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 six weeks 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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News release: THE SUTTON PLACE HOTELS ANNOUNCE THEIR FOURTH LOCATION IN THE TRUE NORTH SQUARE DEVELOPMENT

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The Sutton Place Hotel Company, a sophisticated collection of luxury properties in North America, is pleased to announce their fourth location in downtown Winnipeg at True North Square.

This purpose-built hotel is an integral part of the True North development concept and is connected to the MTS Centre by a +15 skyway, home of the Winnipeg Jets. Along with two exquisite towers – a 27-storey, 275 hotel-room tower and a 17-storey, 130 residential-unit tower – this property will offer guests an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, spa, conference facilities, a landscaped roof-top garden and an elaborate porte-cochère to both the hotel and residence towers.

“True North Sports & Entertainment is creating a cutting-edge development, and we are thrilled to introduce The Sutton Place Hotel brand to Winnipeg,” said Tom Gaglardi, Chairman & CEO of The Sutton Place Hotels.

Comprised of four towers, including offices, a hotel, residential units, retail and parking, True North Square will be a complete mixed-use complex that will change the landscape of downtown Winnipeg.

“Our philosophy is ‘A Tradition of Luxury’, and that’s exactly what we’ll be bringing to Winnipeg,” said Gaglardi.

With hotels in Edmonton, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Vancouver, The Sutton Place Hotels represent luxury accommodations with tasteful elegance, classically refined décor and warm and inviting staff. From hand-crafted furnishings, silk tapestries and premium bedding, every detail at The Sutton Place Hotels represent a history of refined style and polished perfection that is both inviting and distinguished.

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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North America’s first Brandauer mountain coaster will be open to the public in the summer of 2016.

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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Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s New Axis Mundi Harvest Festival

Axis Mundi Harvest: A mythical place where heaven meets earth, the four compass points join, and where arts & culture, adventure, the environment, and community connect. Join The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort this autumn for a celebration of music and culture as well as autumn and winter adventure sports.

Axis Mundi Harvest, the first in a biannual festival cycle launching in Revelstoke this September, has released its jam-packed event schedule for the three days of the festival, September 18-20, 2015.

Axis Mundi festivalFestival Friday: catch a free concert at Grizzly Plaza, downtown Revelstoke, featuring bluesman Sherman TANK Doucette, followed by the roots rock reggae of Buckman Coe, all while enjoying a bevy in the beer garden. Or take in the Radical Reels Film Tour showing at the RPAC at 7pm. Later on, attendees can take in a music crawl happening at seven different venues throughout the city centre, with performances from artists like Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, The Walkervilles, Rodney DeCroo, Rachelle van Zanten, and more.

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Celebrate all things sport, art, and nature during the Axis Mundi Harvest festival.
Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke

Saturday daytime: take in the Axis Mundi Adventure Market on Mackenzie Avenue (closed to traffic during the festival weekend). The Adventure Market will showcase adventure sport gear and services alongside non-profit run information booths. Add to the mix, sport demos and street performances, like a kid-interactive telling of the Stone Soup tale or the Kid’s Drumming Workshop with David Thiaw. Down the street, find local, organic, and healthy foods and handcrafted goods at the Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market at Grizzly Plaza. Workshops and lectures in venues around the city are also part of the Saturday daytime fare. Festival attendees can catch Adham Shaikh and Buckman Coe in the Electro-Acoustic Shakedown Workshop and walk to other performances happening at different venues around the city. They can get inspired by speakers like mountaineer and survivor Jamie Andrew or Olympic medalist and motivator, Chandra Crawford. At the end of the day, attendees are invited to share in a ‘by donation’ community meal in aid of the Revelstoke Soup & a Smile program and food bank. Enjoy delicious ‘Stone Soup’ and a bun, prepared by the Revelstoke United Church volunteers before heading to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) to take the gondola up to the Revelation Amphitheatre, for the Teen’s and a Women’s Devil’s Club Challenge race. Then settle back for a full night of live music with superstars, Walk Off The Earth, headlining an amazing show.

