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Gord Rox (Harder) - to the Peak and beyond

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Gord spent his high school years at home in New Westminster. "We were weekend warriors," he says with a sheepish grin. "I grew up next to Queen's Park, right next to the arena there." He stops talking. Let's a few chuckles escape. "You know, it's funny. Without that cabin, I would have probably become a hockey player. And I just can't imagine..." He searches for the right words. "I mean, skiing is a way of life. It defines you. It's way more than a passion - it's something that grabs you and won't let go." Another long pause. He sighs deeply. "As a kid, I dreamed of living next to a ski hill..."

His dream was about to become reality. "After graduating from high school, I kicked around town for a while. I was driving a forklift at The Bay's warehouse and wondering what the heck I was doing with my life." That's when fate intervened. A neighbour, Shawn Hughes, phone him up one day. "I really didn't know him all that well," explains Gordie. "But out of the blue he says: "I've got a cabin up at Whistler. Do you want to rent it with me?' And I just jumped at it." The Peak Bros had arrived.

Next week: Gord joins the staff at Whistler Mountain, becomes the company carpenter and starts drawing offbeat comics for The Answer.