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:

Historic Plaque for Alpine Club of Canada’s Abbot Pass Hut

As a proud member of the Alpine Club of Canada, and also a member of their national Mountain Culture Committee, I volunteered to write this historic plaque to be placed at the Abbot Pass Hut. This stone hut, built in 1922 at a col high above Lake Louise, offers a cozy stay for mountaineers en route to Mts. Victoria and Lefroy. Finally, mountaineers (and adventurous hikers) will be given an opportunity to read up on the history of the shelter, and gain a greater appreciation for how it has served climbers in the past.

Photos from Ice Magic Festival 2011

Each year, ice carvers from all over the world gather on the shores of Lake Louise for an international ice carving competition, the Ice Magic Festival (this year, from January 21 to 23). The teams of two have just 34 hours to carve and put together 15 blocks of ice (each weighing 300 lbs) and create a unique ice carving. Furthermore, each carving must be between 7 and 13.5 feet high. This year’s theme was “Magical Madness,” so there were a lot of dragons and sorcerers out there on the terrace outside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It made for a pretty impressive scene.

I went to check out the last day of the festival and arrived just as carvers were cleaning up and the judges were out tallying up the scores. I wandered around with the multitudes of people then took a skate on the rink on Lake Louise as the sun went down. It was worth heading back to the festival at night when the sculptures were all lit up and the crowds had dwindled, which is when I took these photos. All in all, the Ice Magic Festival is a great event to come to, so be sure to check it out some year if you’re going to be in Banff National Park in January. Visit www.banfflakelouise.com for more information.

This sculpture, "Precarious Predicament" won first prize.

The three-headed dog up close.

My personal favourite.

Check out his reflection in the mirror.

I'm not sure how they do those bubbles on the dragon's body, but they were pretty neat.

I loved how the tongue floated on this sculpture.

This one got my vote for creativity.

It's incredible that these things stay upright.

© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.