Powder, Powder Everywhere!

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is currently the place to be. Between the copious amounts of powder and the upcoming Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (March 10, 2014), there’s never been a better time to stay at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Watch the latest videos showcasing Revelstoke Mountain Resort‘s beautiful winter wonderland.

 

 

Roses and candy and love.. Oh my! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heart of RosesLove: it’s something we all crave. We are wired to not just need it but to want it too.

The English language only has one word assigned to convey multiple meanings of love. We use “I love you” with family, friends, and with the person we are in a relationship with.

It’s easy to understand what love for family means. The bond created by blood is intense and can never be broken.

It’s also easy to understand what love for friends means. This is a love that you choose to give. It is when you are so close with your friend you view them as if they are part of your family. You have an emotional connection with that person and you never see them not being part of your life.

But what does it mean when you tell your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or partner that you love them? And more specifically, what does it mean to be in love? Clearly there is a difference between the two as we have all heard people say that they love someone but aren’t in love with them.

Instead of trying to figure out the meaning of love, we decided to let these adorable children explain it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let the Ski Season Begin

Sandman Powder

Let the Ski Season Begin

We’ve all heard the stereotypes about Canada. Some say it is a country full of wild bears and others call it a barren prairieland full of snow. While there may be a few Grizzlies in the woods up here, we Canadians know that the majority of us certainly don’t spend our days running around in plaid shirts fending the furry creatures off with our burly northern physiques and hand carved axes.

However, when it comes to the white stuff, we are pretty proud to admit that during the winter, more often than not, you can find an abundance of the pristine powder on almost every mountain.

Amen for that because if you’re an avid skier, snowboarder, snow shoer, tuber or beyond, there’s an unlimited amount of wonderland to see and ski in Canada this season!

Just to give you an idea of all the great snowy terrain, here are a few of our favourite Canadian mountain picks for 2013.

Rev Up for the Downhill Fun at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC

Revelstoke Mountain Resort SkiFast becoming a hot spot for thrill seekers and resort enthusiasts alike, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has been getting outstanding press left, right, and center. So much so that is has been deemed by the Telegraph in the UK as ‘The Greatest Ski Resort on Earth.’ Not to mention, it is also ranked in the top 10 of many ‘best ski resort’ lists worldwide.

Perhaps all these merits are the reason why, once again, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the only Canadian destination to host the world-famous Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (only 6 locations in the world get to host this famed event every year!).

Or, it could be the mountains stats. For example, Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts North America’s greatest vertical at 1,713 metres or (5620 feet). You’ll also find 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 13 areas of gladed terrain and, the pièce de résistance… RMR is the only resort in the world to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base.

As an added bonus, if you’re looking for a great family getaway, the resort also has a new Turtle Creek Beginner Area & Tube Park for all the learners and young ones to enjoy. Truly, this destination is the full powder package and then some.

Place to Stay:

Sandman Hotel Revelstoke http://www.sandmanhotels.ca/hotels/revelstoke/

White Wonderland in Whistler, BC

Whistler BcFamed for being the host resort for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler and Blackcomb are two mountains which, combined, offer adventurists a whopping 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, and three glaciers.

Tricksters can have a blast at the exceptional Nintendo Terrain Park where pipes, tables, and boxes align the slope in abundance, making way for some excellent scenery for the chairlift onlookers from above.

Just an hour from Vancouver, and less than 30 minutes from Squamish, this world-class ski resort is easily accessible from Highway 1 and offers drivers some spectacular scenery along the way.
Oh and did we mention that the two mountains are connected by the world’s longest free span gondola? At 4.4 km long, you’ll experience panoramic views unlike any other in the world. Connecting the two epic mountains, the ride will give you an idea of all the amazing terrain at Whistler and Blackcomb – and if you’re lucky, you can ride in one of the two glass bottomed carriages, both which truly show the full extent of this construction wonder.

Sandman Hotel Squamish http://www.sandmanhotels.ca/hotels/squamish/

A Mountain of Fun at Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Set North of Montreal, Mont Tremblant is famed for being the city’s go-to ski destination. The resort has 41 trails and one of the highest Mont Tremblantverticals in the East Coast of Canada. In addition, it is set against the gorgeous Laurentian Mountain range, offering a splendid host of sights and sounds to see.

If you’re in Montreal, you can drive here in less than an hour and a half and experience the charming slopes which offer a great variety for both beginner and advanced skiers.

Where to Stay:

Sandman Hotel Montreal – Longueuil

http://www.sandmanhotels.ca/hotels/montreal-longueuil/

So there you have it. Canada may be vast, but it is far from barren. You could even say it is ripe with snowy opportunities eh?

 

Edmonton Gets Hot with Ice on Whyte!

ice on whyte 2If you’re not familiar with the Edmonton area, then you might think the ‘Ice on Whyte’ moniker is either misspelled or an attempt to create a new version of an old word that sounds young, hip, and kewl. Rest assured, it’s spelled this way for neither of these reasons.

