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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Alta States

Re: “Perry Schmunk; Life after Whistler

Would like to read the remainder of the story!

Posted by Nancy Jean Walton Dagan on 10/12/2018 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Renate Bareham – Being Stefan Ples' Daughter

Renate probably doesn't remember me, but I was taught to ski by the Jim McConkey Ski School and she was one his instructors back in the day. Thanks to their excellent technique, I became a good skier, thus able to truly enjoy the Whistler/Blackcomb experience. Thanks Renate! Murray Brown

Posted by downtownsound55 on 05/21/2018 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Alta states

Although I am estranged from the family. I remember Uncle Andy and Aunt Cheryl helping out while I was struggling in Vancouver...a thank you is long over due. Enjoy your retirement.
Julie Poole

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Posted by JEWELZ112 on 01/23/2016 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Finn (Paul) Saarinen – Fortune comes to those who smile

I am from sault ste marie, the finns home town kinda, he was good enough to show my brother and I a good piece of whistler, I took tumble at his searchmont mogul in 88 just after returning from whistler and blew my disc, sold skis boots and all, but passion is passion and knowing the finn I decided to start again in 2010 as my grandson is racing at searchmont like the finn and it looks like he has the same attitude,, wayne adams sault ste marie, go finn go

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Posted by handy man on 08/15/2015 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Saying goodbye — why do bad things happen to such good people?

Michel, this is such a lovely tribute to our dear friend...she would have complimented you on the way you crafted your words. Sigh.

Posted by Sandi Munro on 04/30/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Saying goodbye — why do bad things happen to such good people?

I am new to your blog but found this post deeply moving. You have all my sympathy and I will say a prayer for your departed friends.

Posted by John McNamara on 04/26/2014 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Saying goodbye — why do bad things happen to such good people?

Beautiful memoir Michel. I can really feel your loss. Thank you for sharing

Posted by David Hicks on 04/25/2014 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Back to old school — Jackson Hole culture still all about the mountains

Sounds like you have found your Nirvanna Snow area.

Not all of us are so picky -just happy to be able to slide on the snow whenever and where-ever.

Enjoy your fun always, be happy.

Al Safrata

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Posted by AL.S on 04/06/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Searching for soul – could a rootsy alternate-style ski area actually be developed in Sea to Sky?

Does it have to be chair lifts or could you use rope tows? In New Zealand, we have club ski fields, which are run by members of the respective club. The tows there are usually very old, basic rope tows on pulley systems, where the rider wears a harness belt with a 'nutcracker' and a glove protector. They take some getting used to but keen back country skiers would no doubt adjust - and tourists would likely steer clear. I wonder how much one of those would be to set up… http://www.powderhounds.com/NewZealand/Club-Ski-Fields.aspx

Posted by Toni Smith on 03/14/2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Searching for soul – could a rootsy alternate-style ski area actually be developed in Sea to Sky?

Great article Michel!

I'm with you 100%. In fact I've been working on developing a new "business" model for a ski area that would/could be very similar to what you describe. Taking it a bit further, imagine a ski hill for and by the people. A ski area that runs in a carbon negative manner, putting more energy back into the grid than it uses, and long term storing more carbon that it produces. Imagine a place that could maintain not just civil skier/acre ratios, but feeling downright ghost town like, apart from your best ski buddies. A place where every skier has at least some manner of say in the future of their snow-play place. A place where growth is measured in the size of skiers smiles, not the number of people we can jam on the slopes with them. A place where success is measured by how many awesome days you had with friends in a spectacular setting, not how many condos you have sold?\

What if I said, all of this is not just possible, but even realistic? What if I said the business model is essentially ready to go, it just needs some other innovative , forward thinking snowriders to jump on board the team to contribute their skills to the project to help make it a reality?

If this is something you would LOVE to see, and would be KEEN to help make a reality, please connect with me at azcreative@live.ca and let's get going on it. Actively seeking motivated, innovative skiers to join the effort. Can't wait to hear from you!

