I'm flanked by a century and a half of skiing wisdom. This could be my best shot at pinning down the meaning of life, well, life in the mountains at least. Not overly ambitious when you meet my companions: Eddie Hunter, 88, is at my left and his fiend Leo Berchtold, 84, is on my right. We're in the lodge at Mount Norquay, just out of Banff, their home town in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. This is the locals' mountain. Norquay is to Banff what Bondi Beach is to Bondi Junction.