Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Provo Bros - mining powder at Retallack, British Columbia

Retallack powder mining, its a one of a kind experience. Karl the Gnarl is a one of a kind experience. You'll have to see for yourself at the legendary lodge in British Columbia...

Until then, enjoy this video which tries to somehow capture the energy. This piece was created with footage from an even larger project, Retallack: The Movie. Check it out from Inspired Media Concepts.

"During the winter of 2011, my brother Neil and I were presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were to spend two months embedded in the heart of the Kootenays at the legendary Retallack Lodge. The mission was to shred pow with our good friend Tanner, who was on his comeback, and to help film Retallack:The Movie for Inspired Media Concepts. I took the role of the dedicated time lapse junkie, while Neil was a true on slope camera master. This video is a showcase of our skills behind the camera, as well as a few of our favorite long lens shots from Retallack:The Movie. Time lapses make way for deep powder mining, and a trip into the heart of the "silvery slocan" to see how silver miners conquered the mountains a century ago. Mining for powder in the Selkirk mountains is serious business, and we found out just how serious it can get. We hope you enjoy our short film, and perhaps absorb just a sliver of the energy that is Retallack Lodge in beautiful British Columbia."


  1. Already have watched this one several times. You guys put together a sick movie!

    I dont know how you did it but the little roll out you do on the landing at 4:10 is bad ass!

    Cant wait to see what you guys do this year!

  2. that face shot footy..HOLY FUCK. This video is kill. hell yeah ian...hell yeah

  3. fuckin rights everybody! thanks for the words, glad you enjoyed it.

  4. sick sick!! did you guys have different avy conditions on the aspect you skied on texas peak?

  5. absolutely. During that time, there was a high consequence/ low probability of triggering an avalanche on a reactive sun crust layer deep in the snow pack only on south facing slopes. The worst part of the day was hiking up the southern exposure of that mountain knowing we could potentially find one of those trigger points. We had one smaller collapse in the snowpack on the way up, but decided that if we stayed on route we would be out of harms way if the slope were to avalanche. Neil triggered the slide just as we reached the top, and while everything fractured around us, we were already safe. The north face of Texas was golden, completely different scenario, bomber snowpack. I had never been so happy to be off of a mountain in my whole life.

  6. What a stoke! I plan to roadtrip in that region this winter.

  7. Hi Ian,

    I used a part of your clip on my website (the part with the insanely deep powder) if you don't mind...ofcourse with a link to your Vimeo channel and a brief explanation of who you guys are.

    I am planning a trip to Japan, but because of la NiƱa and all it is very well possible that we go to North America.

    Thanks for the stoke!