Red Bull Cold Rush Postponed until March 23-26 due to current backcountry conditions

Competitors scope venue before the Red Bull Cold Rush, Silverton, Colorado on March 5th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool

Competitors scope venue before the Red Bull Cold Rush, Silverton, Colorado on March 5th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Ian Fohrman / Red Bull Content Pool

Due to unstable conditions in the backcountry, Red Bull Cold Rush will be postponed until March 23-26 when it will make its Revelstoke Mountain Resort debut.

With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to delay the contest.

“Recent warming has impacted our venues in remote areas of the mountain over the last few days. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, current conditions will not allow for either.”  –  Scott Jewett, National Event Manager for Red Bull Canada

As a world class ski event that showcases athletes in some of the most challenging natural backcountry terrain, the contest is ultimately at the mercy of nature and unseasonably warm temperatures have made current conditions less than ideal outside of the resort’s boundaries.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to welcome the athletes and the event to their mountain later in the season and are looking forward to an awesome event! See you in March Red Bull Cold Rush!

In the meantime, join us at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for epic skiing, amazing terrain, and the most snow in Canada! We are definitely still open (and you won’t regret experiencing the most vertical in North America)!

Competitors prepare for their runs at Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado on March 6, 2012. Photographer Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Competitors prepare for their runs at Red Bull Cold Rush in Silverton, Colorado on March 6th, 2012. Photographer Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Visit Kamloops… Get a Gift Card!

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Photo courtesy of Tourism Kamloops

Fun Facts about Kamloops (courtesy of Tourism Kamloops):

  • The annual average of sunny skies is 2,047 hours, with an annual rainfall of 217.9 mm.
  • Kamloops has a growing season of 166 days.
  • The city area covers 311 sq km (Manhanttan is 59.47 sq km with 10 x the population!)
  • There are 82 parks in Kamloops, covering a total of 1,350 hectares.
  • Kamloops is one of only two places in Canada where the two national railways (CP and CN) intersect in city limits.
  • Kamloops is 250 km north of the Washington border; 310 km northeast of Vancouver, and 4,387 km west of Toronto.
  • Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word “T’Kumlups”, referring to the flowing together of the North and South Thompson rivers.
  • Europeans arrived in Kamloops around 1811.
  • In 1893, Kamloops was incorporated with less than 1,000 people. Today, it has a population of nearly 85,000 and growing.
  • Riverside Park used to be owned by James McIntosh, one of the most influential men in Kamloops’ early history. McIntosh was employed by HBC. He helped build some of Kamloops’ first roads, developed hydro-electric power for the town, and acted as magistrate. His property includes 100 acres right on the river, which was sold to the city after his death.
  • Kamloops was once home to famous Canadian poet Robert Service who wrote recognizable hits like “The Cremation of SamMcGee”. He used to work at the Commerce Bank, which is now know as the Brownstone Restaraunt.
  • In 1888, the first electric light was installed on the corner of 1st and Seymour near City Hall.
  • Kamloops is Canada’s Tournament Capital and hosts over 100 tournaments each year consisting of 27,878 participants.

SIG_Kamloops_Exterior9957-edit$20 Gift Card – Opening Special

Travelling to Kamloops this winter or spring?

Book any rate at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel through our website, mobile app, or by phone and stay before April 30, 2015 to receive your choice of a $20 gift card to Esso, Starbucks, or Shark Club Bar & Grill. Simply print the voucher below and redeem upon check-in to make your gift card selection.

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In addition, receive 200 bonus points just for booking your stay at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel via the Sandman mobile app before April 30, 2015.

Click here for more information about Sandman’s mobile app.

Book/Stay Dates: now – April 30, 2015


Kamloops view

Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel faces both Riverside Park and The Thompson River, is located directly across the street from the Interior Savings Centre, home of the Kamloops Blazers, and provides a relaxed, elegant comfort.

Each of the 202 beautifully appointed guest rooms at this downtown Kamloops hotel, including the 100 suites, provides the perfect setting to unwind. Relax by the indoor swimming pool and hot tub, enjoy a delicious meal at Shark Club Bar & Grill, or exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness room. Modern amenities, such as complimentary Internet access and a business centre, makes travelling for work or leisure easier and elegant.


