Craig Kelly Exhibit

We currently have a Craig Kelly exhibit of Mark Gallup’s photos in the Bear Lodge.  The history is thick and the photos inspiring.

Craig Kelly

“Life with Style”

Mark Gallup first brought Craig Kelly to Island Lake Lodge in 1992. Needless to say, Craig was impressed. He arranged to return, often, whenever his busy schedule would allow. Craig broke new ground as a professional snowboard athlete. Initially travelling all over the world to compete – successfully – Craig gradually shifted his focus to freeriding. He pioneered a new concept: ride powder and get paid to do it. A few years later, Craig was part of the group of investors that initially bought Island Lake Lodge and the land that surrounds it. This was another ground- breaking move: professional athlete participating in ownership of a world-renowned ski destination. Craig is snowboarding’s greatest hero. What many people don’t realize is his riding ability was only part of the story. His savvy business skills helped take him to the top. Craig’s role as shareholder and director in Island Lake is a great example of his on-and-off-snow intelligence.

Craig passed away in 2003, shortly before he finished training to become the first ACMG-certified backcountry snowboard guide. Always a ground-breaker, Craig was truly the ninja.

Island Lake was his dojo.

Mark Gallup

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