Article and snapshots by Tennille Barber
As if the 20 Days of Stoke competition could get any more entertaining, I thought, as I drove out to the ski hill in what I thought would be pretty crappy snowman making weather. Obviously I haven’t made a snowman in the last couple years.
December 15th, 2013. 15 days into the Stoke FM’s stroke of genius to put Revelstokian citizens into the funniest situations all by their own choice. “These are pretty much all the die hards,” joked Scott, when I commented on how great a turnout it was for making snowmen in the rain (which turned out to be perfect snowman-making weather). Obviously everyone put a lot of thought into today. Two snowmen were standing on their heads. The only snow-woman was Lady Gaga and had a smiley face made of poker chips (pokerface…). One had a built in bar straight from everyone’s favorite brewery, and one came with its own Xmas lights and a moustache. Another laid in a pile, a “yard sale”, snowman style. I know what you’re thinking. How on earth would you choose the winner? It looked like some sort of twisted party just off Glacier’s stone deck. A bar and Lady Gaga, along with the inevitable backyard ski tricks resulting in a crash, two handstanding showoffs, and 5 dogs sneakily stealing all the carrot noses. (FYI: Dogs really like carrots.)
The Glacier House Resort is probably the best scenic backdrop you could ask for in a competition like this. One massive lodge with a fabulous bar in the basement surrounded by numerous cabins sleeping 2-12 people, snowmobiling and dirtbiking are right at their doorstep. This year welcomes a new owner, Daniel Kellie. Growing up in the UK, then moving to Oz when he was 16, he’s got experience in the hospitality industry running a pub with his family. He travelled to Canada frequently and everytime he had to go back, found it harder. He stumbled upon Revelstoke while on a trip to Radium, and promptly bought a condo at RMR. He literally Googled businesses for sale in Revelstoke, and Glacier House popped up. Circumstances with the market in the area at home allowed him to sell at a good price, his application came through, and everything fell into place here in Canada. Now the only challenge that laid in front of him? “Learning to sled,” he says. After meeting him, it seems like he’ll find it easy enough. He and his two huskies, Revel and Biggles, look like they’re built for the snow. I personally am looking forward to many more events there in summer dirtbiking as well as the following events coming up there this winter.
Things coming up at Glacier House:
Monday Mussel Madness: Every Monday, 10$ for a plate of mussels and a pint (reviews in town are good! I’ve heard from a couple friends now)
During Spirit Fest: Sled Drag Races– Monday February 3rd
Ride for Dad Day: March 22nd to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Fully guided by Canadian Snowmobile Guides, leaving from Frisby Ridge
Just in case you need a reminder of why snowmen are so funny… here are the classics.