Revelstoke has the perfect backdrop for the Axis Mundi Harvest Festival. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has an absolutely stunning backdrop for the Axis Mundi Harvest festival. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke

Sunday daytime: the Adventure Market continues with more sport demos, up the street from the Hundred Mile Harvest Food Fair at Grizzly Plaza. The Food Fair features food from regional producers from within a 100 mile (ish) radius of the festival. An epicurean extravaganza, expect an atmosphere where festivalgoers and foodies can sample, learn about, and purchase the many amazing products the region has to offer. An edible mushroom walking tour and preservation demo is also part of Sunday’s appetizing action. Workshops and lectures continue on Sunday. Catch Ashley MacIsaac up close and personal in the Trad to Rad workshop with Baskery or take in the amazing Nyundo School Road Show in an inspirational gospel performance at the United Church. Get motivated by speakers like extreme skiing legend Greg Hill or inspired by environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s talk ‘Coming Back to Earth: Charting a Course Through the Transition’. At the end of the day head up to RMR for the Men’s and Kid’s Devil’s Club Challenge race then get ready for an electric evening with music by Australian superstars Sticky Fingers, headliner Ashley MacIsaac, and electro funk duo The Floozies, whose high energy music will bring it all home.

White-water rafting is just one of the many outdoor activities around Revelstoke. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke.

White water rafting is just one of the many outdoor activities surrounding Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke.


Don’t miss the chance to enjoy this amazing fall festival at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Package includes:
• Luxurious accommodations at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• 1 adult 3-day pass to Axis Mundi Harvest Festival
• Complimentary admission to all festival events for children 12 years and under
• Complimentary parking

For more information, click here.

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).

Spending the Day Heli Biking Mt. Cartier

Words: Devin Knopf
Photos: Ian Houghton

Any day that includes a 7,000ft. (straight) descent on a mountain bike is going to be a good one.

Throw in a rad group of guys and a helicopter ride to get you to the top and it’s going to be amazing.

Visible from pretty much anywhere in town, Mt. Cartier looms in the distance enticing adventurers to come explore, and since moving to Revelstoke last fall, the mountain had been beckoning me. So, when Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing announced they would be offering guided heli tours to the Cartier trail starting this summer, I knew I needed to be on the first flight and I knew who I needed to invite. Lachlan Sillitoe is an Australian living in Kamloops, he loves riding in Revelstoke and since he had never been in a helicopter before, I knew he’d be stoked.

Dropping off the second group on the ridge of Mt. Cartier

The trail up Mt. Cartier was originally built around 1920 to access a forestry lookout at the top of the mountain. Since those days, Cartier has evolved into a trail that has attracted many hikers, and in recent years, dedicated mountain bikers willing to spend eight hours pushing their bikes up the gruelling incline for the downhill reward. I would have eventually sucked it up and gone the hike-a-bike route, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was stoked when the heli-option presented itself.

The best way to start a day that will be dropping 7,000 feet over an 18km trail is with a lot of bacon and lucky for us Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Revelation Lodge was happy to oblige. We joined the rest of our crew for a breakfast buffet and some great views to get us fuelled and amped for the day, before meeting our guides and pilot at the base of the gondola.

The final approach to Mt. Cartier

No one in our crew had been on a heli mountain bike tour before and Lachlan was going up in a heli for the first time, so the collective stoke levels were high. Minds were unanimously blown as our heli took flight across the valley before reaching our final landing point exposing the amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges. With the clear view of what seemed like mountains all the way to the East and West borders of B.C., it was clear why this spot was chosen as a fire lookout.

Dropping off the bike rack on Mt. Cartier

We quickly scrambled to the summit to get the best views possible (and add a few 100 more ft. to our final descent) and check out the still standing fire lookout. I’m very scared of heights but the small hike was just fine for me. Revelstoke is right in between the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges and from that vantage point you can take in all its beauty.

Scrambling to Mt. Cartier’s summit

Once geared back up again, we headed down the trail. Since the trail was initially built as a hiking trail, you definitely need to be an advanced mountain biker to enjoy its full potential, but if you have the skills to navigate it, you are rewarded by breathtaking views and high alpine singletrack.

Enjoying pure alpine singletrack

Trying to stay on the trail is not easy, but that’s just because you are constantly stopping to check out the ever changing view.

