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.

“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— 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.

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2010 Best Photos of the Year

These are the best things we've seen all year. From other-side-of-the-world landscapes, and portraits of ass-kicking female athletes to blower, double overhead pow shots. Take a look.