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Slideshow: Wish You Were Here

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Who: Christian PondellaWhere: Krasnaya Polyana, RussiaWhy:

Who: Christian Pondella
Where: Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Why: “I’ve been traveling to Krasnaya Polyana for the past several years. It’s my favorite place to ski in the world. It has amazing skiing from the chairlifts, as well as incredible helicopter skiing. SKI actually did a story on it earlier this season, but apparently the writer didn’t have the wonderful experiences I’ve always had there. It’s a mom-and-pop mountain, and I’ve become close to the family that runs it. It’s a place that’s very close to my heart.”

Who: Howie GarberWhere: Mt. Timpanogos, UtahWhy:

Who: Howie Garber
Where: Mt. Timpanogos, Utah
Why: “The east side of Mt. Timpanogos is seen perfectly from Deer Creek Reservoir near Midway, Utah. Because this is a high mountain valley, fog can freeze in the trees when conditions are right. But most often, when the rime is in the trees, the reservoir is frozen. Not in this shot. There are only a few days a year this photo could be taken. I think it’s the possibility of capturing a rare moment in nature that’s brought me back here so many times.”

Who: Scott MarkewitzWhere: Valdez, AlaskaWhy:

Who: Scott Markewitz
Where: Valdez, Alaska
Why: “I think the best skiing in the world is in Alaska-Valdez, Cordova or Haines. There’s no place like it I know of. The mountains go on forever, the scenery is truly amazing and the maritime climate allows the snow to stick to slopes that would be unskiable in the Wasatch or the Rockies. In Alaska, you regularly ski powder on 45, 50 and 55 degree runs that give you the feeling that the world is dropping out from under you.”

Who: Paul MorrisonWhere: Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.Why:

Who: Paul Morrison
Where: Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.
Why: “This is a recent image of the Black Tusk, taken from Whistler’s peak at sunrise. ‘The Tusk’ is synonymous with Whistler. It’s a seemingly ever-changing geological feature. With every storm or with just a slight change in your angle of view, it can appear radically different. I’ve probably shot it more than any other single feature. This view reminds me of many, many days spent on Whistler’s peak, both as a skier and a photographer. It means ‘home’ to me.”

Who: Jim HerringtonWhere: Sierra Nevada, CaliforniaWhy:

Who: Jim Herrington
Where: Sierra Nevada, California
Why: “I grew up reading about David Brower skiing in the Sierra Nevada backcountry in the ’30s and Doug Robinson skiing there in the ’60s and ’70s. Those guys wrote about ski mountaineering in a way that made me really want to do it. And I wanted to do it in the Sierra. Today, I’ve become obsessed-I live for weeklong spring ski tours there. If this photo doesn’t show you why, that’s fine. We like it empty back there.”

Who: Chase JarvisWhere: First, SwitzerlandWhy:

Who: Chase Jarvis
Where: First, Switzerland
Why: “First is in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, the heart of the Swiss Alps. I’ve visited the area three times over the past five years, and every time the skiing has been epic. Much like on the Front Range in Colorado, storms producing an abundance of fresh snow always seem to be followed by a few days of sun. That makes it a photo-grapher’s dream! First also offers nearly every type of terrain, from groomed meandering slopes to high-energy backcountry.”