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Crescendo’s Annual Update

Hey all –

It’s time for my annual update about Crescendo’s improvements, and there have been many.

First, though, a big THANKS to everyone staying at Crescendo outside of Ski Season this past year.  Our May through September occupancy rate doubled, literally.  Many groups of golfing buddies, in addition to weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Our biggest change is to the TheatreTheatre

  • New Movie Server
  • – New Integra 9.2-channel amp/pre-amp.

It’s hard to believe that DVD (including BluRay) is old technology, but it is.  So, we’ve removed our 450 DVDs, and have loaded everything onto a hard drive system:  24 terabytes, in fact.  More than 850 titles (many in BluRay quality) now stream into the Theatre.  Our movies are searchable on-line (we’ll give you the username/password at booking), as well as from the comfort of your couch (by title, by genre, and more).  We’re experimenting with Netflix and Hulu (as if the 850 movies weren’t enough).We’ve also rewired for 3D, and may switch to a 1080p 3D projector next year.

The new Integra amp/pre-amp finally allows us to take full advantage of our two stereo 12” subwoofers.  The range and separation of the voicing from the background special effects has also substantially improved the clarity.  Even an old fart like me can now actually understand the dialogue.

Great Room

iPod DockTwo Angstrom 2-way speakers with 8” Vectran drivers have been added to the Great Room.  What does that mean?  Simply put,the system rocks!  We added a new iPod doc, which now accommodates the older iPods and the newer iPhones.  Plug in your iPod/iPhone, and the system reads your playlists.  The system displays your metadata on the touchpanels, and you have control & sound thereby.

Kitchen

Crescendo’s gourmet Kitchen has never been lacking.  Still, we are very interested in accommodating your unique needs/wants/wishes, so we’ve continued to add the small appliances and other items based on our your feedback.  This year, for example, we’ve added an Immersion Blender, Cuisinart Panini Maker, Cuisinart Waffle Iron (I still prefer the Mickey Mouse waffle maker, though), and so much more.

Additional

AdditionalThe Master Bedroom now has a 46” 1080p TV, with soundbar and sub-woofer. The TV is networked, so we may eventually allow it to talk to the MediaServer, so that the movies can stream into that room as well.

Motion detection has been enhanced and reprogrammed throughout the house, so that one can wander about at night without ever manually turning on/off any lights.

Internet – I can assure you, there is no one more impatient than me.  Accordingly, we’ve substantially increased our internet speed.  Also, just about annually we update Crescendo’s wireless access points (and we have five throughout the home), so that connectivity and speed are assured.

Some of you have seen/experienced our new Gaming that we added last year.  A professional grade Ping Pong table, a Bumper Pool table, a Poker table, and a Nintendo Wii.

As always, we look forward to another great Ski Season.  Again, if you are going to be on the mountain, please let me know (drMitch@drMitch.com).  If I happen to be at Crescendo during your stay, I’d love to have you drop by.

Wishing you and yours the very best this holiday season,

Mitch

Guest Comments – 2008

From Facebook – Thanks!

01-07-2008 (Jim)

Hi Mitch:

We had a wonderful time.  Crescendo is awesome and we will look forward to our next opportunity to stay there.  It is truly the most skier friendly place we have ever skied in and was great for our family. Obviously a great deal of thought (and a lot of money) went into the planning and construction.

06-09-2008 (Jyening)

Good morning Dr. Mitch:

I just wanted to say thank you very much for the weekend, we had an amazing time. Other than sleeping and eating, we pretty much spent most of our time in the hot tub/pool.  Thanks so much again and I’m sure we’ll be back again next year.

07-16-2008 (Cobi)

Hey Mitch – Thanks for everything. Crescendo is beautiful and we had an awesome time. We’ll gladly recommend this place.

12-08-2008 (Rich)

A brilliant home. One of the best large rental homes in North America (in my humble opinion).  If I could only snap my fingers and have the jacuzzi/room in my own back yard.  All the best, Mitchel.

From the Guest Journal – Thanks!

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From the Guest Register – Thanks!

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Guest Comments – 2011

From Facebook – Thanks!

01-23-2011 (Doug)

Mitch

ping pong tourneyAnother great stay at Crescendo.

