The Photo Issue 2011
Three photographers, three countries, a million views. For an expanded take on visual stimulation for skiers this month, Ski Canada asked three of its regular contributors to send us their own favourite shot as well as the best they could find from their countrymen. Representing Canada, Bryn Hughes goes up against Mattias Fredriksson of Sweden and American shutterbug Sven Brunso. Each sees our sport through a unique window, and it’s your turn to tell us whose pictorial world is best.
This zone, on my home mountain Åre, doesn’t get much light until later in the season and this was the first sunny day we’d had in a while. It’s close to the peak of the ski mountain and the wind hammers this area all winter, so nature looks pretty rad. Anton styled out his drop well and got hit by the light from behind, just the way we were hoping. Mattias Fredrikkson [photo: Mattias Fredrikkson; skier: Anton Silvola; snow: Are, Sweden ]
Powder with blue skies is a rarity in Whistler, and this shot captures that epic moment. Perfect powder and the snow blasting off the face add to the tight skiing style Chris is known for. This is what bluebird skiing on Blackcomb is all about. It’s Berger, so of course it’s technically perfect. Bryn Hughes [photo: Eric Berger; skier: Chris Eby; snow: Blackcomb BC]
The ice, angle, action and lighting all make this shot great. Blake was the winner of Deep Winter this year and is a master at shooting on stormy days—and it shows here. The ambient light would normally be fl at and boring, but add the strobe on the athlete, combined with the ice, and you end up with a great photo. Bryn Hughes [photo: Blake Jorgenson; skier: Dan Treadway; snow: Revelstoke BC]
The Lofoten Islands are a unique place with great ski touring. There are a few ski resorts, but it’s better to put your skins on and work for your turns instead—that’s when you get runs like this one. Last year Lofoten went off and Sverre took full advantage of it in the spring. Mattias Fredrikkson [photo: Sverre Hjornevik; skier: Torkel Karoliusen; snow: Lofoten Islands, Norway ]
Daniel is a young photographer, but he knows what’s up. Last season he positioned himself in Riksgränsen, way above the arctic circle, and in the spring he got some great photos. Here he convinced Christian to drop a big cliff in the midnight sun—way past his bedtime. Mattias Fredrikkson [photo: Daniel Ronnback; skier: Christian Bjork; snow: Riksgransen, Sweden ]
This photo captures how much fun skiing is in the Whistler backcountry: dark days with deep storm snow and skiing epic pillow lines through the trees. You can see Joe gasping for air as he charges this line. Great action and the contrasting black and white make this shot. Bryn Hughes [photo: Mason Mashon; skier: Joe Schuster; snow: Whistler backcountry]