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 The lighting and feeling made this one of my picks. The point-of-view angle, dark shadows and trail of cold smoke make you want to ski a line like this. Bryn Hughes 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 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 This shot best defines skiing in the San Juans; big mountains, great snow and nobody else to track it out. Sven Brunso So many night shots look the same, but this image manages to perfectly blend photography and art. The skier in the frame makes an already great shot superb. Sven Brunso Utah powder shots are a dime a dozen, but Utah powder shot from inside a tree is truly a gem, making this another piece of fine art from a master lensman. Sven Brunso Adam Roberts drops in on a gorgeous day in the Mount Baker, WA backcountry. Sakeus Bankson takes what he said was his best line for the winter of 09/10 in the backcountry of Mount Baker, WA on the Shuksan Arm. Jamie Pierre droping a large cornice in the Mt. Baker Ski Area Backcountry with Mount Shuskan in the Background 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 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 It's the combination of speed, light and cool features that makes this shot. Henrik and Nicklas framed this perfectly. Mattias Fredrikkson This is Scandinavia to me! Just love everything about this photograph - the light, the action, the environment and the flair. It's perfect. Enough said. Mattias Fredrikkson 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
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