Andrew

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Posted by Andrew Zwicker on 03/07/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Whistler Blackcomb overwhelmed — Sea to Sky needs a new ski area

Great article Michel!

I'm with you 100%. In fact I've been working on developing a new "business" model for a ski area that would/could be very similar to what you describe. Taking it a bit further, imagine a ski hill for and by the people. A ski area that runs in a carbon negative manner, putting more energy back into the grid than it uses, and long term storing more carbon that it produces. Imagine a place that could maintain not just civil skier/acre ratios, but feeling downright ghost town like, apart from your best ski buddies. A place where every skier has at least some manner of say in the future of their snow-play place. A place where growth is measured in the size of skiers smiles, not the number of people we can jam on the slopes with them. A place where success is measured by how many awesome days you had with friends in a spectacular setting, not how many condos you have sold?\

What if I said, all of this is not just possible, but even realistic? What if I said the business model is essentially ready to go, it just needs some other innovative , forward thinking snowriders to jump on board the team to contribute their skills to the project to help make it a reality?

If this is something you would LOVE to see, and would be KEEN to help make a reality, please connect with me at azcreative@live.ca and let's get going on it. Actively seeking motivated, innovative skiers to join the effort. Can't wait to hear from you!

Andrew Zwicker

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Posted by Andrew Zwicker on 03/06/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Cheeying Ho — sustaining the vision

Good work Ho. Meeting you as a student from Vancouver Island University, coming from Africa, you challenged my thoughts about sustainability issues. Many thanks to Dr. Suzanne for that wonderful field trip experience in the course" Moving Towards Change" After our days of "sustainable learning" I realized that change is not inevitable only if we align thoughts and developed hypothesis with natural forces by understanding the limits of elasticity of these forces.

I am looking forward with the experience learned to help shape and transform my country in a small way that I can. I am currently developing interest in adding to my knowledge and experiences: natural resources development and planning. I believe enrolling in a programme at SFU will put me in the best shape to carry my dream-"sustaining the vision"

Looking forward to this amazing career.

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Posted by Vincent Kusi Kyei on 08/16/2013 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Requiem for an old school ski mom — celebrating the generation that started it all

Salut Michel,
Mes sincères sympathies. C'est impressionnant comme ton histoire ressemble à celle de ma famille. Mes parents se sont rencontrés en ski. Ils prenaient le train pour aller skier à St-Sauveur. La différence est qu'on était 2 filles et 2 garçons. Ma mère est décédée en 2001, à 72 ans, de la même façon que ta mère, dans son sommeil. Des femmes de coeur.
Elise Martin

Posted by Elise Martin on 07/28/2013 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Requiem for an old school ski mom — celebrating the generation that started it all

I was there on the hill for the ski acrobatic jump in St-Sauveur 1978 i think. RIP Suzanne.

Posted by Pierre Lanouette on 07/26/2013 at 10:17 AM

Re: “The early years — Cliff Jennings and the launch of Whistler Mountain

Video of the Early Years in Whistler: http://vimeo.com/68407845

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Posted by Cliff Jennings on 07/16/2013 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Whistler Becoming – Cliff Jennings Remembers The 1960s

The photo used for this article was actually of Glen Creelman

Posted by Cliff Jennings on 07/06/2013 at 6:09 AM
Posted by Cliff Jennings on 07/06/2013 at 6:07 AM
Posted by Cliff Jennings on 07/04/2013 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The early years — Cliff Jennings and the launch of Whistler Mountain

Awesome story Cliff and Michel. Gimme more. Takes me right back to our early Whistler days. Good times make good memories. Thanks for both. John Lund (Whistler Mt 1967-1971)

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Posted by John Lund on 06/20/2013 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Conrad Schapansky – The Man From Carrot River

Congrats Conrad - but you weren't the first - Capri Studios won B-grade October 2010 and followed up winning the Showdown in April 2011.
Possibly others have shared this success?

This article is terribly written. I wrote a 2 page response, but since I have an editor they said keep it simple and stick to the facts.

Pique - you guys need an editor.

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Posted by D on 05/02/2013 at 12:40 PM

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