The Year of the Bum

As if one Canadian ski bum contest wasn’t enough, Sun Peaks ski resort in British Columbia announces the second ski-bumming contest for this winter.
Sun Peaks

We recently told you about the Powder Highway ski bum contest, where the best YouTube video wins three months of road tripping along Canada’s powder highway. Then we found out about yet another ski bum contest in BC. This time, the winner gets a three-month stay at Sun Peaks resort. Here are the rules: Only trained Facebook, Twitter, and blogging ski bums apply. Submit a 60-second video proving your ski bum proficiency and receive a free pass to Sun Peaks, lodging, food (a $5,000 CDN stipend), plus equipment and outerwear from Jardines in exchange for social site updates during your stay. The barter lasts for three months, starting January 4. Sun Peaks will provide a cell phone, laptop, camera, and VIP passes to events and parties that may be Twitter worthy.

Blogging aficionados must also pay for their flight to Kamloops, B.C., but Sun Peaks will arrange the winner’s return flight. One last caveat, finalists (announced November 19th) will be required for an interview and written-essay assessment.Applications for the contest are due by November 15th.

Oh yeah, and if for some reason you would be denied a Temporary Resident Visa (maybe some trouble with the law, such as a D.U.I or D.W.I), don’t bother.

The laws, rules, regulations, and requirements can be found here.

Submit your attempt here.


Chris Tatsuno

Ski Bum of the Year

Chris Tatsuno, winner of the Powder Highway’s Ultimate Ski Bum Contest, sat down with us at last week in Denver to talk about his first day of free heli-skiing and visiting British Columbia’s best resorts. What does the world’s biggest ski bum forecast in his future? Tatsuno shares details about his Warren Miller segment, more heli-skiing, and his webisodes.

Revelstoke, British Columbia, first developed as a transcontinental railroad boomtown in the late 1800s.  It faded and became a sleepy logging town for the next 100 years.  But last winter, Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened and the town's second boom officially hit.  The master plan: develop the only ski resort in the world to offer lift, cat-, and heli-skiing right from the village, and over the next 15 years, develop lifts, a projected 10,000 acres of terrain, and the longest run in North America at 5,620 vertical feet.  Photographer Matthew Scholl was there on opening day; click "Next" to see what he captured. Above: Skier Colin Puskas.

Casting Call for All Ski Bums

Do you live in your van, eat PBJs, and live the life of an unemployed ski fanatic? If so, you’re qualified to enter the Powder Highway Ski Bum contest, where you can win lift tickets, heli-skiing, hotel rooms, and more along Canada’s best ski route.

Hjertas in Revelstoke

The Ultimate Ski Bum

One December 1, skier Chris Tatsuno was announced the winner of the Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum Contest, which will give him three months of free skiing and travel around BC's Powder Highway. We have his winning YouTube entry, plus a few more of our favorite videos.

Powder Turn

Free Heli-Skiing

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old ski bums

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A-Basin 2

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