Last night for Whistler’s Late Night Alternatives?

On Friday night, I ducked away early from a Christmas cocktail party, sucked my breath in at the cold, and hiked over to Muni Hall to present a seminar on media relations to the last ever class of interns to take LUNA’s remarkable Community Event Coordination training certificate program. LUNA’s CEC certificate is a perfect…

Skiing The Edge – presenting the best feature ski writing of 2011

Skiing The Edge is now available for download on amazon.com and via iTunes. Deploy today’s coffee budget in favour of story! Just $3.99. In July, Dave Fonda invited me to judge awards recognising the best feature ski writing of the year. I said yes because: he promised me a coffee mug, he also promised there…

Confessions of a Hypewriter, part 2

Kokanee Crankworx dropped their promo video this week. The best mountain bike athletes in the world know that when gravity beckons, you simply say, yes mistress. I’m coming. Untitled from Crankworx on Vimeo. It’s funny, but when I wrote that copy, the voice in my head was a woman. Gravity. As played by Carla Bruni….

Sustainable tourism is… frog pose

Have been thinking a lot lately about holding space, about opening, and the discomfort that comes leading up to release. (And about how overdue I am for my next appointment with the yoga mat.) So dug out this piece I wrote last year in response to an online call for contributions on “sustainable tourism” for…

Artist Scott Dickson in 3 Words: Pretty Awesome Talent.

I interviewed Scott Dickson by email last week for an artist profile for the Kokanee Crankworx Event Guide. Dickson’s art brings a vibrant and vivid energy to the 2011 event poster – it’s a refreshing alternative to the photo-heavy approach that event posters often resort to. Sometimes the freeride world with its gladiator vibe and…

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Opening Day means Crankworx is 53 days away

I recently pulled the dusty old hypewriter from the back of the closet, where it was languishing in semi-retirement, to crank out some verbiage for service as boilerplate and taglines for a somewhat large and kickass mountain bike festival known as the Kokanee Crankworx. (I thought I’d reformed my ways and sworn off  hyperbole forever, but…

What would you blow off to ride? Confession-time.

The first time I rode A River Runs Through It (fist-pump! Cleared the bridge! Husband pushed his bike across… ), I should really have been somewhere else. I had blown off the second half of the Slow Food Cycle, an event I had organised, to switch the road cruiser for a squishy bike and go…

“Celebrating” the one year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games

This time last year I was cursing El Nino, stalking the Weasel Workers and realising why the world has such a crush on Lindsey Vonn as I donned my best “I’m a serious sports journalist” face and joined the online reporting team covering the Games for NBCOlympics.com. It was, in all likelihood, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity….