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.

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Through the lens with the Sutton Place Wine Merchant

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W. C. Fields

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” ~ Joan Collins

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What is a Bad Wine?

Everyone has a different palate preference so objectivity is required to fairly determine if a wine is good, bad, or great.

When tasting wine, we enjoy a combination of its fruits, alcohol, tannin, acidity, sweetness, and body. Imbalance means one element awkwardly stands out. For example, a wine that leaves a burning sensation on the throat is out of balance, as there is insufficient fruit intensity and body to integrate (and contain) the alcohol. Another example is a commercial wine that is overly oaked without sufficient fruit leaving a hollow mid palate.

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What is a Good Wine?

A good wine is not faulty and has a great balance. As mentioned, it means all the elements complement one another and no one element awkwardly stands out.

What defines a Great Wine?

A great wine is a good wine that has the below five factors:

1. Outstanding Varietal Character: It is important to remember the grape variety when assessing a wine. For example, having an intensely oaky nose does not imply quality on a Pinot Noir. However, being intensely aromatic, with a sexy delicacy and a silky texture would qualify.

2. Good Intensity: An intense aroma on the nose and palate implies a good concentration of fruits in the bottle. This can only result from using high quality grapes and undergoing a rigorous production method to preserve the varietal character. How do you tell if a wine has good intensity – You can smell its aroma while holding the glass at chest level. On the palate, it is dynamic and flavourful.

3. Complexity differs from intensity. For example, an intense wine can be simple (with only one dominant flavour). A complex wine makes you think. It has layers of aromas and a diverse range of flavours. The aroma changes with time. It is not one-dimensional, flat, or boring.

4. A long finish is a good indication of quality. How many seconds does the wine remain on your palate after swallowing or spitting. A great Bordeaux Grand Cru has finishes that last 30 seconds, but 15 seconds is a good benchmark for a great wine.

5. Emotional reaction: It is captivating, makes you happy, and more importantly, eager to have another sip.

Final words:

When judging wine, it is only fair to compare the wine against its variety, gauge the balance of its elements, and not be biased by our palate or brand preference.


wine tastingWith over 700 wines, touching all price points and labels from all over the world, the Sutton Place Wine Merchant is a wine lover’s dream.

The boutique itself has a very cozy and rustic ambiance, and carries a wide selection of attractively displayed wines from British Columbia to the USA, Australia to Chile, the Wine Merchant consistently features wine from every popular wine region in the world. Regular wine tastings take place in the Private Tasting room, along with seminars and information sessions on wine making and the wine industry.

Join us on Saturday, February 28th from 4:30pm-6:30pm for a Therapy Vineyards (Naramata, BC) wine tasting.


We want you to see the beauty of the Sutton Place Wine Merchant in the same way we see it, so we placed beautiful photographic filters over our photos to showcase the store’s brightness.

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Here’s to a Year filled with luck, prosperity & fortune!

Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most important traditional festival, and most important celebration for families in China. It is an official public holiday, during which most people in China have eight days off work.

The Date Is Based on the Lunar Calendar

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Chinese New Year 2015 began on Thursday, February 19, and ends on Thursday, March 5. It is day one, month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year (always somewhere in the period between January 21 to February 20).

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with a Chinese zodiac cycle, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents one year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day.

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2015 is the Year of the Goat (“Wood Goat”)

2015 is the Year of the Goat according to the zodiac cycle, and furthermore, is a year of the “Wood Goat”, according to the Chinese Five Element Theory. A “Wood Goat” year occurs every 60 years.

Year of the Goat or Sheep?

Since the goat and sheep are two entirely different species of animals, why do some Chinese zodiacs refer to a sheep and others a goat?

The reason is that the word for the eighth animal in the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle of creatures, ‘yang’ in Mandarin, does not make the distinction found in English between goats and sheep and other members of the Caprinae subfamily. Without further qualifiers, ‘yang’ might mean any such hoofed animal that eats grass and bleats.

Another reason is that when the signs first evolved in ancient China, the breeds of sheep and goats in the area looked very similar. So alike that no distinction between the animals was made until much later. The zodiac sign applies equally to the description of a goat and sheep. Moreover, no distinction was made over whether the animal was male or female. Hence, some zodiacs also refer to the sign as a ram.

Geography can also make a difference. Sheep are raised in northern China, while goats are more common in southern China, which plays into what the year is called depending on one’s location.

