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.

Moxie’s Grill & Bar Opens at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

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We are pleased to announce the grand opening of Moxie’s Grill & Bar at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel!

The Kamloops’ Moxie’s concept is a small inviting interior that is the perfect setting for a neighbourhood gathering. The 5,227 square foot building opened at the end of May and encompasses a total of 140 seats inside with a beautiful 698 square foot indoor patio adding an additional 42 seats.

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Disa Ottosdottir designed this more rustic space boasting layers of different textures, including reclaimed wood boards, paneled millwork walls, old world cement tiles, rustic brick, and tufted leather upholstery.

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The island bar and open concept kitchen allows for interaction and eye contact with our Moxie’s team and our guests. The floor plan uses a combination of banquettes, free standing tables, and booths, so there is something for everyone.

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Please join us in congratulating our General Manager Jason Fulton, Regional Manager Bert Valkenborg, Regional Chefs Jason Turnbull, and Micah Treder, Chef Dave Johnston, and the entire Moxie’s Kamloops Team!

Welcome to the family!

Hot cocoa without the mug!

beautiful winter“Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell

Brrrr. Winter is seriously in full force. Instead of getting upset, why not embrace the cold. Hot chocolate is the obvious choice on a cold winter’s day, but Sandman doesn’t conform to the norm. So instead of choosing just one yummy winter treat, we chose two: hot chocolate cookies. Yup, you heard that right. We literally put the taste of hot chocolate into a cookie.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

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A cookie twist on a classic cup of hot cocoa with a gooey marshmallow.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 package of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 20 marshmallows
  • a white or mill chocolate bar (we used both)

Directions

  1. Over a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate chips on medium low heat, stirring often. Once melted, remove the chocolate from the burner and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, mix the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the cooled melted chocolate. Then add the dry ingredients in two batches. The dough will be a thick cake batter. Chill the batter in the fridge for one hour. This is really important because if the batter is not chilled, it will be very sticky and difficult to work with.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Once the dough is chilled, line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on the tray. Flatten the tops slightly.
  6. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until the cookie edges start to crack. While they are baking, cut the marshmallows in half and stick on square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.
  7. Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and stick the marshmallows chocolate side down onto each cookie. Put the cookies back into the oven and cook for another 4 minutes, or until the marshmallows are soft.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to cooling racks. Grate additional chocolate over the top of the cookie for garnish.
  9. Enjoy!

Toronto International Film Festival – Good Luck Charm or Fluke?

TIFFEuropean films festivals like Cannes and Venice may have the history and prestige — but the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has shown every best picture winner since 2007, and many have premiered there. Time will tell if any of this year’s films will take top honours, but recent history suggests one will. Find out which Oscar-winners made their way from TIFF to the Hollywood stage.

Chariots of FireChariots of Fire (1981)
In its fifth year of existence, TIFF landed its first big fish: Chariots of Fire, the true story of how British sprinters Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams won glory at the 1924 Olympics, and sprinted its way past the competition to Oscar gold.

American Beauty (1999)
The world got its first peak at the eventual best picture winner — but also its first sampling of Sam Mendes. American Beauty served as the established stage director’s feature film debut and became an overnight sensation.

CrashCrash (2004)
Crash premiered at the 2004 fest, where Lionsgate picked it up. It would wait until 2005 for its release and managed one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history, beating fellow Toronto player from 2005, Brokeback Mountain.

No Country for Old Men (2007)
Joel and Ethan Coen’s tense thriller ended up the headliner of a banner year in 2007 for TIFF. Not only did the festival screen the eventual best picture winner, it had four out of five best picture nominees in its lineup, with only Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood absent from Toronto.

Slumdog MillionaireSlumdog Millionaire (2008)
Set in India, from a British director, it took home top American honours but made its world premiere in Canada. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire captured the hearts of audiences right off the bat, winning the People’s Choice award at the festival.

The Hurt Locker (2008)
The world premiere took place in Venice, but Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker kickstarted its Oscar run in Toronto where it had its North American premiere and was picked up by Summit Entertainment in 2008. A year later, the film was rewarded with six Academy awards.

the King's SpeechThe King’s Speech (2010)
The King’s Speech was the fourth film to win the People’s Choice award — and then go on to win best picture. Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, and Slumdog Millionaire are the others.

Argo (2012)
Argo is the latest to capitalize on Toronto’s good luck — though none of it seemed to rub off on Ben Affleck, who was snubbed for best director.

From September 5-15, 2013, the Toronto International Film Festival will shine its way into venues and theatres across Toronto. And if TMZ knows anything about scouting out famous people, the airport seems to be the best place. Located practically beside Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is Sandman Signature Hotel Toronto Airport – the perfect place to stay to travel to and from the airport while celebrity watching. Well that’s convenient.

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