2010 Best Photos of the Year - Ski Mag

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“The fog appeared from nowhere, rising from below. Seconds before whiteout, I got this picture. Only one frame that day but still one of my favorites.”   —Jesper Molin See more at— http://www.jespermolin.se/Vote for this image as your favorite photo.  

Best Photo of the Year

To make pure alcohol, start with a batch of raw ingredients. Distill it, and you’ll get a more refined batch. This is how we compiled this best-of-the-year photo gallery. We started with thousands of images. Gradually we selected the shots that illustrate skiing and photography in new and different ways, along with an explanation from each photographer. Please enjoy responsibly. Then we asked you, our readers, to vote for your favorite image. Introducing the Readers' Choice award for Best Photo of the Year.

Carston Oliver at Mt. Baker, Washington, by Grant Gunderson.

Best Photos of the Year

Check out the Best Photos of the Year gallery from our December 2009 issue in a lovely-to-look-at video slideshow. Also, click to vote for your favorite image—where the readers' choice award photographer will win $500.

Last summer, we headed south to Chile for the Eye of the Condor photo contest. This shot sealed the win for the young gun, underdog Dubsatch team. 

2011 Photos of the Year

Over the course of 12 months we come across a lot of stunning images, but some of them stand out above the others. These are the best things we've seen all year.

Carston Oliver in Las Lenas, Argentina.

Sweetgrass Production's "Solitare"

Sweetgrass Productions isn't your average film company. Instead of shooting urban jibs and heli-fueled big mountain lines, they've made a name for themselves by filming in-depth portraits of human-powered ski culture, with a side of pow shots (see their last film "Signatures"). They've spent the past two seasons in South America shooting their 2011 production, "Solitare." Here's a behind the scenes look.

Carston Oliver, left, Eliel Hindert, right, ripping sunset pow turns.

Eye of the Condor Winning Photos

Team DubSatch came out on top in both the photo and video categories at the Eye of the Condor. Against all odds (a young team, a last minute bail by the photog) they put together the best photos and videos of the week. Check them, and the rest of the teams' shots here.

Martin Winkler at Nordpark

Austrian Ski Photos

We sent Tom Winter to Austria to see if he could become an Austrian, or at least grind skis in some factories or fit boots in some shops. Turns out, all he did was ski powder. Here are shots of his trip.

Denja Rand

Meet Denja Rand, Local Lange Girl 2010

Despite what you think, it takes more than looking good in a bikini to become an official Lange Girl. We spoke to winner Denja Rand about her photo shoot, her campaign strategy, and her boyfriend, who just won an Olympic bronze. By Olivia Dwyer