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Ian McIntosh at Revelstoke, BC, by Blake Jorgensen.After a warm and foggy day, the clouds settled enough for photographer Blake Jorgensen and skiers Ian McIntosh, Kye Petersen, and Lynsey Dyer to ride to the top of British Columbia’s Revelstoke Mountain. Revelstoke, which sits in the Columbia Valley, is notoriously foggy during winter. But unless it’s storming, ascending a few thousand feet is all it takes to poke through to sunshine. “It was warm and the snow was getting pretty manky, so I set up under the cliff in this cave,” says Jorgensen. “Water and ice were dripping all over me and my gear.”

Focus

The Focus section of our magazine is where we showcase some of the best photographs of the year, and the stories behind how they were taken. Here is a collection of those images.

“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.

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Swimsuit Skiing

We asked our Instagram fans to tag their best spring shots with #skiingallspring. Here are our favorites.

Monarch Powder

Blower Powder in April at Monarch, Colorado

Winter isn't finished with us yet. Just about every state in the West has been getting hammered by this latest storm. We got out to sample the goods at Monarch, Colorado today. With 6 inches reported and much more deposited by the wind it was a great day to be storm riding in Colorado. Make sure you get out this weekend somewhere and get some.

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Powder Skiing Footage

To get you stoked for ski season, we've rounded up a few of our favorite deep powder skiing clips. Get ready; it's coming.

Snowshoe Mountain

Snowpocalypse Hits Mid-East Seaboard

Washington D.C. may get upwards of 28 inches of snow this weekend, with a massive storm nailing the Mid-Eastern Seaboard from Pennsylvania to Virgina. People are calling it a "snowpocalypse" and clearing the shelves at their grocery stores in preparation. The good news for skiers? There will be powder at Snowshoe, West Virginia. We spoke to Snowshoe's spokesperson for tips on getting there this weekend.

Erich Kunz in the Mt. Baker backcountry, WA

Backyard Stashes

RIMBY. It’s an obscure acronym that evolved from another, better-known acronym, NIMBY, which stands for “not in my backyard.” RIMBY stands for “right in my backyard.” You might call the photographers whose images follow “rimbies.” They’re the envy of us all—skiers who live and work in proximity to kickass skiing. Here they show us those yards in pictures. If you feel like sharing your backyard stash, email us a photo to editor@skiingmag.com.