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Graham Haywood
Alpha Wolf Mountain Slayer


Interviewed and written by James Hillier
Video edited by Graham Haywood
October 27th 2012


After all the footage was reviewed and compared, it was clear that Graham Haywood had earned the title of Alpha Wolf for the 2011-2012 winter season. His insatiable hunger for the gnar propelled him off the biggest cliffs with the nastiest tricks all winter long. Unafraid of hucking backflips or belly flops, his presence and energy in the mountains was inspiring for the whole wolf pack.

But it wasn't all pow and glory for him this winter. He had to endure severe adversary all winter - a dilapidated skidoo. Despite sinking upwards of $2000 into his sled in repairs, it was problematic right from the get go of winter. Mechanial issues threatened to ground his high flying aspirations. But the wolf pack craved to run glaciers with our kin and we shared sled resources to keep the pack together. Eventually he would get his sled operational... but the mechanicals would persist.

Midway through the winter, his sled was again out of operation. Fortunately his father had recently purchased a four-stroke Yamaha Phazer for motoring around the farm in Pemberton. However, this machine was not intended for backcountry snowmobiling. With no other alternative, Haroo took to sledding with the Yammy. Riding on it felt like hanging off the outside of a clown car. His brightly colored ski apparel matched this image.

Since last winter, Haroo has had the good fortune to upgrade his sled into a new 2013 Ski-doo E-tec. Alpha Wolf was rewarded for his efforts and now will be riding the Alpha sled. He's just itching to ski again. Back in mid-october he was already scooting up the Black Tusk to go skiing. He's jonesing for action and he tells me he's really going to crank it up a few notches this winter.

Peep the shred video above and peep the interview below.


Interview conducted by James Hillier ( JH )
Answered by Graham Haywood ( GH )

JH: What is the Wolf Pack?

GH: The Wolf Pack is the best.  Wolf Pack is a shred hungry group of progords who slave away at desks all week, in order to afford snowmobiling on the weekends; If you’re not at a desk all week, you’re likely not a hungry wolf.   Wolfpack has last years oil stained gear bought used or on pro-form, scratched lense goggles, holey gloves, duct taped boots, and hiss-ting sleds.   Some exceptions may apply.  Wolf Pack members enjoy late starts, full moons, ever present  bluebird pow days, sled thread and daily gnar slayage.  If you’re not hucking 40 footers to your face on Sunday and writing reports on Monday, you probably don’t get wolf pack.

JH: What is your most memorable shred experience from last winter?

GH: Hillier had gone shirtless on a sled lap at Sproat and I was, at the time, envious; I had missed that lap.  Later in the season I went topless on a Khybers lap on a 30 cennie pow day.  It was a life changing experience.

JH: What are your thoughts on skiing out of bounds or in permanently closed areas?

GH: This is where the best snow is located, hands down.

JH: How has working for the Lil'wat Nation affected your opinions on governance, development, and the environment?

GH: I have learned a lot and continue to learn every day.  The Indian Act is very prohibitive.  Also, easy access to credit gives everyone off reserve everything they need, want and can’t afford.

JH: What is a Gordon and how's life as a Professional Gord?

GH: Everyone is a Gordon.  It doesn’t matter how good you get a something, you’ll always be a Gord relative to someone else who is better than you.  It’s impossible not to be a Gordon; everyone punts the ball sideways at one point or another.  A professional Gordon just punts the ball sideways way less than a regular gordon.  Life as a professional Gordon is great (as opposed to a Gord-Pro).  I don’t have to worry about getting the perfect, most marketable shot; I don’t have to do voice overs; I only have to do this lame interview for the wolf pack’s benefit; and yet I don’t have to wait in line at the resort either.  

JH: How strong is yours and humanity's addiction to oil?

GH: It doesn’t matter what we do, how much we try, what we say, what we think, how hard we strive--we will burn every last drop.  I guess you could say I’m a pessimist.  The only issue I have with oil is the cost.  Give me a sled or a truck that I can plug in at night, and that can still get me to the top of a mountain quickly and easily, and I’ll drive it.

JH: Would you rather feed 5 starving children in Africa for a year OR go snowmobiling for a weekend?  35 cm fresh, stable, scattered clouds but mostly blue.

GH: 5 starving Children...duh.

JH: Who controls the world?

GH: The Lord with all the rings.

JH: What does the Indian think of the White Man?

GH: Depends on which Indian and which white man.  

JH: Any closing words?

GH: As always, go fast and take chances.

 Such wise words about life

On this day we went up the mountain with uneven numbers. As a result, there was a rock paper scissor battle for who would get a victory freebie lap down at the end of the day. I won and skiing alone, I discovered a new pillow zone that was incredibly sick. It was so good that when I met back up with the boys, I told them we had to spin another lap. Haroo and Bomb were down. As a bonus to the incredible lines and pow we got to shred, we also got to witness this sunset during the lunar new year full moon. Hobayi magic moon baby.

Charging pillows at Cougar

The utter trash vehicles the team had to suffer alongside throughout the winter

Haroo somehow managed to get a large stone trapped between the track and his tunnel. We used another rock as a fulcrum and a tree branch as a lever to pop it out. Caveman repairs on modern snowmobiles. But the Yammy should barely be considered modern... its still a dinosaur..

Haroo used to be the Western Canada representative for Icelantic skis. But its tough to make it in the ski industry where under paying jobs are a plenty. We professional gordons prefer to work real jobs for normal pay and have our weekends to our own leisures. It keep our love for the sport pure.

Dropping something sick in flat light greybird conditions.


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