Who The Huck with Brittani Ballantyne
Meet Brittani Ballantyne, a disc golf extraordinaire, samurai special connoisseur and Blackcomb patroller. When Britt's not keeping us safe on the slopes, she is enjoying that sweet Pemberton life. Learn more about this week's "Who The Huck".
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Las Vegas and my home resort is Kirkwood, California. Now, I'm living that sweet Pemberton life.
What's your favourite thing about living in Pemberton, BC?
The flow of life in Pemby is perfect. I almost never feel anxious about missing out on something or wishing I was doing something else. It's a stunning valley and an easy town to just feel good about whatever you're doing.
How were you introduced to skiing? What do you love most about it?
I was lucky enough to have rad parents who put me on skis as soon as I could walk. I took my first lap at Kirkwood on one of those green AstroTurf carpets. Kinda like a magic carpet sans magic.
Skiing is probably the only thing in my life that I can do without thinking about it. I feel like you can really boost your enjoyment of things if you're not having to process what you're doing. Like you're just cruising the whole time. I friggin love cruising. But that's probably also why I always wreck myself.
What is your role on the mountain and job at Whistler Blackcomb?
I do ski patrol for Blackcomb. It's the only job that I could ever be stoked to wake up at 5 am for.
Do you have friends on a powder day?
Oh yeah for sure. Gotta have homies to dig you out haha.
Unfortunately you have had a few injuries over the last couple of years? What have they been and how are you recovering?
Broken wrist, knee, shoulder, and finger. Concussion. Concussion. Concussion. What? oh yeah... concussion.
You are packing a lunch for a blue-bird shred, it must fit in all of your ski pant/ jacket pockets. What do you bring?
Tuna avocado roll. 3 pieces of salmon nigiri. Miso soup.
What's your favourite off-mountain activity?
Watching fails on Instagram and YouTube.
Last but not least, if you have to ski one run on Whistler/ Blackcomb for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Well, the park is the only run I've ever skied on repeat all day so that's a top contender. Then there's a sick hit lap down Cafe Wall to the bottom of Jersey Cream. And also Sapphire Bowl. That's one plus two.
Learn more about Brittani Ballantyne and stay tuned for our next feature!