S: 2011 Ski Trip
BC: The End
FC: "We will miss you Ladell" | 2011 Ski Trip
1: When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Author Unknown.
2: Ski Trip 2011
4: To Candace and Baby Friesen Candace, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you but want you to know how deeply saddened I was to hear about Ladell. In the short time we spent together, I got to know a happy and joyous man, full of character. I can't remember a moment on the mountain when he wasn't smiling. It was the perfect setting for eight men to let loose and open up to others. He was always willing to share some great skiing tips and was the first one into the bowl every morning.. showing the way for others. Ladell shared some great stories about you. It was obvious that he loved you very much. I hope we get to meet one day. Baby Friesen, Your dad was a happy and courageous man that loved life. We are all blessed to have spent time with him. Love, Andrew Savoia
5: Andrew Savoia aka "Ottawa"
6: Life is either great adventure or nothing. Helen Keller
9: Fairmont Hot Springs after an epic day at Kicking Horse Resort.
10: While I'm nowhere near the story teller of our late friend, I would like to share some of my thoughts. When four guys started out on creating a tradition of fun, friendship and a little bit of skiing, I don't think we could have imagined the impact that it would have on all of our lives. When we decided it was time to share those moments, it was the beginning of something truly special. Ladell was someone who instantly made you feel like you could be yourself. I will never forget the new-found confidence I had making turns in the trees through "buckle-high" powder with Ladell on my right showing the way and keeping me moving with a game of "marco, polo" and the sound | of laughter thru the snow-ghosts. With no disrespect to the friends/coaches I have had to get me on my skis, I will tell you that Ladell taught me a lot in the first 5 minutes on the hill with him...and he didn't have to say much to do it. Ladell also taught me a few things about life and how to live it. I listened as he shared the stories about the ups and downs of his ski career and what he had to overcome to get back on the mountain to complete our group. When I had the opportunity for some one-on-one time with him on our last day of the trip, when we were all feeling the effects of some long days on the mountain, I again took full advantage of the opportunity to listen and learn while we attacked some "blue shreddies"along the bottom
11: of the mountain. He made it look effortless and the pictures and footage that we captured during that first week in February of 2011 will live in our hearts for many years to come. He was the first to congratulate you on a great line or on an unforgettable yard-sale through the pow. Thanks for pushing, laughing and making the most out of every moment Ladell. Nickolas Tresoor | Nickolas Tresoor aka "The Red Panda"
12: Live life out loud! | Rogan Dyck
13: Our ski trip with Ladell was a trip of a lifetime! After meeting everyone the first night I knew we were all going to be friends for a long time. The abundant snow made us act like little kids everyday and Ladell was the one that made us laugh like kids. His joy made everyday more epic than the last ending with the best pow we could have dreamed of. He will be with us on every ski trip from here on out no matter who we are with! Rogan Dyck A friend of the Friesens forever.
14: Allan Wilhelm
15: I was with Ladell the first week of February 2011 skiing. I consider myself lucky to have met him. In the short time we were on this trip together he had an effect on me. I found myself looking forward to the next year when I would get the opportunity to get to know him better. The things that struck me most about Ladell were: His great patience (while skiing with less experienced) The genuine happiness and excitement to see others push their boundaries and overcome fears (skiing). The biggest thing that stuck me was the way he talked about his wife and the respect he had for her, it really was something special. I cannot imagine the sadness the people closest to him are feeling, as I only knew him for a week and am finding myself struggling with emotions I have found myself telling people today about my friend who was one of those people you rarely meet, that have a quality that makes you want to know them...he will be missed. Allan Wilhelm
16: Powder day!
17: Just try to wipe the grins off our faces! | Glenn Fairbairn aka "Red Rocket"
18: Ladell was such a genuine and amazing person, that during our trip hour by hour, he simply and effortlessly grew closer to our hearts. His humor, humility and genuine caring just took over the room and I felt as though I knew him for years. I was already looking forward to our ski trip next year and envisioning another fun and great dynamic with all - and more ski tips from the master himself. What amazed me most about Ladell, was his open heart and fun and easy going spirit. Always interactive and positive with the ability to stimulate laughter and a positive spirit; we had a ton of great conversations throughout the week - on the hill, while driving, over supper - he was constantly a pleasure to be with. It took little time from when I heard the news that it hit home for me - we just lost a truly great friend. Jason Dagenais
19: Jason Dagenais
20: The word hero can be used in so many ways. A stranger helping someone in need, a parent coming to the rescue, a policeman doing his job, a friend in a time of need. My time with Ladell taught me there is another kind of hero - a man who lives what he believes. Until spending time with Ladell I had met very few who are brave enough to live life by example. Here are a few things Ladell reminded me of: Not to sweat the small stuff. Live life with a smile and lots of laughter. Take an interest in complete strangers. Life deserves an exclamation point. Treat women (especially your wife and mother) like gold. Patience goes a long way. I cherish every moment I had with Ladell and am forever changed for the better because of our short time together. Jason Donkersgoed