Wonder Reels - Whistler Blackcomb - Season 1 & 2 - 2012/13
Get a taste of that elusive state that emerges when a spectacular place and a special moment collide. Be warned, you will be left wanting more, we aren't calling it a teaser for nothing.
As October's rains finally give way to November's storms, and the mountains reveal their first dustings of white, a palpable anticipation begins. Skiing and snowboarding's faithful start a ritualistic foreplay that culminates in the un-matched celebration of another opening day.
A chairlift shared by a foursome of skiers and snowboarders on Blackcomb Mountain's new Crystal Ridge Express leads to a friendly wager for waffles at the Crystal Hut. We get treated to a romp through Crystal Zone while the last one to the bottom buys waffles back at the top.
Storm chasing. It's a labour of love for Whistler Blackcomb avalanche forecaster Tony Sittlinger. This story follows Tony and the Blackcomb patrol on their early morning ritual, readying the mountains for the rest of us while we're snug in our beds.
Freeski icon Mike Douglas takes a ride on Whistler Mountain's new Harmony 6 Express, and takes us for a ride back through time to recount the history of the Harmony Zone and the legends that came before him.
Secret trails, old man's beard and hidden lairs are all part of the pint-sized discovery in Whistler Blackcomb's Family Certified Zones. Enchantment lives in these deep dark woods and a hidden tree fort waits to be explored.
A University professor unveils the relationship between daredevils, DNA and the quest for the dopamine rush. Whistler Blackcomb unveils the path to satisfying the craving with some of the steepest and deepest in-bounds terrain anywhere in the world.
A crew in Whistler Blackcomb's Highest Level Nintendo Terrain Park come across a lost GoPro. They agree it needs to go to Lost & Found, but there's a perfect park session begging to be shot with it first.
Whistler Blackcomb's Opening Day tradition is a kind of candy festival - the soft grey light of morning is skittled-through with bright new gear and buzzing skiers and riders, amped by the prospect of making that first turn in 6 months. Some are Opening Day regulars, some are cutting school, some are here for their first time. But when the gate drops, and the gondola starts to load, they are all riding the same wave of Stoke, right to the top.
Powder is a commodity. It's rareness is what makes it valuable. Those in the know, know, the moment must be embraced. And the powder stashes are the place.