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Athlete of the Month: Hazel Birnbaum

If you’ve been thinking you need a new role model, look no further. Hazel Birnbaum took first at Big Sky’s Freeskiing World Tour this year, she’s worked as an EMT and a ski patroller, and this summer she’s starting her own organic popsicle business. But wait, there’s more…

“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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Ski Racing Nation

The alpine world ski championships garner way less attention than the Olympics. But American skiers are starting to care. By Nathaniel Vinton