Long benched straights in the alpine

Further down the trail, the alpine singletrack gives way to an amazing ridge line, with Cartier peak bearing down on you and Revelstoke Mountain Resort as the foreground. Our mate Lachlan did some freeriding and found a really cool steep drop in, pretty safe to say that no one had ever done it before!

Freeriding on Mt. Cartier’s rocky ridgeline

The singletrack was amazing. Considering the long life of this trail and the hiking history, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but with over 100 hours of work on the trail to get it ready for tours, it’s safe to say it was running perfectly. You could really get your speed up and there were even a few good lips to launch yourself off.

High speed singletrack through alpine meadows

After a pit stop at the midpoint cabin, the singletrack was back on. There are a few small pedalling sections, but anyone would be happy bringing a downhill bike or an all mountain bike. My only recommendation would be to bring what the rest of the crew has – If your buddies are all on downhill bikes, bring your downhill bike and vice versa.

Taking a pit stop and enjoying a packed lunch at a lovely creek

Crossing the creek before the last climb and descent

The singletrack never gave up and was uninterrupted the whole way down to our shuttle, and I couldn’t have been happier to get delivered right back to the Revelstoke Mountain Resort Village where a well-deserved Begbie pint was waiting!

Shuttling back to the Resort village

Well deserved cold beer at Rockford wok | bar | grill

SUNDAY SEAFOOD BOIL SERIES at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Boulevard Seafood BoilJoin Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar this summer as they celebrate their first anniversary in grand style by hosting an exclusive Sunday Seafood Boil Series on their outdoor patio overlooking Burrard Street.

Executive Chef Alex Chen and his talented team of chefs will serve up a fresh-caught selections of crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, and Dungeness crab, served in a traditional East Coast-style seafood boil piled high on butcher’s paper and executed with our signature style and finesse.

MENU

  • Haywire ‘the bub’ sparkling wine upon arrival, courtesy of Okanagan crush pad
  • iceberg wedge salad, crumbled blue cheese, chive, pickled cherry tomatoes
  • crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, Dungeness crab, potatoes, corn
    with choice of drawn garlic butter, spicy remoulade, green goddess sauce or crumbled chorizo sofrito 
  • bacon and jalapeño jack cheese cornbread skillet
  • BC blueberry crumble, elderflower ice cream

Price: $49 per person, plus beverages, tax and gratuity (two guest minimum).
10% of all ticket sales will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Date & Time: 6 pm each Sunday until September 27

Reservations: Available online.
To be added to the wait list for our sold out events, please email cgoleski@boulevardvancouver.ca.

For more information, click here.

Please note: Seating is communal-style. In the event of rain, the seafood boil will be held in our private dining room.

Heli Hiking Ghost Peak

Heli Adventures with Selkirk Tangiers are available from July 3 – September 7. Join Liz Craig (Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Media Relations) on a preview flight to the alpine basin below Ghost Peak.

Looking down from the helicopter at the valley below, it is hard not to be blown away by the beauty that surrounds the town of Revelstoke; the meandering Columbia River, the lush green of the flats, and the wall of surrounding mountains.

The Columbia River Valley

Revelstoke’s Columbia River valley

This is the first time that I’ve ever flown in a helicopter, so I’m having a hard time not grinning from ear-to-ear.

A group of us are heading into the alpine for a sneak peek of the new summer heli adventure products that we are launching this summer in partnership with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

As we make a sharp turn and start climbing higher into the mountains, my jaw drops even further, and by the time the helicopter touches down and leaves us high in the remote alpine, I am beyond excited to explore this remarkable expanse.

Revelstoke alpine wildflowers

Revelstoke alpine wildflowers

The wild flowers are just starting to bloom and are poking out in little bursts of colour amongst the spongey moss and lichen adding to the overall beauty.

Once the rest of the group has been shuttled in, we set off on our half-day hike.

I have to force myself to focus on the ground in front of me to avoid spraining my ankle while I ogle the jagged peaks that surround us.

Hiking in the Revelstoke alpine

Hiking in the Revelstoke alpine

After nearly an hour of hiking, we follow our guide down an embankment and come out at a stunning azure blue alpine lake where we take a moment to sit and take it all in while simultaneously devouring a tasty lunch.