Over the years, our ping pong tourney has evolved into a major event.  The new table is great, and attached is a photo of our trophy that goes home with the winners:  proudly named,

The Dr. Mitch Trophy.

01-28-2011 (Dean)

This house is a playground! I absolutely love this place because it will make anyone feel like a rockstar/moviestar if only for a few nights :) I doubt anyone could find a nicer, funner, and more extreme place to ski in and out of! Regards,

02-12-2011 (Jason)

I was at the Grand Canyon 1 week before we arrived at Crescendo and I think the amazement was the same…what an unreal house! Our expectations were far exceeded when we arrived. I remember my first view of the house and my mouth dropping. We had 17 of us all together and this made for a great experience as we could not have had this at another house in Big White. All the amenities were far greater than I expected as well. Superb location and an exceptional time! We would not hesitate to recommend this house to anyone visiting Big White. Thanks for an amazing experience Crescendo! Just beware of hot tub eggs… ;)

04-25-2011 (Neel)

We had a fantastic weekend at Crescendo.  Your property is absolutely amazing and provided us with all the amenities and luxuries anyone could ask for.  Although the resort was completely closed, the fresh snow and fantastic (sunny, +15’C) kept the kids busy outside.  They had the entire hill to themselves for endless hours of sledding, snowball fights, etc.  We would hit the hot tub/pool each afternoon for some relaxation.  Having the BBQ onsite was perfect as each night we cooked some great meals and enjoyed large family feasts in the dining room, before setting down in the media room to watch our beloved Vancouver Canucks compete in teh playoffs on the 110″ screen.

Thanks again.  We are already talking about how we can come back early December to enjoy the property and also some skiing.  It was a shame the resort closed on April 10th, as the amount of fresh snow and great weather would have been enjoyed by all.  But on the same token, it was a cool feeling knowing that we had the entire Big White resort to ourselves!  How often can anyone say that :)

From the Guest Journal (and Emails) – Thanks!

08-01-2011 (Joe)

Just had a great weekend at Crescendo!  Used the house as a base for a golf weekend for myself and 20 friends.  The home was larger and more grand than we could have ever expected.  We’d never been up to Big White in the summer before, and it was surprisingly quiet and cool, which was nice after hours in the hot sun on the course.  Would recommend Crescendo in the summer to any large group who wants to get near Kelowna but not in the middle of the action.  Many thanks to Mitch and Sheila who made our stay great!

08-07-2011 (Simon)

Mitchel –

The Crescendo is a fantastic getaway.  We all had an amazing time!  The house is beautiful, and what a spot up in Big White!  Jaw-dropping views, and the house complements the surroundings.

The technology of the home was outstanding, and there were no glitches to speak of.  The Crescendo is the boo ya, and all the upgrades worked fantastic.

Thank you much.

We will be back soon!

08-26-2011 (Peter)

Our family enjoyed a summer visit to Crescendo.  It offered lots of things to do in the house and a Great Room to catch-up and share meals.  A high-tech house indeed!

09-11-2011 (Anellina/Carl)

Mitch/Dixon –

Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity to stay at Crescendo for a whole week in early September.  The weather was perfect:  mid 70’s during the day and low 60’s at night (we gave up on Celcius, we are proud ignorant Americans).  It was wonderfully quiet on the mountain.  Enjoyed hangin-out with the locals at Carver’s (only place open, but food was good).

Crescendo is a technical marvel!  The only thing missing are automatic toilet paper dispensers, but I’m sure you are working on it.  The indoor/outdoor spa was a treat, the steam shower in the master and the Jacuzzi looking out over the Great Room and the mountains – great touch.

I can see what you mean that Crescendo can hold alot of people at once without the feeling of being crowded – with all the multi levels and ways to entertain oneself. We felt very cozy just the two of us.

We had a great time in that wonderful state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen.  Cooked to our heart’s content.  Used the outdoor barbeque a lot, being so close to the kitchen. I told Anellina the only thing the kitchen lacked was the Ice Cream maker, and then I found that too.

Tremendous views, great ambiance.  A truly wonderful way to spend our Anniversary.

Thanks again so much.

09-26-2011 (Brenda’s Babes)

Hazel – Magnificent!  Thank you.

