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Rad Boob: Female Skiers for Breast Cancer

A group of female skiers – both professional and amateur – have banded together to collaborate on a project that will raise awareness for breast cancer; a disease that affects one in nine women.

The Rad Boob Club, a collective of ladies who met skiing in Golden, BC, has created a calendar highlighting the feminine strength of female skiers. There aren’t actually any visible boobs in this calendar, contrary to its name.

2010 calendars are available on the website for CAD$25 plus $5 shipping and handling. The Rad Boob gals are making their way to ski areas across North America to sell their calendars in person and raise further funds for breast cancer. They plan to raise $10,000 to donate to Rethink Breast Cancer.

Next Tuesday, December 22, Radboob is hosting a fundraising event at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) in Whistler. The ladies will be selling their calendars and there will be several featured slideshows and films about a recent ski trip to BC’s Monarch Icefield. Doors are at 9pm.

There are a few big name skiers who have associated themselves with the calendar, including Ingrid Backstrom, Lynsey Dyer and Grete Eliassen. A few Whistler-based ladies are also featured in the calendar: Sarah Frood, Tessa Treadway, Amy McDermid and Holly Walker, who contributed to the design phase as well.

A number of professional photographers have also contributed to the project. Locals Jordan Manley, Eric Berger and Dave Mossop (Rocky Mountain Sherpas) are among the list. Ski website Doglotion is also part of the project.

Lynsey Dyer’s Words of Wisdom on the Rad Boob website are: “How Alive are you willing to feel? What would your life be for if you already had everything you ever wanted?”

Perhaps, this sums up the reason why these ladies have committed to this cause just as much as it explains why they are so passionate about the mountains they call home.

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Eclectic Films and Great Parties At Whistler Film Festival

The Whistler Film Festival is over for another year, but my head is still swimming with images of The Hef, vegetarian goblins, artistic imagery from a fashionisto’s directorial debut, and the alpine vistas of Chamonix. An eclectic mix of films – and a few great parties – made for a very entertaining weekend.

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, a film by Brigitte Berman, examined the lift of “The Hef.” I was pleasantly surprised by the film because all I had known about him prior to watching the documentary is that he wears a silk bathrobe and is always surrounded by women less than half his age. What this documentary taught me is how much of a role Hugh Hefner played in the civil rights movement. He supported black actors, comedians and musicians when they were still discriminated against and provided a voice for human rights activists in his magazine and TV shows. He also published blacklisted writers, who were accused of being communists. Anyone who can date seven girls at a time at the age of 82 is a winner in my books.


Documentary: Best Worst Movie

Switching gears, Best Worst Movie, directed by Matthew Paul Stephenson introduced the audience to the cast of cult B-Grade horror film, Troll 2. Jason Whyte, a writer for efilmcritic.com introduced the film as his favourite documentary of 2009. Stephenson, a child actor who starred in Troll 2, revisited the cast 18 years after the film was released and examined its cult phenomenon. The story unravels into a crazy tale of what happens when you combine an Italian director, a language barrier; a cast of amateur actors; and horror movie enthusiasts. I was pretty much laughing throughout the film and am now so excited to watch the 80s classic: a film about a family that goes on vacation and encounters a colony of vegetarian goblins who try to turn them into trees. You might note that there are no actual trolls in this film.

On Saturday evening, was on a VIP party at the Blake Jorgenson Gallery before heading to the Pique Newsmagazine-sponsored film, A Single Man.


Special Presentation: A Single Man

This highly anticipated film is the directorial debut of Gucci design legend, Tom Ford and is already generating an Oscar buzz. The modelesque characters, beautiful cinematography and truly compelling story are clearly the work of a man with amazing eye for detail and art.

The Dose.ca Official Afterparty at the GLC was the ultimate end to the evening. Ace McKay was there to add a little flare with her Go Go Dancing partner, fishnets and hula hoops. Meanwhile, local DJ Mat the Alien spun his characteristic mash-up house music. The highlight of the evening was definitely Edmonton-based singer, Krystle Dos Santos, whose buttery voice croons out soulful jazz-inspired tunes.

