skiing Archive

The scene of my 2009 Canadian winter: Fernie, British Columbia. I signed up for an 11 week instructor course with these chaps Nonstop Snowboard, one of those life experiences that makes your skull feel convertible, letting your brain loose to let its hair down – crazy imagery huh, but that’s how it is! Admittedly I broke myself, repeatedly, trying to execute ambitious manoeuvres prescribed by our ex cage-fighting instructor. A interesting, mightily-bearded chap channeling his latent rage into his students ambition, a volatile formula that somehow works. Colourful, and yes, that word…epic, times. Cool crew, crazy nights, blue bird days and so much white noise! Here’s a shot of opening day of Fernie’s 2013 season opening weekend…*sigh* almost taints Cape Town’s sun-drenched Tuesday. Damn those were some good times, place is a firetrucking powder mecca. Feel like blowing this rice paddy for 3 months… you could do a lot worse than a BC winter: and Go!

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This is the stuff of legend, nothing less. The Denali Experiment Finally a rare instance of the true meaning of the word epic. I’ve been to  19973 ft (6088 metres) on Huayna Potosi in Bolivia, summating that mountain drained the life out of me, I’ve never felt so utterly depleted, it was bitter! Could I have strapped in and ridden down? Wish I knew, I’d love to try. arnie

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My head feels like a deserted parking lot today, just a few oil stains, the odd piece of litter, and for effect, some misplaced tumbleweed. Sometimes Mondays are just a fat pile of pants. Now that you’ve had a rare glimpse beneath the strong, silent surface we’ll continue with yet another dose of snowporn. This time courteousy of the kids at Green Renaissance. All I Can premiers this Friday at our very own Labia (that sounds terrible, but it’s staying) Cinema in Cape Town. Filmed in Chile, British Columbia, Alberta, Morocco, China and Alaska this mountain adventure film looks like it’ll be a firetrucking treat, with an environmental maverick thumbs up. Nice. Tickets available from web tickets, beers and good times start at 19h00, show kicks off at 20h30. arnie

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