A wide-eyed teen stepping gingerly from the mogul world back in 2000, Sarah was already turning heads wherever she appeared, aptly surfing the tsunami of possibility that was the early progressive freestyle scene. Almost immediately, she was an inspiration to all, and standard bearer for the female park-and-pipe ranks that would follow.
No one will ever forget Sarah Burke, and it’s still hard to grasp that so gifted an athlete, so humble an icon, and so genuine a human being has been physically taken from her family, her husband, and her many friends around the world. But as the abundant and deserved homage to her towering legacy makes clear, what Sarah gave can never be taken from the minds and hearts of those close to her, nor from those admiring thousands who knew her only through these pages...
Behind the Cover // Canon 1dMK4 , Canon 8-15 f4 L Fisheye
A few years ago a summer lightning strike created an in-bounds burn zone just off Blackcomb Mountain's Crystal chair. Early season last year Jeff Thomas from Salomon Freeski TV was fi lming with Colston VB for an upcoming episode and I tagged along. On a grey day there's no better contrast than charred black trees on a bright background, and a fi sheye helped accentuate the height of the dead trees.
It’s that time again: time to buy new ski equipment. Sounds like fun, right? Not quite. Unless you know exactly what ski you are after, buying new ski equipment can be a brain-racking, tedious and torturous experience. Watch as your indecisiveness consumes you, and with each option looking more appealing than the next you will be left dumbstruck. To save you from being rendered silent and comatose, staring at the wall of skis in your local shop, we welcome you to our annual Buyers’ Guide.
The Probe: Matty Richard // text: Ben Wannamaker, photos: Andrew Bradley & Blake Jorgenson
Transcribing an hour-and-a-half conversation with New Brunswick-to-Whistler transplant, Ma? y Richard was next to impossible. Richard is a notorious talker, and rightfully so: he has an entire lifetime of skiing to talk about.
Bucket List // text: Vince Schuley, photos: Paul Morrison
For most skiers, the thought of not being able to ski again is terrifying. Ankles and knees, the articulating joints that allow you to slide down the mountain, are too often taken for granted—until the reality check of a bone break or ligament tear. Missing a season to injury over a career is in the cards for many a core skier, an unfortunate yet necessary respite that allows both body and ego to recover. But not much changes; you move on, wiser, sometimes fitter, a bit more careful, but basically skiing as you had.
When you suffer a paralysing spinal injury while skiing, however, nothing is ever the same. Your day-to-day landscape is forever changed, the horizon tilted, everything a chore. Yet, for some, finding their way back to skiing is the motivation to overcome all the associated challenges. And they are again skiing… albeit differently. A few quite differently.
HaPpY // text: Lisa Richardson, photos: Robin O'Neill
Like any chemical high, stoke ebbs and flows. It’s a highs-and-lows roller coaster that B.C.’s newest ski resort, Revelstoke, has ridden for half a decade, something a crew of ladies had a chance to measure their own highs and lows against.
The Sweet Smell of Excess // text: Leslie Anthony, photos: Tom Winter, Zach Ornitz
High in the Andes, dreamers have erected various odes to ski redemption. In Chile’s wine country, that means linking them with odes to consumption.
How to Build a High Speed Winch Jan 25, 2011
Eeeeeeeyo, Logan Imlach here . This week I’m going to give a little insight into my experiences building a high speed winch for urban shredding. There are three things you...
Is Freeskiing Killing Snowboarding? Jan 11, 2012
Snowboarding, considered by many to be the saviour of the slopes over the last 20 years, has become so big that a full circle effect has taken place. In some strange ecological,...
How to: Flatspin 360 Jan 11, 2011
So you’ve blown your student loan on that session of summer camp and those brand-new rockered pow skis. Time to take what you’ve learned in the park and bring it...
How to: Ride the Chairlift with a Stranger Nov 30, 2010
Oi! Logan Imlach here, and this week I’d like to give you some tips on riding up the chairlift with a stranger. There’s always two main goals you should have anytime...
How to: Cork Five Blunt Oct 26, 2010
For starters you should be able to carve, do a straight air Tail Grab, land solidly switch, and have your 3s on lock. Find a jump more than three metres long, a halfpipe or a...