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.

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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Girls Do Ski – Start the Year with an Epic Adventure

Calling all ladies! Ready to start the year with an epic adventure? Join Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing for an amazing weekend full of powder, laughter, and memories that will leave you wanting more. Don’t miss out on the best winter camp you could ever wish for.


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There’s this feeling that goes hand in hand with the experience of enjoying a favourite pastime with a group of friends – it’s a pretty amazing combination of freedom and joy. But when that group of friends consists of all guys or all gals, it transforms into something truly special. The term ‘let loose’ sums it up pretty well. There’s a feeling that you can do anything and push the limits of what you thought was possible just by being part of a group of like-minded individuals. We LOVE this feeling. So much so that we’ve teamed up with Girls Do Ski again this winter to bring back one of our favourite events of the season, our Girls Do Ski heli-ski weekend.

We got in touch with Katie Marti, Media Relations at Girls Do Ski, to hear her thoughts on this event: “Heli-skiing is the ultimate freeski adventure, so, naturally, this is one of our most anticipated camps of the season. All of our guests have skied resorts before and some have even toured around in the backcountry, but very few have had the opportunity to spend a day heli-skiing – much less with an entire crew of super supportive, incredible women. It’s bucket list material. This year, we’ve also added an extra day to the program, so that guests have a chance to acclimatize and do a bit of on-mountain prep at Revelstoke Mountain Resort before heading out in the heli with Selkirk Tangiers on Day Two. We’re stoked because we truly believe the full weekend experience will allow ladies more time to connect with our coaches and will leave everyone feeling confident and enthusiastic for the season ahead.”

Meghan Tabor from Revelstoke Tourism recounted her experiences from last season in her blogpost, and summed it up best: “…What I’ll never forget is the smiles on those Girls Day Out campers after conquering their heli-day. Exhaustion began to set in, but spirits remained high right up until the very last turn. As the chopper lowered us back down into the clouds, thoughts were on Mt. Begbie brew and après – to relive the moments that will inevitably last for a lifetime. I know it’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Watch the video from last year’s winter camp to get a taste of what it’s all about.

We’re flying with this package on January 10 & 11, 2015, with Saturday January 10 happening on the slopes of Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sunday January 11 heading into the hills with our STHS Bell 205 helicopter. For more details and information on how to book, click here: http://rvls.tk/1xIuUup.


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2015 Girls Do Ski Itinerary

Friday night – January 9th
• 6:30pm: Orientation and overview of weekend agenda

Saturday – January 10th
• 8:30am: Meet at gondola with Girls Do Ski coaches for epic morning ski time
• Lunch
• Epic afternoon ski time
• Dinner

Sunday – January 11th
• Breakfast/Yoga
• Safety training
• HELI-SKIING ALL DAY LONG
• Après ski
• Prizes!

This amazing weekend includes:

• 2 nights accommodation
• 2 days coaching
• 1 day lift ticket at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• Lunch at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (La Baguette)
• Professional photography
• 2 day Salomon demo ski rental
• Saturday evening dinner
• UNLIMITED runs included on the heli-ski day (4 runs guaranteed)
• ACMG or UIAGM guide services
• Yoga with Diana Newson
• Avalanche transceiver and related safety gear rental
• Comprehensive transceiver training plus backcountry and helicopter safety briefing
• Full breakfast, gourmet lunch in the mountains, and après-ski snacks included on your heli-day

REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT OPENS NOVEMBER 29


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Powder on the Menu — Revelstoke Mountain Resort Opening Weekend

As the snow continues to fall on Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is preparing to open November 29th amidst excellent early season conditions.

With over 270 cm of snow already, and a further 30-40 cm forecast before opening day, the 2014/15 season will be kicking off with a base of over 115 cm and enough powder to go around.

“Things are looking awesome! With all the new snow we will be opening top to bottom, giving skiers and snowboarders access to all 5620 ft of vertical,” says Mike Verwey, Mountain Operations Manager.

“Looking at the forecast, what is going to make this even better than past opening days is that we are going to have amazing visibility… after all the snow comes down, it is going to clear up and be bluebird for Saturday.”

One hundred per cent of the lifts on the mountain will be operational for the first day of the season, giving skiers and snowboarders access to nearly all of the 3,121 acres of inbound terrain.

With all that untouched powder being served up, Steve Bailey, Director of Skier Services and Base Area Operations says, “be prepared for Saturday to feel like heli-skiing, but for the price of a lift ticket.”

Lifts will start operating at 8:30am on Saturday, with the last ride on the Ripper at 2:30pm and on the Stoke at 3pm.

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort couldn’t be more excited for the 2014/15 season!

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The Beauty of The Vertical Card!

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For decades, heli and cat skiers from around the world have flocked to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) attracted by its perfect powder, varied alpine terrain, and quaint mountain community.

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Photo courtesy Alain Sleigher

Since 2007, the Resort has offered the most vertical in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft) of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, 2 high alpine bowls, and 65 named runs, including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also the only resort worldwide to offer lift, cat, heli, and backcountry skiing from one village base. Across our group of companies, that include RMR, Revelstoke Cat Skiing and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain.

With under one week before Opening Day, Saturday, November 29th, The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is gearing up for another amazing season!

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Looking for the perfect lift ticket for your amazing winter getaway?

