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“There’s always the beauty of an untracked slope, regardless of how big it is. There’s something about the way that it sparkles. Regardless of how long I do this, the thrill is still there. It’s a passion.”
Location: Ruby Mountains, Nevada

“Paul Sherman is an amazing telemarker, so I wanted to get his ability in the shot. I also knew I could compose the picture so that the plume would be huge. The nice thing about this photo is that it is just so simple-gear and snow.”
Location: Brighton Backcountry, Utah

“I think I had the best seat in the house. I was hanging out on my perch watching the comings and goings of the helicopters and the world-class competitors and thoroughly enjoying the powder amphitheater.”
Location: Mike Wiegele’s Helicopter Skiing, British Columbia

“It was our first run of the day, and the ridge and background immediately caught my eye. With the idea of a skier dropping the uppermost pitch, the incredible background of the mountains and the glacier almost 5,000 feet below us, I knew I had something special right off the bat.”
Location: Chugach Mountains, Valdez, Alaska

“To get to where I was standing involves a hike to the top of Northway Peak. Naturally, seeing a scene like this in front of you makes you wish you were there right now. So after taking the photo, that’s exactly where I went to get tracks of my own.”
Location: North Backcountry, Crystal Mountain, Washington

“These literally were first tracks. They were shot during late afternoon in early October. I think that some of the best snow is at this time of year-so fresh, untouched and bottomless.”
Location: Alta, Utah

“I was fascinated by this particular spot-a thin line of sun between two shadows. The backcountry is my favorite these days. The fact that there are so few people and all this terrain is remarkable. No one is racing for first tracks; you can just enjoy them.”
Location: Roger’s Pass, Glacier National Park, British Columbia