Mike Hopkins Homecoming
I’ve spent my fair share of time as a visitor in the little Kootenay town of Rossland, British Columbia. In the Winter it boasts one of the most epic ski-hills in North America, with ridiculously deep and steep powder. In the Summer the notoriously outdoorsy inhabitants can be found hiking through the woods, swimming in the lake or taking in all the alpine glory the Seven Summit’s bike trail has to offer. The vibe is unquestionably laid back and friendly, and upon arrival all visitors are greeted with hugs and baked goods, or maybe that’s just my personal experience, but it’s worth putting to the test.
With such a vast quantity of outdoor activities pumping through this town’s veins, it only seems fitting that the byproduct would be a few talented individuals being pumped out as well. Mike Hopkins has been traveling the globe first as a professional skiier and then more prominently as a professional mountain biker for the better part of a decade. Despite the glitz and glamour associated with traveling the World on private jets and sipping Dom Perignon out of bejewelled camelback hydration packs (is that accurate Mike?), there’s nothing quite like returning to your childhood home and revisiting the places and memories associated with those formative years.
So in I came as a transient cinematographer for the week to shoot both a short profile piece as part of the “Over the Edge” series I’m working on, as well as a teaser for Mike’s secret project code-named “Imagination Station” (more on that later). Bruno Long, fresh off his first cover on Powder Magazine’s latest issue came out for a portion of the week to get in on some of the action. The theme for the episode was revisitation, so in addition to spending a fleeting hour on top of Seven Summit’s, we decided to go back and spend some early morning’s on the trail we had previously shot for Mike’s “Loam Factory” video, as well as returning to the epic forest he had shot for Life Cycles.
The result became this short piece: “Mike Hopkins – Homecoming”