Whistler Film Festival ended on a high note – really high, like Mont Blac, Chamonix high. Sunday’s Closing Gala brought the film Edge of Never directed by William A. Kerig, was an absolutely perfect way to end a weekend of arts and culture by bringing us all back to the awe-inspiring range of rugged peaks that surrounds this mountain town.


Closing Film: Edge of Never

Whistler was founded by people who live their lives on the edge of nature – and occasionally pay for it with their lives. The death of Whistlerite and legendary big-mountain skier, Trevor Petersen in 1996 was a blow to the ski world – and most significantly to his tribe of fellow adventure-seeking mavericks.

The Edge of Never focuses on Petersen’s son, pro skier Kye, who sewed his roots in the park and has, with age, gravitated towards big-mountain skiing like his father. Kerig assembles a motley crew of old school skiers – from badass skier Glen Plake to well-respected French alpinist, Anselme Baud – to groom Kye to ski the very run that killed his father: the Exit Couloir on the Aiguille du Midi on Chamonix.

Chamonix – which, at times has averaged one alpine death per week – is no stranger to danger. Those of us who have never been there ourselves, were absolutely blown away by the vastness of the mountain and the incredibly sketchy off piste access points. Let’s face it – we have it pretty easy here in Whistler. No climbing over steep stone walls and iron ladders to grab our fresh turns.

Edge of Never wasn’t just a film with ski porn; although watching Glen Plake in action was certainly a lot of fun. It told a much deeper story about what drives people to dedicate their lives to the mountain life. And there’s no better place to tell that story from than Chamonix, the heart of alpine culture.

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Only in Whistler: Fungi to F’ing Eh!



Poisonous, originally uploaded by amber turnau.

Only in Whistler can you go from learning about wild mushrooms in the forest with fungi fanatics to hitting up a snowboard movie premiere filled with hip industry kids all in the same day.

Whistler’s annual mushroom festival, Fungus Among Us took place over the weekend. The event, held by Whistler Naturalists’ Society, includes mushroom seminars and slide shows, walks in the forest with gurus and even an edible fungi cooking class.

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Early Saturday morning, about 50 people gathered in the parking lot of the local school to discover the forgotten fungi through the eyes of mushroom experts.

From older hippie types with long beards to young families to twenty-somethings, an eclectic group of people turned up that misty morning. Our group headed to the Brandywine Falls area, where we embarked on our pouring rain adventure through the forest.

Believe it or not, there is a myriad of mushrooms in the forests of the Pacific Northwest; from the “Elf’s Saddle” that contains the natural elements of rocket fuel, to the edible Hawk’s Wing with a beautiful flower pattern to a poisonous variety that’s symptoms don’t hit you until two weeks later when you will likely need a kidney transplant.

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We happened upon a few Pine Mushrooms which actually sell for around $40/kg. Another member of our group found a massive edible the size of her head – that’s a lot of mushroom risotto!

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Our mushroom experts were passionate – and comfortable in their nerdiness – and truly gave us all an appreciation for the fungus among us! That being said, I’d never be comfortable enough to go into the forest and pick my own mushrooms without an expert on hand. But, you can sure make a killing if you know what you’re doing!

At the end of the walk, my friend and I headed back to cook our mushrooms. Sauteed in garlic and butter – hey, we’re naturalists, not chefs!

That night, it was on to the snowboard movie premiere “Sixes and Sevens” by film company NuuLife Cinemas. Beers, schwag, cool videos and hip, young kids brought all the elements of a classic industry party.l

From a family-themed walk in the woods to a rowdy movie at the GLC, Whistler gave me the best of both worlds in less than 24 hours.

And that’s why I love living in this place, where adventure and appreciation for nature go hand in hand – and there are always beers along the way.

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