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.
Some Desktop Backgrounds from K2 Skis May 26, 2010 The guys over at K2 skis are kind enough to provide some really beautiful desktop backgrounds of some of the top shots of their athletes throughout the years, so make sure to head over...
The James "Woodsy" Woods Interview Jul 10, 2013
During a February phone interview I conducted with Toben Sutherland, head coach of the Canadian Slopestyle Team, Sutherland mentioned that James “Woodsy” Woods was...
iF3 Announces iF3 Whistler Blackcomb Jul 23, 2013
The International Freeski Festival (iF3) is excited to announce the first ever iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, which will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC on October 11th - 12th ....
Kye Petersen Joins 4FRNT Skis Nov 3, 2013
Longtime professional skier Kye Petersen has made the switch to 4FRNT skis. After spending his already long and illustrious career skiing for Rossignol, Kye officially made...
Letters from Summer Camp: Matt Margetts Aug 21, 2013
For the time being, Matt Margetts is a pipe skier. Though he doesn't quite fit the mold of a pipe jock, he's on the national pipe squad. Yet even at the height of his pipe game,...