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Seat on VIP Hospitality Train the "hottest Olympic ticket in town"

April 15, 2010

The only Vancouver Olympic tickets hotter than seats for the men’s hockey final were spaces on the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train running to and from Whistler. So said several media outlets, including the Vancouver Sun, which called the train the “hottest Olympic ticket in town”.

“Riding in our world famous bi-level GoldLeaf dome coaches was the most luxurious way to travel to and from the Games,” says Randy Powell, whose company operated the VIP train for the province of Alberta every day for the duration of the Olympics.

In addition to the spectacular scenery of the Sea to Sky corridor, guests on the exclusive train were treated to top-notch food and entertainment. 

Among the lucky 70 travellers on board each day were government ministers and their guests, along with many Olympic athletes. Guests included Olympians Maelle Ricker (Gold medal winner for Canada, Snowboard Cross, 2010), Seth Wescott (Gold medal winner for the U.S., Men's Snowboard Cross, 2010), and Germany’s Katarina Witt (Gold Medal winner for Women's Figure Skating at 1988 Calgary Olympics). 

Powell (Business Marketing ’82) is President and CEO of Armstrong Group which owns the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer Trains. Featuring a series of four different luxury train journeys through the Canadian Rockies, the Rocky Mountaineer won the prestigious “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years. 

A Sheridan Business Hall of Fame inductee, Randy has held many exciting leadership positions over the past 25 years. Prior to joining Armstrong Group in 2007, he was President of Maple Leaf Fresh Foods, President & CEO of Second Cup Coffee Company, and President of S.C. Johnson and Sons, Canada.

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