By: Lianne Marquis
I met Kristen Page in the Bugaboos a couple of years ago during staff training and was instantly drawn to her energy and her love for the outdoors.
Kristen is one of CMH's many massage practitioners whose healing hands have saved many of us at the end of a ski day!
LM: Kristen as one of the massage practitioners in the Bugaboos, can I ask what brought you into this field of work and how you ended up in the Bugaboos?
KP: I have always been interested in the body, health, wellness and fitness. It is a great career that has very interesting continuing education options and it is a great job to travel with. Massage Therapy seems to suit my demeanor well. I find it a very peaceful job. My boyfriend Dani is one of the guides in the Bugaboos and he always had great things to say. It is really nice to be able to work at the lodge together and see each other every day.
LM: What are the most common aches and pains that you see with our heli ski guests? are there any? and if so, is
there anything that our guests can do to be more prepared for their week of skiing?
KP: The most common aches and pains are the legs and lower back. It is always helpful to do some sort of training for about 2 months before coming. Squats and lunges are effective exercises to get the quads in shape. Two very useful things that guests can do at the lodge to prevent muscle soreness are;
- Staying hydrated - the heli-juice is an electrolyte recovery drink. Drink lots of water before and after skiing.
- Spin on the stationary bike for 5-10 minutes with very little resistance as soon as you return from skiing. This helps to cool the legs down and flush them out.
LM: From my experience, joining a stretch class at a lodge is pretty entertaining. There is lots of moaning and groaning from the audience. Is there anything you could suggest to help our guests ease into it?
KP: Guests should be sure to not push themselves too far in stretch class. It is first thing in the morning and it is meant to wake up the muscles and have a gentle stretch. Adding some sort of Yoga or stretching routine at home is a great idea for everyone.
LM: I love your photography Kristen! You have taken so many incredible shots photos that you've shared with me. Can you tell me about your love of photography?
KP: I started exploring photography more in depth in the last few years. I travel quite a bit and along with working trail crew in the summer and climbing I have seen some stunning places. I always try to capture some of the beauty, and take a creative look in these areas.
LM: Climbing season is starting up, which I know makes you very happy. Where are some of your favorite climbs? I believe that you have climbed in many parts of the world, so it might be hard to narrow it down to a few!
KP: I can't wait to get climbing again this summer. One climb that sticks out in my mind is a climb in South Africa. It's called Jacobs Ladder and is on Table Mountain in Cape Town. It is 4 pitches of pleasant jug hauling with superb views of Cape Town, super exposure and excellent sandstone. The descent was a beautiful rotating gondola ride, with the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean and the full moon rising over the buzzing City.
My recent favorite, more locally is "Moose Drool" in Silvertip Canyon, near Revelstoke. It is a really fun climb with lots of character in a beautiful canyon.
LM: You are about to embark on a new curricular adventure; can you tell me a little about it?
KP: I am going to be taking a Fine Woodworking course starting this September in Nelson. My love of creating things out of wood comes from my dad who is a woodworker. What I love about working with wood is that nothing made by man can fully replicate the natural beauty of wood. Wood has character and a past. Wood has aroma and texture and natural beauty. I like working with my hands and creating things. I am really excited about this new adventure in my life.
LM: I have to ask, what is the best part of being in the Bugaboos Kristen?
KP: I would have to say the view here from the Lodge. It is unbelievable and I am thankful everyday to wake up to the view of the spires. I also love the extensive history of the lodge and area.
Thank you for sharing with me Kristen. I look forward to seeing more of your photography and hearing all about your new adventures!