The all mighty great eight questions, or as we call them – the GR8. Diving into each featured skiers favorites, best of’s and nitty gritty – or at least more than their tinder profile will tell you. Que intro, meet Holly Walker. 

Although Holly was born in Vancouver B.C. to a family of skiers and mountain lovers, she was swept away from Canada’s West Coast at the age of 10 to lead a vagabond lifestyle around the world. Now settled in Squamish, Holly is an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide and shares a new appreciation for the mountains she grew up in. A past Freeride World Tour athlete, she now spends her winters ski touring, heli-ski guiding and ski patrolling in Whistler. She fills her summers leading hiking trips in her backyard- the mountains of Southwest B.C.

An explorer at heart, when she is not working it can only be guessed which mountain range Holly is adventuring in – the Alaska Range, Alps, Pamirs, Himalayas and beyond.

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Holly Walker in her happy place, the Tantalus Range as captured by Vince Shuley.

GR8 INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY WALKER

SBC: One word to describe what skiing feels like:
HW: Floating…

SBC: Albums you can’t live without: 
HW: Chronic 2001 by Dr. Dre. Someday Somewhere by Mura Masa. Desire by Bob Dylan.

SBC: Favorite piece of gear and why:
HW: Mammut Broad Peak Hooded Down Jacket – it’s so warm yet packs so tiny, I always ski tour with it stowed in backcountry backpack.

SBC: Favorite food and what’s your secret ingredient:
HW: Chicken thighs slow cooked with cumin.

SBC: Most memorable moment from last season:
HW: Finally fulfilled my dream to choke on overhead pow in Hokkaido, Japan.

SBC: Favorite place to ski in Canada and who’s with you:
HW: Tantalus Range with Matthew Waskiewicz.

SBC: Best trend in skiing:
HW: I think the best trend in skiing that I’ve noticed in the last couple of years is the increase of public avalanche awareness. Skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers are registering for AST courses more than ever before. Plus, the public is contributing to both Avalanche Canada’s Conditions and Mountain Information Network reports and reading the Mountain Conditions Report. They say knowledge is power.

SBC: Favorite book, or podcast right now: 
HW: Currently reading by Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

SBC: Spirit Animal:
HW: I just took a quiz and it told me I was a “Turtle”, haha. My nickname on the cross-country running team in high school was Turtle. I was slow but I always finished the race!

Bragging Rights:

  • First female ascent (no helicopter was used) and then ski descent down Pontoon Peak, AK (58-degrees of firm snow) in April 2013.
  • Skied Chevalier couloir on Petit Auguille Verte in April 2016. Climbing from the top of Les Grandes Montets tram and then rappelling into the couloir. The 55-degree slope that awaited Holly had marginal snow conditions and a mandatory bergschrund crossing, the experience was quite a ride.
  • Skiing Hourglass couloir off of Tremor Mountain in April 2017.

Keep tabs on this lady by following her on Instagram or checking out her website.

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