Island Lake Catskiing seems to be a mecca of sorts. A place where the current pros of the day go to check out and see what the allure is to all the skiers and boarders of years gone by. First it was Scot Schmit and Craig Kelly. Today it is the likes of Nick McNutt, Tim Durtschi, Dane Tudor and Dash Longe.
They all come up to Island Lake for some reason or another. In this edit it is to session a massive booter against the backdrop of the jagged peaks of the Lizard Range. There is one common thread between all the pros and all the years: they are always taken by the magestic setting Island Lake is found in. The peaks, the snow, the lodge, the lake. It is all astounding. Pro or not, who wouldn't want to come here.
3 Pisten Bully 600's covered in snow....cue heartbeat rising!
It is that time of year. The time where it is snowing in the mountains, new ski edits are released daily, climate scientists are predicting weather patterns and the stoke and anticipation is at an all time high. And then we see pictures like this. Three glorious machines covered in a blanket of the white gold we all covet.
Here is a great article written by Jonathan Desabris from Teton Gravity Research. It really dives into the story of how Baldface Lodge came about and why it has become the mecca of snowboarding world wide. From it's humble beginnings, the influence of Craig Kelly to the birth of Travis Rice's Supernatural event. If you ride a board, Baldface should be on your radar.
Henrik Windstedt, Dave Treadway and Matilda Rapaport sample some epic Kootenay powder!
The winter of 2016 is one to remember when it comes to skiing in the Kootenays. After a 2015 season that everyone wants to forget, 2016 came back and totally redeemed winter for us! Fortunately, Henrik Windstedt, Dave Treadway and Matilda Rapaport planned a trip to the heart of powder country for a what looks like an epic trip.
The first half of this video features Valhalla Powdercats. One of the staples of the catskiing world here in BC. Using the latest drone tech combined with some beautiful and effortless skiers makes for some mouth watering viewing.
After a few days of endless powder at Valhalla, they moved a little north up the valley to Kaslo BC - home of Stellar Heliskiing. More snow and sun followed them there. You can really get a sense of the skiers appreciation for the mountains and nature in this part of the world.
Henrick, Dave and Matilda put together an amazing video with the Kootenay region as their co-star. Sadly, the world lost Matilda too soon in an avalanche this summer in Chile. She left a hole in the skiing world but has certainly left her mark as one of skiings best. As the film says, she will be forever missed.
Enjoy this featurette. Get stoked and remember that we are here for such a short while. Enjoy it to the fullest.
It's out live now and you can view it for free online! After 2 years of production and a few teasers thrown our way, Tanner Hall's Ring the Alarm is out for your viewing pleasure. Filmed in locstions like Haines, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Hood, Detroit, Park City, Nelson & Squamish it is a rowdy mix of everything skiing. It really shows off Tanner's versatility as one of the most innovative skiers out there.
You will also see some snipits from one of Tanner's favofrtie places, Retallack Catskiing. So sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy.
A Story of weather, powder, terrain, inspiration and pushing your limits.
Following up on their hugely successful Balance of Powder film, Island Lake Lodge Catskiing is back with their latest feature film: Winter of Our Content. It is a story of the allure of powder, the power of natures storms, and the joy of skiing the wild backcountry. Island Lake is one of the pioneers of catskiing. It is a place that should be on your bucket list... if you haven't been already. If you haven't, this video should be enough to get you to prioritize your life, call your buds and book your trip.
Watch for the powder shot at 3:08 in the film. So sick...
Take in some craft beer culture on your next ski adventure.
Skiing and beer are a match made in heaven. These two things have been blended together since the beginning of time (I researched it, go check). Skiing has it's unique culture and so does the exploding craft beer culture. The Kootenays is an epicentre where both of these worlds collide. Between ski days or after shredding light, dry, Kootenay pow, be sure to take in some local flavor along the BC Ale Trail.
In the early 1990s there was one ski resort in China. Today there are over 500. Recently China's sole catskiing operation, Changbaishan Peak, was established. It costs just $85 for a ride to the top. Yes, it is on the border of North Korea and happens to be a volcano, but it is powder right?
In 2022, Beijing will be host to the 2022 Winter Olympics exposing the greater population to skiing. There is even a replica of Jackson Hole two hours from Beijing! It is clear, ski culture is embedding itself in China.
Island Lake Catskiing is one of those legendary places. I had a poster on my wall as a kid. Scot Schmit ripping pow at this magical place that only existed in my dreams. A place to aspire to visit. Bucket list type of adventure.
A few years back they released a short ski film called Balance of Powder. It fueled the desire to visit there. Now today they have released the trailer for their latest ski flick called Winter of Our Content. If it is anything like Balance of Powder, it is sure to be incredible.