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Contribute to "Living The Dream," round II


When it comes to odd living arrangements, Whistlerites have seen it all: living under stairwells; in saunas, broom closets and crawlspaces; even in cars and converted school buses during the winter. Nothing shocks us; it's all part of the charm of living in a ski town, right? According to one local resident and photographer, Carin Smolinski, it's all part-and-parcel of "living the dream."

Smolinski turned this concept into an innovative photo documentary project last year, reaching out to members of the community and asking them to allow her to enter their interesting abodes to see how they were "Living The Dream." The end result was an impressive collection of unique living situations from around town, and somewhat surprisingly, Smolinski found that her subjects were overwhelmingly positive about their living situations: almost all happily told her that they were, in fact, "living the dream."

Smolinski exhibited the collection (aptly titled, "Living The Dream") at the South Side Diner and at the 2010 TWSSF, and most recently, it has been included in an upcoming issue of The Ski Journal .

Now, Smolinski is building on the "Living The Dream" concept: she's looking for a brand-new crop of Whistler residents and their unique living situations to showcase to the world. She's also adding a whole new section to the collection: "LTD families."

"The end goal is to make a book, so it's just kind of another section, a different avenue of Living The Dream," she said during a recent interview.

Smolinski explained that it's a logical extension of the original concept, exploring the realm of ski bums who decide to settle down and start families, but don't want to leave the "bubble." For example, she recently photographed a family with three children living happily in a 900-square-foot cabin.

"It's the cutest thing you've ever seen!" she enthused.

Smolinski will be exhibiting the next round of the LTD collection Millennium Place's Scotia Creek Gallery in April and is looking for more people who want to share their creative living situations. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Smolinski as soon as possible at (side note: there's a six-pack of beer in it for you!)


Forget about Sundance...

Adrenaline junkies will be able to get their fix of thrills on screen from Friday, Feb. 11 to Saturday, Feb. 19, as the 14 th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) kicks off.

While the event takes place down in North Vancouver, the lineup for this year's ten-day festival is well worth the drive down to the city for outdoor enthusiasts: organizers of the popular event recently confirmed this years "eclectic" lineup of guest speakers, and it features a range of worldly adventurers, including backcountry skier Greg "Two Mill" Hill, climber Timmy O'Neill, and German superwoman Ines Papert.


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