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Bears Above the Valley

A History of Catskiing and Snowboarding at Island Lake Lodge

by (author) Mike McPhee

photographs by Mark Gallup

introduction by Leslie Anthony

Oolichan Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
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The limestone spire peaks of the Three Bears rise above Island Lake like sentinels guarding a secret place. The meandering approach through snow-caked Old Growth forest and alongside bubbling brook adds to electric anticipation, which impresses both first-timers and veterans alike. Though only a few miles from Fernie B.C., the Cedar Valley, in which Island Lake sits, seems to be its own magical world. The local micro-climate produces an unusual amount of snow for this part of the Rocky Mountains, adding to the reputation of one of the most legendary backcountry lodges in North America'sland Lake Lodge Catskiing. Explore the history of the unique destination that inspired some of the snow industry? leading players in a pursuit of backcountry lines, deep powder and big mountain freedom.

About the authors

Mike McPhee's profile page

Mark Gallup's profile page

Leslie Anthony is an avid adventurer who has won awards for his poetry and is acclaimed for his work in outdoor, action sport, and general-interest magazines such as Skier, Equinox, explore, and Powder. He also holds a PhD in zoology from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University's Redpath Museum. The author of Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist and White Planet: A Mad Dash through Modern Global Ski Culture, he lives in Whistler, BC.

Leslie Anthony's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“sland Lake Lodge has been a staple and influencer in the catskiing business since its inception. From the history to the terrain as detailed in the book by industry luminaries like Leslie Anthony and Mark Gallup, this place remains a fixture on any powder skier? wish list.?- John Stifter, Editor, Powder Magazine

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