Dueck Flips on Sit-Ski, NGA Loves Fernie, Grouse Goes Romantic, and Whistler Sabbatical News

Hey, I was flipping back and forth between the Republican presidential primary coverage on CNN and a Canucks game on Sportsnet Pacific last week and came across Juicy Fruit’s hilarious spoof with the 3 guys in the life raft singing the infamous “Get your skis shined up/Grab a pack of Juicy Fruit/The taste is gonna move ya” jingle from the 80s. The ski insiders at Unofficial Networks have collected all of the Juicy Fruit ads for your viewing pleasure. The photo (above) is my pal Poacher Bob in his glory days at Grouse Mountain.

Speaking of fruit, sorta seems like a Pineapple Express is hit Vancouver last night; but according to Environment Canada, the mercury will drop over the weekend and we should definitely see snow at higher elevations.

Snowboarders – Are You The Chosen One? Hit Mount Seymour Tonight and Find Out!

This just in from Sandbox Helmets founder Kevin Sansalone—the Nike Chosen Snowboard event goes off TONIGHT at Mount Seymour. The prize money is nothing to sneeze at – $1,500 for the Men’s Winner, and $500 for best trick! Register at 4:00 pm, the first heats get under way at the Young Guns snowboard park at 7:50, and the winner will be crowned by 10:45.

Josh Dueck Inspires Yet Again!

Josh Dueck, the former freestyle ski coach and star who became a paraplegic after a terrible accident several years ago, has lit up the internet again. First, it was the award-winning Freedom Chair, a documentary produced by Mike Douglas’s Switchback Entertainment. (Note to all film buffs: Freedom Chair will be showing on Thursday’s Ski Night at the Vancouver International Film Festival). Then, last week, there was unbelievable footage – it was even picked up by ABC’s Good Morning America – of Dueck performing a back flip on his sit ski.

Fernie Named #2 Top Ski Town in the World by Nat Geo Adventure

It’s obviously a bit of a haul for those of us in the Lower Mainland, but the town of Fernie and Fernie Alpine Resort are well worth the day-long drive to get there (do yourself a favour and stay for a week!). National Geographic recently recognized the totally cool core vibe that this East Kootenay town emanates, and named it Number Two on its list of Top Ski Towns in the World. Here’s a direct quote: Best For: Adventurous skiers with a hunger for the steep and deep. If you think that’s hype, check out this snorkel deep video from last month.

Click On the Daily Deals and Save at Cypress Mountain

Lots happening at Cypress Mountain this weekend with the City and Slope Festival (music, contests) and the Canadian Ski and Snowboard Festival. The best reason to check their website is Cypress’s Daily Deals which offers some sweet discounts on rentals, food, and even lift tickets from time to time.

Grouse Gets Romantic

Here’s a Valentine’s Day promotion for all the lovers out there – send Grouse your picture or Instagram of an “alpine kiss,” and they’ll send out an award-winning chef to cook dinner in your very own home. They’ll even do the dishes. Grouse Mountain has been witness to some very romantic wedding proposals, wonderful anniversary celebrations, and of course spectacular weddings. Email your phone, name and contact number to alpinekiss@grousemountain.com by February 14, 2012 to enter.

Whistler Sabbatical—The Ultimate Whistler Vacation

Speaking of contests, February 20 is the day that Tourism Whistler announces the winner of its rather mind-boggling Whistler Sabbatical Project contest. The Whistler Sabbatical Grand Prize consists of round-trip air transportation, private limo airport transfer, one month accommodation in a fully furnished home, two adult one month Whistler Wave Bus passes, two adult one-month Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Mountain passes, two pairs of K2 skis, poles, bindings, boots and travel case or K2 snowboard, bindings, boots and travel case, one months’ salary for the Grand Prize winner only and up to fifteen ‘Would You Do It?’ Whistler experiences. The finalists entries are pretty entertaining, whoever wins will have a life and career-altering time, that’s for sure.

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