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Backstory

Backstory “It’s fun to get to know an area more intimately than as just another racing or training site. This particular image was taken en route to the National Championships in Mammoth, Calif., in March 2005. I was driving from Boise, Idaho, and decided to loop down through Death Valley and up along the Eastern Sierra. I camped in my truck, woke for sunrise to take this shot, then drove up to race the next day. Photography has been an awesome addition to my racing career and something I will enjoy for the rest of my life.”

Backstory

Backstory “This photo was taken in Austria last season. Julia Mancuso and I had a few days off from training and we went to stay in her apartment outside of Salzburg. One morning we woke up early and went backcountry skiing with a few Austrian pals. Afterward, we were driving back to her place and the light was just coming up over the peaks. There was this iridescent frost on the trees and the ground, but the lighting was what really inspired me. We pulled over and the horses looked at us curiously. I shot this from the car window. It was very spontaneous.”

Backstory

Backstory “I travel to a lot of beautiful places while I’m skiing and training with the team, and I got involved in photography because of Chip Knight and Dane Spencer—they were really into it and helped me through the process of learning. This picture was taken during a training camp in August of 2004. I was trying to capture the essence of Lake Wanaka without any manmade structures in the picture. The tree is a local landmark, and this really captures what I love about the place.”

Backstory

Backstory “This image was taken during a sunset in May 2004. Dane Spencer and I were looking to go on an adventure one afternoon during a training camp at Mammoth. We had been making trips out to Mono Lake to try to capture the downright weirdness of the tufa formations on film. On that particular evening, we had noticed some lenticular clouds forming in the sky and decided to make a run for it in hopes of encountering some magical light. I just tried to use the sihlouettes of the backlit formations to frame the clouds. I must have sat there for 20 minutes with my heart pounding, hardly conscious of breathing, in utter disbelief at the scene I was witnessing.