Day two of the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder fest found Osprey brand team member Nick Spring celebrating the coming of fresh powder and the passing of Nelson, BC ski fixture, Travis Steeger. Here’s Nick…
Unfortunately my camera decided to check out and not work, so for the sake of today I was making mental notes only! It seemed that despite there was a slight lack of POW folks still managed to have a huge dose of fun!
Most people involved in the festival were probably a little foggy as the Saturday night Buff-eh took its toll on us. The Selkirk College culinary program treated us to a feast fit for kings…a “dessert room”…yes a dessert room ended the meal component of the event and things were turned over to local media icon and MC for the evening Mitchell Scott (of Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine). He lit up the room with his witty remarks as he introduced the photographer finalists in the slide show contest. I must say the caliber of photographs our local talent captured could fill a whole season of Powder magazine! Nelson Brewing Company did a wonderful job making sure that no ones lips were dry.
The on-hill festivities continued with the Poker Rally and the Gerrick’s Telly Cup. Athletes enjoyed another day of sunshine and fast turns; however as the afternoon moved in so did the clouds and I can happily say the first storm system to hit us in weeks has arrived.
The snow riding community of Nelson and huckers across the globe have to take their hats off in respect to a great skier who had his young life swept from beneath his feet late Saturday night. Travis Steeger skied harder than anyone I have ever met and always raised the bar. He was the defending winner of the Valhalla Powder Keg Booter in 2008 but did not attend this year’s event because he was competing at the Freeski Big Mountain competition in Fernie B.C.