The Vertical Card is the best way to ski multiple days at Revelstoke Mountain Resort this winter. Now available with 3 or 5 days pre-loaded, this direct to lift loyalty card is your ticket to savings. The best part: the days purchased can be used any time all season – no blackouts!

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Load straight onto the lift without having to visit Guest Services

Skip the ticket line with Direct-to-Lift

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Tons of discounts + added benefits

Get your powder sooner! Buy your Vertical Card by December 5 and:

  • Ski 3 days for $159 or 5 days for $250
  • December 6 – 25, 2014: Ski 3 days for $189 or 5 days for $300

Unlike other loyalty cards, this one is direct to lift so you don’t have to buy lift tickets every day. Even after you have used all your preloaded days, you don’t have to go inside and talk to anyone. Additional days can be charged directly to your credit card at a $20 discount on the window rate. So go straight for the gondola and get your powder fix faster!

The Vertical Card also includes:

  • Save $20 off regular ticket prices on all other days – no blackouts, no restrictions
  • Save 10% off Day Heli Skiing in December and January with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (Vertical Card must be presented at time of booking)
  • Save 10% off Cat Skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort for last-minute specials all season long
  • Save 10% off first night, 15% off additional nights at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s exclusive slope-side accommodation. Blackout dates: December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2015 and February 7-16, 2015.
  • Save 10% off first night, 15% off additional nights at Sandman Hotel Revelstoke. Blackout dates: December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2015 and February 7-16, 2015. Complimentary shuttle to Revelstoke Mountain Resort included.
  • 25% off First Tracks – load the Revelation Gondola 45 minutes before anyone else, and take advantage of untouched powder or perfect corduroy. Must be booked 48 hours in advance.
  • 25% off Private Lessons – when you book 48 hours in advance
  • 25% off Ski & Snowboard Rentals – discount available on High Performance gear!
  • 15% off Repairs – discount available on full or minor tunes
  • 2-for-1 Tubing – enjoy family fun at Turtle Creek Tube Park

For additional information or to buy your Vertical Card online, click here.

See you this winter!

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Photo courtesy Royce Sihlis

Thank You for an Incredible Winter!

RMR End of SeasonOn behalf of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the guests that have made the 2013/14 Winter Season such a great success.

With 972cm (32 feet) of snow, it’s been another powder-filled finale. The 7th Annual Stoke to Spoke went off without a hitch, and Closing Weekend was an event bonanza to remember. Keep your eyes open for the start of our Early Bird Season Pass Sale on May 1 for the best rates on skiing and snowboarding in Revelstoke.

Revelation GondolaAs Revelstoke Mountain Resort enters its second season of summer operations with the lower Revelation Gondola in operation from June 28 – September 8, 2014, enjoy sightseeing with scenic gondola rides available daily from 6:30am to 10:30am (last download at 11:00am).  Make the most of your experience and combine your visit with a full buffet breakfast at the Revelation Lodge.  With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering spectacular views of the valley and the Monashee Mountains, make sure to bring your appetite and your camera to capture an unforgettable dining experience!

The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited about the upcoming summer season. Stay tuned for amazing family and couples promotions!

 

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.

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 Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort Has Endless Snow Fun

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It may be hard to believe, but not everyone in the world excels at skiing and snowboarding. A well timed fall on a hard icy surface can be enough to send even the most enthusiastic learner packing – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other fun snow activities to pursue!

If you’re heading up to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort this season, and skiing or snowboarding is not your forte, or you simply want to enjoy some family fun, then there is a new park that may pique your interest.

Specially designed to offer users the most thrilling tubing experience available, Turtle Creek Beginner Area & Tube Park features three lanes of snow tubing heaven chock-full of slopes, plateaus, and fast riding fun. The park is family-friendly, yet provides an exciting sliding experience that rivals even the best hillside fun. Open both day and night, it’s the ideal spot for a little pre and post dinner snow amusement.

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A Convenient Lift Too!

Another perk to the park is its ease of access. Built with functionality in mind, tubers can ride all the way down to the new Magic Carpet lift, and get easy access to their next tube run – saving on the mountain climbing and allowing for more downhill fun time.

The new 175m Magic Carpet lift sits adjacent to the Revelation Gondola line, from the village station, making it the perfect blend of convenience and location for those staying in the village.

A Little Practice Goes a Long Way

However, if you want to give skiing and snowboarding a second go, then we highly recommend Turtle Creek’s Beginner Area. Not just an average hill, the Beginner Area was designed specifically to enhance the different learning phases of a new skier or snowboarder.

Using a ‘progressive pitch,’ the slope features 5%, 10%, and 15% pitch variances that allow learners to gradually increase their difficulty levels as they advance their skills. In addition, the area is less than 50 steps away from the snow school at the Revelstoke Outdoors Centre, making expert guidance just a slide away.

No matter your favourite snow sport, you’ll always find a wealth of activities to do at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With inches of snow already, the season is proving to be most promising indeed, which is why The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort has exclusive (family) packages for the season. After all, if there’s one thing that skiers, snowboarders, tubers and sliders have in common, it’s the desire to bundle up by a luxuriously cozy room with a delicious hot beverage in hand after a long day spent in the snow.

To find out more about The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s winter packages, click here.

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