Tom Pro(chazka) – a profound love for the mountains 

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And incidents did happen. Take the time, recounts Pro, when VST coach Glenn Wurtele had to leave his team of teenagers behind in Banff. "He'd already agreed to do a film shoot in Squaw Valley where he was supposed to jump off a cliff after being set on fire," explains Tom. "But we were expected back in Vancouver. So he gave us the keys to the team van, said 'good luck boys; see you back in town,' and took off." He smiles. "And just like that, we were on our own."

Nothing played out the way it was supposed to. "A big storm hit the Rockies so we got snowed-in in Banff," Pro explains. "And that, of course, turned into a serious party." No need to dwell on the details — I'm sure most of you can imagine what went down during the team's forced layover. Still, that's not the point of Pro's story. "We all took care of each other," he says, "and we all made it home safe and sound."

And Wurtele? His mission was a success too. In fact, his man-on-fire segment is still a hit with ski movie-making historians everywhere.

Next week: Tom goes FIS racing in Europe with his buddy Dave Lambert, discovers speedskiing, nearly breaks 200KPH... and finally moves up to Whistler for good

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