Poetry always gets us ready for spring

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Algernon Charles Swinburne  (1837–1909)
For winter’s rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

“Spring is like a perhaps hand” by E. E. Cummings
Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of nowhere) arranging a window into which people look (while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a strange thing and a known thing here) and changing everything carefully.

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812 by Emily Dickinson
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

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Red Bull Cold Rush Cancelled

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Photographer Credit: Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Pool

Due to compromised backcountry conditions, Red Bull Cold Rush will be cancelled in 2015. With safety as the major priority, the decision was made by event organizers to call off the freeski event.

“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success. Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either,” said Scott Jewett, National Event Manager.

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. While Revelstoke Mountain Resort has terrific terrain and snow on resort, conditions in the remote backcountry regions unfortunately do not support the needs of the contest.

Red Bull Cold Rush is an important pillar of the Red Bull snow program that aims to offer the best and most progressive freeski action, and will return in the future when conditions permit.

Spring has Sprung (or has it?)

The season has changed, the majority of Canada is still covered in snow, and so far, nothing about spring is warmer than winter. Even though this is the time of year the weather usually changes from freezing to moderate temperatures, that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.

So instead of complaining about the weather and the snow, we asked our guests to send us beautiful snowy pictures of either Edmonton or Revelstoke. And boy, are we happy we did.

Edmonton’s Sunny Spring:

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Snowy Spring:

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South West Snow

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In the ski town of my mind, the weather is blue and rainy, the town is sleepy, yet a vibe constantly thrums and a presence looms over the town. Like a heartbeat fueled by snow, everyone knows what blue weather means, and, suddenly, a rainy day becomes the perfect anticipation for the best phrase in any turn hungry town: Powder Day.

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This winter has been a struggle across much of North America’s ski towns to find a weather system pushing snow and averting dry weather. It’s been a race to find any sort of tracks which one could call their own and it seems reluctance and skepticism took the driver’s seat over faith towards the powder pilgrimage. The winter has been slow with snow falls remaining few and far between, even in places typically rife with snow, the weather seems to be following this trend… Frankly, the past few seasons have been this way and the places which receive notable snow are sending up full chair after full chair. I shy away from long lines and short runs because I know of the perfect place with a huge vertical descent and almost non-existent lines. The best part is that each season, a storm system comes off the South West and hands snow graciously to Mt. Mackenzie and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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Each run, you are surrounded by not just friends but people enthused about being on a big mountain. Runs can be fast but if you want to stop, relax, and enjoy the peace of the trees, then it’s guaranteed your friends will be there.  I can’t say that I have chased snow across the west and I would be lying if I said that I’ve skied all over the world. But one thing that is for sure, Revelstoke has a pull that I nor any of my friends have felt.

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The snow seems to never end, the lines are always quick, and above all else, the people are local and friendly. It’s the sort of community which can only be found in a small mountain town with a big mountain attitude. If you’re looking for that right place to divide your time in the winter and you want a small community to stray from the mindset of a visitor to a friendly local, make your pilgrimage to Revelstoke.

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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.

Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

kale_85779577Whether on St. Patrick’s Day or any given day of the week, it’s so easy to eat green.

With five super healthy green veggies to try that have been around for ages but may be lesser known on your dinner plate, spruce up your meals with healthy and delicious produce.

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This thinner version of traditional broccoli is a heart-healthy favourite among southern Mediterranean Italians. The Mediterranean Diet has been associated with increased longevity and low rate of heart disease and cancer. With a cup of chopped broccoli rabe containing a mere 25 calories and a whopping 130 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, it’s no wonder it’s a routine veggie choice among Mediterranean lovers.
Tip:
 Try a quinoa with broccoli rabe side dish that combines sautéed broccoli rabe with quinoa, an easy-to-make grain. After one forkful of this high-fiber side dish, you will think you’re in Sicily — even on St. Patty’s Day.
Bonus tip: Whole wheat couscous can be substituted for quinoa.

