Sculpted in Time: Sherpas Cinema Release Latest Film

With material from Banff Lake Louise Tourism. 

They brought you Into the Mind and All.I.Can. Now Sherpas Cinema has created four dramatic short films capturing the deep spirit of skiing straight from the heart of the Canadian RockiesThe series, entitled ‘Sculpted in Time’ reveals a new dimension to the significance of ski culture in Banff and Lake Louise – depicted in spectacular high-definition footage.

Sculpted in Time is a compelling portrayal of unique stories shot in documentary form and edited in Sherpas Cinema’s renowned storytelling style. Featuring extreme slow motion, long term time lapse, a pensive score and emotive narrative throughout, the series focuses on the personal transformations of local ski legends – each with character as strong as the mountain landscape of Banff National Park. The films were shot on location during 30 rigorous days, across the park’s three ski areas. The series presents stimulating perspectives on:

  • Mt. Norquay [The Wise Man, featuring long-term Banff local, Eddie Hunter]
  • Lake Louise Ski Resort [The Character, featuring skier Eric Hjorleifson]
  • Sunshine Village [The Artist, featuring artist Dan Hudson]
  • A deep dive into its backcountry terrain [The Innovator, featuring local Paralympian Christian Bagg, as well as Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorleifson].

“To have the opportunity to complete a project like this in the Canadian Rockies was a dream come true for us”, says Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas Cinema. “The Sherpas founders, including myself, Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland, all grew up together in Calgary and it was these very hills where we cut our teeth – both as skiers and filmmakers. The peaks of Banff National Park have truly had an everlasting positive impact on our personal lives and careers, their beauty and grandeur instills a sense of awe, humbleness and respect in everyone that lays eyes on them.”

Follow the ‘Sculpted in Time’ four-part film series at: SkiBanffNationalPark.com. #SculptedinTime  #MyBanff

Catch the trailer here:

Photos from Rogers Pass

Just thought I’d post some photos from a recent trip to Rogers Pass. I haven’t seen snow like that…ever.

Getting the skins on just outside of Wheeler Hut (run by the Alpine Club of Canada)

Winter Wonderland on the way to Asulkan Valley.

Turning back in bad conditions at The Mouse Trap.

Apparently the rumours of crazy snow at Rogers Pass are true.

© Meghan J. Ward, 2010.

Ski Touring Mount Field

If you are using this information for your own trip, please read this disclaimer and description of my abilities.

My latest adventures took me ski touring up Mount Field in Yoho National Park, BC. We got an early start, mostly because I had to work at 4pm, but also because we were expecting a very warm day and avalanche conditions weren’t ideal high up on the mountain.

Mount Field (8672 feet) is south facing, meaning it fries in the sun all day. It was about 10 degrees C out when we skied up. This resulted in two things for our ski up: evidence of various (and recent) point release and slab avalanches high up towards the summit and hard, crusty snow lower down just below treeline, making skiing more like an exercise of carving through concrete.

The turns off a high bench on the peak made the climb well worth it, though. The sun had softened the snow just enough that we had spring skiing conditions at their best with soft, buttery turns through melting snow. Unreal. The last half of the ski down takes you through sparsely treed areas and alder trees (not my favourite!) and the hard snow made this all the more of an exciting descent.

Taking some turns off a high bench. Awesome.

To access Mount Field, park at the Little Yoho Valley Road (to Takakkaw Falls) just east of Field, BC. Take the road about 5 km until you reach just under half a kilometre past the end of the switchbacks (you’ll know these when you see them). Veer left off the trail and make your way to more open terrain. From here, we decided to traverse all the way left to the trees on the other side of the open slopes of Mount Field (the ones filled with alders). Hug the trees to the left, switchbacking your way through the open slopes as is necessary. Once you gain the treeline, traverse back to the right to gain the top of the outcropping of trees on the other side, across the open slopes below the summit (see photo below). Here you are on some nice low-grade slopes not as prone to avalanche. The higher up you climb, however, the steeper the slope, so be extra cautious. We skied down from one of the highest benches beneath the summit.

Traversing the open slopes once treeline has been gained. Traverse to the trees on the right and gain the bench on which they stand.

If you choose to go to the summit, you will need to find other posts about that!  Both times I’ve been on this mountain, I haven’t gone all the way up. Ski down pretty much the way you went up, though veer left (looking down) of the outcropping of trees you gained on your traverse earlier, instead of going down the way you came up. You’ll eventually meet up with your uptrack on the other side of this outcropping.

Mount Field is a great day trip – you could be up to the summit and down in about 7-8 hours (or less, if you’re super fast). Have fun, but be safe up there – this is avalanche terrain, but it does offer some great open, low grade slopes to practise your turns.

Looking up at the summit of Mount Field. Slopes to the right just out of the photo had avalanched recently, but in good conditions would make for a quick ascent.

© Meghan J. Ward, 2010.