Life and such things

As per usual when the skiing season ends I become my alter ego. Working man. It’s as if greg hill, the skier, falls into a crevasse and hibernates for the summer. I almost sever all ties with the mountains and focus on working and family. Planting trees and working various jobs in the bush. I may think frequently of the mountains but I do not venture into them too often. I did manage to cllimb Sir Donald with Chris. It sits somewhere around the 6th highest Selkirk Mountain, and has taunted me for years. Wicked day and an awesome climb.

On September 27th I married Tracey, which was a fantastic occasion. Great family and friends, dancing and good times. As Tracey said” if you ever feel down about yourself…get married”.  we had a great first dance, “Sweetest thing” by U2 played by some friends and then a nice honeymoon in Mexico sans kids. The kids are psyched for the upcoming winter, both have been in ski boots and skiing around the house.

As for other things. I worked on my first best of the best video. It took many hours to search out the best footage from last year and then compile it into a movie. If you have watched my videos you will recognize a few of the days but the story and combination of footage is different and exciting. “the Unbearable Lightness of Skiing”is a 14 minute movie that tries to explain what it is we do out in the backcountry.  I tried to tie my movie into Kundera’s book but quickly realized that he was a very intelligent man and I am not. But there is no doubt that the freedom and lightness of backcountry skiing is what we search for. And that the truths of the mountains sometimes make way more sense than the rules of society.

Anyhow amazingly enough the movie made The Banff International Mountain Film Festival and will be on the world tour this year. Pretty cool that our adventures will be seen around the world.

 I also realized how much better the videos were on a larger screen  and that I should create and sell a small backcountry DVD . It will be “the Unbearable Lightness of Skiing”, plus a couple of my seasons videos. Something to entertain and inspire. If you are interested please email me.


I am sure that there is a lot more to say, but it’s late.


  1. treepilot November 8, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Congrats on the nuptials Greg. I look forward to seeing the movie and reading more about your adventures this winter.

  2. Missoula November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Saw you film at the Banff Film Tour last night Greg. Great work!

  3. Terry November 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations on your marriage, Greg!

    Word on the streets, here in San Francisco, has it that you are sporting a new carbon-fiber wedding ring 🙂

    Looking forward to the release of your DVD.

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