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.
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.
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.
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.
So I answered with a mute stiffy while simultaneously reinventing snowboarding fashion. How do you like that beige fleece vest?
He is so natural and graceful when he rides. It make me jealous — and pushes me to improve my riding.
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.
Sierra at Tahoe isn’t known for its terrain parks, but it also has some wicked sidecountry.
On that same trip we also got to visit Heavenly, famous for its views of Lake Tahoe.
There wasn’t much natural snow at the time, but there was a lot of man-made snow, which created some unique shots.
Heavenly is a good hill, but the view is the reason most people visit.
Sierra at Tahoe also has a pretty decent view of the lake.
When I visited Crested Butte I discovered possibly the most extreme ski area I’ve visited. The locals were awesome too.
Telluride, however, is another story.
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.
Hiking the sidecountry is standard there.
The reason why is obvious.
The reason why is obvious.
Jackson Hole is another out-of-the-way place that attracts snow maniacs.
Wolf Creek Colorado is lesser-known area, but gets the most snow in Colorado.
When we visited 50 inches (or some ridiculous amount) of snow fell in a matter of a couple of days.
It was glorious.
I can’t recall a time I’d ever seen that much fresh snow.
My guide, Steve, like all of the locals, was incredibly friendly and had moved there for his one love: powder.
It’s not hard to understand why he chose Wolf Creek.
Snowbird, the resort I visit the most in Utah, is often ranked among the best in the world.
Coming from Canada, I didn’t think that ski hills so far south could get more snow than ours. I was wrong.
Snowbird, statistically, is among the snowiest resorts in the world.
A rare capture of the seldom performed beer-slide on a spring day.
But really, Snowbird has big mountain terrain unlike any I’ve ever seen.
A glorious playground.
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.
Canyons is enormous, but lesser-known, which means the trees are excellent for poaching.
It’s wonderful for families.
The longer I ride the more I realize that the turns you earn are the best ones.