POWDER Poll Expert Panel: Ian Fohrman

Meet the pros, photogs, and savants who chose the 40 featured skiers

Fohrman doing time in Colorado with Chris Davenport's Centennial Skiers crew.

Fohrman doing time in Colorado with Chris Davenport’s Centennial Skiers crew.

Ian Fohrman may have gotten his start in the ski industry as a parking lot attendant, but he’s now a bit of a renaissance man. At the moment he’s a writer, photographer, and cinematographer, all while working with some of the biggest brand names in the world as a partner in The Public Works, a eco-conscious creative agency based in Denver. Oh, and he also finds time for The Business of Fun, because “Happy people with good jobs make a better world…” Get to know the Bend, Oregon, native – who apparently never sleeps – and find out how he helped choose the 14th Annual POWDER Poll’s Top 40 below.

POWDER: How long have you been skiing, and when did you decide you wanted it to be a part of your career?

Ian Fohrman: I enjoyed my first snow cat/ski touring trip from inside my dad’s backpack while he was in leather boots and three-pin bindings. It became part of my career when I randomly met up with a good friend who had just finished her POWDER internship during an epic storm week in Jackson Hole, and I realized the potential to make a living telling ski stories.

A cock in hand is worth two in the bush, so they say.

Fohrman’s renaissance’ness has no limits.

What have you been up to in 2013?

This year started out with good friends in the backcountry of Whitewater, B.C., firing roman candles into a perfect sunrise and got weirder and better from there. Highlights include: building a backyard mini ramp and chicken coop, time in the Tetons, a drunken Segway tour of New Orleans, watching my dad kick cancer’s ass, joining the centennial skiers for 10 peaks, shooting vert skating in the San Juan Islands from a heli, plenty of time chasing elk with a bow, time on two wheels, and a Harley road trip to Big Sur.

What are you looking forward to about the upcoming season? Any goals, plans, trips, projects on the horizon?

Well, 2014 is still a pretty blank slate. Hoping to fill it with plenty of weirdness, adventure, and moments with friends in the mountains.

A man of the light. Fohrman on location.

A man of the light. Fohrman on location.

Click here to VOTE for your favorite skier in the 14th Annual POWDER Poll.

What do you think makes someone a good candidate for the Powder Poll? What factors went into choosing the skiers?

There is no formula for what makes a good candidate for Powder Poll but for me it’s generally someone whose love for skiing shows in their style, work ethic, and approach to the mountain.

Who stood out to you this season?

So many people are crushing so hard it’s nearly impossible to tease out the best, but Sammy Carlson has been absolutely charging in every aspect of his skiing and showing grom-like passion and stoke mixed with some manly lines and tricks. Sage’s buttery smooth style and creativity on consequential lines puts him as one of my favorite skiers to watch.

What are you looking forward to about the POWDER Awards?

I’m hoping to make it this year. I’m always most excited to connect with some of the most passionate, creative, loving humans on the planet and celebrate skiing.

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The annual POWDER Poll – now heading into its 14th year – honors the top 10 male and top five female skiers in the world. But with hundreds of talented skiers out there, how to narrow it down? How to squeeze the absolute most deserving 15 people out of the ski industry fray and onto the stage on Dec. 6 in Salt Lake City?

Enter the first-ever POWDER Poll Expert Panel.

This group – which was not allowed to vote for themselves – included the following and many more: groms Logan Pehota and Nick Goepper, current pros Tom Wallisch, Cody Townsend, Chris Benchetler, and Ingrid Backstrom, long-time pros Seth Morrison and J.P. Auclair, media savants Mike Douglas and Greg Stump, and several photographers and cinematographers like Level 1’s Josh Berman and POWDER senior photographer and Red Bull photo kingpin Christian Pondella.

The panel chose a group of 40 skiers from which the top 10 men and top 5 women will emerge. It’s now up to you, the reader, the skier, the bro, the shop employee, the fellow pro, the mom, the old college buddy, to cast your vote. Do you think the panel missed someone? Use the write-in option to choose your own ski hero. And to sweeten the deal, if you vote before Nov. 6, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a GoPro Hero3 and POWDER Magazine gear.