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THANK YOU SARAH BURKE // OLD-SCHOOL OTTAWA // INSIDE WHISTLER'S DEEP WINTER

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Ian Coble

After a really dry December in Washington, the first significant storm in three weeks dropped 45 cms. Given how hard it was snowing we were forced to stick to trees for visibility. I’ve always liked the old growth in this zone, so we worked our way over. I didn't like anything at first but wanted to take a few shots of trees before moving on. When I pointed the wide-angle up, however, I really liked the perspective so I had Tyler hike back up. It was snowing so hard I had to pre-focus, pull down to wipe the lens, and recompose when Tyler was a second from takeoff. 1/2500, f4.5, 19mm, iso 1600, Nikon D3, Nikon 14-24mm

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andrew strain

#1 I shot this photo on my 28th birthday. We booked a heli out of Lillooet for a drop in a zone on Mt. Brew called “Chuter McGavin.” The pilot hooked it up and flew a couple loops on the final approach so I could shoot while Jake dropped into his line. Happy Birthday! 1/2000, f5.6, 17mm, iso 200, Nikon D7000, Nikon 17-55mm #2 This photo was part of my Deep Winter slideshow. To get the angle, I positioned myself at the top of the line and used a monopod to position the camera above Eliel Hindert. Despite the boom setup, I was still committed to the line from this position, and had to send it—with 18 kilos on my back—after Eliel. 1/1250, f4, 10.5mm, iso 800, Nikon D7000, Nikon 10.5mm 1/1250, f/4, 10.5mm, ISO 800, Nikon D7000, Nikon 10.5mm

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reuben krabbe

I shot this on Whistler’s most apocalyptic day last winter—a day when my patroller friend left messages on loved ones’ answering machines after the gondola stopped with her in it and 100+ km/h winds throwing it from side to side like a rag doll. With no high lifts operating, Eliel Hindert and I rode up the lowest lift and ski toured from there. We set out on this mission specifically to hit this feature, which required deep snow and a low freezing level. 1/500, iso 800, f/4.5, 70mm, Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8

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Dan Carr

Because sunrise/sunset “magic hour” is only a few minutes at Nine Queens, being able to shoot on multiple mornings and evenings means more time to experiment. One night Niko Zacek organized colored LEDs for the jump and as the sun went down the lights mirrored the silhouette of the background peaks. Because it was almost dark the exposure had to be long, and my furthest flash was misfiring so it was hit or miss with only a few girls still on the jump. In the end Keri Herman had one last go and the result won Best Action Image in the week’s photo comp. 1/50, iso 500, f8, 40mm, Canon 1d MK4, Canon 17-40mm

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oskar enander

It had been foggy all day in Engelberg, Switzerland, so I’d was just skiing around with friends to enjoy the new snow. But I did have my camera with me in case we got some light. Just as it started to clear I ran in to Edvard Berg on the lift and he joined our crew as a third rider. When the other two guys had done their lines I told Edvard to ski between their tracks. As he dropped in, the valley fog started rising very fast and suddenly he was skiing in mist. 1/800, f/8, iso 125, 200mm, Canon 1d MKIV, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

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Mike Helfrich

Rob Heule got away with murder here... almost. About an hour after the place closed, Rob was climbing a ladder in ski boots during rush hour in downtown Anchorage [AK]. Some would call it “Mission Impossible”; we called it “In N’ Out.” Just as Rob rode away from jumping off the roof, someone drove up trying to figure out what the hell all the commotion was about. The owner didn’t have a clue until this group of kids—blown away by Rob’s jump—ran up and blew our cover. We left in a leisurely panic and let the kids tell the story. 1/250, ISO 125, f/4.5, 24mm, Nikon D300, Nikon 18-135mm

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Eric Berger

We had a challenging start to the season in Whistler last year with wet storms followed by cold high pressure that locked everything in a firm layer. There wasn’t much available to shoot for the longest time. Or so it seemed… Dan Treadway called me one February day when conditions were impossible saying he knew a sled-accessed spot where we might find workable snow. The run was actually in Whistler Heli-Skiing’s terrain, with landing-zone markers at the top and bottom. A short traverse from the top we found this steeper slope holding deep, quality snow. 1/1250, f14, 62mm, iso 1000, Nikon D3S, Nikon 24-70mm

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paul morrison

Disease Ridge in the Blackcomb sidecountry is one of the most heavily shot areas in Canadian skiing. The light only reaches it late in the day, especially in early season, so the snow stays good days after a storm. This image of my son Ian was taken in a place we’ve shot many times before. He came in with good heat and the resulting wave of snow lit up nicely by the setting sun gave a fresh look against a familiar backdrop. 1/1000, iso 200, f/5.6, 80mm, Canon 1d MKIII, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

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Mattias Fredriksson

The impressive Lyngen Alps have been on Eric Hjorleifson’s to-do list for many years. Last spring Hoji and I got the chance to explore this part of the world with the Norwegian film company Field Productions. With no roads leading to the best zones, you travel by boat along the coastline to gain access to unique ski terrain where rugged mountains and glaciers meet the sea. And since it’s all earn-your-turns here, a DIY guy like Hoji was in heaven, knocking off lines that most ski-tourers would never even think about. 1/800, iso 160, f/7.1, 24mm, Nikon D3S, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8

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