The festival is called ‘Ice on Whyte’ because it pays homage to the city’s famed Whyte Avenue, a popular street that is often brewing with fun and entertainment.

Celebrating its 10th year in action, the festivities run from January 25 – February 3, and feature a wide range of winter sights, sounds, and activities to highlight both the snow, ice, land, and people!

Originally created in 2003 by a group of individuals who wanted to showcase the fabulous art of ice carving, the event has blossomed to include all aspects of winter fun. Held in the popular area known as Steel Park or Festival Park, on 85th Avenue and 104 Street (not too far from Whyte Avenue itself), the hoopla is near impossible to miss because it fills the entire space with gorgeous, brightly-lit ice sculptures in addition to tons of live entertainment, food, and family fun.

Yet, the heart of the festival is still the famed international ice carving competition – which was officially endorsed by the National Ice Carving Association in 2009– the world’s preeminent authority on ice carving standards and art.

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During the competition, 10 teams of two will chip away at 15 blocks of ice (per team) for 2.5 days (35 hours total). Using these blocks, they’ll create one sculpture that must be 3.18 meters high and sculpted on all sides. All 15 blocks must be used, and snow made from the carving may also be used in the sculpture. In addition, there are no props, decorations or ice colouring allowed – this is serious ice carving my friend.

Visitors can also expect to find snow sculptures, a giant ice slide, a children’s play area, live music, entertainment and ice carving workshops too.

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No wonder the festival won the Alberta Tourism Award in the Alberta Pride Category in 2012!
Suffice to say, even though the event will bring the big chill in many ways, it is still among one of the hottest festivals in Canada this season!

Now that’s the Whyte stuff!

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Sandman, Oscar and Some Celebration!

For most normal folk, February festivities include Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and we’d like to say Groundhog Day – but really, let’s be honest, when you live in Canada it’s hard to celebrate an early spring when spring is essentially the same as winter…but with more rain.

In any case, there is one other exceptional day to celebrate this month , and that’s (drumroll please…) The Academy Awards – or The Oscars – (we’re still not sure which title is correct). Possibly the most anticipated award event of the year, this annual exposition of glamour, glitz and a one-too-many inflated Hollywood egos is the perfect event to watch with a bottle of your finest $10 Cabernet Sauvignon. Allowing you to indulge in the fantasy world of fame, fortune and, oh yes, cinematic arts – the merry occasion lets you enjoy that Hollywood fun, while also relishing in the fact that you live a life of blissful normalcy, untainted by flashing lights, paparazzi and that dreaded red carpet interview with Joan Rivers.

That being said, we love our movies just as much as the next person, and wouldn’t have the Oscars done any other way – especially since the master host Billy Crystal is back – bringing with him a night of cute comical gags, in addition to that calm, smooth charisma that certain former hosts have lacked (sorry Anne Hathaway and James Franco).

Our beautiful lobby at Sandman Calgary Airport

With the event happening this weekend Sunday Feb. 26 at 7pm eastern/4pm western, we think this is the one time of year that you can add a little luxury to Sunday night dinner, and if you want to go one step further, you can head to a Sandman and take in all the sights and sounds from one of our plush king-sized beds. In fact, if you live in Calgary you can celebrate the Oscars with our special movie night package at Sandman Calgary Airport, where you can stay-in and get cozy while watching a movie with popcorn, 2 chocolate bars and two cans of pop. More info here: http://ht.ly/9fwZg .

Staying home? Well that’s just fine too, and just in time for the annual event, we’ve got a few interesting facts to keep you up to date with your Academy Awards past and present.

  • The awards actually have an interesting connection to hotels, with the first ceremony being held at a dinner held in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and thereafter between several other buildings including the Biltmore Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel’s Coconut Grove.
  • The first awards were presented on May 16, 1929, in front of an audience of roughly 270 people. The post award party was held at the Mayfair Hotel and tickets for the affair cost just $5.
  • No one – not even The Academy itself – knows why the Oscar is called well…an Oscar. Their official website claims that the name may have come from Academy librarian Margaret Herrick – who once remarked that the statue looked like her uncle Oscar. Yet other people claim that Bette Davis named hers after her band leader (also named Oscar).
  • It wasn’t until 1939 that the “Oscar” nickname became the statue’s official moniker.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the show (our warm lobby at Sandman Edmonton West).

  • Only 3 movies have won 11 awards in all of Oscar history:
    • Ben-Hur
    • Titanic (1997)
    • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • This year’s “Hugo” and “The Artist” have been nominated for 11 and 10 nominations respectively.
  • The Artist is the first Silent film to be nominated for Best Picture since “The Patriot” in 1928.
  • This year’s host, Billy Crystal, will entertain the Academy elite for the 9th time… and that being said, 2012 is a great year to watch – no matter if your at home or in one of our sweet suites (see our other ‘Hot Deals’ here:http://www.sandmanhotels.ca/specials-rewards/hot-deals/ ).