“I just let my skis guide me,” says Canadian big-mountain skier Leah Evans of threading through pine, hemlock, and cedar trees while backcountry skiing Rogers Pass outside of Golden, British Columbia. “I grew up tree skiing at Red Mountain Resort, so I’m very comfortable navigating in the trees,” says Evans, who started Girls Do Ski, an initiative to get more young women on the slopes with special ski camps. Her next competition is the International Freeskiers Association World Tour, which kicks off in January 2012 from her home turf in nearby Revelstoke.
Getting the Shot “I’m a big fan of aerial perspectives and tree skiing—so I combined the two,” says photographer Jordan Manley. While photographing for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, an operator located between Golden and Revelstoke, Manley captured the unusual perspective. “It isn’t very common to get a view of tree skiing from just above the canopy. We took the doors off the helicopter and strapped in.” The photo was taken using a Nikon D3s and a Nikkor 17-35, f/2.8 lens.
“Being in this crack was surprisingly secure—when I was not moving,” says climbing guide John Furneaux of tackling Public Image, a 4-pitch route on the North Wall of the Squamish Chief. “Whenever I tried to make upward progress it felt like I might be spit out into the abyss at any moment.” The tight squeeze afforded amazing views of giant old-growth cedar and douglas fir trees and Squamish, British Columbia, a gateway to world-class climbing, whitewater paddling, wind sports, and mountain biking. “As much as I hate to give away my secret playground,” comments Furneaux, “I have to say that if people are looking for adventure, Squamish is truly the destination they should visit.”
Typically, sea kayakers dream of calm waters and soft tail winds. It’s preferable to navigate around waves and whirlpools. A team of young adventure kayakers redraw the sport’s horizon by seeking out the sea’s most turbulent places–tidal races–and diving right in.