The Longest Public Holiday in China

Officially, only the first three days of Chinese New Year (February 19–21, 2015) are statutory holidays. Chinese New Year’s Eve and three more days are always added to give seven consecutive days of holiday. These four extra days are taken from weekends: the weekend closest to the statutory holiday is included, while the Sunday before (February 15, 2015) and the Saturday after (February 28, 2015) are worked.

A Festival for Families to Be Together

Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families.

The New Year’s Eve dinner is called Reunion Dinner, and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families – families of several generations – sit around round tables and enjoy food and time together.

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Foods with Lucky Meanings Are Eaten

Certain foods are eaten during the festival because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearance.

Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish (鱼 yú /yoo/) sounds like the word for surplus (余 yú). Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year.

Dumplings are very popular in Northern China. It is one of the main dishes for New Year’s Eve dinner. Conversely, very few people in Southern China serve dumplings for New Year’s Eve dinner.

New Year Cake is a solid cake made with glutinous rice flour together with some sugar. New Year Cake is popular in Eastern China.

Tang Yuan is a small ball made from glutinous rice flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tang Yuan can be filled or unfilled. It is traditionally eaten during Yuan Xiao, or the Lantern Festival (the 15th of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar).

LaBa Congee is a mixture of rice, nuts, and beans cooked together. LaBa Congee is usually served at the LaBa festival, which is the 8th day of the last month of the year.

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Chinese New Year Lion Dance

During the Chinese New Year, lion dance troupes from Chinese martial art schools visit houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of “cai qing” (採青), literally meaning “plucking the greens”, whereby the lion plucks the green vegetables like lettuce either hung on a pole or placed on a table in front of the premises. The “greens” (qing) is tied together with a “red envelope” containing money and may also include fruit like oranges. In Chinese cǎi (採, pluck) also sounds like cài (菜, meaning vegetable) and cái (财, meaning fortune). The lion will dance and approach the greens and red envelope like a curious cat, to “eat the green” and “spit” it out but keep the red envelope which is the reward for the lion troupe. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.
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The Colour Red
Every street, building, and house is decorated with red. Red is the main colour for the festival, as it is believed to be an auspicious color. Red lanterns hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian or “Year” in Chinese. Nian would come on the first day of the New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year and believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. Once, people saw the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red, they then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and spring scroll on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten the Nian and from then on, the Nian never came to the village again.

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Red Envelopes — the Most Popular Gifts

During the Chinese New Year, young people who greet their elders with a happy and abundant new year are handed lucky red envelopes by the elders. These envelopes are really good luck for a youngster because these have money inside. The lucky red envelopes are called “hong bao” in Mandarin, or “lai see” in Cantonese.

Symbolism of giving a lucky envelope filled with money during Chinese New Year is considered lucky for both the giver and the receiver. Those who give will also invite the flow of money in during the entire year. Giving these envelopes also symbolize that the family luck is passed on to children and unmarried teens/adults. Red is the luckiest colour, as it symbolizes life, so it’s appropriate that Chinese New Year items are coloured red.

Hong baos/lai sees have assorted designs, such as that of happy children, Chinese characters for abundance and greetings, animals of the zodiac, etc. The Chinese word for red (“hong”) also sounds like “plenty”. Thus, it is believed that money wrapped in red will make money multiply. The money inside the hong bao is called Ya Sui Qian. Ya means suppress. Sui sounds somewhat like evil spirit. Qian means money. Therefore, Ya Sui Qian means money that can suppress evil.

Money in even amounts, except for 4, is considered lucky. Four is not a good amount to put into the lucky envelopes because the Chinese word for “four” sounds similar to the sound of “death”.


Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at The Sutton Place Hotels.

Congratulations to all the Sutton Tree Pageant Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who supported our holiday tree pageants and helped us raise a lot of money for some very worthy causes. Each of The Sutton Place Hotels is donating $1,500 in addition to the tree pageant contributions.

We would also like to congratulate each of the winners personally! Thank you for your support!


The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton:

Raised a total of $2,040.00 for Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

Trees with the most votes:

1st place: Islay Agencies
2nd place: Graham & Lane Florists
3rd place: tie between Hudson’s Bay and YESS

Prize winners:

  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Edmonton – Britney A.
  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Edmonton – Brittany G.
  • $100 Chop Steakhouse & Bar Gift Certificate – Sylvia C.
  • $100 Eeva & Eve gift certificate – Allison H.
  • 6 month World Health Club membership – Ken O.
  • 6 month World Health Club membership – Shoana H.
  • Winter blues spa Package from Spasation Salon & Spa – Danielle R.
  • Banff weekend getaway to the Banff Lodging Company – Florence W.
  • Banff weekend getaway to the Rimrock Resort – Marylin P.
  • Wine basket from Peller Estates Winery – Jennifer B.
  • Four Edmonton Rush tickets – Marcel L.

