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Local content graces glossy pages of major outdoor magazines

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Seen any familiar faces staring out at you from the newsstand lately?

Well, check it out because the Whistler area is once again plastered across the glossy pages of a couple of major American outdoor magazines.

Local skier Dan Treadway and photographer Paul Morrison have teamed up to produce the prestigious cover shot for Powder magazine’s annual gear guide. The photo shows Treadway airing – what else? – off a cliff somewhere on Blackcomb Mountain.

"It’s always good to get a cover," Morrison told Pique Newsmagazine .

Powder ’s current issue also features a photo of a skier schralping the Whistler backcountry by another local photographer, Eric Berger, on the contents page and a story about heli-aided first descents in B.C.’s central Coast Range.

According to the story, the descents were guided by Whistler ski mountaineers Peter (The Swede) Mattson and Jia Condon. Whistler-based Guilluame Tessier was along on the expedition as a cinematographer.

The current Powder pic is not the only one for Treadway and Morrison. The duo also teamed up for another cover shot last February.

"Dan’s a great guy to work with," said Morrison.

Treadway might be a great guy to work with but the Whistler-Blackcomb ski patrol didn’t seem to think so when they pulled his pass in March 1999 for jumping off a 20-metre cliff near the top of Whistler Mountain’s Peak Chair.

The cliff was in a permanently closed area and Treadway was banned from both Whistler and Blackcomb until April 2000. "That was unfortunate," Morrison said.

Morrison, who has been shooting film in the area for the past 20 years, also took a shot of a skier at Mount Baker that graced the November 1999 cover of Powder .

Whistler locals have been on the cover of Powder ’s annual gear issue – the unofficial start of winter – for three consecutive years: Treadway and Morrison in 2001: skier Dave Gauley and photog Blake Jorgenson in 2000: and skier Jeff Holden in 1999.

Meanwhile, bouldering near Pemberton is featured in the current issue of Rock & Ice magazine. Bouldering is a type of technical rock climbing that has seen an increased popularity in the past couple of years.

According to the story, which was written by local climber Kelly Dyer, a boulder field south of Nairn Falls is "the stuff bouldering dreams are made of" and contains "flawless stone, flat landings and project potential."

Photos accompanying the story were taken by Aaron Black and show local climbers Steve Laski and Jenna Steele scaling the boulders, which have names like Mother Ship and Cosmic Boulder.

Laski said the Pemberton bouldering area is quickly becoming known within the local climbing community as an alternative to the Chief.

"Squamish is becoming too crowded," he said.

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