Deep Winter Returns to Whistler

Photo contest kicks off this week.
Deep Winter Photo Challenge

This week, some of the best Canadian wintersport photographers will converge on Whistler Blackcomb for the Arc’Teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge. With $8,500 up for grabs, the contest gives the photographers three days on Whistler Blackcomb to shoot, edit, and tell a story through a slideshow of their best work. The competition officially kicks off Wednesday and it culminates in a sold-out party at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler on Saturday, January 19, where the each competitor’s slideshow will be shown and a winner will be crowned. Keep an eye on, our Facebook page, and Twitter for updates from the event.

This year’s photographers: Reuben Krabbe, Russel Dalby, Mike Helfrich, Nic Alegre, Chris Christie

Here’s a look at Robin O’Neill’s winning slideshow from last year's competition.

Robin O'Neill - Deep Winter 2012 Winning Slideshow from Robin O'Neill on Vimeo.

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Deep Winter Goes Off

Russell Dalby wins Arc'teryx photo comp in Whistler Blackcomb.

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Whistler Deep Winter Photo Contest

This week, some of the best photographers in the ski world are in Whistler, B.C. for the Arc'teryx Deep Winter Challenge, a three-day-long photo contest. On Saturday, one will be crowned king (or queen) of storms. Here's one of the winning slideshows of the past.

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Wonder Reels: The Deep

Whistler Backcomb shares its stockpile of snow.

When was the last time you were in a room packed full of more than a thousand people, on their feet, cheering for a photo of a skier neck deep in snow? Or a patroller chucking a bomb over her shoulder? Me? Maybe never. Until last weekend. In the online world, where a new-hotness helmet cam edit drops every 15 seconds, it’s easy to forget how powerful one photograph, or even a series of stills can be. If you needed to be reminded of that, last weekend’s Deep Winter Photo Challenge, put on by Arc’teryx and Whistler Blackcomb, might have been the ticket.

In Defense of: Photography

Blake Jorgenson crowned King of Storms at Whistler Blackcomb’s Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

Bahrke embraces Kearney after her gold-medal run.Team FirstOne of the challengers was teammate Heather McPhie, who fell on course and tumbled in the standings. Bharke was waiting at the bottom with a hug.It’s easy to offer support from the top, but Bahrke had more hugs for Kearney after her gold-medal run, knocking her teammate off-balance with her enthusiasm.“I whispered—well, probably not whispered but yelled—you just won the Olympics! I didn’t know what the judges were going to do. I said if they didn’t reward her for it, it was ridiculous,” Bahrke says.

Winter Olympics 2010: Closing Time

After two weeks of heated competition, foggy weather, and some surprising victories, the Vancouver Winter Olympics are officially over. Here's a gallery of images to wrap up the Games, showcasing everything from powder skiing at Whistler to Julia Mancuso in action to behind-the-scenes with Bode Miller.

No, that’s not a typo. The Games are notoriously poorly attended. For 2010’s events, just 12 of Whistler and Blackcomb’s 200-plus runs are closed. Better still, Whistler insiders told Skiing that January bookings are lagging, meaning for several weeks leading up to the Games you won’t be fighting for first tracks. Lucky you. Plus, Whistler won our Best Overall Resort in our 2010 Resort Awards.

7 Reasons to Ski Whistler During the Olympics

Unless you live in Whistler, you wouldn’t know that a certain segment of the community is opposed to hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some locals have decided to leave town for two weeks, rent their houses to “some rich Americans,” and go surfing in Mexico. Let them. Here are seven reasons why the 2010 Winter Olympics are the perfect time to hit Whistler.

1. Garibaldi Lift Co., Whistler, BC

Best Après 2009: Whistler/Blackcomb

There’s a reason locals refer to their beloved Whistler as “Swillster.” It mainly has to do with their hearty, healthy attitude toward drink.


Weibrecht Makes Olympic Debut, Wins Bronze

Weibrecht, a first-time Olympian from Lake Placid, New York, shocked everyone by winning bronze in today’s super G (Bode got silver). Skiing's online intern grew up with Weibrecht—and used Facebook to track him down for an interview last week.