Salt Lake City-based photographer Erik Seo is a guy who's willing to haul hundreds of pounds of camera gear across the world to creep the streets and mountains to capture imagery of skiing. "He's become one of the best in the game," said cinematographer Kyle Decker. Here are a few of Seo's favorite photos of the past few years, from the mountains to the streets.
This rail is known as the Charles Gagnier quad, after the former X Games Slopestyle gold medalist and massively underrated urban specialist. Both Wallisch and Gagnier made moves on this feature. Here, Ian Cosco takes it down in the days of Rage Films.
"To my knowledge, this was the first attempt at doing a jib shot at night in the backcountry," Seo said. Kyler Cooley and Seo hauled two generators, four hot lights, extension cords, cameras, flashes and stands into the backcountry in the middle of the night in three feet of powder on sleds.
Seo wasn't sure if he wanted to include this photo. "I just like it because it's still the most fun I've ever had shooting an urban feature," Seo said. Dylan Natale plays ball with Kyler Cooley.
This photo appeared on the cover of Powder, one of Seo's many covers with publications across North America and Europe. Taken in Park City Mountain Resort's 22-foot superpipe, this photo features Tanner Hall during a night shoot with Poor Boyz Productions.
Wiley Miller soars over the highly-coveted Rocker Gap at Guardsman Pass, Utah. "This jump was three years in the making," Seo said. "To this day, nobody I know of on skis has done it since."
Quebec is a mecca of urban spots, with the likes of J.P. Auclair and Phil Casabon coming out of the eastern Canadian province. One of the more well-known urban features in Canada, this down flat ledge in Quebec City, is seen here with Corey Vanular, the first Level 1 Superunknown winner.
"This was the moment jib skiing became ridiculous and crossed the video game threshold," Seo said. "This was the first thing I've seen on skis that should belong in a video game." Leigh Powis slides the chair lift line at a Poor Boyz shoot.
The double kink handrail in Minneapolis, Minn., is another spot Wallisch took down. "After I put the sequence together, I deleted the 450 on pretzel 270 out," Seo said. "Oops."
Tom Wallisch's White Whale, this down-C-down handrail at the University of Utah, was five years in the making and "the gnarliest handrail" Seo has ever shot. "And, I'm really glad we didn't get busted," Seo said.
The Rail Gardens, also known as Olympus Hills Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, has likely seen more ski and snowboard film crews than any location in the world. "Somehow," Seo said, "I manage to come away with a cool photo that runs somewhere." Here, Will Wesson does what he does best.
With the integration of lightweight winches, more and more spots are opening in the street skiing world. "This was the first urban gap I shot," Seo said. "Fortunately, it hasn't been the last. This is always a crowd-pleaser."
This photo is unfortunately of Derek Spong's career-ender. Spong came up short, slamming into the ice wall at about 60 mph, which forced him into heart surgery to repair a ruptured aorta. "I hope to never see anything like that again," Seo said.