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While these green veggies look like overgrown scallions, their taste is actually a culinary cross between garlic and an onion. This fabulous flavour aside, a cup of sliced leeks will provide 30 percent of your daily value for vitamin A.
Tip: Since boiled potatoes are a must on St. Patrick’s Day, this year combine them with leeks and spinach for a festive green spinach leek potato soup that is destined to be a new tradition.

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While at first glance, fennel may look like celery, after one bite of this licorice-tasting veggie, the resemblance will be completely gone. In fact, in the case of fennel, the white bulb, not the green celery-looking stem, is what is typically used in recipes, especially in salads. Fennel is a nutritious vegetable gem providing only 30 calories per cup but adding tons of zip and fiber to salads.
Tip: Thinly slice the bulb as part of a salad and balance the licorice flavor with a sweet fruit such as sliced oranges or grapefruits along with a few olives for a fabulous dinner salad.

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As a member of the cruciferous family, Brussels sprouts look like tiny, adorable cabbages. However, don’t underestimate these mini cabbages. Research suggests that a plant-based diet that contains cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Tip: Versatile Brussels sprouts can be baked, boiled, microwaved, or steamed. For your St. Patty’s Day corned beef dinner, substitute yummy Brussels sprouts with browned garlic for traditional cabbage.

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This leafy green is not only a good source of both vitamin A and vitamin C but also the bone-strengthening mineral, calcium. In fact, a cup of cooked kale provides almost 30 percent of the daily value for calcium.
Tip: If you have never roasted kale, you are in for a treat. Garlic roasted kale is a snap to make in the oven and a waist-friendly side dish as it provides less than 75 calories per serving.

And on a completely separate note… watch this cute 2012 ad for Guinness.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Black & White Dynamic Landscapes

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Intrigued by his Black and White images of Yosemite, Ansel Adams created an addiction which came to consume the greater part of my childhood. I would marvel at his meticulous compositions, note his subtle thoughts within the frame, and always dream of the dynamic nature of his lighting. I always wondered if I would find a place as visually dynamic and aesthetically untouched as the Yosemite that Adams found when he so graciously documented it. I believe Revelstoke provides that outlet for my imagination to wander.

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The images above and below were not captured on rigorous backcountry trips nor were they meticulously planned, rather, each image is found on a trip down the mountain or a stroll around town. If you are a landscape photographer looking for fresh, wild, and rugged landscapes with dramatic weather to accompany, Revelstoke is your next destination.

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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.

The Sutton Place Hotels Proudly Support the 6th Annual Earth Hour

From Times Square to the Sydney Opera House, Brunei to Lithuania, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to the Leaning Tower in Pisa in Italy, the world is once again celebrating the largest global voluntary initiative for the environment. Ah yes, Earth Hour encourages environmentally minded citizens everywhere to unplug the power and go green for a short but sweet hour of their lives once a year.

The Eiffel Tower before and after 'Earth Hour'

Held annually at the end of March, this event has grown from a one-city initiative to a 5,251- city strong global movement – reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents last year.

So What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF and advertising company Leo Burnett. Individuals, businesses, governments, communities and globally minded citizens everywhere are encouraged to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM in a bid to show their support for environmentally sustainable action.

This year, Earth Hour’s “I Will If You Will” theme, goes even one step further,  asking individuals and organizations to challenge their friends to take the ‘no light’ initiative beyond the standard one hour.

In addition, an entire You Tube campaign has been launched, showing clips of brave people who go to great lengths to encourage participation in the event– check it out: http://www.youtube.com/earthhour.

Humble Beginnings

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million residents participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many cities around the world adopted the event and by 2011 it had reached the status as the World’s largest single campaign for the planet.

A view of Sydney, Australia before and after 'Earth Hour'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada’s Efforts are Pretty Impressive, EH? (EH: Earth Hour; Get It?)

