Snow Patrol

December 9, 2014

 

Morgan Pridy has come a long way since shredding the mountain safely nestled in his father's backpack-a journey that culminated with the alpine skier, 24, representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Games. But racing down a snow-covered cliff at 100 kilometres an hour takes more than simple enjoyment of the sport fostered from childhood. "There's a huge physical demand on your body," says Pridy, who spends his off-time at the gym, training for both endurance and strength. While he's proud of the accolades and medals, he gets so much more from his daily runs on the hill. "I'm racing for the feeling of personal success and knowing you've skied to your potential at the end of that day

BRING GRANDMA
Wednesday night Adult Clinics for beginners (four two-hour sessions and lift, $731) include equipment rental plus a new set of Elan skis with bindings when it's all over. Grousemountain.com

BRING FRIENDS
The Slope Sisters Series ($269, lift included) features four ski lessons on Cypress Mountain (53 runs, 600 skiable acres) followed by a social and snacks in the Crazy Raven Bar & Grill. Cypressmountain.com

BRING A TRANSPONDER
"If I ever get a break from competition and have the itch to ski, Whistler offers new challenges every time I go," says Pridy. Groups of three can make fresh tracks with the Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventure (from $199). Whistler-blackcomb.com

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