Kevin Gif­fin

SKI - - CLINIC - By Eric Smith

Kevin Gif­fin, who has worked as a ski pa­troller at Fernie Alpine Re­sort in B.C. for the past 10 years, says film­ing for War­ren Miller along­side world-class ath­letes was “an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time for a guy like me.”

WHAT GOT YOU IN­TER­ESTED IN SKI PA­TROLLING AND WHAT DRIVES YOU EACH DAY AS SKI PA­TROL DIRECTOR AT FERNIE?

Like a lot of peo­ple, I started in the in­dus­try as a liftie. I loved be­ing a liftie, but I thought ski pa­trolling looked like a pretty fun job, so af­ter a few years I got the cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. In my opin­ion, it’s the best job at the re­sort. You put your ski boots on in the morn­ing and you’re in them all day. Like any other job at the re­sort, you’ve got to go do your work, but half of ski pa­trolling is ski­ing. That’s what’s so awe­some about it.

WHAT’S THE CRA­ZI­EST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN AS A SKI PA­TROLLER?

There are end­less sto­ries, from an­tics that hap­pen at work to the fun­ni­est ways peo­ple have got­ten hurt. Most of the crazy things that hap­pened at the re­sort are an­cient

his­tory. Be­tween li­a­bil­ity and so­cial me­dia, a lot of those things have gone away.

SO, IT’S NOT LIKE HOT DOG...THE MOVIE ANY­MORE?

Well, we ac­tu­ally have a Hot Dog day at Fernie and some of the most awe­some stuff that hap­pens on the moun­tain hap­pens on that day. Hun­dreds and hun­dreds and hun­dreds of snow­board­ers and skiers come dressed up in old-school gear. It’s in­cred­i­ble.

WHICH WOULD BE WORSE: FALL­ING WHILE WORK­ING SKI PA­TROL OR WHILE BE­ING FILMED FOR WAR­REN MILLER?

Def­i­nitely fall­ing while work­ing on ski pa­trol. At least if I fall dur­ing a War­ren Miller shoot, maybe they’ll cut it out! If I fall in uni­form, es­pe­cially if it’s un­der a lift, two things will hap­pen: 1) I’ll owe peo­ple a whole bunch of beers; 2) there will be end­less ridicule I’ll face in the pub after­ward.

LEFT: Richard­son and Cas­ton on a mis­sion to sam­ple some of the fresh snow above the town of Lyn­g­sei­det. OP­PO­SITE: Cas­ton finds soli­tude in one of the many couloirs found in the Tromsø back­coun­try. Tromsø, set in the Arc­tic Cir­cle, draws tourists to cruise the fjord, whale­watch, fish, take in the North­ern Lights and, of course, shred down its steep moun­tain­sides to the seas be­low.

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