is poured into the Chicago River to turn it emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day.

A few fun facts and how some celebrate the holiday today:

– Canada is home to about 4,544,870 people claiming to have Irish blood.

– In Chicago, about 45 pounds of green vegetable dye has been dumped into the Chicago River for the past 40 years but it only lasts a few hours.

– Guinness, the iconic Irish beer, expects to sell 7.5 million pints on St. Patrick’s Day – almost twice what it sells on a standard day.

– In Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer is illuminated green.

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North America’s First Brandauer Mountain Coaster Coming to Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is thrilled to be expanding summer operations for 2016 with the addition of North America’s very first Brandauer Mountain Coaster.

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Starting at Revelation Lodge, the unique single-track coaster will travel 1.4 km and drop 279 vertical metres while speeding through ski runs, forest, and a tunnel, before ending up in the Village Plaza.

Unlike a typical roller coaster or the more common dual-rail mountain coasters, the Brandauer design features a monorail which is built close to the ground and simulates the thrill of downhill mountain biking as it travels up to 42 km/hr, with guests controlling their own speed.

“Our coasters have been a huge success in Europe, and we are excited to have the opportunity to install the first Brandauer mountain coaster in North America at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, where I believe the terrain of the lower mountain will perfectly complement our technology and create an amazing ride,” said Brandauer’s President, Josef Brandauer.

This attraction will be the newest addition to Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s exciting lineup of summer activities including Sightseeing via the Revelation Gondola, as well as Heli Adventures with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, offering exhilarating activities including sightseeing, hiking, alpine picnics, and biking.

Peter Nielsen, Vice President of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, said this is another important step towards becoming a true four season resort.

“Revelstoke is a beautiful place in the summer and we jumped at the opportunity to bring in this unique attraction for visitors to the region,” said Nielsen. “I’m certain guests of all ages are going to have a blast speeding down the mountain, taking in unparalleled views on this one-of-a-kind coaster.”

Construction will be complete in spring 2016, and the coaster will be operational for the summer season.

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To Recycle or not to Recycle, that is an easy question

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Much is said about our environment and the need for us all to be aware of the impact today’s decisions have on our future. In our facilities, we are always conscious of the need to conserve and demonstrate a caring attitude towards our environment.

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Our Environment
We subscribe to the three “R’s” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in ALL divisions. It starts with our construction sites and their ability to recycle as much material as possible, from one site to another, right through to our restaurants who recycle cooking oils. In our hotels, we ask our guests to participate in helping to reduce excessive laundry requests.

With the combined recycling efforts of our laundries, restaurants, and energy committees, we are constantly trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Annual reviews of our energy consumption, waste removal/recycling, and in-house initiatives are conducted. New ideas and suggestions are distributed throughout the corporation for the sole purpose of minimizing our impact on both the local and global environment.

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HAC Green Key ECO Rating
Sandman Hotel Group is a proud participant in the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

The HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a voluntary platform designed to recognize hotels that have taken significant steps towards sustainability through participation in environmental programs, best management practices, training programs, and engineering solutions that have benefited the environment and the local community. For a Four Green Key rating, each of the hotels have demonstrated national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through its wide-ranging policies and practices in the areas of energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste management, community outreach, and building infrastructure to name just a few. They have mature environmental programs in place that involve management, employees, guests, and the public and have shown substantial and measurable results.

Sandman’s commitment to sustainability and protection of the environment for future generations has always been one of our company’s core values. We believe our guests will benefit from knowing the hotel they have chosen is doing its part in trying to minimize an impact on the earth.

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For additional information on the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program, please be sure to visit their website at http://www.hotelassociation.ca/site/programs/green_key.htm.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Building 11-Acre Terrain Park

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The Terrain Park’s location on Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s upper mountain.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to announce the addition of an 11-acre terrain park for the 2015-16 season. Work is already underway clearing the park area which will run directly under the Stoke Chair.

When complete, the park will be nearly 450 metres long and 100 metres wide. Including more than 20 jib features, the park will also have a range of jumps that will be expanded throughout the season.

After getting great response to a ‘teaser park’ built last spring, Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Vice President Peter Nielsen said this is the highly-anticipated next step.

“Our guests have been asking for a terrain park for quite some time, so we are really thrilled to have the resources and team in place to build a full-size progression park,” Nielsen explained.

“We are designing the park to appeal to a wide range of ages and abilities, and I think it is going to be a great addition to our winter offerings.”

Along with expanding the legendary groomed runs Revelstoke is known for, the Resort has also invested in increasing the existing grooming fleet to enable maintenance standards necessary for a high quality terrain park.

The Terrain Park is scheduled to open this winter.

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Proposed Terrain Park layout (not to scale).