Brendan Mackay Ski Chronicles Pt. 1

Brendan MacKay. Not only do our editors brag that he’s ridiculously organized, a rarity in the ski industry, but he’s also only 21. It’s certain, this kid is going places. Clocking 19 years on skis already Brendan is a soulful shredder no doubt. Born and raised in Calgary Alberta his Rockies roots are deep. Now a proud member of the Canadian Halfpipe Ski Team he’s busy traveling, training and hopefully sneaking in face shots when he’s not in the pipe. We’re thrilled to team up with Brendan for the season for a series of ski chronicles if you will.
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Brendan Mackay


At the end of the season, I’m always hoping for one more big snowfall. At the beginning of last April, Fernie got the goods. I showed up to Fernie with the Liberty Skis crew to 20cms of fresh snow in less than 24 hours. The conditions lined up perfectly for a day of blower powder skiing. After a few warmup laps at Fernie Alpine Resort, we strapped on our skins and ventured off-piste. The backcountry access off of Fernie is incredible. Within half an hour we were laying tracks in untouched zones, trenching our way from skin track to skin track. This is all I could ask for this late in the season.

After having our fair share of deep tree skiing on day one, we decided to switch our objective, and head to a popular jump spot. Not having much time for the build, we opted for a small kicky wedge – exactly what I wanted. I was craving some airtime and to do some mellow tricks. We spent the afternoon sessioning the jump, until the landing was completely ridden out.

After two deep days, the sun came out, and the powder was no more. No complaints here, it was exactly what I needed to tide me over till the winter.

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