2011's Best Photos of the Year

Our photo editor sees hundreds and hundreds of stunning ski images flash daily across her screen. From that pile, she's tasked with selecting the best for use in the print magazine. Here are some of our favorites from 2011.
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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— 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.

Last summer, we headed south to Chile for the Eye of the Condor photo contest. This shot sealed the win for the young gun, underdog Dubsatch team. 

2011 Photos of the Year

Over the course of 12 months we come across a lot of stunning images, but some of them stand out above the others. These are the best things we've seen all year.

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Best Photos of 2010

A lot of beautiful photos floated in over the year. We've rounded up the best of the best, from deep powder, to scenic resorts, and more. Enjoy.