There’s nothing like a spooky halloween story to get the heart racing. With the chill in the air, we can’t help but wonder what kinds of paranormal phenomena can be found in our area. According to this article in the Revelstoke Review by storyteller Brennan Storr, “The Pass” is notorious for the night of “The Rogers Pass Fireball”.
“All of a Sudden the Sky Went Like Daylight”
In the moments leading up to the Rogers Pass Fireball, there was no indication to the few present that this still winter night was different from any other. Temperatures hovered around freezing on the morning of December 18, 1997 as three two-man C.P.R. crews, two aboard trains and one headed home to Revelstoke in a taxi, watched the night sky erupt.
Even some fifteen years later, witnesses to the Rogers Pass Fireball are reluctant to discuss details of the incident. “I haven’t talked about it since it happened,” says one man who refused to say anything else on the record, “and I don’t want to start now.”
What details that have emerged tell of a booming sound followed by the appearance of an enormous yellow ball of light, crackling with what appeared to be electricity, streaking across the canyon. Says one source, “All of a sudden the sky went like daylight – bright daylight – and this big yellow ball slowly went over the valley.”
The fireball, which made no sound after its initial appearance, was then said to stop its progress and hover above the valley for ten full seconds before finally disappearing behind Mount Sir Donald in the southeast.
While, in the broad strokes, the Revelstoke Fireball shares characteristics with bolides – particularly large and bright meteors entering the earth’s atmosphere – those present feel as though something much different was taking place.
“I don’t know what it was,” said another witness who claimed the light was so intense that other drivers on the highway began to swerve in shock. “But I felt like it was looking at us.”
What a time to be alive! The latest and greatest in ski gear technology just gets better, sleeker and smarter. The upcoming winter gear is no exception. We’re chomping at the bit to get our hands on these. And better yet, these will be for sale at our retail store in Heather Mountain Lodge! Here’s the top 3 trends we can’t wait to play with:
1. GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session
Those who have visited our terrain know that those views are worth sharing. The latest way to capture those deep turns in the trees or the expansive glacier views is with the latest action camera, the GoPro Hero 5 Black or Hero 5 Session. These bad boys feature exciting updates like voice control in seven languages (we won’t judge you for talking to your camera, but your friends might), 4k video resolution at 30 frames per second, and a cloud service that GoPro has developed to upload your video into the cloud. No doubt these will be an amazing addition to your season!
Featuring imagery from one of the closest towns to our lodge, Revelstoke BC, Arc’teryx has a new lookbook that is sure to inspire some of our heli-ski wear. New bright colours like “Fennel” or “Magma” are sure to keep you seen as you hurdle down that pillow field. With lighter fabrics that still hold warmth, everything from jackets to midlayers to pants will keep you comfortable for all those #unlimitedvertical runs.
*Bonus: the look book itself features friend of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Christina Lustenberger and our backyard, Rogers Pass.
Ever wonder how our guides get in top shape for the heli-skiing season? Their workout routines are designed to get those ski muscles primed for unlimited vertical. So we asked our guide Stan “The Power Tool” Metcalfe to give us a demo of what he recommends for a great heli-ski workout. As a physiotherapist, this guy knows his stuff and has broken down an awesome circuit to follow before your trip, so the only shaky legs will be from the thrill and excitment of skiing the best powder on the planet.
This workout can be done 2-3 times per week, and to raise the bar you can add a half hour of cardio (jogging, biking etc). This circuit has 3 parts, do each exercise for 30 seconds then take 10 seconds rest. Repeat each part 3 times before moving onto the next one.
**As with any new workout program, make sure you avoid injury or issues by consulting a physician before performing this program.
For a printable version of this circuit, click here.