In 2011, Canada’s Earth Hour cities grew substantially with an impressive roll-call of 422 cities, municipalities and towns taking part. In addition, Another 73 universities and 30 major landmarks from across the country including the CN Tower, Parliament Buildings, Niagara Falls and the Lions Gate Bridge, took part too.

In the lead up to last year’s event, WWF announced the top 10 ‘greenest’ Canadian cities leading the battle against climate change. Each city was ranked out of 10 points, based on specific, climate-change related indicators, including: greenhouse gas emission reduction, municipal greenhouse gas reduction targets, renewable energy, green building and green transportation.

Vancouver was the clear leader, with a score of 8.1 out of 10, with Toronto and Montreal close behind, further spurring more Canadians to do their part in the coming years.

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Sutton Supports!

Since it first started in 2007, Sutton has been a big supporter of this global movement and participates in every way that we can, primarily by turning off the lights in the building and inviting hotel guests to do the same in their private suites. We also encourage everyone to switch off all non-essential lighting, computers, televisions and appliances during the hour – something that may seem impossible at first – but in the end, shows everyone how we can actually survive quite pleasantly without our technology if we try.

John Sandor, Vice President of The Sutton Place Hotel Company, is proud of his hotels commitment to the cause and says of the event: “Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way for us to show that we want to be a part of the solution and it sends a powerful message – which is: together, we can make a difference.”

This year Sutton Hotel Vancouver is going one step further by offering an exclusive ‘Earth Friendly’ dinner menu by candlelight in their Fleuri Restaurant, utilizing sustainable seafood and fresh, local, responsibly farmed produce. It was even mentioned in the Metro Vancouver paper today – did you see?

Doing your duty for the environment while eating delicious food; What more could you ask for?

How can YOU Help?

It’s easy! All you need to do is switch off your lights from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 31st (local time) – besides, candlelight is so romantic anyways!

Don't forget to 'switch off' tomorrow!

Sutton’s Newest Addition: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Last week, our first post gave readers a detailed look into Sutton’s past, present and future, but today it’s a whole new story – because you’re getting exclusive access to our newest family addition: The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort (formerly the Nelsen Lodge).

True Ski-in, Ski-out Luxury!

Nestled right in the heart of lush, snow-capped BC mountain country, this particular Sutton stands proudly at the base of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, our world-class ski destination which has hosted everyone from celebrities to dignitaries. A true ski-in, ski-out luxury condominium style hotel, all our guests enjoy coming here because they are surrounded by pristine natural scenery while also experiencing four-star Sutton style with a smile.

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What’s Revelstoke Like?

For those of you who have yet to venture into the ravishing terrain of Revelstoke, or simply for those who don’t have  a GPS attached to them at all times, Revelstoke is a city in southeastern British Columbia – just 641 km east of Vancouver and 415 km west of Calgary. The city is situated on the banks of the Columbia River just south of the Revelstoke Dam. The mountain resort is located on Mount Mackenzie – a massive powder-packed monolith that features some of the most advanced and exciting vertical terrain in the world.

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How Vertical?

RMR (that’s what all the locals call it) boasts North America’s highest lift-serviced vertical at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft), 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, 15 areas of gladed terrain and phenomenal groomed terrain.

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Revelstoke also holds the Canadian record for snowiest single winter: 2,447 cm of snow fell on Mt. Copeland outside town during the winter of 1971-72. We’ll do the math for you; that’s over 80 feet of snow!

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If you’re looking for a little more than your average mogul RMR also has got major air. What we mean is, it offers the holy trifecta of adventure skiing which is:  cat, heli and backcountry skiing from one village base.

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 Warm Up Because We Have Wine Too!

Yes, it’s hard for any avid snow sportsperson to believe, but there are actually people who prefer the après ski to the actual ski itself. Luckily for them, we have a great selection of casual dining options available so they can stay nice and cozy indoors while watching the snowy scenery.

