The best day of the ski season is rapidly approaching, and you better bring it. Yep you guessed it... the one, the only, the original.... Gaper Day Whistler. The phenomenon that was once a small posse of friends keepin' it unreal is now a National Holiday (in America apparently) celebrated by hundreds of awesome Whistler skiers, snowboarders and monoskiers.
Across Canada from Thunder Bay, ON to Whistler, BC, the sleepy pretzels, easy conversation and incomparably grabbed grabs of the young Dane Degruyter and I have, for no less than three years, been attempting to create the text that follows. Scrupulously, we hurdled over our own ants and anxiousness to release the piece that had for one reason or another stunted itself.
A lot of companies are coming out with touring boots that are supposed to ski like the real thing these days. You hear from a lot of people that they just don't quite do what they are supposed to. A decent walk mode but not the rigidity of a true freeride boot. This comes down to crappy riveting hardware and a cuff that doesn't actually lock down. Yes, I know.
As North Americans we’re used to a certain aesthetic in mountain photography. Moreover, we’re used to certain conventions when it comes to action shots and the ways in which we interact with mountains. But the ways people move through mountains all over the world vary according to the conditions, scope, and traditions of those particular mountains.
Party in April, sleep in May, as the saying goes. Or is it ski tonnes of slackcountry pow in April, sleep in May. Either way, we're just over half way through the 2013 World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, and damn has it been a good time so far. (Top image by Stewart Medford. Click to expand)
We came as few had done before us, four men, one sled, quadandeming 20 kms down a forest services road on a 23-year-old machine in isothermal snow. The crew consisted of myself (Night Terrors), my dentist (Mikael Kattovich), Kattovich’s dentist (Robertson Streetza), and Ballet Doug. For our parts, we’d all come to conquer personal demons.