152 days – An interview with Ken Bull

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If you’ve skied at Tremblant in the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve crossed paths with Ken Bull. Always smiling, saying bonjour to visitors and staff alike, and generally sharing his good spirit, he is a friendly character with a passion for skiing and a love of Tremblant. Last season, Ken Bull skied 152 days. Meaning he skied every day. Every. Single. Day! We sat down for a cup of coffee with the retiree from Ottawa to understand why and how he accomplished such a feat.

Tremblant: What was your motivation for skiing each day of Tremblant’s 75th ski season?

Ken Bull: It was on my bucket list. It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do and last year, in my 3rd winter of retirement from the Ottawa police force it just seemed like the perfect time to do it. The anniversary celebrations at the mountain were a coincidence, and a nice bonus.

T: Was it ever difficult?20141030_110936

K: Rarely… when your only worry in life is the ski conditions, life is good. I must say, the grooming in the past 3 years has been especially remarkable. My friends and I have a saying: only 3 things in life are sure: death, taxes and that the grooming in Tremblant will be fabulous! The few times Mother Nature truly wasn’t on our side, we still got a few runs in; once or twice having to take a shuttle to and from the north side.

T: What was the best part?

K: Tremblant holds a very special place for me, it represents family. The joyful atmosphere, the friendliness of the staff… The best part was witnessing this happiness every day and building personal connections with the people I cross. Not one of the people I met here I wouldn’t feel comfortable inviting over for après-ski drinks!

T: How long have you been skiing in Tremblant?

K: I’ve been skiing here for over 30 years. My children all learned how to ski here and now I have the immense pleasure of watching my grand-children learn the sport on the same hill. We’re very happy that Tremblant offers affordable prices for kids, we got them the 99$ 12 and under pass. It’s good that we focus on the next generation.

T: Where do you stay?

K: For the past ten years, my wife and I have been staying at JB ski club. It’s an old school ski club that gathers people with a love of skiing together. There’s always a nice group there to eat with, play games with, play music with, have a drink with and most importantly, talk about our ski day with!

T: Will you do it again this year?

K: Nope! I’m very happy to have achieved my goal last year, but I won’t be redoing the experience this season. On to the next challenge, which I have yet to decide on! This year I will probably just aim for over one hundred.

One hundred days, not too shabby Mr. Bull!

 

Happy ski season

SAC with Ken

Team MKT with Ken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 – Mr. Bull with the marketing and customer service teams, respectively.

 

 

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7 replies
  1. Dave Wild
    Dave Wild says:

    I met Ken this fall at Tremblant and was blown away by his enthusiasm and love of the outdoors. I invited Ken to come out to Silver Star Mountain as Mt. Tremblant’s representative to Canada’s longest running (32 years), downhill race. It is the “Over The Hill Downhill” and you will find racers of all ages and abilities who love speed and comeraderie ,(and ugly bodies in lycra).
    We hope Ken and anyone else with his spirit can join us for a week of speed camps and a chance to ski as fast as you dare and not get your lift ticket clipped. Ken, we would welcome you, Dave Wild

  2. Carol Parnell
    Carol Parnell says:

    Ken is quite the guy and we are soooo glad he chose to join the JB Ski Club! He is a wonderful ambassador for how we should all treat strangers as well as friends.

  3. Doug Fahey
    Doug Fahey says:

    Hi Ken…..amazing accomplishment buddy!!
    Looking forward to hopefully seeing you and Carol at JB in early Jan.
    Cheers,
    Doug

  4. Sue McGall
    Sue McGall says:

    My daughter Kirsten and I met Ken last season on our regular rounds to find deer to feed while staying at Tremblant. On our grocery list are apples and carrots to share with those sweet creatures. Ken feeds them regularly, but is happy when we bring the extra treats. He introduced us to some by name, including Choochi – who we are anxious to see. She had some sort of health issue which affected her growth and her coat. Sadly Quebec does not seem to have a wildlife rescue group like we have here in Napanee, Ontario – near Kingston.

  5. John Maunders
    John Maunders says:

    I was coming in from canoeing on Lac Tremblant on a snowy morning a couple of days ago when a stranger striding by with ski poles stopped and introduced himself. He didn’t think there was anything crazy about canoeing in the snow. I asked him if he skied much, and he said “every day”. Now I know he meant it.

    When I run into Ken again–maybe tomorrow on the hill–I’ll try to plant seeds for his next challenge. We have a triathlon club in Mont-Tremblant…

  6. Vaughan Brazier
    Vaughan Brazier says:

    Ken – great to meet you on the lift today. From the Perth Australians, Jerry, Jamie and Vaughan. Peut vous avez juste neiges pour l’avenir.

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