Winter in Review
Utah-based photographer Erik Seo spends his winter shooting freeskiing around the globe. Here, he takes a look back at some of his top moments of the last few winter seasons. "One of the gnarliest urban handrails I shot all year was one of the first," Seo says. "Fortunately in Sweden nobody cares if you are sliding handrails on skis for six hours." Here's Tim McChesney deep into the sixth hour getting after the down flat down flat closeout drop rail.
"Tom Wallisch getting part two of one of the classic urban lines that somehow happens to be all the way in Scandinavia," says Seo. Wallisch slides the double kink to quad kink in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dale Talkington, on a close in gap to wallride to blind 270 out, photographed while filming with 4Bi9 Media. This was shot during a long inversion in Salt lake City, coupled with over a month of snow being on the ground in the city. "Within that stretch, I shot more urban skiing than I ever have in a one-month period in Salt Lake City," says Seo.
Another image from the inverted month of January in the Salt Lake valley, John Ware gaps over a railing to tail street light tail tap in Bountiful, Utah.
"Dawn patrolling a handrail is a lot easier to shoot than bagging a big peak in the dark. At least it usually is," says Seo. "This time around the University of Utah decided they weren't so happy with our crew patronizing their stairways so early in the morning and made their case for John Kutcher to never come back to this six kink c-rail."
Twenty-eight stairs, eight kinks and four gaps, Tom Wallisch hops his way down this technical urban skiing equation in St. Paul, Minnesota.
"I've been pushing the urban ski season later and later into the spring the past few seasons with Stept Productions," says Seo. Here, Cam Riley runs spring break, 270 disastering over a fence to a down rail in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Art makes more art, right? Sean Jordan slides this mega megaphone sculpture in the projects of St. Paul, Minnesota, while filming with Stept Productions.
"The Guac bowl session was one of the coolest and most creative jib features I've ever seen that's been hand-built in the backcountry," says Seo. Here, John Ware hand drag 360s out from the step up to quarter pipe bowl at Alta, Utah, while filming with 4Bi9 Media.
"Spring terrain park shoots with Level 1 Productions at Sun Valley Resort have been a staple for me over the last four years," says Seo. Here, Banks Gilberti gets his rodeo on off this massive double-sided hip up on Baldy.
There's something to be said about a sick jump in an epic sunset location. "This jump is a re-creation of a jump I shot on the backside of Mammoth Mountain five years before," says Seo. "Mammoth was kind enough to tweak the jump a little bit from the last time to make Chris Logan pop higher out of the sunset over the Minarets."
"You've seen Black Tusk in the distance beyond Whistler Mountain for years in previous park shoots, but somehow this was my first opportunity to take a shot at it myself," says Seo. Nick Miles cork 5s over the mega pop jump with the Coast Range sunset in the distance while filming with Level 1 Productions.
Whistler is about as scenic as it gets with huge glaciated mountains everywhere you look. Here, Simon D'Artois gets in the way of a nice mountain sunset background in this shot over the mega popper jump on Blackcomb Mountain.