For the love of snowboarding: Stance at Baldface Lodge
Stance is one of the raddest, fastest-growing companies spawned from snow/surf/skate blood. Take one look at their roster of Punks and Poets and you will see The Uncommon Thread that binds these creative humans together. A company built by visionary minds it is no surprise they gravitated to the snowboarding Mecca of Baldface, British Columbia for a company trip.
Excerpts from JAMIE LYNN & The Art of living regarding Baldface Lodge from Snowboard Magazine 11.4: The Timeless Issue…
SF: Ok, let’s talk about Baldface, I know it’s one of your favorite places in the world. It’s one of my favorite places in the world…
JL: It truly is. I don’t know how I got there in the first place, but once I got there I wondered why it had taken me so long. The whole experience, Jeff [Pensiero] as an owner, the whole staff, the guides. It’s a spot created by snowboarders, for snowboarders and on a level and a caliber that’s world class. You don’t get that very often in that kind of environment or climate of cat or heli ski lodges that have that exclusive quality to them or an air that you are a second-class citizen joining them. It’s refreshing to have a lodge or cat board setup that is there with you and for you. Baldface has that.
Especially with Craig being one of the founders of that spot.
Yeah and Jeff has done really well retaining that or embodying that spirit and presence. Starting each run with a run down from Craig’s cross each evening. It’s just paying respect to someone that laid down so much groundwork for all of us. It sounds so easy to do, but not many people do it, especially the way that Jeff does it up there.
What is it about the terrain at Baldface that you love? What makes snowboarding so fun there?
There’s really no surprises there, everything’s line of sight. You can see a line, hundreds of yards down the line and send it off of everything going 120 and find transitions everywhere. I’ve never been let down with blind jumps and not having something to land on. It could be Lando’s back, but at least it had a little tranny to it. The snow conditions, it just holds good snow when other places are either warm or thin. For some reason it just has that magic.
… Needless to say Baldface lodge, in the heart of the Selkirk mountains of Nelson, British Columbia is one of the most special spots you could ever hope to visit. I was lucky enough to head there with the Stance crew and their heavy team of riders aka Punks and Poets, including Mike LeBlanc, Scotty Wittlake, Jed Anderson, Chris Grenier, Louif Paradis and Laurent-Nicolas Paquin a few weeks ago and though conditions weren’t the waist-deep powder we had dreamed of, it didn’t matter. Snowskates were ridden, trails with side hits were groomed, delicious food was enjoyed, guitars were played, bands were formed and good times were plentiful. The first annual Stance Olympics were even created. The gallery above will give you a taste of life at Baldface with The Uncommon Thread. If you haven’t been here yet, I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list.