The Gathering


John Falkiner (with mic) and the Verbier/Clambin Crew

It’s rare that we get to engage with celebrity in our little Kootenay backwater, so although baffled by the concept of the Gathering I was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with a few of the names (John Falkiner, Marc Shapiro and Ace Kvale) I’ve been seeing in ski magazines for the past 20 years. At Saturday night’s function in the Lodge, I realized the whole thing was a reunion of sorts for the Verbier/Clambin crew, and we locals were just watching in from the outside, but everyone was having a good time. There was some world class entertainment – Ace Kvale’s pics were stunningly beautiful, but Dave Heath’s  integration of animation  into his Kootenay lifestyle showpiece was the highlight.


John Eaves – Rocking Rafters.

When I was neophyte ski bum in Whistler in the late 80’s, I was  in the line-up for the Peak chair to open on a blue-bird powder day.  While we waited, one of the local hot-shot instructors (Doug Perry) and some blonde babe joined John Eaves for first tracks with the cameras rolling (for Skiers Dream  which I’ve still never seen). As I remember it, in a white one-piece and headband John was in a class of his own, ripping huge fall-line powder turns down the Shale Slope, then launched the Waterfall bigger than I’d imaged possible and stomped the landing. It was a life changing experience. John and his band played rocking blues in Rafters till late, and at 56 he looked like he was still capable of charging hard.



Filed under Eclectica, Red Mountain

2 responses to “The Gathering

  1. Cam

    I long time ago, I had a poster of the John Eaves waterfall jump. It was sunshine and great form. I wonder if it was from the same day?

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