Deep in the Takhinsha Mountains and on Mount Arrowsmith, two photos showcase the untouched powder experience in distinct ways.
Location: Takhinsha Mountains, Alaska/BC border.
“As a skier, my favourite part is the riding, hands down, but as a photographer I almost prefer to see images of us—skiers and riders—climbing our objectives. I’ve always found the finesse involved with climbing up a ski route to be the most attractive part of the process.
I find myself drawn to the physical and thought process of the climb—how we each decide to make our way up and how we go in, out, or around obstacles, hazards and challenges.
In this shot, you can feel the exposure—both below and above—and the delicateness of the climb. With the small stature of the skiers, we get a sense of what lies ahead before they actually reach the top of the line. And how the face looks without any turns spread out on the snow. The photo can give you an idea where the line will be without giving you all the information yet.” –Yan Kaczynski
Location: Mount Arrowsmith, Vancouver Island.
“The Pacific slams into an Arctic cold front. We got almost a metre overnight and with the freezing temps, it just got dryer and dryer. Mount Arrowsmith used to be a ski hill back in the day and the runs are still there.
There was so much snow, anything we could get the sleds up wasn’t steep enough to ride down, and anything rideable was too steep to sled up. It was too deep, but also totally amazing. Life is funny that way, two opposing things can be true at the same time.” –Mark Gribbon
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