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort:

Raised a total of $2,445.00 for Community Connections Revelstoke Society.

Trees with the most votes:

1st place: Revelstoke Credit Union
2nd place: Pharmasave

Prize winners:

  • Ski and Stay Package at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Gloria B.
  • Ski and Stay Package at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort – Gisila R.
  • One day heli-skiing with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing– William H.
  • Breakfast Club for two – Kathy T.
  • First Tracks for two – Paula B.
  • $100 gift certificate for Rockford wok|bar|grill – Bob F.
  • Spa package – Shane V.

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver:

Raised a total of $5,000.00 for PALS Autism Society.

Trees with the most votes:

1st place: Accentrix Design
2nd place: PALS Autism Society
3rd place: Vibrant Design Group

Prize winners:

  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver – John K.
  • Weekend getaway for two at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver – Breanne L.
  • Island Getaway Package: round-trip airfare for two from Vancouver to Victoria on Helijet and two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Grand Pacific. – Parisa R. who has lovingly donated her prize to PALS Autism Society to use at their gala event in the spring
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, British Columbia – Sarah A.
  • Vida Spa package: 60-minute couples’ massage including exclusive Vida Spa products. – Liz M
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville, British Columbia – Tamara D.
  • $100 Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar gift certificate – Kate W.
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise for Two courtesy of Harbour Cruises – Marjan N.
  • One foursome at The Sutton Place Hotel’s 11th Annual ‘Just FORE Fun’ golf invitational – Victor R. who has lovingly donated his prize to PALS Autism School to use at their gala event in the spring

 

Sealed with a kiss… But why?


Did your mother teach you to add an “x’’ and “o’’ — a kiss and a hug — after your signature? So deeply embedded in the English-language tradition that it probably never crossed her mind these symbols are affiliated with religion.

From where do these emoticons that English speakers of all faiths sprinkle so liberally come? Let’s start with the “x’’ — a simple, easily drawn shape that got its start in Western civilization as the ancient Phoenician letter “samekh” for the consonant sound “s’’. In early Hebrew, “x’’ was the letter “taw” and makes an appearance in the Book of Ezekiel as a mark set “upon the foreheads” to distinguish the good men of Jerusalem from the bad.

With the advent of Christianity, “x’’ came to stand for Christ. “In Christian texts, one abbreviation of the Greek christos — meaning messiah — used the first two Greek letters of christos, chi (X) and rho (P), combined into one shape,” says Stephen Goranson, a historian of religion at Duke University who studies the etymology of symbols and words. “So both orientations of crossed lines — the ‘x’ shape and the more-or-less lower case ‘t’ shape — took on religious significance among Christians.”

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Once it was a sacred symbol, the “x’’ represented “faith and fidelity,” says Marcel Danesi, a professor of linguistic anthropology and semiotics at the University of Toronto. It became the signature of choice in the Middle Ages, when few could write and documents were sealed with an “x’’ embossed in wax or lead. This may be when the “x’’ first became associated with the kiss: It was customary to close books with a kiss, and oaths of fealty to kings were sealed with a kiss.

“Symbols have a way of jumping from one domain to another, and it’s a small step to come from sealing a letter to sealing a love affair,” says Danesi, who wrote “The History of the Kiss: The Birth of Popular Culture.”

He speculates that “x’’ underwent a conversion in an act of medieval romantic rebellion. “Romantic love becomes an obsession, and the kiss became empowering.” This may have been particularly true for women who had less say than men over the choice of lovers. “The kiss became ‘If I kiss that man, then this is the man I love and want,’” says Danesi. “So much was packed into that symbol of a kiss. … It has become a kind of collective memory. We use ‘x’, even if we don’t know why.”

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There’s another theory about how “x’’ crossed over into kissing territory. According to Goranson, “x’’ was a symbol for a blessing, and blessings and kisses have long been intertwined in the human psyche. “Mystics went back and forth on the love of God and love of a beloved spouse going way back,” he says. “Just look at The Song of Songs. The same song could be one person’s devotional hymn and another’s love poem.”

“A Woman of Valor,” the Hebrew poem recited by Jewish husbands to their wives before the Sabbath evening meal, is also understood to be an expression of love of God.

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When the circle — “o’’ — came to signify a hug is another unknown.

