Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your Skiing and Snowboarding Photos.

Photo: Skier midair in Park City, Utah
Nighttime. On Dolomites. Backcountry skiers race for over 40 kilometers up and down the mountains.Photo: Backcountry skiers in Retezat Mountains in Romania
Photo: Skier jumps off cliff and performing a trick
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This photo of professional skier Ben Wheeler was taken in the early morning at the Alta Ski Area in Utah.
Park City, Utah
Photo: Kite skier in the French Alps
Speedrider, French Alps
January 3 was the first great day of fun in 2012 for probably thousands of freeriders in the Alps. This image was taken in Les Arcs in Savoie, France. The speedrider Arnaud Baumy is skiing the Aiguille Grive with a 10 square-meter micro-wing that allows him to fly or ride the snow with incredible speed.Photo: A dramatic view of a kite skier in Switzerland
Snowkiter, Switzerland
I was spending four days in Switzerland snowkiting and photographing the pros, who are way better than me. I love the lines and the dynamism in this shot, and of course the colors of the jacket, kite and skis.
Photo: Skier in night races sweeps past the camera
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Backcountry skiers in Retezat Mountains in Romania
Photo: Lynsey Dyer skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Big-mountain skier Lynsey Dyer launches off a cliff at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Must-Do Trip: Ski Jackson Hole, WyomingDespite the handful of swanky resorts at its base, Jackson Hole is still the Wild West of American skiing. “It’s hard enough to get to so that it feels remote,” says Lynsey Dyer, who calls Jackson Hole her home base. “And in my opinion, it’s the best resort in the lower 48 with the best skiing.”Jackson famously lays claim to the country’s longest continuous vertical relief (some 4,139 quadricep-busting feet), a preponderance of nail-biting terrain, and a liberal out-of-bounds policy, attracting a pack of resident pro athletes like Tommy Moe, Travis Rice, and Jess McMillan. Runs like Corbet’s Couloir and Meet Your Maker—steep, narrow chutes with little room for error—give Jackson its reputation, but there’s plenty of less rowdy terrain. Try The Crags, a hike-to area with troves of fresh tracks and pillow drops or opt for an introduction to backcountry skiing with a guided tour—offered by the resort—straight off the tram and out of the backcountry gate. Come four o’clock, migrate to Teton Thai, a local favorite where visitors rub shoulders with grizzled old-timers and TGR film stars alike. 

Photo: Chris Davenport skiing Mt RainierSkier Chris Davenport navigates back to high camp from Mount Rainier's 14,410-foot summit.
Photogrpah by Ted Mahon
Must-Do Trip: Ski Mount Rainier, Washington
Few other mountains in the United States inspire the same lust among beginner ski mountaineers as Rainier. Its crevasse-riddled glaciers, steep snowbound slopes, and 14,411-foot altitude offer plenty of challenge, yet it’s easy to access and thus an obvious proving ground.“I always recommend a ski descent of Mount Rainier to all my ski clients and fans who ask,” says Chris Davenport. “Rainier is one of North America's most amazing ski mountaineering peaks, with so many possibilities it would be hard to ski them all in a lifetime.”
RMI Expeditions offers ski mountaineering courses on Mount Rainier that introduce proficient skiers to techniques like cramponing and rope travel on steep slopes, couloirs, and cliffs. The best part, of course, is carving wide S turns down slopes most Washington residents only see from far below.

Photo: Wave break at Chicama Peru
Peru's numerous waterways and coastlines, such as this beach in Chicama, are a wave-rider's dream.
Dream Trip: Stand-Up Paddleboard Per
Even surfers haven’t entirely sussed out Peru’s 1,500 miles of coastline and year-round ocean surf. Add to that a preponderance of rivers and Peru is an obvious homing point for stand-up paddle surfers. Candice Appleby would start in Iquitos and travel up the Amazon in style on the Delfin Amazon Cruise, a swanky passenger boat.
“Here we can swim and paddle with pink dolphins, hug century-old trees, and experience pure nature at its finest,” she says. From there, she’d drive or boat to the Colca River, where she’d surf through Class III rapids, pass tumbling waterfalls, spot Andean condors, and ogle a canyon that at points plunges more than 10,000 feet. Then it’s off to the coast: “After some big-wave SUPing [stand-up paddleboarding] at Pico Alto”—the famed big-wave surf break south of Lima—“we will end the Peruvian SUP Expedition surfing Chicama, the longest left point break in the world.” 

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