Tenessee Treeing Brindle Hound Clover takes on Hunter and Racer McKay in a game of tug of war.
When my father asked us to get the boys something special for Christmas, we knew there was only one thing the boys really wanted – passes to the Glen Eden Terrain Park.
Last year we skied as much as we could and the boys took to it like nobody’s business. At the end of last season we bought passes for this season so we could fuel our new passion with unlimited access to the hill. And over the winter break, we must have skied close to 10 times. Between last year and this one, the boys have more-or-less mastered the beginners terrain park, and have had their eyes on the big one.
At Glen Eden, season passes don’t include access to the Terrain Park. If you want to ride the course you need to complete a safety quiz and pay an extra fee. Both Hunter and Racer passed the test, no questions asked and are quite possibly now the youngest riders in the park.
Over on Unofficial Networks, they have a blog post with a list of “6 Stupid Things People Do In The Terrain Park”. I am unabashed to declare that I an number 5 on that list – #1 Dad. Racer is the “one kid who decides to take a slide on his bottom down the rail, usually getting stuck trying to get on and ruining the on ramp” (as you can see in the video above). But Hunter takes the jumps no problem and can ride the boxes like a champ.
While I can emphasize with the author of the post and the commenters, I won’t begrudge my boys the opportunity to learn and experience the park. They’ve paid their dues in the beginner hill, they are respectful of others on the hill, and they spend more time upright and riding then most snowboarders learning to ride on the ski hills.
Do you ski or snowboard? How old were you or your kids when you started out? Got any advice on how to learn to do tricks in the terrain park? Let me know in the comments below!
In 2003 I started making videos. At the time, I watched a ton movies and TV shows to study storytelling and cinematic techniques. Canadian media fascinated me and I was enamoured by David Cronenberg’s film Videodrome. The idea that television’s medium and messages could cause a physiological effect on a person fascinated me. If the film were made today, I think the internet would be the medium. In an age where we live so much of our lives online, the internet is the “new flesh” prophesied in the film.
Recently, my wife and I attended the Cronenberg “Evolution” exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It was amazing to see artifacts from his films on display. I loved seeing the “Spectacular Optometry International Helmet” from Videodrome and the props from eXistenZ. And the highlight for me was getting my picture taken with the mugwump from Naked Lunch.
The main exhibit takes place on the first floor of the building, but make sure that you journey up to the the fourth floor to check out the Body/Mind/Change Labs.
When you walk into the BMC Labs, it is like walking into a Cronenberg film. Bright screens show information about pods, small bio-computers designed to make us better. 3D printers birth the pods which are stored in glass containers filled with liquid. To get a pod you have to go to the BMC website and complete a series of tasks. Once completed, your pod will be available for pickup at the lab during a ceremony in the new year. What is your favourite David Cronenberg movie? Let me know in the comments below? Seen the exhibit? What did you like best? Let me know!
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