It’s tough buying skis these days; too much choice. Skinny, fat, super fat, reverse camber, rockered, not rockered…it’s getting a little ridiculous. Plus there are more ski manufacturers now than ever, from the big companies to the dozens of small, independent ski fabricators cropping up all over the world. It’s a tough choice, especially if you are like me, where owning a quiver of skis is just not practical. So what’s a dirtbag to do?
Even for this, 108mm underfoot is plenty…
Photo – Dave Silver
25 Metres. That’s how much. It’s early December and while the only skiing on offer on the south coast of BC is of the man-made variety in frigid Arctic temps, the north coast of BC has been getting stormed on since early November.
Photo – Rand Lincks
And it well has to. Reaching that ridiculous average of 25m or 82ft of snow each year is an achievement in and of itself. To put that in perspective, other ski resorts can’t even come close to those numbers. Whistler, for instance, averages about 10 metres per year and even Mt Baker, which boasts the ‘unofficially’ highest annual snowfall for ski resorts worldwide, records an average of 16.3 metres. Continue reading
You’re busy, you’ve got a lot on the go, you’ve worked hard to get where you are in life, and it’s tricky to step back from it every once and a while. There is always something to do; always something you should have done yesterday. How could you possibly take an entire week off of these responsibilities to go on a week long vacation?
A week long of peace and tranquility to recharge. Photo: Dave Silver
Weather reports in Whistler this week have gone from bad to worse. Much as I would like it to be otherwise, there ain’t much snow up there. We were supposed to get a fair amount over the weekend, but even that’s let up and now we’re into a week of Arctic outflow: sunny skies and cold temps. Fine if you’re looking to play hockey on the lake but not so good if you want fresh pow.
Business as usual at Last Frontier
Photo – Dave Silver
Music is an integral part of life; a song can move us, awaken us, invigorate us and transport us back in time. It can excite us and provide a soundtrack to daily life…but it can also distract us from the moment. There are now products on the market that allow us to have music playing at all times: waterproof iPods to surf with, solar powered speakers to bike with, helmets and outerwear with built in headphone jacks to ski with. Some people love to take some tunes out for a spin on the hill, some love to listen to the sounds of nature and some love to ski with friends and chat on the lifts. What’s the best? More importantly, what is the safest?
There’s more to this than the visual…listen to the accompanying audio. Photo: Caton Garvie