Andrew Kiss

Andrew Kiss is a Canadian artist, who focuses primarily on landscape art, particularly oil painting.

Born in Hungary in 1946, he and his family emigrated to Canada in 1957. After arriving on the East Coast of Canada, they moved to the Vancouver Island, Cowichan Lake area in British Columbia. Kiss spent his early adulthood employed as a draftsman. After being transferred to the town of Mackenzie, British Columbia in 1974, he began to spend more time on his art.

Kiss has exhibited in Hong Kong, Switzerland, England, Austria, New Zealand and Germany. In North America he has exhibited in Florida, South Carolina, Las Vegas, Montana, Phoenix, Seattle, and in Canada.

He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Born in Hungary in 1946, Andrew and his family immigrated to Canada in 1957 after escaping the turmoil of the Hungarian uprising against the Russian invasion.  After arriving on the East Coast of Canada, their journey eventually led them to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.   Although Andrew spent his early adulthood employed as a topographical draftsman, his love of art was always with him.  He began working with oils and painting his surrounding landscape.  A move to the interior of BC gave him more inspiration with the vast mountains, lakes, and wildlife.  In the early 1980’s he started to paint wildlife and sell his works through small local shows and galleries.  This self taught artist was starting to see his talent evolve through developing his own recognizable style.

With a growing demand for Andrew’s work he began to produce limited edition prints.


Eric Pehota

Eric Pehota (born November 17, 1964) is a Canadian alpine skier, best known for his more than 40 first descents of mountains on skis, and his appearances in a number of ski films, including ski documentary Steep (2007), and a number of Warren Miller films.

Pehota grew up in Mackenzie, a logging town in British Columbia. Pehota’s father and grandfather were loggers.

Pehota rose to fame as a big mountain skier in the early 1990s with his friend and ski partner, Trevor Petersen. The pair met shortly after Pehota graduated high school, and went on to complete a number of first descents, including Mount Waddington in 1987. The two appeared in ski films, including Cosmic Winter and Tales from the Snow Zone.

Eric Pehota and his wife, Parveen, live in Pemberton, Canada, and own and operate a jet-boating company, Whistler Jet Boating. The couple have two sons, Dalton and Logan (both are named after mountain summits). The family of four can all be seen in the film, Warren Miller’s Cold Fusion (2001).[7]

Pehota remains a recognisable figure in alpine skiing, appearing in magazine articles and films, such as Steep (2007), and 2009’s The Edge of Never,[8] and is a sponsored athlete of Rossignol and Arc’teryx.

Ferry Strobl: A Pine Pass Pioneer Remembered

Ferdinand “Ferry” Strobl, who was 81 years old when he died on Dec. 14 following a battle with cancer, is being remembered as an avid outdoorsman who played an instrumental role in establishing Azu Ski Village, the precursor of present-day Powder King.

“He was the face on the hill,” said Ilona Breckon, who is putting together a history of 60 years of skiing in the area,. “Everyone associates Ferry with Azu.”


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Leah Callahan

Leah Callahan (born June 20, 1987) is a female freestyle wrestler. Callahan was born in Newfoundland, grew up in Mackenzie, British Columbia, and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. In 2012 Callahan won the gold medal at the Pan American Qualification tournament and thus qualified to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Callahan is the subject of an interactive documentary film called The Sticking Place, released on June 27, 2012.

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Turner Stevenson

Turner Ladd Stevenson (born May 18, 1972) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, and Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003.

Drafted 12th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Stevenson played his first nine professional seasons with the Canadiens. Left exposed in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, he was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who then sent him to the New Jersey Devils to complete a previous trade involving Krzysztof Oliwa. He spent the next four seasons with New Jersey, winning the Stanley Cup in 2003. Following the 2003–04 season, he signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Stevenson only played 31 games with the Flyers during a 2005–06 season in which he struggled due to hip problems and the Flyers bought him out following the season. He retired on April 13, 2007, and became an assistant coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds, the team he played for prior to his professional career.

Born in Prince George, British Columbia and raised in Mackenzie, British Columbia, Stevenson began playing hockey at an early age on a small skating rink constructed next to his home in the Gantahaz Lake area.