Ryan Bougie—Ski Patroller. Ryan Bougie’s young, handsome (and mustached) face belies his tremendous experience in the mountains. Amongst a core group of committed backcountry skiers in Whistler, Bougie is known as the guy who takes on the most extended, immersive and by all accounts extremely difficult self-propelled escapes into North American wilderness. The 30-year-old modern day explorer has recently returned to his patrolling post on Blackcomb after a winter-long hiatus last season: a five-and-a-half-month, 1500 km walking, skiing, pack-rafting and bushwhacking journey from Vancouver to Alaska. Bougie’s commitment to the long-form format began when he left high school early to walk down the Pacific Crest trail from Canada to Mexico. Since then, he has cycled across Canada, made remote, committed ski-mountaineering first descents on Mount Foraker (Alaska's 4th highest peak), amongst yearly self-propelled pilgrimages through BC, Alaska and Arctic wilderness, culminating in his mega-transect of the BC coast range last year shared by two friends. Guided by curiosity more than novelty, Bougie flies well under radar amongst the broader ski community. In fact, his personal achievements in wilderness often remain just that—unsung physical and mental journeys through massive and un-trafficked landscapes, inquisitions into the beauty of distant mountain ecosystems, bearing witness to remote industrial projects that most people never see. Perhaps most significantly, Bougie’s journeys are experiments-of-the-possible.
Copyright: Jordan Manley