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For those of you that have been at one of the introduction to mountain biking clinics and would like to know how to make our burgers...

VegeNut Burgers

1cup mixed nuts

1/2 cup of each chopped celery, chopped onion and chopped carrot

Put it all into the food processor and mix it up, not too much

Add flax seed egg substitute (let it cool a bit before using):

1 tbsp flaxseed

1/2 cup water

Bring to boil, lower heat but keep it boiling and stir until it becomes thick like egg white, take it off heat and leave to cool.  Don't overcook or it goes a little solid.

Once you have added the flax seed, mix it in, the recipe says to not mix it too much but Ian likes to mix it till it is nice and gooey, if you want your burgers to have more texture blend less.

Make into balls and press into burger patties - use a baking tray with parchment paper.  Cook for 15mins on 375 - 400, or until they release from the paper and are easy to slide off and flip over. Cook on other side for about 10mins.

Serve right away or prepare in advance and heat on the bbq for that true burger taste.

Enjoy.

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Hike & Yoga oct 1 2011 2011-10-01 025Last year while talking programming with my assistant we came up with a concept that changed the way I think about yoga. A good friend is an amazing yoga instructor and is big on working in the outdoors. I have been looking for a way to combine hiking and biking with other activities and in a moment of inspiration Amber came up with the hike and yoga concept.

Combining the experience of finding new trails, being outdoor in nature and the exhilaration of a hike to a viewpoint overlooking the vista below with the relaxing and rejuvenating experience of yoga was magical. The first session was amazing; despite not really knowing what to expect and apprehensive about the ‘yoga studio’, timing and the après there was no escaping the calm one gets from doing yoga in a mountain top setting with a slight breeze rustling the leaves.

Yoga is a challenge for me. I am a busy person who likes to stay busy, although I love doing yoga and love the results I get from yoga I still avoid it. I find it hard to still the mind, realizing that the busyness is the way to avoid all those thoughts and as soon as I am still they all come rushing in. However, being outside I found it easy to relax, still the mind and listen to the sounds of nature all around. It was the best yoga session I have ever had and I was excited for the next session.

The hike back down was delightful, all downhill, I found my awareness to the beauty around me was heightened and delighted in the sights and sounds of the journey back to reality. The session was followed up with an après, which gave us the chance to ground ourselves, and relive our experience together.

Overall it was an awesome experience. The combination of the rigorous hike to the studio, relaxing yoga flow and meander back down left me ready to take on the world. Join BettyGoHard and Kerry Yoga this Spring for our Sunday afternoon hike and yoga series starting APRIL 29TH. Register online at www.bettygohard.com.


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This weekend was the kick off party of the annual Kokanee Spring Fest. For the past several years Red Mountain has created two weeks of fun times and unique activities for the big and little kids to get out and play, and this year looks to even better. The Blue and White party was held in Rafters on Saturday, where one lucky partygoer won a Kokanee tower speaker for their costume. Followed by the Doubledown Slopestyle competition on Sunday and a unique dinner experience at Paradise lodge, that I am sure was a great experience. As I was off Catskiing on Saturday with a bit of a sore head from our Big Red Cats staff party and recovering at Ainsworth Hot Springs on Sunday I will find out how the Slopestyle went and report back.

The lineup for the rest of Spring Break includes a Poker Run on Tuesday, Cruise the Blues & Wing night in Rafters on Wednesday and the always entertaining Open Mic Night in Rafters. The weekend is looking like one not to be missed. Starting with Mat the Alien on Friday in Rafters it only gets better from there so pace yourselves. There will be the Oakley Camp of Champions Airbag out all weekend in the Rockstar Park, free to anyone willing to huck themselves. Demopolooza is also going on with all your favorite brands lining up to give you a go on next year’s skis and boards. Also happening is the infamous Cliff Dive on Red Mountain on Saturday and the Mogul mania on Sunday, so get out there and show us what you got! Saturday will wrap up with a deck party in true Red Retro party style.

So whoever you are, whatever your skill level there is something for everyone this week at Red. Bring the kids as there will be activities and games to keep them busy too.

See you there.

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Teck Cross Country Ski to Surprize Cabin 2010-12-19 009What could be better than free?  Blackjack are keen to show off their groomers and get you out playing in the snow.  If you don't have plans on Sunday I would say - why not go skiing?

LAST FREE SKI DAY March 11 2012

Bring family and friends to experience our beautiful trails.

Hosted by MtnFM bringing you tunes and hot chocolate.

See you there.......

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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!

250-362-7071

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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It was my birthday last week and totally contrary to my personality instead of heading out and hitting the trails I just hung out and took a day off.  It was awesome to sit back and relax with the knowledge of a weekend of biking just on the horizon.  This weekend past was the annual Silver Mtn Brewsfest.  Silver mountain is in Kellogg, Idaho and a great place to go downhill.  The Brewsfest is a super cool event; for less than the price of a regular lift ticket you get to ride the mountain bike trails, try out beers from 30 different breweries and listen to cool music. 

It is not the most extensive bike park you'll ever visit but the trails are fun and super long.  From the top of the world's longest single pole gondola back to the base you drop 2,200 ft, its a long way down!  Three runs and I was revved up and loving life but the body was tired and ready to eat some food and drink some beer.  The runs are a little bumpy but have fun flow, a few challenging sections and lots of smiles at the bottom.  The gondola ride gives the legs and arms time to recover then downhill we go.  To make it a full weekend you can stay on mountain and enjoy the water park too where they have the Flowrider so surfing and biking in one day is possible at Silver Mountain.  This is the second year I've attended and it is definitely an annual event; check it out next year we will be there!!  The more friends the more fun to be had!

After the weekend I was a little jaded, slightly stiff and in need of some yoga.  BettyGoHard and Kerry Yoga had our first Hiking and Yoga event on Monday night - what a way to start the week off on the right foot!  We hiked to the top of Raven Rock trail to the lookout overlooking the the town of Trail and the Columbia river - what a view!!  Overlooking the Columbia, Agathe led us through a half hour gentle yoga practice; normally I have trouble stilling my mind and really getting into my practice but with the wind blowing gently and the view of the mountains it was the best yoga I have done for as long as I can remember.  Thank you to the ladies that joined us and the cute guy at the bottom with the amazing quinoa fruit parfait it was the perfect way to end a perfect experience.  Next week we will be doing Elder Trail high above the Columbia on the other side of Trail.  Maybe I will see you there.

Have a great week

Betty

 

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