Sunday, February 13, 2011

update from whistler backcountry

Being patient and waiting for sunshine and snow paid off -
Back from Japan for only 8 hours, Chris Rasman and Colin DWatt manned up and joined JF Fortin and myself on a fun day up in the Whistler Backcountry!

We built a sick jump and all 3 of us got shots,
then Rasman sent a HUGE back7 into baked snow and snapped his board,
so him and JF went down early while DWatt and I scoped around to some more spots until sundown..

Trying some new angles on my GoPro while seeking new jump spots and fresh snow

Friday, February 4, 2011

Calgary Road Trip!

As her eyes awoke to a blaring alarm clock at 4:15 am , Breanna Stangeland had to finish packing her truck. After completing this great task, she then hit the road to pick up the comedian of the trip, Jon Versteeg.On Breanna’s route to Jon’s place, she was followed by the police from Tamarisk to Alpine. Not really a good start to the day since she had to pick me up in Pemberton which is 25 minutes north of Whistler. When the crew got to my house, it was approximately 5:45. We loaded up the truck and away we went to grab breakfast at the local McDonalds. (laughing) 15 minutes breakfast later, we left for Calgary. With loud music and a bunch of rowdy punks in the car, I knew this trip was going to be a good one.

Aproaching Lillooet, we decided to stop in, have coffee and try on balaclavas at Lightfoot gas. Couple hours later, we arrived in Sicamous. Breanna remembered that there is some funny animals we needed to see at the local ice creamery. To our surprise, a camel, a donkey, and a lama. Jon and myself were in shock! We stayed for a bit and took funny photos of the weird animals they had at this place.

Leaving from there, we were content. We had one more stop before leaving Sicamous, and that stop was Tim Hortons for more delicious coffee. We jumped back in the car and was on our route to Banff to meet Craig Mcmorris. (who is staying with us in the room) Leaving banff, we only had 1 more hour left until our drive was finally over. Getting into Calgary, we scoped out some rails that we will be hitting when we aren’t competing for the Canadian Open. It was a mellow night, cause we were beat from the drive. The day is over.

Monday morning arrives. Coffee is prepared and breakfast is had. We jumped in Breanna’s truck and scoped out more rails around Calgary. We know what we wanted to hit and what days to hit them on. Some of the rails were at schools so we need to hit them at night or on the weekend. After scoping rails for a bit, we registered for the contest and rode at C.O.P for a couple runs. It was icy but fun. After that, we checked into our hotel and hit the hot tub and waterslide.

It’s been nothing but productive with this crew so far. Be sure to check the shots out in the New Alterna Movie for 2011!