There is something about the setting of a park shoot that just adds to the stoke. The Canadian Rockies around Banff are one of these places where the landscape looms, ready to compliment the riders in every image and at times, upstage them with their stoic grandeur. On the site visit to Sunshine Village, the terrain I saw engrained in me the idea that a tabletop jump crosscourt over a quarterpipe was feasible. Australian cutter Charles Beckinsale put his PistenBully Park Pro 400 through the paces on this push and proof of concept was achieved and then some. As for Lake Louise, well, the same vistas that inspired SNOWBOARDER to first erect a hip under Tunnel Mountain over a decade ago maintain their compelling place. Bryan Kroker, Jeff Patterson and the rest of the Lake Louise staff labored long and hard to create a steep-sided structure with the simple purpose of sending riders into the sky. To that end, they didn’t disappoint. SNOWBOARDER would like to thank everyone whose efforts made the SFD Banff shoot a success, including Ski Big 3, Travel Alberta, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, PistenBully, Oakcreek, John Glockhamer, Jeff Lancaster, Charles Beckinsale, David Seidel, Ben Suurallik, Kendra Scurfield, Don Beaulieu, Luke Suderman, Dave Riley, Jeff Patterson, Bryan Kroker, Rocket Miller, Dan Markham, Brenna Spademan, Alan Reed, Pete Woods, Sarah Pearson, Jessica Harcombe Fleming, Jenevieve LeBlanc, Jonny Bierman, Kymberley Hill and Andrew Hardingham.
- Pat Bridges