The #Quiver Project is a 3-part web film series examining the versatility of the back country ski touring through the eyes of Andrew Mcnab. The first episode focuses on Powder skiing, where the mountain is your canvas and the skis your paint brush.
“In the summer time the forest and mountainsides of the Columbia Mountains, which surround Revelstoke, can be a rather rugged place to try and travel through due to the thick underbrush and extremely steep terrain. Cover all this in a few meters of snow and toss some skins on your skis, now you have one of the most amazing natural playgrounds in the world.” – Andrew Mcnab
Photo: Bruno Long
There are as many facets to skiing, as there are types of snow. A multitude of different styles and many different sub-cultures- tight pants, baggy pants, pin bindings, 2-strokes, 4-strokes, no strokes, MEC Gore-Tex or jeans and flannel. The unifying thread however, within all of skiing’s sub-cultures is versatility. A pair of skis; any skis are the most versatile tool in which to explore the mountains.
The Quiver project intends to examine three very distinct elements of backcountry skiing; Powder, Ski Mountaineer Racing and Ski Mountaineering through the eyes of Atomic/MEC’s Andrew Mcnab and the lens of Artbarn Film. We aim to highlight both the diversity of each style, and the simple connection between them.
Andrew is the epitome of a life on skis and skins, born and raised in Revelstoke, B.C. in the heart of B.C.’s infamous Powder Highway. He learned to ski at 3, and tour at 6, all while developing a deep appreciation for the mountains. His parents, both avid skiers themselves, fostered his growth as a skier, and their Revelstoke home has been a revolving door of ski guides, pro skiers, park wardens, mountain bikers and pro photographers alike. He is a humble, under-the-radar type skier, a true ski bum who plants trees and builds trail in the summer to help fund his winter pursuits. He is also a highly accomplished Ski Mountaineer racer, one of two Canadian males to do well in World Cup competitions, winning the inaugural 2013 Atomic Waymaker in Austria (on a pair of fat skis).
Photo: Bruno Long
“Some days there is a battle in my head of between the Artist, the Athlete and the Adventurer” – Andrew Mcnab
There is an undeniable artistic element to ski touring, but instead of using a paintbrush to create an image on a canvas, skiers create their image on the blank canvas of snow-covered peaks. Powder skiing is the most expressive and creative style of skiing, leaving brushstrokes both up and down the mountains.
“With ski touring the artistic creation starts as soon as you leave the truck, for setting a good skin track is a true art form – Through the Quiver project webisodes I hope to show the diversity of backcountry skiing, while trying to convey the simple connection between the 3 different styles. To me they all support one another and help me to be stronger skier and fulfilled person.” – Andrew Mcnab
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