Marsali – OMG…Let me know when you’re hiring!!

Jeanette – A truly unique environment.

Chris – Absolutely lovely…Beautiful home – Thank you!

Jaciala – So gorgeous and great company.  Lots of fun!

Elaine – Great company – Love the kitchen.

Jaycinta – A great place to get lost in a paradise.

Brenda – This was an awesome weekend,  Thank you for enabling others to enjoy your lovely vacation home.  It’s heaven on earth.

09-29-2011 (Hydra Gardening)

Parker – Unreal place.

Jordon – An amazing place that continues to be the perfect staff getaway.  Thanks for the memories.

11-27-2011 (Mark)

Hello again Crescendo.  Another great year.  Selena and ice skating and the hereafter.  Love the Christmas tree!

 
11-27-2011 (Vanessa)
Crescendo year three!  It’s been fun.  It’s our third year at Crescendo.  This time was a little more relaxed.  We watched movies, drank a ton, our other friends went to the club, we all soaked in the hot tub.  The Christmas tree was a nice touch.  Too bad the mountain wasn’t open yet this year.  But we always look forward to this trip every year!  Love this place!  Thanks again.
 
11-28-2011 (Loyal Hair Therapy)

 

Loyal Hair Therapy Christmas Party.  What an amazing vacation within the valley.  Crescendo is the perfect experience and fabulous calve workout on the stairs.  What a spectacular experience.  We enjoyed every moment.  We’ll be back!  Loyal.

11-28-2011 (Loyal Hair Therapy)

Hi Mitch –

I have been meaning to send a note for quite some time now, however, with the holiday season I keep getting distracted.

Thank you so much for enabling myself and my guests to have a wonderful time at Crescendo this past November.  The property is absolutely stunning and it was the perfect setting for the party.  Everyone had a fabulous time and we’re in awe of the beautiful home you have created.

Hopefully we can meet some time when you and Dixon are in the Okanagan Valley again.

Happy Holidays & all the best in the New Year.

12-23-2011 (Anellina/Carl)

Mitch/Dixon –

Reflecting again on our week’s stay at Crescendo in early September this past year.  What a place!  We had no idea when we saw it under construction what “mad” technical wizards you were. The TV/Movie room with that incredible 110″ plus screen was a treat. Your sound system is wonderful.  Especially in the Great Room, though, it is to die for. Great state-of-the art Gourmet Kitchen.

We really enjoyed the indoor/outdoor Spa. The steam shower up in the master bath with all those shower heads pointed at you was trick and very relaxing. The 180 degree plus views of the lush tree covered valley below and the mountains off in the distance are wonderful.

We will be very glad to hide out in luggage when you guys come back up in the winter. Lastly, we both felt a wonderful sense of peacefullness and beauty both indoors and out.  A great way to spend our Anniversary.  We love you guys!

Thanks again,

 

Peter (for August 2011) – Vancouver, BC

Great time – Our family enjoyed a summer visit to Crescendo. It offered lots of things to do in the house and a Great Room to catch-up and share meals. A high-tech house indeed! Vancouver

Kim (for April 2011) – Sydney, Australia

We loved Crescendo so much. We’ve traveled with our family extensively, skiing for many years, and have stayed in many beautiful places worldwide. We especially loved Crescendo due to its fantastic location and size! The house is so well planned out and the kitchen was just perfect for us, as we love to cook. Thanks for a great time. Best time and memories – forever! Sydney, Australia

Fred (for February 2011) – Kelowna, BC

Incredible Place – We have stayed at the Crescendo and by far it is something I would recommend others to do.

The place is beautiful. Perfect location for ski in and out. Hot tub is big enough for the whole group. Lots of beds for a large party. My favorite is the kitchen area – wide open and all windows.

If you are a techy person, you will love how the whole house is wired up with controls.

John & Paula (for January 2011) – Sydney Australia

Amazing – Crescendo is the total package! Prime position ski in and out. Perfectly located to all restaurants and amenities. The house is wow! We love to cook and the kitchen didn’t miss a beat! Theatre room was fantastic for everyone not to mention pool table and the swim in and out spa. Nothing was too much trouble and any problems were immediately rectified. We loved our stay at Crescendo! I hope we get to come again one day!

 

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