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.
Same image as first issue cover of Freeze, just a bit cropped. Doesn’t appear that this magazine company exists anymore. This was taken during a film shoot in St. Anton, Austria.
At this time I had no idea about Skieur Magazine, a French magazine later more showcasing Freeride. This shot came from an Oakley organized trip to Whistler, a first time trip to Canada for me. The idea was to do a ski camping trip, but this never happened due to the weather. Instead we skied Whistler/Blackcomb, we being Trevor Petersen, Eric Pehota, and photographer Scott Markewitz. Dream trip.
At the time, European magazines kept publishing me on covers, they really embraced Freeride. While filming for “Performers Now”, this trip was in the spring traveling west from Jackson Hole to Mammoth, with stops in Snowbird and Sun Valley along the way. Interesting trip and times.
Skieur a French magazine. It’s till around, a few ski magazines around the world, still not many today.
This was an early international cover for me. At the time there was not much happening for me when this photo was taken (no sponsor support) Taken on Loveland Pass early November. Had just moved to Jackson, WY for the season and quickly found myself back in CO for some shooting. At the time I didn’t realize how much later the resorts opened up in the Jackson area compared to CO, more Thanksgiving holiday. This day and the following day ended up hiking a few spots on the pass and getting a few international covers. Doing tricks and having the colored hair gave some excitement for these magazines. Here doing a 360 of a natural feature, this is a Swedish Ski magazine. New School as they called it at the time before Freeskiing became the industry term. More from this few day shoot to come.
At this point in time there were only 2 companies supporting what I was doing in skiing. Although you can’t see any logo’s. This pic was from some backcountry skiing terrain near where I live today, using alpine bindings and backcountry trekkers. The BC enthusiasts were always making fun of my setup, yet I was on the widest waist out there at 90mm. Today I’m on a completely different setup but have the same approach. Third season at home without a local season pass. We would hike for pure powder runs like this cover early in the season since the resort took time to get the snow to open similar terrain. Today this zone sees a few dozen skiers a day, while the resort nearby is waiting in long lines daily. Yet there are still places that stay wild near by.