Winter's Best Images
To infinity and beyond
Winter may be over, but that doesn't mean it has to be forgotten. We reached out to some of our favorite ski and snowboard photographers to collect this gallery of their favorite images from this past season. Like this photo of Fredrik Evensen, which was shot recently while "out camping in the wild in Norway," says photographer Frode Sandbech, "after a long and good day of shooting snowboarding."
This photo by Reuben Krabbe was taken at Revelstoke, BC's 72-hour photo competition called Hot Lapse. "Photographers have three days to shoot and create a slideshow," says Krabbe. "In these types of competitions you want to have planned shots and spontaneous shots." This one of skier Stan Rey by an old cedar tree with the bark stretched around the trunk was a shot Krabbe was intentionally looking for.
The Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, Japan, claims to be the "home of perfect powder snow," and the hordes of skiers and snowboarders who descended on the region this season when Europe and North America's winter was slow to start would agree. Rusutsu is also home to the amusement park that Taylor Pfaff is playing on here.
In Japan, avalanche barriers like this snow-covered fencing line the hills above roads. Here skier Michael Chotzen airs over a fence in Hakuba Cortina in Nagano, Japan, while photographer Gabe Rogel captures the action.
Danny Davis takes a lone hike up the middle of the pipe in Breckenridge after the first Dew Tour and Olympic qualifiers. "That day was the start of an amazing season for Danny," says photographer Adam Moran. "After the event, he held back to ride a little more in the evening light." And after that, he went on to set snowboarding on fire with his switch pipe tricks. If competition seasons had MVPs, Danny Davis might be it this year.
Utah-based skier Sam Cohen hikes along the ridgetop en route to his ski descent on Iceland's Troll Peninsula in this shot by photographer Will Wissman.
"This is Stle filming his very last shots for his TWS 'Nation' part," says Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Stle Sandbech's big brother, Frode, who just happens to be one of the best snowboard photographers in the business. "It is from Folgefonna, Norway, midsummer when the sun sets around 11 p.m."
Swedish photographer Mattias Fredriksson shot this image of Canadian skier Chad Sayers in Zrs am Arlberg, Austria. "It was Chad's first time in Austria and I showed him some of my favorite places in this vast ski area," says Fredriksson. "We had a great day with a bit of new snow and amazing light toward the end of the day. This shot was the very last one during our first day, en route down to our hotel. The texture of the snow and the last glimmer of light made this shot something special."
Hailing from the flatlands of Wisconsin, Ethan Deiss is that particular kind of snowboarder who, instead of traveling the world in search of powder, travels the world looking for interesting urban features to shred. He found some in the street-snowboarding Mecca that is the province of Quebec, Canada, this past January.
Photographer Gabe Rogel and skier Marcus Caston spent two weeks in Iceland this winter, which is where this photo was taken. "We were always skiing back down to the water's edge, which is a pretty cool sensation," Rogel says. "We were there to explore and shoot."
Jackson Hole, Wyo. has recently turned out a crop of rippers who grew up riding in the shadows of the Teton mountain range and a certain snowboarder named Travis Rice. Alex Yoder is part of this generation, and as such spends most of his days globetrotting in pursuit of powder. And when he can't find it, he still has fun, as evidenced with this surf slash here during a wind storm at Nevados de Chilln, Chile.
"At the end of a run shooting classic powder turns on a glaciated ridge in the coastal peaks above the sleepy town of Stewart, BC, Chris Booth took some free turns down the undulating terrain back to the bird," says photographer Reuben Krabbe, who shot this image at Last Frontier Heliskiing. "I like to keep the camera up after action in case little unplanned moments happen, and this one is the perfect example. Chris is simply bouncing around on the snow as he would if there were no camera."
Most slopestyle courses are relatively the same: They start with a few rail gardens and end with three massive kickers. If you are a photographer who shoots slopestyle competitions regularly, it takes a certain amount of patience and creativity to keep thinking up ways to make the photos come out looking unique. Luckily Brit sensation Aimee Fuller, who incidentally is one of the only women to successfully land a double backflip, came to the rescue for this photo, shot during practice at X Games Aspen 2014.
Nick Goepper was on his way to an X Games gold medal in Ski Slopestyle at X Games Aspen in January when photographer Brett Wilhelm captured this image. Goepper went onto to snag a bronze medal in slopestyle at the Olympics a few weeks later.
This photo of Shaun White, taken by one of his most trusted photographers during his training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ran in Snowboarder Magazine this winter, alongside what was arguably one of the most interesting and candid interviews White has ever given.
Frode Sandbech, a photographer from Oslo, Norway, captured this image of Norwegian freeskier Aleksander Aurdal filming for Field Productions' 2014 film "Supervention" in Folgefonna, Norway. "Just when the sun was setting, we got the shot," Sandbech says.