Most scholars consider this theory apocryphal. Linguist Ben Zimmer says it is far more likely that the “o’’ stems from an entirely nonreligious source: the ancient Egyptian-Roman game of tic-tac-toe. The game was originally played with pebbles or coins and only incorporated the easy-to-master symbols of the “x’’ and “o’’ when paper became plentiful. Zimmer also believes this explains why “x’’ and “o’’ are used together.

Despite their relatively recent appearance on Valentine’s Day cards, the “x’’ long ago shed its religious significance, and the “o’’ likely never had one.

XOXO

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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Sutton Place Hotels

 

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH TIMELESS ELEGANCE AND CHARM AT THE SUTTON PLACE HOTELS

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Love is in the air this February at The Sutton Place Hotels. Offering exciting and elegant experiences including exclusive room offers, spa packages, and dinners, The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver have it all covered this Valentine’s Day.

“If you’re looking for a great place to spend time with your sweetheart, look no further than The Sutton Place Hotels,” explained Taj Kassam, president and COO of The Sutton Place Hotels. “No matter who you are, we have created the perfected romantic packages to spoil your loved one.”

Give the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day weekend with a romantic stay in one of our luxurious guest rooms.

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RELAX…
…for those seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Spasation Salon & Spa Couples Treatment: Aroma Steam therapy for two, including a 60-minute couples’ massages, two Classic Manicures, and two Classic Pedicures
  • His and Hers’ monogrammed Sutton Place Hotel bathrobes to take home
  • Starting from $494 per night

INDULGE…
…for those who love to please their palate.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 3-course prix fixe dinner for two at Chop Steakhouse & Bar
  • Mini ‘Chocolate Buffet’ sampler plate for two
  • Starting from $219 per night

UNWIND…
…for those seeking a serene getaway in pure luxury.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A complimentary in-room movie
  • Starting from $174 per night

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s Valentine’s Day Packages, click here.

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RELAX…
…for those seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Choice of a 60-minute Swedish Couples’ Massage or two Classic Facials at Vida Spa
  • His and Hers’ monogrammed Sutton Place Hotel bathrobes to take home
  • Starting from $459 per night

INDULGE…
…for those who love to please their palate.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • 4-course prix fixe dinner for two at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
  • Mini ‘Chocolate Buffet’ sampler plate for two
  • Starting from $339 per night

UNWIND…
…for those seeking a serene getaway in pure luxury.

Includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A complimentary in-room movie
  • Starting from $224 per night

For more information about The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Valentine’s Day Packages, click here.

cute coupleIf you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a different day than February 14th, then The Sutton Place Hotels have you covered. The perfect romantic package has been created to show your special someone how you truly feel all month which is why Valentine’s Day has been extended this year to encompass the entire month of February. With sparkling wine, chocolate, and breakfast in bed, the perfect way to celebrate love is with this ‘Month of Love’ romantic hotel package.

Click here for The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton’s Month of Love

Click here for The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s Month of Love

Whether you need an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, you want to please your palate, or you’re looking for a serene getaway in pure luxury, both The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton and Vancouver are offering the perfect romantic packages this Valentine’s Day.

Win a VIP Tour and Tasting of Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars!

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We’re giving away a vineyard tour and a limited time bottle of the 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir!

Until February 19th, 2015, every purchase of a bottle of Blue Mountain NV Brut at the Sutton Place Wine Merchant will be entered to win a VIP Tour and Tasting for two at the stunningly beautiful Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars in Okanagan Falls, BC. The winner will tour the vineyard during the 2015 Summer Season (May 1st until October 10th) and receive a bottle of the famed and very limited 2011 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir.

Draw date is February 20th.

Simply head to the Sutton Place Wine Merchant for your chance to win. Good Luck!

**Must be 19 years of age to enter and win. The Contest Winner will be provided with the direct contact to make their arrangements for their visit.**

Groundhog Day… Again

Groundhog Day attracts media attention across Canada every year, but why?

Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were prevalent, people in the area of Europe now known as Germany believed the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. They watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

This tradition was brought over to North America, predominantly in Pennsylvania in the United States, where it was the groundhog, not the badger, which makes these “predictions”. According to folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 it will return to its burrow, indicating there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring is on the way.

The Groundhog Day concept became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became a household name for his early February “weather predictions”. Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival grew as Willie’s fame increased. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.

There are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Schubenacadie Sam is reportedly the first groundhog in the country to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba, and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

So what did Punxsutawney Phil predict this year? Click the link below to see the furry rodent’s prediction.