Voucher restrictions: Offer valid until April 30, 2015. Maximum of one (1) voucher per stay and can only be redeemed upon check-in. Reservations must be made directly through the hotel, the Sandman website, the Sandman mobile app, or through Central Reservations. Third party reservations do not qualify. Mobile app bonus points will be awarded for Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel reservations only. Bonus points will be allocated to the guest’s mobile app account after hotel check-out.

Red Bull Cold Rush Announces Athletes & Course Details

Photographer Credit Mike Arzt-Red Bull Content Pool

Sean Pettit hits the Castle Jump at Red Bull Cold Rush 2012 in Silverton, Colorado.                  Photographer Credit: Mike Arzt / Red Bull Content Pool

Invitations went out in early December to a select group of the top freeskiers around the world to meet in Revelstoke, BC for one of the biggest showdowns in the backcountry.

With Red Bull Cold Rush returning after a two year hiatus, athletes were quick to RSVP for a chance to take on a new mountain and claim a winning spot at the legendary contest. As an invitation only event, the 2015 athlete roster is stacked with some of the biggest names in the game featuring 15 male and 5 female competitors.

Being a multi-disciplinary event that fuses big mountain, cliffs, slopestyle, and touring, the competitors come from a diverse background. Athletes will be pushed well beyond their comfort zone in a contest that seeks to reward the most versatile all-around skier. Slopestyle skiers most comfortable with throwing big spins in the park will find themselves negotiating the steep alpine terrain and massive cliff drops of the upper area of Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Mount Mackenzie and traditional big mountain skiers will take on rails, kickers, and other custom built features. To help even the playing field, the contest will include a larger focus on ski touring allowing athletes to potentially recoup points lost in disciplines that are not their strong suit.

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The view from the top of the Slopestyle venue for Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 in Revelstoke.         Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content

The brand new playing field at Revelstoke Mountain Resort features one of the most all-encompassing contest sites in freestyle skiing, offering an amphitheater of powder that hosts four distinct venues each catering to one of the specific contest disciplines.

Tasked with the job of preparing the venue is veteran builder/freestyle skier Riley Leboe (Vernon, BC) who has been building jumps for as long as he can remember. Of the four contest zones, it is the slopestyle venue that Leboe gets most excited about which will feature roughly eight or nine jump and step-downs where skiers will have a choice to hit three features at the top of the venue, mid mountain, or at the bottom.

Photographer Credit Bryan Ralph-Red Bull Content Pool

Freestyle skier Riley Leboe working on a jump at the Red Bull Cold Rush slopestyle venue.        Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

“Athletes are going to have to nail three jumps in each line… it’s hard enough stomping one jump first try in the backcountry, so stomping three huge tricks out here is really going to show the level that freeskiing is at,” says Leboe.  Beyond the built up kickers, the slopestyle course also comes equipped with some challenging natural terrain like wind lips and a step over that competitors can take advantage of, allowing them to pick their own unique lines on the slope.

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe, Tatum Monod work on building the bottom jumps for the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course. Photographer CreditBryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Riley Leboe, Nick Leboe & Tatum Monod building the Red Bull Cold Rush Slopestyle course.    Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph / Red Bull Content Pool

Putting this all together takes a six-man crew a full week on the mountain constructing the features entirely by hand. As a competitor in the event himself, Leboe is the perfect candidate to oversee the design of the course, ensuring it is up to the safety and skill expectations of his fellow athletes. He isn’t merely building his own personal dream park as he relies on the close input of other competitors. Athletes Dane Tudor, Chris Rubens, and Tatum Monod have already made a trip to visit Leboe on the build site. Regardless of the competitive format, the close knit group of athletes supports one another to simply ski the best they possibly can.

Here are your Red Bull Cold Rush 2015 competitors:

Male

  • Bene Mayr (GER)
  • Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA)
  • Sean Pettit (CAN)
  • Dane Tudor (CAN)
  • Sammy Carlson (USA)
  • Chris Rubens (CAN)
  • Kye Petersen (CAN)
  • Riley Leboe (CAN)
  • Callum Pettit (CAN)
  • Wiley Miller (CAN)
  • Logan Pehota (CAN)
  • Richard Permin (FRA)
  • Johnny Collinson (USA)
  • Stan Rey (SWZ)
  • Joe Schuster (CAN)

Female

  • Tatum Monod (CAN)
  • Michelle Parker (USA)
  • Ingrid Backstrom (USA)
  • Grete Eliassen (USA)
  • Suz Graham (USA)
Photographer Credit Erik Seo-Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Cold Rush 2011 in Silverton, Colorado. Photographer Credit: Erik Seo / Red Bull Content Pool

 

New Year, New Hotel – Introducing Canada’s Newest Sandman Hotel

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We are so excited to announce the official opening of our newest Canadian hotel, Sandman Hotel Oakville!

