A day in the life of Sammy Carlson
"To me, skiing is a lifestyle," says freeskier Sammy Carlson. Photographer Michael Overbeck spent a day following Carlson around this summer in Whistler, British Columbia. This gallery will take you inside a typical day for him.
Start of the Day
When we told Carlson we wanted to shoot him for a day in the life, he asked if we could get a few shots of him with his girlfriend. "I start every day off with her," he said.
Most mornings in Whistler, Carlson gets up to the mountain as early as possible and heads to his secret spot, which requires walking down some pretty steep, rocky sections in ski boots. He sometimes brings breakfast and just hangs out up there.
Carlson was hitting the first two jumps all morning and into the afternoon. The snow got slow after cooking in the sun all day, but he managed to get more laps than almost anyone in just a few hours.
Champion of Today
Carlson would hike the same rail three or four times, just wanting to get the shot. "It really shows you what kind of person he is and the drive he has," said photographer Overbeck.
Middle of the Day
After seeing Carlson lapping these jumps and shooting each run, it became clear how much energy and power he puts into his tricks. "He has an incredibly photogenic skiing style just for the fact that he pulls any grab farther than I've seen from anyone else," said Overbeck.
No Lunch Break
You could see how much motivation and energy Carlson has, even as the day progressed. He was consistently hiking back up to hit features again, and skipped lunch just to get more time in skiing and shooting.
Later in the afternoon, Carlson headed down to ski and shoot some rails.
End of the Day
Carlson got to this feature after practically everyone but the diggers had left. He wanted to stay late and bang out a few shots and got this shot on the first try. Even so, he still ran up to try a handplant on the wall and to hit the rail again to close out his day.