New to the mountain this past season is Wino: The Wine Bar. This modern, rustic wine bar is located at the base of the mountain and features an impressive menu of BC wines, as well as some familiar and not-so-familiar selections from other popular wine regions around the world. They also serve up a heartwarming selection of comfort foods.

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However, if you’re looking for a little more food fare after a long day on the slopes you’ll definitely want to stop in and refuel at Rockford Wok | Bar | Grill. This stylish new casual dining experience is perfect for anyone looking for unique and delicious menu choices such as: the famous Prawn Tacos, Wok Fried Squid, and the Mongolian Beef Noodles (not to mention great service).  They’ve got an exciting selection of Asian-Inspired, wok-fired dishes as well as more traditional favourites with a tasty twist! Beer lovers can also revel in local brews including the popular High Country Kolsch Pale Ale, brewed at the Mount Begbie Brewery right in town.

Two Rockford classics: Wok Fried Squid and Mongolian Beef Noodles. Mmmm...

So there you have it! A little peak into what our newest property in Revelstoke Mountain Resort is all about: a beautiful mountainside retreat with all of the elements in keeping with Sutton’s slogan, ‘A Tradition of Luxury’. But don’t take our word for it – you really have to see for yourself. And while the end of the season is approaching, there are still some great powder days to be had, as well as some pretty awesome end of season rates: http://bit.ly/yW8eu7.

Sutton’s Got a New Blog: Thanks for Checking In!

Welcome to our new weekly blog! We hope you enjoy your stay. Our Sutton Place Hotel Company is always bustling with amazing news, activities, events and more, and this is where you can get up-to-date on all the latest information.

A glimpse at our Sutton family

A long-standing tradition of hotel luxury in Edmonton, Vancouver, and most recently Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sutton is proud to bring exceptional standards of service, top-tier customer attention and refined elegance right to the convenience of your computer or data device. Here you’ll find insight into everything that’s happening at all our locations, including news about our green initiatives and community partnerships.

You’ll also find interesting facts and tidbits about the diverse network of people who make our Sutton go above and beyond the industry standard. We’re proud to feature articles on everything from: the fantastic cities that our hotels live in, the events happening in the surrounding communities, hot industry trends – and most of all – engaging, interesting and informative posts that will keep you and your friends coming back time and time again.

A warm welcome awaits you!

So what’s The Sutton Place Hotel Company all about? Here’s a little history:

Formerly under the ownership of The Sutton Place Grande Hotels Group, this luxury chain consisted of four properties: Chicago, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. Each hotel was distinctly different in style but always consistent with an unwavering dedication to timeless elegance and unparalleled customer service. Ideally located in the heart of the business, financial and entertainment districts of each respective city, our hotels have always made an apparent impression in each of their surrounding destination areas – and we’re committed to making that impression last!

In June of 2011, The Sutton Place Hotels in Edmonton and Vancouver were acquired by Northland Properties Corporation. This truly was an exciting stepping stone for the brand because not only did they become the luxury tier of Northland’s already impressive portfolio, but they also adopted another location: The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort! With Edmonton, Revelstoke and Vancouver now representing our stunning Sutton standards, we are committed to growing our brand, services and standards across the country and eventually the globe!

While Sutton is famed for the rich traditions rooted into each of our unique and special cities, such as the world-famous ‘Chocoholic Buffet’ and ‘High Tea’ at our Vancouver location, we will continue to create new and exciting experiences to keep up with current trends and demands. A perfect example is our new addition, Revelstoke Mountain Resort location, which apart from boasting stunning mountain views and true ski-in-ski-out luxury, also has a remarkable restaurant and wine bar. Furthermore, our Edmonton location is being enhanced so that guests can expect the same impeccable classic decor and world-class elegance in the center of the city’s pulsing action, but with added features like CHOP Steakhouse and Bar and much more!

We’re looking forward to giving you exclusive insider-access to all of our distinct locations and that’s why over the next few weeks we’ll feature one post a week about each unique Sutton Hotel site, starting with our newest: The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Our new baby: The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Stay tuned!