To Tweet or To Retreat from the Social Frontier… (it’s hardly a question)

Ever since Whistler Blackcomb introduced free wifi to their on-mountain lodges and an app that allows skiers to track runs and share speed, vertical and bragging rights, the connection between real life and the on-mountain escape has gotten stronger. Personally, I go to the mountain to unplug. But, something happened in the fifteen years I’ve…

In Memory of Doug Deeks

On the corner of my desk is a pile of borrowed books. I leave them there, taking up valuable real estate, to remind me to return them. Some day. Preferably soon. One, Ski Faster, by Lisa Feinboer Densmore, sits in a manilla envelope with Doug Deeks’ name pencilled on the label. I’ve been meaning to…

What Editors Want. (Time Machines, Genius Talent and Awesomeness.)

In Vancouver, New York and Zurich, they have Creative Mornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types who can get up early. In Whistler, we’ve got The Point. It’s a slightly less hi-fi version of the urban hipster creative klatches. But well worth putting on your radar, if only because the old Youth Hostel…

Proof that mountain bikers can appreciate poetry.

The most particular client feedback I’ve received this year, came, unexpectedly, for copy for ads for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. (If they’re that particular about a word, you know they really care about the dirt.) I was writing the copy for a series of ads for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, that would pick…

How to Change the World in 5 Easy Steps with Balding for Dollars’ founder Dave Clark

Dave Clark is the organiser behind some of Whistler’s most significant fundraising events – the Balding for Dollars bash, the Dusty BBQ Championships Tasting Series, SWELL and the Whistler Half Marathon. I interviewed him recently for an article about the sold-out-in-record-time Whistler Half Marathon and we got a little side-tracked. Here’s what I learned about Accidental Awesomeness…

Vote to Send Whistler’s Lifers Heliskiing

I’ve worked with most of the photographers who entered Whistler Blackcomb’s Deep Winter Photo Challenge and like and respect them all. So I wasn’t going to vote in the People’s Choice for Deep Winter. I hate giving my email to enter random contests. Everyone put on amazing shows. I was happy that Robin O’Neill won,…

Deep Winter VI, the recap

UPDATE Jan 17, Robin O’Neill’s winning show: Robin O’Neill – Deep Winter 2012 Winning Slideshow from Robin O'Neill on Vimeo. On timing. (In which we argue that Deep Winter 2012 was a display of both exquisitely good and bad timing.)  Deep Winter Photo Challenge returned last night, the cultural highlight of the New Year. It couldn’t…