The typical January at Whistler is moody. Storms that start from the coast turn town dark, white, and wet, and send skiers for the trees, where they can see, and ski fast between old, towering, mossy firs. In 2006, Mike Douglas thought the Whistler marketing department should embrace those volatile Pacific Northwest storms that define the area. So he pitched the Deep Winter Photo Challenge. The idea: Six photographers have 72 hours to shoot a three- to five-minute slideshow from within the resort boundary that showcases winter at Whistler.
You’ll have a hard time driving to the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon without noticing Mount Superior. In the middle of the Wasatch, it looks like a stranger from Alaska—its 11,000-foot massif rising straight up from the road, the massive snowfields and Superior’s knife-edge ridges and south-facing slopes dominating the range. This is a slideshow by Senior Photographer Adam Clark of Mount Superior.
After a mild North American winter and with a free place to stay, Pip Hunt, McKenna Peterson, and Amie Engerbretson made a 12-day trip to Mürren, Switzerland in search of soft snow, sun, and big mountains. The three were shooting a segment for a Poor Boyz-produced K2 team movie and Lynsey Dyer’s upcoming all-women ski film, Pretty Faces.
It’s mid-April and you have a good goggle tan. Thanks to the armor of skin provided by those dark days in January, your face doesn’t get cold anymore. Your legs go top-to-bottom no problem. You know exactly where the rocks are, what speeds you need for certain jumps, and which runs get clogged by the tourists. Your ski posse is firmly established, and you know which friends have certain obligations—spouse, kid, busted transmission—that make up the rest of their lives.
It's starting to feel like spring down here in the lower 48, but in Alaska the season is just starting to ramp up, and it goes for a while. You can ski through July, which sounds pretty good as things are getting melty here in California. We sent photographer Garrett Grove to AK last summer to ski and fish with Chugach Powder Guides during their Kings and Corn trip. This is what he saw.