Author Archives: Tristan Galbraith

Payakentsut XC Ski Race Feb 27th 2016

A few weeks ago I won the 15km overall Payakentsut Ski Race in the Callaghan Valley. There was quite alot of people in attendance, about 700 but only 300 in my event. It went well considering the warmer conditions, poor snow and two busy days at work before the event. There were no readily available pictures since I freaked out on the organizers and Sigge for a poorly marked finish line (which I missed) so I skipped awards.

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8160 Alpine Way Whistler

House for Sale


After a few ordeals: police, and fire department; lost dogs, raccoons (one got caught in a trap); hard labour including dropping over 50 cedar, fir and hemlock trees; a fire and tens of roommate’s we have sold 8160.  The later deciding factor actually included running out of money to finish, however I can assure you the new purchaser has confirmed to not destroy the beautiful and iconic Gothic Arch we helped create.  It had also been noted the money will be better spent in my flourishing business idea and concept with Critter Get Ritter.

8160 Alpine Way, Whistler, BC v0n1b8

-Number of Arrests 2.5

-Number of speeding tickets 4

-Number of tickets for having bon fires without a permit 2 or $630.  In the Resort Municipality of Whistler, you need permits to do almost any-thing.  This was found out the hard way when a large truck and 10 fireman came over.  It was serious enough although seemed quite irregular in a moist February that there’d be a fireban.   Especially given the fact we just dropped 55 trees to firesmart our property!  As a plus I know some of my money helped stock a butane torch for the trucks when they can’t figure out how to thaw a hydrant out like what happened in Emerald during 2014s fire year

-Number of cords of firewood sold 50

-Number of dogs lost 2

-Number of Squirrels caught 30 something

Thankfully we can say this house was a tremendous resource in the growth and achievements of Critter Get Ritter and personally.  After growing my business, working 6 plus years of 80 something hour weeks, I managed to get up and run for town council here, while continue volunteering at lost lake and competing in both Nordic skiing and mountain bike racing.  We have installed over 40 something fireplaces, including thousands of chimney cleans, thousands of critters caught (some relocated), and numerous ant and bug sprays from Lions Bay to Lillooet.  It was an incredible achievement living and working on and from this place.  Now it’s time for something bigger, better and new.  Stay tuned!!!

8160 2

Shit b*tch f#ck

Thank you British Columbia for everything they have formed, and developed as the 6th or west coast province of Canada, connecting us to the US, Russia and to overseas, it’s our glorious Pacific Northwest. Honorably we have succeeded many defeats, hardships and wrongdoings as documented in last week’s 40th anniversary celebrations and iconized past councilors and through Whistler’s history and museum next to the library. God bless it. I know we are a part of it.
Realism in logic and shapeshifting in developing one of the greatest ski communities in the land made relevant and through time some might say formed the top skier’s and mountain bikers worldwide and is something we should all be proud of. Ask around, see who or what you neighbor might be shredding or involved with filming, volunteering, developing and relevant successors. Being said, last week’s Pique and Question article probe Bob Barnett and Drew Meredith’s provincial testament lacks any relevant input from our native ancestors in Mt. Currie and Whistler; youth leadership, participation or jobs; and through relevant finance audit relevant to any modern leader; councilman, mayor or alderman we need to increase the celebratory by focusing greatly on these three areas. Larger financial numbers, a results orientation, the young computer chipped generations and of course our native partners will represent and divulge a greater more strenuous iconic Whistler leadership and identity. Because Whistler wasn’t built on pushovers. Maybe the women in politics become more relevant here in Whistler because all the men are retired, or arrested; skiing and biking or tired from too much strenuous labour. Look around and up in any direction and it’s a steep path. Trust me I know I bike, ski and work here all day, every day.
If the truancies from our private sector, the public entities if your rich enough; pharmaceuticals, Steven Harper, Nancy Morden, Obama; stock trading, village norths development or Audain museums, the developers dictate everything and it’s not the same slogan that Whistler and my company Critter Get Ritter originated that is “Sustainably focused on your Environment”. Its provincial lands, the US, Fort Gary and an 1% unaudited stolen success. Again we’re not Sustainably Focused on your environment. This was stolen. Lil’wat, The Sea to Sky Municipalities Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton; Our Businesses, Locals, the community and especially youth are tired of the same renewable resource and successions in land and real estate. This was 1970s. Vilified it’s time for a vindicated greater Whistler success and a young iconic leadership. No misidentities here. It’s called results.
If it was originating one of the first resort municipalities of Canada, potentially of many, competing with Squaw Valley, Vail, Aspen and cougar ridges is an intent we can all stop racing for the bottom. It’s not our past, criminal records; Bob, Drew or the community that makes us strong, writing this or running for politics on a largely automated council. Its logic and numbers. Look it up. I cannot stand for 2000 young people in this community, or the 8000 municipal non-voters, those without jobs or a future while many work hard some sit still on the silver spoon treatment. Understood we can’t all be the same way but require a relevant financial and fiscal success including our native ancestors, history and verified relevance to youth and an ability for financial success. Play fair.
Congrats Whistler on 40 years of well sought after success and partnership with Overseas, American, Canadian and Provincial partners. Like Banff; Aspen, and Vail, British Columbia has accomplished a high end resort municipality unlike any-thing else. Despite being one of a kind, through numerous recessions, interest rate fluctuations and even federal elections, it has lasted and time tested the truce 40 years. Greater focus the three areas of youth leadership, identity and jobs; relevant immediate fiscal reporting and success and partners in Lil’wat ensure we are en route to another 40. Tremendous.