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Hey Everyone


I am going to tell you about an adventure that started 9 years ago and culminated on the 1st Dec 2011 with me going to Kelowna. Where I sung the Canadian National Anthem and pledged my allegiance to Canada and officially became a Citizen of CANADA.

It all began with a trip to Canada to attend our friend’s wedding in Canmore in 2003. We couldn't come all this way without making a trip to Red Mountain. I wanted to come to Red to test my mettle after making a somewhat amazing recovery my from my back injury in 1998. Now I’m not claiming it to be amazing but after I was told walking again wouldn’t happen; the fact that I do walk and numerous other activities including snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking all to a fairly adequate standard it gets classed as amazing. I just kinda have the attitude that, that! would have not been acceptable, so i Do Things.

Whilst at Red enjoying ourselves in the snow Tash (my now wife) made enquiries as to whether any lodge work was available in Rossland and we came across the Red Shutter Inn looking for lodge managers. Being the occupation we had taken on in New Zealand we were eager to come and try and be able to go back to back winters. So we headed back to NZ to winter at Mount Ruapehu and then back to Red (oct03) for more winter madness. This is when we decided to stay for a while.

I am very lucky that Tash is a Canadian citizen and agreed to sponsor me to become Canadian, she was also sick of being the only one that was legally allowed to work whilst I worked on my mountain bike technique (jealous, she may have been).

This allowed us to stay in Canada, both work and gave us the ability to buy the toys we needed, (basic economics, wants and needs) buy a house and adventure in the beautiful country we have decided to live. I became a permanent resident in May 2005, waited until I had been here for the correct amount of time and then applied to become a citizen.

So when the 1st of December came I was in Kelowna to attend my citizenship ceremony, it was a fun event with 48 other fellow immigrants. We said our oath, sang the anthem and ate cake. For me one of the highlights was having Tasha’s granddad Gordon (92) there to help welcome me as a citizen.

Below is a short list of my accomplishments since arriving:

2004 First mountain bike, 2005 Permanent Residency, 2006 Brought our first house, 2007 Married my beautiful wife Natasha at the top of the mountain on an epic powder day.

I have also made an entry into the world of competitive snowboarding in the adaptive league. This is where people with physical disabilities adapt how they perform at a sport, to perform at a level that makes most people unable to see or comprehend the disability. I have tried to push the sport and my abilities to new levels; which I think myself and fellow competitors have done very well. I have achieved many cool feats like winning the US championships, podium spots at several world cups and competing at the X Games in Aspen last year. All of this whilst wearing the colors and flag of Canada and the Canadian National Team proudly.

Now I am just awaiting the arrival of my first Canadian passport.

So happy, So proud. I'm now a citizen of the Two best places on earth!


Below is one of my favourite recipes of the moment.

"Thom Kha Gai"

Coconut, Chili, Chicken Soup

you need

Piece of Galangal (siamese ginger) about 4cm long sliced thinly

2-3 4cm long pieces of Lemon Grass

6 Red Thai Chilies or something else similar (put in as much as you desire)

1 can coconut milk

500ml chicken broth

200g+ chicken breast sliced into desired size pieces

1tbsp Fish sauce

1/8cup brown sugar or 2 tbsp Agarvae nectar


what you do!

Put the galangal, broth, coconut milk, lemon grass in a saucepan. bring to boil and simmer for 8mins.

Put in chicken and bring back to boil putting in chili’s, simmer low for two mins.

now add the fish sauce and brown sugar stir and serve while HOT!!!



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Free Ski Day & Chariot Demos

FREE SKI DAY January 22 sponsored by Kootenay Nordic Sports

It's another FREE SKI DAY with Mountain FM tunes and hot chocolate.

Kootenay Nordic Sports in Rossland is offering FREE RENTALS for the day so gather up your friends and show them how fun it is to belong to Black Jack.

Contact Kootenay Nordic Sports to reserve your skinny skis!


Chariot Demo Days

Gerick's Sports in Trail will have ski Chariots available at Black Jack Ski Club on Friday January 20 and Saturday January 21 to try them out with the wee ones.

Contact Gerald to reserve your time. 250-364-1661

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After last weeks snowshoe we enjoyed Ian's awesome hot chocolate with gluten free rice flour brownie.  The brownie was pretty awesome so here as promised is the recipe.  Give it a go.  Top it off with melted chocolate drizzled on top or icing sugar through a tea strainer.  Enjoy!
All You Need

1/3 cup (75 mL) butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 oz/60 g)
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp (5 mL) Club House Pure Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup (150 mL) Club House Rice Flour
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) baking powder
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt
¾ cup (175 mL) chopped nuts or raisins (optional)

All You Do

In medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat.

Stir in sugar and let stand 5 minutes.

Beat in eggs and Club House Pure Vanilla Extract until light and fluffy.

Stir together Club House Rice Flour, baking powder, salt and nuts or raisins (if using).

Add to chocolate mixture and mix until smooth.

Pour into lightly greased 8 x8 inch (20 x 20 cm) pan. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20-25 minutes. Cool on rack before cutting into squares.

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Hey backcountry enthusiasts I just received this information about an AST 2 course happening in February.
As parts of the US are still pretty hurting for snow Kieth Robine, an incredible instructor from Rossland, BC is putting together a week long Avalanche Skills Training Course, AST 2, February 13-20 at Valkyr Lodge in the backcountry touring area of British Columbia. Normally, this 7 night, fully catered program would run $2100 for the week. But because of a fluke in bookings, this prime week right in the middle of winter is still open at the lodge, and he has got permission from the owners to discount the lodge for this last minute booking, at $1550 for the whole week.
Check out the lodge at:
Also, you can learn more about the AST 2 program at:
Please contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any further questions.
This is a great opportunity to further learn terrain, snowpack, and human factors that play into avi considerations. The goal of the week is to have the students making descisions while ski touring in the backcountry woods of BC.
Get out there and be safe!
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