This was from Lyngen Alps filming, first day, lots of snow, had to wait for the window of sun on top. Had a few big cliff drops up there, great terrain and top Northern Lights. This shot was used on some other magazine covers.
This was a short lived magazine. The photo came from a trip at Lyngseidet, Norway. More commonly know as the Lygen Alps. We had gone there 2 times, the first trip was amazing conditions, and the later was tough conditions and even harder times being able to fly helicopters in previous areas. Never easy working in these environments.
This pic came from a trip to Cordova, AK. Yet another fishing town along the sea, close to Valdez only by land. The airport had changed from a small box to and actual terminal for larger jet type planes, only mention this since that time when passing through by small prop plane it was when the oil spill near Valdez had occurred and most people traveling in were there to help clean up the shore line from the oil left behind. This trip was tough conditions, wind blew fiercely for 3 days stripping the knee deep powder. We made the most of it, still leaving heli time on the table, tough one to swallow. As it will be in Alaska, weather along the coast decides.
Another FREEZE cover while filming. This was a first trip to Bella Coola, BC Canada. Recall first day filming there. Deep powder, bluebird sky, what a trip. It’s always exciting exploring new locations. In later years returning and stepping it up each time getting more comfortable in this remote location. Still today its one of those places that never became over run by skiers due to it being one heli operation in the best of the terrain.
The Ski Journal know as the coffee table ski magazine graced me with a cover. This picture came from a filming trip in Northern Norway. The first of 2 trips we had done there for filming. This was one of our first shots of the trip. We had a new guide on our team from Chamonix. He and I were sitting above this cliff for 45-60 minutes waiting for a weather window to open to get the shot. Has asked where I was going and what I was going to do. Told him, make a turn or 2 and then back flip off that cliff over those rocks below. He told me it was impossible, obviously he had never seen the films I was in at that time. Needless to say after that he didn’t ask what I was going to do.
Also you can see the name T.R. Youngstrom on this cover, I had a brief moment with him in Portillo, Chile where we both were in a Helicopter crash together, unfortunately he did not survive the crash and passed away on the mountain that day along with the Pilot.
This came from a British Columbia film trip. My first avalanche to take a ride in. At the time, thought I could straight line out of an avalanche which I tried at this captured momment. Ended up going off a small cliff and losing control as well as a ski, yet was out of the way of debris that came down.
Skiing Magazine once in the normal line up of magazines on the rack, absorbed by Ski Magazine a few years ago. First time in Bella Coola, British Columbia for me and the crew, here skiing a run aptly named “The Morrison Hotel” by our guide “The Swede”, he would present a list of locations each fall for filming in British Columbia and we worked our way up the BC coast filming over the years, till these new locations were exhausted and are now common place to some.
Spanish magazine, back in Snowbird, Utah, starting on the road for a big chunk of the winter. February to mid April in BC, Canada. Would usually stop at one resort on the way, most other times it was Jackson and Grand Targhee.
This was shot in Snowbird, Utah end of November on a sponsor photo shoot. Shortly after taking the photo I was skiing down and hit a rock or stump under the early season snow and broke my left ankle. This was the end of the season for me, first time ever being injured. Tough mental times ahead for the winter. Returning to ski in late March, but not in any sort of form or mental state for what usually would be exciting months of the end of the season.