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Ptor Spricenieks

Meet Ptor Spricenieks

Ptor grew up in Bolton, Ontario, learning to ski in his backyard ravine and the local micro ski-hill called Edelweiss. The lyrics of Neil Peart, the drummer of the iconic Canadian band Rush, were his initial education/exposure towards a 'wider' perspective on life. His second childhood was in Whistler B.C., where he moved to begin utilizing his education as an engineer to 'engineer' a lifestyle to follow his dreams as a skier in the mountains. It was in Whistler where he met his initial skiing inspirations like Trevor Peterson, Eric Pehota and Ingemar Stenmark. Then, travel adventures connected him to the greater 'ski world' and all the other inspirational people in it. In 1995, the successful and committing ski descent of the North Face of Mt. Robson crystallized his life as a skier and set the stage for pursuing his aesthetic inspirations on skis. Meeting the Kogi people in northern Colombia in 1999 was one of the most amazing things that has happened to him from skiing. Meeting Reinhold Messner in the summer of 2014 has been a highlight of his mountain journey and brought the last 20 some years back full circle. You can catch Ptor breaking trail and cutting steep and deep skin tracks in the wee hours of the backcountry morning amongst the French Alps in La Grave, France, where he now calls home. Follow Ptor's journey at [@skiherenow](https://www.instagram.com/skiherenow/). Photo cred: Mika Merikanto, Le Guillou Guillaume, Kurt Dienel and Uncle Moe

All power comes from within.

-Ptor Spricenieks