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Playground Earth

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I held fascinations as a child with the mountains, curious and whirling my mind constructed a playground to which only the meticulously trained and undeniably free could embrace. I imagined sharp peaks, inverted skies, and ghosted trees all the while finding untracked snow that flowed beneath your feet to the valley below. I also wondered about the people who would embrace such a place and I could imagine their smiles, I could hear their voice recalling harrowing tales that can only be shared over cold beers and between good friends. I was in search of a farfetched world, a place where time seems to stop and begin again with every turn and all that remains are the subtle feelings of pure ecstasy. I know now, I was in search of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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In Revelstoke, your day starts surrounded by friends and a hot coffee on deep, comfy leather couches at La Baguette (at the mountain). Overwhelmed by butterflies, your stomach sinks not at the fact that the mountain above your head is technical and accessible, rather, your stomach fly’s away at the fact that last night saw 30cm of fresh snow on the mountain and it’s currently blue skies above your head. A definition of ‘powder day’.

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You guzzle your coffee, rush out the door of La Baguette and hop on the first gondola up at 8:30am. On the trip up the mountain, people laugh, eyes widen, and childlike grins can be seen through everyone’s balaclava. By the time you reach the first chairlift, a group of glass-eyed children gawk at the untouched playground all around them.

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Stepping off the Stoke Chair puts you at the base of a perfect boot pack up to the summit of Sub Peak, below Mt. Mackenzie, and with a short hike you find yourself atop  a sea of first tracks. Time seems to freeze as you become engulfed in the white abyss of clouds and surrounded by the eerie existence of snow ghosts. No words need be shared as you strap in, each person contemplating their journey  into an ocean of white. Once you drop in, each and every turn cuts deep into the mountain as a spray of champagne snow cascades around you. Like walking on water in an ocean of snow, the feeling is indescribable, but the rewards of earning each turn leave you with no questions, just satisfaction.

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The treeline approaches and the glades begin to unfold around you. It’s time to stop a minute, mostly to fight the leg burn, but more importantly to look back up at the peak you just descended, and now a sea of trees which lay ahead of you. It’s time to take on an entirely new attitude as it is no longer wide open turns through knee deep snow, it’s time for the glades and a more aggressive approach. The snow is just as deep, yet the turns are a little bit quicker, but still effortless. Now, instead of a white world mitigated by miniature frozen trees, it’s time to feel like a swift ninja jumping through 50ft trees and thigh deep snow.

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Whether a 4ft snow pillow on top of a big boulder below a mysterious drop appeals to you, or effortless  turns through wide open trees seems more appropriate, the options are endless and readily available on either side of the groomed runs. That’s what makes Revelstoke such a special mountain. The unpredictability of the big mountain terrain where between the trees and cliffs anything can happen, yet is safely accessed and descended by chairlifts and cat tracks. It’s truly a destination for adventurists and professionals alike, a mountain best felt with friends and loved ones.

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Though the mountain alone inspires awe, it is the people who call Revelstoke home that make the entire trip a true mountain experience. Riding down you might hear a story about a local guy who just hid in the trees with a sign that reads “Will you marry me?”, waiting on the girl he loves. At the bottom of the hill you see the now happily engaged couple ride in, champagne in hand, smiles beaming. Their friends wait for them at Rockford Wok | Bar | Grill for a drink and a celebratory toast. A heartfelt moment that only Revelstoke can deliver. Friendly hellos and wide eyed grins are the norm and you’ll always have someone to share a drink and a story with. Staying on the mountain at The Sutton Place Hotel with their ride in and ride out ease in the heart of the village connects you instantly. The stay is world class in a mecca of world-class riding- it’s the best place to stay to maximize your time on the on the  slopes.

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I’ve grown a little bit since my days spent dreaming of a beautiful mountain, yet I still feel the same as when I was young. The truth is, I am still young. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a place where anyone can be eager and energetic because anyone can find exactly what they are looking for, even if it is ethereal things like a snow cased tree or a ride through the clouds. For myself, I have always looked for a way to satisfy the intangibles to which I desire. What I found in Revelstoke was far from a ski resort in British Columbia, I found a place to deliver the satisfying moments to which I have always dreamed.

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Written and photographed by David Jackson. David is a freelance photojournalist covering stories across Canada. His background is in Journalism and his heart is firmly rooted in adventure. To view more of his work, please visit his pages: BlogWebsiteInstagramFacebook.

Family Week 2014 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

With 117 cm of snow in 7 days, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is literally a winter wonderland. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snow shoeing… the activities are endless.

Watch this beautiful video of all the fun had this past Family Week and plan your next trip to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort – there’s plenty of powder in the forecast!