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Whistler Trip: Two Days to Go!

My 10th trip to Whistler approaches! I’m definitely psyched. Getting There This time Sunday morning, I should hopefully be airborne, flying an Air Canada 777 en route to Hong Kong by way of Vancouver. (I chose that flight because as an Air Canada Elite member, I had a decent shot at upgrading to one of […]

Whistler: A Weather Report I Can Get Behind

As I mentioned in yesterday’s return to blogging about snowboarding, I am heading to Whistler for a few days next week. With a baby due in January, I knew my annual week-long trip to Whistler to ride was not going to happen. I had resigned myself to skipping this year entirely, but some vacation days […]

The Snowboarding Blog that Refuses to Die.

Damn you, blog. It’s been more than a year since anything has been posted at Highly Obsessed. And even when we did post some stuff last year, it didn’t last long. It’s been a struggle the past couple of years. So, what happened? It’s not like we enjoy snowboarding less than we used to. Personally, […]

Helmet Usage Is Up In Canada. Mostly.

Remember when helmets were taboo? It wasn’t too long ago. Anyone wearing a helmet on the slopes who was skiing or riding recreationally was looked at kind of funny. But with the advent of the park, and many snow stars going “mainstream” if you will, helmets have become the norm. I find there’s a similar […]

Updates From Across the Country

I was just reading a recent newsletter from the Canadian Ski Council, and they have a nice roundup of resort improvements this season across Canada. Click the links below to find updates on one close to you. Fernie Nakiska Kimberley Mont Tremblant Mont Sutton Whistler Blackcomb

When Work and Play Collide: .CO Domain Names

I’ve mentioned in the past I work in the domain name industry, and I always get a kick out of instances where work and play collide. Here’s another one: the .CO domain extension, which recently re-launched itself, is now selling like gangbusters. And it seems to have really resonated with ski resorts and other businesses […]

Whistler Terrain Parks: 2010-2011 Update

Here’s a brief on what’s new this year in the terrain parks at Whistler Blackcomb. Whistler Blackcomb Parks 2011 Update from Lucas Ouellette on Vimeo.

VANOC Resorts to Straw at Cypress

There is likely a straightforward answer to this question, but I don’t know what it is: why did the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) decide that Cypress Mountain, which is located in Vancouver, would be a suitable venue for any ski or snowboard events? Are they not aware of how warm the weather can get […]

Lessons From Whistler: I Had It All Wrong

It took 150 centimetres over the past week – yes, that’s how much it snowed while I was in Whistler – to show me that Whistler is an incredibly gigantic mountain area with so much terrain that you never have to do the same run twice.

Heading Home From Whistler

I’ll have a full report when I get home. In the meantime, enjoy this photo from a spot on Whistler Bowl near the Christmas Trees area. Given the low visibility at the time, we turned around and dropped into a bowl we were familiar with instead!