With Club Intrawest properties in popular mountain resorts like Whistler, Tremblant, Blue Mountain and Panorama, both Members and Team Members have a lot of 'Mountain Love'. As the ski and board season swings into high gear, we're sharing our favorite stories, photos and videos showing our collective Mountain Love.
Thursday February 21, 2013
We caught up with the Crosby family in Whistler earlier this month. They've been going to the Club in Whistler for 18 years. This is their Mountain ♥ story.
Thursday February 14, 2013
What's Mountain ♥ without a little "snowmance"? Happy Valentine's Day from Club Intrawest! Special thanks to Members Morgan and Jo (and congratulations on your engagement)!
Friday February 1, 2013
Member Experience Manager Dale Foster pretty much grew up on skis. As a Level 2 Certified Ski Instructor with Panorama Mountain Village Resort, Dale shares with us some expert advice.
Q: How long have you been skiing?
A: I learned when I was five years old.
Q: How long have you been instructing?
A: Since 2008 (I have my Level 2 CSIA).
Q: What is your favorite run?
A: I love them all! On a typical day, I enjoy doing laps on the front runs off the Summit followed by a long run into Sun Bowl. Since Stumbock's was widened, I can always depend on a good top-to-bottom. Taynton Bowl is good for a challenge and anything in Founder's Ridge is my favorite way to end the day.
Q: Do you still instruct with Panorama?
A: Due to a hectic schedule, I am taking this year off from instructing. The past couple of years I worked part-time (one to two days per week) and the years before that I worked full-time (five to seven days per week). In order to improve my skiing and stay in the loop, I still take regular lessons myself!
Q: What advice do you have for new skiers? What area/run do you suggest?
A: Definitely take a lesson. Skiing is deceptive in that it is much harder than it looks. Many new skiers think they can do it and then become discouraged after attempting it on their own. By taking a lesson or series of lessons, a new skier can make the most out of the experience, have a lot of fun and do it safely. At Panorama, I recommend the beginner run by the platter lift for practice and gaining confidence. It is long and wide with a nice, easy pitch. Skiers are met at the bottom by friendly and trained liftees who are more than happy to help!
Q: On average how many times a week do you ski?
A: If I could, I would be out there all day, every day! However, I try to get out on weekends and, if I have time, I will sneak out for a run on my lunch break. Sometimes I might go for a run under the lights after work before heading home. (There is night skiing Thursday through Saturday). It's nice having an office that is ski-in/ski-out!
Q: Why do you love skiing so much?
A: There is nothing like standing on top of a mountain and looking out over one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world! It never ceases to take my breath away. I also love the challenge of improving my skiing and the learning curve goes on and on with the sport. The social aspect of skiing is legendary -skiing with a group of friends and meeting up in the pub or slipping into the hot tub after a day out in the cold is a great part of the experience! Finally, there is also nothing like the feeling of swooping and whooping down the fall line through a foot of fresh snow.
Monday January 28, 2013
Adam Hunt is a House Person at the Club in Blue Mountain. He's also a keen snowboarder/talented photographer and can often be found in the terrain park taking some stunning shots. We caught up with this enthusiastic young fellow and he was happy to share his #clubmountainlove.
Q: How long have you been snowboarding?
A: I have been snowboarding since I was 10. I'm 25 now, so that's 15 years. Crazy.
Q: Where are your favorites runs/spots on Blue Mountain?
A: When I started, I stayed in the beginner area and would ride Easy Street and Gradient. I disliked them at the time because I thought I was too good (but since it was my first time, my parents signed me up for beginner lessons). Looking back, they really are perfect beginner runs – it was a great place to learn.
By the end of my first week I was riding down double black diamonds and I spent some time in the Badlands Terrain Park (I had to persuade the coach to bump up the color code on my sticker).
Q: Tell us a little bit about your photography?
A: It's such a great tool to have, especially on vacation. I always try to have my camera on me when snowboarding. It allows you to capture those moments – when things feel the best (on or off the snow, mid-carve, or peak height on a jump). You know that feeling will last forever, but it is so great to have that perfect shot to go with it.
Q: Do you shoot video as well? Or just stills?
A: I love experimenting with different styles of photography, black + white, colour and even video.
Q: Describe your ideal day on the mountain?
A: My ideal day is pretty standard, really. I think every day has the potential to be a great one. You wake up, eat and just go! And then repeat the same thing the next day. That for me is true Mountain Love.
Tuesday January 22, 2013
Member Coordinator Paul Legault (Club Intrawest — Tremblant) might have the most charming Mountain ♥ story of all – it's how he met his wife. It's a ski-romantics dream come true *Sigh*.
Q: How long have you been skiing?
A: Since I was 7 years old.
Q: What is your favorite run at Mont Tremblant?
A: Expo on the North side (it's so much fun in the spring!)
Q: Do you have a favorite ski memory?
A: I do actually. I met my wife on the ski hill.
Q: What?! That's amazing! How did it happen?
A: I was a ski instructor at Gray Rocks and she was on vacation from New York. Her friend was in my ski class, he introduced us and the rest is history.
Q: Aw, that's so sweet. How long have you been married?
A: We celebrated our 10 year anniversary this past September.
Q: Do you and your wife both still ski together?
A: Yes, when our schedule permits we like to go skiing as a family with our son.
Q: Who is the faster skier?
A: Our son likes to ski quite fast, Justine can't keep up with him anymore and it won't be long before I can't either!
Wednesday January 16, 2013
Club Manager Pablo Contreras is officially a Whistler local – he even skis on his lunch break. Since moving from Zihuatanejo last year, his progress (and passion) for the sport has increased phenomenally — and we couldn't be prouder!
Q: How long have you been skiing?
A: Technically it is my second season, I tried it a couple of times last year without any formal instruction. The result was disastrous. On one occasion I even ended up walking down from Base II to the base of Blackcomb. So I signed up for proper lessons right at the start of this season.
Q: How did you learn to ski?
A: I took an intensive three-day lesson. I tried to register with Whistler Kids (to no avail - haha). Since then I've made a commitment to get on the mountain every other day (either before work or even at lunch). It has helped tremendously.
Q: What is the biggest challenge about learning to ski?
A: Coordination. I am dyslexic, so connecting my brain with my hands, feet and legs was challenging. After almost two months now, I have to continue thinking and correcting my posture, but the less I think about it, the more I enjoy it. I still cannot talk and ski at the same time though.
Q: What has been your greatest skiing accomplishment?
A: I would say my first accomplishment was being able to stay on my skis from top to bottom of Blackcomb at the same speed as my 8-year old daughter Natalia. But just like in life and work, every day there is an accomplishment I'm proud of and every day I learn something new.
Q: What is your goal for this season?
A: To confidently ski black diamond runs (and no broken bones!)
Q: Sand or Snow?