“If you are a frequent skier, rider, heli-dropper or sledder who frequents any part of the Sea to Sky backcountry, this is the man you should be listening too when it comes to your safety. Wayne Flann knows a thing or two about avalanche safety. The 32-year veteran of the Whistler/Blackcomb ski patrol is a Professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, a Level 2 Canadian Ski Guides Association member, Whistler Search & Rescue, Licensed Paramedic, Long Line Rescue Technician since 1986 and Safety consultant for the film industry for the past 28 years.
Because he cares about the safety of people who venture out into the winter wilderness, Flann started his own blog in the fall of 2011, and has been hard at work since. He posts almost daily in the winter on avalanche activity throughout the Sea to Sky and other regions of the world. “I started the blog to get out snow pack information that I felt was pertinent for the early season conditions,” says Flann. “Had lots of positive feed back so I tried to also instill some knowledge and keep readers abreast to any trends or interesting news in the avalanche world.” – Quote from Mountain Life Magazine
Heather’s zest for adventure and a life that challenges comfort zones, reflects a passion for the outdoors and an inherent sense of wanderlust. Born and raised in south-western Ontario’s rolling backcountry, she moved to Europe to foster a love for high-altitude mountaineering, mountain communities and culture in the Himalayas, Andes, Alps and Alaska. Peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Denali and multiple ascents of Kilimanjaro are the ‘spice’ in an extensive mountaineering and adventure CV.
Heather uses her love for the mountains to support the communities that live in their shadows. Surviving an avalanche in the 2015 Nepal earthquake prompted her to broaden her focus and energies to support projects focused on education, environment, and research into women’s health. In 2019, she became the first Canadian woman to summit Kyajo Ri, Nepal. Following the expedition she supported the opening of the first climbing school, The Khumbu Climbing Centre, to train local workers to safely lead expeditions in the Himalayas and beyond.
Not limited to type-2 fun above sea level, Heather’s also cycled over 7500kms from west to east across Canada and mountain-biked across Tanzania. Last month she made the Sea to Sky corridor her home with a move to Squamish, BC.
Hailing from the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Blake Jorgenson headed west at the young age of 17 in search of adventure in the mountains of British Columbia. He landed in Whistler, where his creative instincts and his love of the outdoors found the ideal outlet in the world of action- and adventure-sport photography. With a strong artistic vision and an ability to keep up to the athletes he was shooting, Jorgenson rose to become one of the most recognized names in the industry, earning an extensive editorial catalogue and a client list of major industry players such as Red Bull, Oakley, The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Rossignol, Columbia Sports and Eddie Bauer, as well as the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the Vancouver Canucks NHL club. In recent years, Jorgenson has expanded his reach to work with commercial automotive and recreational product brands such as Acura, Alfa Romeo, Mastercraft, Honda Motorcycles, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, and Dodge Ram trucks. Now with 20 years of professional experience, he continues to draw on his action-adventure roots to create a distinct and dynamic aesthetic as he goes forward.
Tatum Monod was born in Banff, Alberta, to a family deeply entrenched in the sport of skiing. Her father, two uncles and aunt all raced on the Canadian National Ski Team, her parents met skiing and her grandfather was a Swiss mountain guide in Chamonix. In 1949 her grandfather opened one of North America’s longest running outdoor gear shops in Banff, called ‘Monod Sports.’
Although as a Monod Tatums roots are in skiing she didn’t get her start until age twelve. Her parents never wanted to force her into skiing, ultimately learning to ski was Tatums decision and she believes thats why she stuck with it. Now 28 years old, Tatum has collected more accolades than most skiers do in a lifetime. She has racked up multiple award winning segments filming with Level 1 Productions, Matchstick Productions and The Sherpas Cinema. She has earned best female performance in 2017 at the Powder Awards. She has been highlighted in multiple magazines include the Feb 2018 issue of Powder Magazine featuring Tatum on the cover doing her signature laid out backflip.
An avid fly-fisher, pie maker and recently hunter, Tatum lives to adventure. Without question, she is currently one of the best female backcountry skiers around.
Eric Pehota first moved to Whistler in the early 80’s.
Eric and his ski partner, the late Trevor Petersen, skied dozens of first descents in British Columbia and Alaska. Their style and strength redefined North American ski mountaineering and were featured in numerous ski movies and magazines.
Eric and Parveen settled in the Pemberton Valley in 1993, raising their two sons, Logan and Dalton.
“They’re a product of their environment. They had no choice. We’d head to the mountains, they’d come with us.”
Logan and Dalton, under the wing of their father, spent their childhood alpine racing, ski touring and notching big lines near Pemberton, BC.
Comfortable in any terrain, 29 year old Kye particularly loves the mountaineering side of skiing. He’s traveled all over the world, heading on foot deep into remote terrain to carve unique big-mountain lines and launch cliffs.
Kye has taken firsts at the 2009 and 2016 Redbull Coldrush and 2012 FWT Revelstoke, was named Skier of the Year by Freeskier magazine in 2017 and has appeared in 17 ski films – his most recent, the award winning self produced Numinous.
And he also designs skis. In collaboration with legendary Canadian big mountain skier and first descending pioneer, Johnny ‘Foon’ Chilton, Kye decided to join forces bringing his ski design philosophies into the Foon skis factory with the help of Johnny as the lead builder. They are motivated to implement new designs into the backcountry skiing world based on what Kye has learned about the ski shaping science and alchemy through rigorous testing and research.
AKA ‘Mid-Air’ little brother to Big-Air-Dan, and older brother to Little-Air-Dave.
Born and raised in Kenora Ontario, where his family hunted and fished to fuel their outdoor adventures on the lakes and wilderness of the beautiful Canadian shield. They learned to turn on Mt. Evergreen where the short, rocky, alder filled, T-bar assisted ski hill honed great survival ski skills and fostered an unquenchable thirst to ski.
Daryl attended university in Lethbridge AB so that he could ski Fernie, BC. After a 5 year introduction to the mountains and ski industry, a mountain of student loans, and degrees in kinesiology and education, bro Dave and Daryl joined bro Dan in Whistler.
They followed Dan’s legendary tracks around the resort and snowmobile accessed backcountry; working with photographers and filmers as they pushed our skiing and mountaineering skills.
Peaks in his ski career include: winning the inaugural Fernie Freeski contest; a month of ski-mountaineering in Bolivia’s high ranges; a ten day self supported snowmobile trip with bro Dave to Hyder AK where they found the limit of their skiing; and many memorable days bagging rad sled accessed lines around Pemberton.
Daryl currently teaches at Pemberton Secondary School, where he runs a Ski, Snowboard & Mt. Bike Academy. His wife Pam and sons (Jonah-5 & Micah-7) play in the mountains on skis, sleds, dirt & mt. bikes, and occasionally by foot. Passing on his knowledge and passion of adventure to his boys and students has replaced his selfish ambition; yet he still manage to get out with Pam and friends to play in the hills.