It’s easy to lose perspective. If I were to experience this moment just once, if I were to somehow find myself magically placed on skis in a field of cold, dry snow, and then blast through it like this, it would be the experience of a lifetime. I would never forget it — the sensation [...]
How long does the cold smoke linger in the air where you ski? Photo: Dave McReynolds, Wasatch backcountry, by Lee Cohen.
The east face of Wyoming’s Taylor Mountain has been the scene of avalanche tragedy and avalanche controversy. Folks have died on this face, and one of the more fractious debates in a community known for its fractious debates raged about a year ago when a Jackson local intentionally kicked off a slide that propagated into [...]
The white room is unique to skiing. Yeah, sure, surfing has the green room, but that’s different. When you get shacked by the lip, you’re looking down a tube, through open space, you aren’t actually in the water itself. Don’t get me wrong — tube time is one of the most exquisite sensations on earth. [...]
Love the quiet of this Berthoud Pass moment. Photo by Brett Wilhelm/Rich Clarkson and Associates.
Do you smile when you ski? Do you smile when you ski powder? Or is your face a mask of concentration? Or do you make braaaaaAAAAaaaaping motocross sounds, like you do on your mountain bike? Although I tried to finagle some academic grant money to study these questions, it didn’t really work out, so I [...]
When you’re launching a career as a professional photographer or writer, you’re often taught not to get too attached to your creations. You’re supposed to maintain objectivity, I guess in order to stay calm when the editors whose opinions you inevitably disregard start critiquing your work. And that’s all well and good, but if you [...]
TK pithy comment, clever caption, or soulful explanatory text here. Oh, hell, who am I kidding — what could you possibly add to a photo like this? Photo of Revelstoke, B.C., by Garrett Grove. See more at garrettgrove.com.
It is the nature of ski bums to complain — to complain about high season pass prices, no-brown bagging rules, slow skiing zones, too little snow, short seasons, closed areas, having to pay for parking, stupid tourists, glitzy hotels…you name it, some will complain. Shoot, some skiers have managed to build a career out of [...]
Seriously? Seriously. Ski photos do not get any better than this. Photo by the Magnate, Lee Cohen. See more at leecohen.com. And buy his powder skiing photo book while you’re there.
When is a fail not a fail? Yesterday’s Moment of Regret chronicled three years of mountain bike crashes compressed into a six-minute video, every one of them a fail. But powder skiing, by nature of the soft and loving embrace of the medium, feels a lot more like surfing, when an altered trajectory or unintended [...]
If forced to pick the most beautiful place on earth, I’d hem and haw and debate the merits of Torres del Paine and the fjords of Norway before finally, and perhaps only at gunpoint because it would so tough to choose, settling on the Dolomites of Northern Italy. These mountains are magical, mystical, different from [...]
Despite the incredible pioneering work of Trevor Petersen and Eric Pehota, despite a couple of decades of next-generation getting after it, there are still sporting first descents to be had in the wild playground surrounding Whistler. Proof positive: Trevor Hunt’s tracks on a beautiful, obvious, and obviously committed line (click to see it bigger). “This [...]
Now, that’s a good way to get your week started. Photo: Mt. Bakerish by Garrett Grove.
How appropriate that this was shot at Sorcerer Lodge, British Columbia — the interplay of light and dark looks like magic. The flakes have disappeared simply because of the flash blowing them out against the white background, but in a place this supernatural it seems to deserve a more mystical explanation. Photo by Garrett Grove. [...]
This past weekend, I did something I haven’t done in almost 20 years: I skied one of Southern California’s most popular local hill, Snow Summit. On the rare occasion that I’ll hit the SoCal mountains, I’ll go elsewhere – Mountain High or Mt. Baldy are closer or less crowded. But, you know, circumstances and all [...]
Back in the day, people used to joke about skiing with snorkels. And then one time I was deep in the backcountry somewhere in B.C. with a crew who had actually packed snorkels. They pulled them out, they put them on, and — you know what — they needed them. I was about to make [...]
A-Basin soul train. Photo by Brett Wilhelm/Rich Clarkson and Associates.
Yum. Stacy Rachdorf, sampling the taste that made Alta famous. Photo by Lee Cohen. See more at leecohen.com.
Is powder a serious pursuit for you or a fun one? I don’t mean do you enjoy it. That’s self evident. What I mean is, does powder lighten your heart? Does it restore the six-year-old in you? Does it set loose the spirit that’s too often bound by the mundane stresses of life? Do you [...]
Explain to me again why every powder skier in the world doesn’t live in Utah? Photo: Forrest Shearer, driving wedges in the Wasatch, by Lee Cohen. See more at leecohen.com.
Old school snow shot on old school film. Photo by Christian Pondella. See more at christianpondella.com.
There’s a rule that you never leave powder to find powder. But what about when you leave powder because you simply have to leave? One March, responsibilities and life called me away from the motherland. Each day, however, was better than the last, so I kept delaying, skiing, powcrastinating, until finally I had to git. [...]
Chad Sayers wins. If I were to pick one photo that captures the weightless, effortless thrill of deep powder skiing, to isolate that one split second where you’re one with the snow, freed from gravity, and stoked beyond imagination, this would be it. Photo: Monte Rosa, Italy, by Jordan Manley. See more at jordanmanley.com.
Two days before he died, Trevor Petersen skied a powder run that will be burned into my memory forever. We were far from home under a brilliant sun and blue skies, making our way down a vast basin on the south side of Italy’s Monte Rosa, along with skier Gordy Peifer and photographer Scott Markewitz. [...]
Two days ago, nine-year-old David Coombs, the son of ski legend Doug Coombs, went skiing in Jackson, Wyoming, where he lives. David does this a lot, but this time he was moved to write about it. — Ed. First I went up the tram with my mom and I was squashed because of all the [...]