Friends and acquaintances referred to it like a trusted, inanimate old friend. Charming, full of the comforting familiar but also the challenging, a partner well capable of providing the raw materials for building lifetime experiences together. The Duffey. It's a colloquial reference to the terrain off of Duffey Lake Road around Duffey Lake Provincial Park, just north of Pemberton, B.C. The terrain in this backcountry skiing mecca is big, open, and varied, the options appear endless, and the access to some of it is relatively straight forward. A couple of friends made great company for exploring The Duffey for my first time. One thing is for certain - there is plenty for which to return.