My life in the Mountains.
I am not sure if it was the moment I drove into the Chamonix Valley? My first sight of what goes on above the lifts? The first line I climbed and skied? Or the people I have met?
This place has inspired me to become better, look at things differently, challenge my skills, and trust what I can do.
My first trip to Chamonix was everything I thought it would be and more. It was humbling and challenging at the same. Right away I felt small and disorientated in such a hectic steep place. Once gaining my bearings and catching up to the Chamonix pace, I started to embrace the steepness and the exposure.
It quickly became one of the best ski experiences I have had and a style of skiing that I ski for.
I feel lucky to have shared my experience with the people I did, so many great characters and inspiring stories live in this valley. It was hard to say goodbye to a valley filled with a lifetime of skiing. It has changed the way I look at the mountains and challenged me to come back next season even stronger. The only way I could leave was knowing I would be back.
Thanks to everyone who shared this with me. I am truly grateful for new friendships and many great turns. I know it is just the beginning of Chamonix skiing for me, I will see you next season!
Thanks for the support
After a summer of hard work, It was time to reconnect with my adventure buddy Kate Devine. Kate and I did our Assistant ski exam together last year, spending many hrs training… and many days shredding powder! its a fine balance I know.
This trip was the first alpine trip together with no skis . . . makes for a funny decent, and a good reminder of why we both love skiing so much!
September 22-23 East face Castor, Dome, Rampart
After a long summer I guess it is about time to start thinking about the go go go time . . . It has been great to look back and reflect on last season, and only makes the future more exciting.
A few things are new . . .
This will be my first full season as an Arcteryx athlete. I was fortunate enough to be able to join the Arc’teryx athletes camp this fall. The camp consisted of a tour of the Vancouver factory, afternoon classroom session at the head office, and some adventure time in Squamish . After some great education on the product, industry, and social media we headed to Squamish for some action. It was crazy to see all of the energy that is created when you put athletes together. We definitely spent our time wisely with bouldering sessions, two trips up the chief, a full day climbing at the bluffs and some great meals with the team .
Staff /Athletes session, no windows for maximum attention !
Kruk Climbing lesson # 1
I hope we can do another camp soon, next time on skis!
Thanks to The Arcteryx Staff for the great camp.
With the ski season just around the corner . . . and my first season guiding as a ACMG Assistant ski guide. I am very excited about my mixed bag of guiding work ahead of me. I was recently hired by Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), I think it will be a great learning experience for me to work and train with some of the best ski guides in the world.
I will also be going back up to the magical Whitecap Alpine Touring Lodge on the coast. I am very excited about this, Whitecap has it all.
Amazing skiing, great food (thanks Kinley), and fun times.
Some equipment news:
Should be a great season working with Dynastar Lange product.
Made in Chamonix, a place that is high on the hit list for this season!
Check out the new Dynastar Cham Skis @http://www.dynastar.com/CF/CA/
check out the new Lange XT boot
Now we just wait patiently for the excitement of our first turns, high fives and big smiles!