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.