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My Favorite Skiing and Snowboarding Photos

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I’m a passionate snowboarder. Each year I visit numerous resorts (one of the perks of writing the About.com Snowboarding Guide) and do a lot of skiing and snowboarding photography. Here are some of my favorite photos from the past few year in more-or-less chronological order.

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This is my brother Ben. We grew up snowboarding together and now he teaches it for a living. He’s way better than I am.

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These photos are from 2012 when we hiked our hometown ski hill in March. It was closed. It was the first time we rode together in more than a decade.

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We built a jump and he did a backflip, which made me feel like I suck. Compared to most people I don’t. But compared to him, I do.

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So I answered with a mute stiffy while simultaneously reinventing snowboarding fashion. How do you like that beige fleece vest?

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He is so natural and graceful when he rides. It make me jealous — and pushes me to improve my riding.

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This was taken the following year at Sierra at Tahoe during a snowboard tour. The hill has a serious park and some very ambitious local pros. I was humbled.

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Sierra at Tahoe isn’t known for its terrain parks, but it also has some wicked sidecountry.

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On that same trip we also got to visit Heavenly, famous for its views of Lake Tahoe.

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There wasn’t much natural snow at the time, but there was a lot of man-made snow, which created some unique shots.

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Heavenly is a good hill, but the view is the reason most people visit.

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Sierra at Tahoe also has a pretty decent view of the lake.

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When I visited Crested Butte I discovered possibly the most extreme ski area I’ve visited. The locals were awesome too.

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Telluride, however, is another story.

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Telluride is the place ski fantasies come from. It’s beautiful, historic, and the locals are some of the most passionate snow riders I’ve ever met.

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Hiking the sidecountry is standard there.

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The reason why is obvious.

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The reason why is obvious.

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Jackson Hole is another out-of-the-way place that attracts snow maniacs.

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Wolf Creek Colorado is lesser-known area, but gets the most snow in Colorado.

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When we visited 50 inches (or some ridiculous amount) of snow fell in a matter of a couple of days.

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It was glorious.

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Insane actually.

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I can’t recall a time I’d ever seen that much fresh snow.

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My guide, Steve, like all of the locals, was incredibly friendly and had moved there for his one love: powder.

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It’s not hard to understand why he chose Wolf Creek.

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Snowbird, the resort I visit the most in Utah, is often ranked among the best in the world.

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Coming from Canada, I didn’t think that ski hills so far south could get more snow than ours. I was wrong.

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Snowbird, statistically, is among the snowiest resorts in the world.

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A rare capture of the seldom performed beer-slide on a spring day.

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But really, Snowbird has big mountain terrain unlike any I’ve ever seen.

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It’s epic.

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A glorious playground.

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Then I discovered Canyons. With 12 amazing hills within a 1-hour drive, it’s hard to get to all the hills near Salt Lake Ciity.

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Canyons is enormous, but lesser-known, which means the trees are excellent for poaching.

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It’s wonderful for families.

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The longer I ride the more I realize that the turns you earn are the best ones.

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5 Responses to My Favorite Skiing and Snowboarding Photos

  1. eraldwin May 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    we dont have ice in the philippines sad to say sir.

  2. Rich June 17, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Gorgeous photos, Matt!

  3. Milena Yordanova July 28, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Amazing photos! I miss the winter already. 🙂

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