The day Whistler Mountain opens is always something. This year it was windy and stormy and pretty exciting (albeit the worst video-shooting conditions I have ever witnessed). Local high school kids camped out for 24 hours to ensure they got first ride up and others arrived as early as 5:30 in the morning for a chance at first tracks. November 2012 won’t go down as the deepest or most epic opening day ever but it did what it was supposed to do– give everyone a chance to get back on the boards and taste the exhilaration of sliding down a mountain. With a couple more big storms in the forecast, it looks like winter is finally here. Good thing too, because Whistler is ready to rip some pow.
Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.