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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.


The votes have been tallied and this shot of Wiley Miller at Haines by Jeff Cricco is the winner of the Readers' Choice Award for Best Photo of the…

The votes have been tallied and this shot of Wiley Miller at Haines by Jeff Cricco is the winner of the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Photo of the Year for Skiing Magazine. Congratulations to Jeff, who will be getting $500 cash for getting the most votes.

“This was shot on the first run of the trip. The crew tried to get out the previous day, but the heli landed on a cornice that broke loose. They called it a day after that.”  —JEFF CRICCO

www.jeffcricco.com

 

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This photo, of skier Brayden Brassey by photographer Steve Lloyd won third place in our Readers' Choice Awards forSkiing Magazine's Best Photo of the…

This photo, of skier Brayden Brassey by photographer Steve Lloyd won third place in our Readers’ Choice Awards forSkiing Magazine’s Best Photo of the Year. “This is the most difficult shot I’ve ever taken. I had to guess where the skier would be in the air and point the outside flash to hit the skier and not the ice, so it didn’t wash out the deep blue color.” 

—STEVE LLOYD

See more at— www.stevelloydphoto.com

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“This spine is at the top of Chair 8 at Mt. Baker. Whenever it’s good I want to post up in a lawn chair, with a case of beer, and let the athletes…

“This spine is at the top of Chair 8 at Mt. Baker. Whenever it’s good I want to post up in a lawn chair, with a case of beer, and let the athletes make laps.” 

—GRANT GUNDERSON

See more at— http://www.grantgunderson.com


 

“This was a pretty good day: 14 inches of fresh during the night and still snowing. That’s how we like it.”   —MATTIAS FREDRIKSSONSee more at—…

“This was a pretty good day: 14 inches of fresh during the night and still snowing. That’s how we like it.” 

—MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON

See more at— http://www.mattiasfredriksson.com

 

 

“I shot this photo of Kaj during one of the deepest powder days I’ve ever experienced. Our tracks were filled in after each lap and I couldn’t even…

“I shot this photo of Kaj during one of the deepest powder days I’ve ever experienced. Our tracks were filled in after each lap and I couldn’t even see the riders in the shots.” 

—MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON

See more at— http://www.mattiasfredriksson.com

 

 

“Look at the snow cloud above the takeoff—that tells you a lot about this shot. Emanuel committed and went Mach 10 down this steep pitch.”   —MATTIAS…

“Look at the snow cloud above the takeoff—that tells you a lot about this shot. Emanuel committed and went Mach 10 down this steep pitch.” 

—MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON

See more at— http://www.mattiasfredriksson.com

 

 

 

 “This is the Alps at its best. Big mountains, fresh pow, and crispy blue sky. No crazy moves here, but people can relate to being in this…

 

“This is the Alps at its best. Big mountains, fresh pow, and crispy blue sky. No crazy moves here, but people can relate to being in this shot—popping off a cliff into deep powder.” 

—Mattias Fredriksson

See more at— http://www.mattiasfredriksson.com

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“Nearly every turn we had there was like this one. If you look closely, it is as if the snow is being repelled by his greasy mustache.”   —DAMIAN…

“Nearly every turn we had there was like this one. If you look closely, it is as if the snow is being repelled by his greasy mustache.” 

—DAMIAN CROMWELL

See more at— http://damiancromwell.blogspot.com/

 

 

 “When it snows a meter over three days, and the sun doesn’t come out, I’m OK with it. All you have to do to make the image pop is add a little fake…

 

“When it snows a meter over three days, and the sun doesn’t come out, I’m OK with it. All you have to do to make the image pop is add a little fake sunlight.”  

—Jordan Manley

See more at— http://www.jordanmanley.com/

 

 


 

 “It hadn’t snowed in over a week, but the north faces, dotted with beautiful larch trees, remained a haven for cold snow.” —Jordan ManleySee more…

 

“It hadn’t snowed in over a week, but the north faces, dotted with beautiful larch trees, remained a haven for cold snow.”

—Jordan Manley

See more at— http://www.jordanmanley.com/

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“I had no idea where Jesse was going to come off or how big he was going to go. I don’t think Jesse knew either. He was only in my viewfinder for a…

“I had no idea where Jesse was going to come off or how big he was going to go. I don’t think Jesse knew either. He was only in my viewfinder for a few frames.” 

—Steve Lloyd

See more at— http://www.stevelloydphoto.com/

 

 

 “My desktop screensaver has always been a revolving door until this image came along. It’s been holding it down since the day it was shot.”  —WILL…

 

“My desktop screensaver has always been a revolving door until this image came along. It’s been holding it down since the day it was shot.” 

—WILL WISSMAN

See more at— http://www.willwissman.com/

 

 


 

“What do you do when you have the most amazing backdrop with mountains popping out of the sea, but crappy snow? You get creative and build a snow…

“What do you do when you have the most amazing backdrop with mountains popping out of the sea, but crappy snow? You get creative and build a snow cone for some hand-plant action.” 

—MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON

See more at— http://www.mattiasfredriksson.com

 

 

 

“I shot this in a zone in Haines called Dick’s Picks, which has three prominent spines, the most appealing being at far skier’s right. After a…

“I shot this in a zone in Haines called Dick’s Picks, which has three prominent spines, the most appealing being at far skier’s right. After a roshambo battle on top, Enak won out with first choice.” 

—Will Wissman

See more at— http://www.willwissman.com

 

 

“It was a dream line for Will to ski 1,500 vertical feet of steep, spiny Haines snow and then hit a big wind lip at the bottom. He styled the hell…

“It was a dream line for Will to ski 1,500 vertical feet of steep, spiny Haines snow and then hit a big wind lip at the bottom. He styled the hell out of it.” 

—Jay Beyer

See more at— http://www.jaybeyer.com/

 

 

“I was standing behind, a bit from above, and I realized the angle was nice, the light was perfect, and the snowflakes made the picture. I picked up…

“I was standing behind, a bit from above, and I realized the angle was nice, the light was perfect, and the snowflakes made the picture. I picked up my camera and told Mattias to step on it hard.” 

—Jesper Molin

See more at— http://www.jespermolin.se/


 

 

Of the thousands of photos that flash across my monitor each year, one always stands out. Last year it was Grant Gunderson’s star-trail shot, which…

Of the thousands of photos that flash across my monitor each year, one always stands out. Last year it was Grant Gunderson’s star-trail shot, which appeared on our September 2008 cover. This year it’s this shot by Kevin Winzeler. A lot of images come in technically perfect. The focus, composition, color, and action are all there. But the truly great shots make me want to be there—right now. This shot was captured on a February afternoon after a big storm at Snowbasin, Utah. The clouds started to roll in and cast a glow, backlighting this 25-foot north-facing cliff. Winzeler and athlete Jared Allen nailed it on their first go.   —Mark Lesh, art director

Jared Allen at Snowbasin, Utah, by Kevin Winzeler. Canon EOS 5D MDKII, 1/640, f/10, ISO 500. Lens: EF 15mm, f/2.8 fisheye.

See more at— http://www.kevinwinzeler.com/

 

For me, skiing is equal parts fantasy and reality. I spend as much time fantasizing about lines and destinations as I do actually skiing. What struck…

For me, skiing is equal parts fantasy and reality. I spend as much time fantasizing about lines and destinations as I do actually skiing. What struck me about this photo was how surreal it felt. If there is skiing in Narnia, this is probably what it looks like—and it’s where I’d want to be. For this shot, photographer Jordan Manley found 20 fresh inches at Monashee Powder Snowcats with skier Daryl Treadway. Manley then converted his image to black and white, and bumped up the contrast to bring out the interesting texture in the snow and the definition of each flute.  —Niall Bouzon, photo editor

Daryl Treadway at Monashee Powder Snowcats, BC, by Jordan Manley. Nikon D700, 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 400. Lens: 50mm, f/1.8.

See more at— http://www.jordanmanley.com

 

“I live on the ocean on BC’s Sunshine Coast. We don’t get snow at sea level very often. After a day of touring, I left my poles out and woke up the…

“I live on the ocean on BC’s Sunshine Coast. We don’t get snow at sea level very often. After a day of touring, I left my poles out and woke up the next morning to another dump of fresh snow.” 

—NICOLAS TEICHROB

See more at— http://www.nicolasteichrob.com

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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…

“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/

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“Weather had been bad all day. Five minutes earlier, I couldn’t even see Seb on the ridge, so when it popped blue he went within a few seconds.”  …

“Weather had been bad all day. Five minutes earlier, I couldn’t even see Seb on the ridge, so when it popped blue he went within a few seconds.” 

—Oskar Enander

See more at— http://www.oskarenander.com/

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 “When we left for Canada last December, everybody warned us about the bad winter conditions. In Sweden, bad conditions in December means minus 30…

 

“When we left for Canada last December, everybody warned us about the bad winter conditions. In Sweden, bad conditions in December means minus 30 Celsius and ice. I’m glad we went.”  

—Christian Åslund

See more at— http://www.christian.se/ 

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Of the thousands of photos that flash across my monitor each year, one always stands out. Last year it was Grant Gunderson’s star-trail shot, which…

Of the thousands of photos that flash across my monitor each year, one always stands out. Last year it was Grant Gunderson’s star-trail shot, which appeared on our September 2008 cover. This year it’s this shot by Kevin Winzeler. A lot of images come in technically perfect. The focus, composition, color, and action are all there. But the truly great shots make me want to be there—right now. This shot was captured on a February afternoon after a big storm at Snowbasin, Utah. The clouds started to roll in and cast a glow, backlighting this 25-foot north-facing cliff. Winzeler and athlete Jared Allen nailed it on their first go.   —Mark Lesh, art director

Jared Allen at Snowbasin, Utah, by Kevin Winzeler. Canon EOS 5D MDKII, 1/640, f/10, ISO 500. Lens: EF 15mm, f/2.8 fisheye.

See more at— http://www.kevinwinzeler.com/