Surrounded by restaurants, parks, sporting venues, and only 20 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Sandman Hotel Oakville is excited to welcome you for your next family gathering, quick getaway, or business meeting.

Conveniently located on the Oakville/Burlington border between Niagara Falls and Toronto, this brand new hotel features 166 beautifully appointed guest rooms with excellent amenities, two on-site restaurants, and complimentary high speed Internet.

Welcome to the family Sandman Hotel Oakville!

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So Many Reasons to Stay: Convenient location | Kitchenettes, executive & one-bedroom suites | Complimentary parking | Complimentary high speed Internet | Chop Steakhouse & Bar | Denny’s 24 Hour Restaurant (coming soon) | Pet friendly | and more!


Join in our excitement and save 10% off the Best Available Rate simply by booking before January 15th.

For more information about all of Sandman Hotel Oakville’s amazing deals, click here. See you soon!

Romance. Love. Passion. Valentine’s Day is Back!

love_92877334“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” ~Judy Garland

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~Charles M. Schulz

“There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.” ~Yoko Ono

“I love romance. I’m a sucker for it. I love it so much. It’s pathetic.” ~Drew Barrymore

“I like perfume and flowers.” ~Donatella Versace

february 14_93828682Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and whether you’re looking to spend quality time with your loved one, romance them, or both, Sandman Hotel Group has you covered. Give the perfect gift of a Sandman stay this February 14th.

A few of our hotels in British Columbia have embraced romance and assembled a variety of packages to suit every couple’s needs.

Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street

Grab your loved one and spend Valentine’s in one of the amazing suites overlooking Vancouver.

Choose from one of two packages and create a night (or nights) to remember.

The Experience Package includes: a night’s accommodation in a one-bedroom suite, sparkling wine on ice in your room upon arrival, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals scattered on your bed, breakfast for two at Moxie’s, and free parking.

The Valentine’s Indulgence Package includes: a night’s accommodation in a one-bedroom Jacuzzi suite on the penthouse floor, sparkling wine on ice in your room upon arrival, chocolate covered strawberries, an edible bouquet in a keepsake container, LUSH bath bomb and bubble bar, floating candles in your Jacuzzi tub, breakfast for two at Moxie’s, and free parking.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s weekend to remember. Indulge your passionate side with a night of decadence, sparkling wine and roses upon arrival, $100 Chop Steakhouse & Bar, and memories to last a lifetime.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Squamish

love_129289046Every day is Valentine’s Day in Squamish . With beautiful surroundings and an array of activities, all you have to do is add elegance and indulgence to your getaway. Spend a beautiful night in the mountains with a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates, a rose on arrival, complimentary early check-in of 1pm and late check-out of 1pm, and complimentary upgrade to the next best room upon check-in (based on availability).

But BC is not the only province that knows how to spoil a loved one. Numerous Sandmans in Alberta have created beautiful packages sure to please your significant other.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West

The perfect getaway gift for you and your sweetheart awaits you. We’ll make sure you experience pure romance from start to finish! Treat your significant other to a romantic night away from home with our complete Romance Package, including a bottle of sparkling wine, a box of chocolates, and 2 – $10 Denny’s gift cards.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South

Treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s weekend away from home with our complete Valentine’s Packages. Simply book before February 7, 2014 and choose between our 3 offers:

chocolate_strawberry_93030673Package A: 1 Night Stay

  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine
  • chocolate covered strawberries
  • 1 $30 gift card to Denny’s

Package B: 2 Night Stay

  • Everything from Package A AND
  • 1 $75 gift card to Chinook Mall
  • 1 $30 gift card to Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Package C: 3 Night Stay

  • Everything from Package A & B AND
  • 25% off your 3rd night
  • 1 $30 gift card to Denny’s

No matter where you are or what you’re looking for, Sandman has the perfect amount of romance for you.

Rose Petals of Love