Blazing trails to Revelstoke's alpine lakes

Blazing trails to Revelstoke’s alpine lakes

Fueled by our quinoa chicken wraps and freshly baked cookies, we are ready to continue our climb. A quick ascent brought us around to two more lakes nestled below the impressive Ghost Peak.

Hiking below Ghost Peak

Hiking below Ghost Peak

One last scramble and we are at yet another fabulous vantage point where we relax and snap a few last shots before our helicopter arrives to whisk us back to reality.

Taking off from the alpine

Taking off from the alpine

Back at my desk, I’m already reliving the magic of the day and I’m ready to go again… only this time I think I need to do the full day hike!

Happy World Oceans Day!

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The Immense Ocean
Imagine that you are an ant on Mount Everest. That’s about the size relationship of one human being to the ocean.

Everything about the ocean is immense. It has the tallest mountains in the world and the deepest valleys. It covers 72 per cent of the Earth’s surface. That’s 139 million square miles or 139 with 19 zeros after it. And it’s not just wide. It’s deep; 12,460 feet deep on average. That’s 10 Empire State buildings stacked on top of each other!

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Oceans Alive
Most scientists think life began in the ocean over 3 billion years ago. Today, the ocean contains an amazing array of life at every depth. Over 1 million known species of plants and animals live there, and scientists say there may be as many as 9 million species we haven’t discovered yet. Marine animals come in all kinds of weird shapes, sizes, and colours; and they live in all kinds of different environments within the ocean. The blue whale, the largest animal in the world, lives in the open ocean, along with millions of tiny drifting organisms called plankton. In the tropical seas, silvery great barracudas pursue colourful coral reef fish.

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Then there’s the deep sea where it’s as dark as night and icy cold. At depths as great as 7,000 feet below the surface, tube worms live in the most extreme environment in the world – hot sea vents. There, the water temperature changes from scalding hot to icy cold in the space of a few feet. No matter where you go in the ocean, you will always find life.

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Gimme Energy
Life in the ocean depends on energy. No animal can move or grow without energy. Most ocean animals get their energy by eating plants or other animals. The connection between organisms based on the transfer of energy is called a food chain or a food web. Most food webs start with the conversion of sunlight into food through a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is an important process that occurs at the surface of the ocean. But deep within the ocean, at hydrothermal vents, food chains are based on the conversion of chemical energy into food. This process is called chemosynthesis.

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What’s the difference between and ocean and a sea?
You’ve heard of “one world?” Well, technically, all the world’s oceans and seas are part of one continuous mass of seawater. But because the ocean is so big, humans have divided it up and named the different parts. There are five oceans and several dozen seas.* Seas are usually smaller than oceans and are partially enclosed by land. But otherwise, they’re exactly the same thing.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Launch Summer Heli Activities

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk TangiersRevelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (STHS) are excited to announce a brand new program of heli-accessed summer adventures in the spectacular Selkirk Mountains.

Revelstoke Mountain, Selkirk Tangiers, heli hiking, mountain bikingThe line-up being offered for the inaugural summer of heli activities will include: helicopter sightseeing flights, heli hiking, heli-assisted alpine picnics, heli mountaineering, heli glacier trekking, and select heli-accessed mountain bike options.

The summer adventures will all take flight from the heli pad conveniently located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, just steps from The Sutton Place Hotel, and will be operated by Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

Jeff Honig, Operations Manager at Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, said they are thrilled by the opportunity to introduce new and existing guests to over 50,000 acres of remarkable terrain this summer.

“While this is new territory for us as a business, it’s a familiar playing field in terms of taking guests into the mountains via helicopter,” he explained.

“I’m certain that guests are going to be blown away by the stunning alpine scenery, and we are looking forward to playing in the Selkirk peaks in warmer temperatures than we’re used to!”

Selkirk Tangiers, Revelstoke MountainAs one of the original heli-skiing operations in the Revelstoke area, Selkirk Tangiers has been offering highly successful winter programs since 1978. The recent approval of the summer tenure application from the British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Land & Natural Resources makes this exciting next step possible.

The season is scheduled to run from July 3rd until September 7th. A full list of offerings is available at www.revelstokemountainresort.com.
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