Best Adventure Photogrpahy of 2013 | A Year in Review

Although winter seems to have forsaken us all, I am hopeful it will return with feet and feet of snow.  While I spend most of my days right now pining and moaning over the lack of fresh pow, or really, any pow at all, this was at least a nice little reminder that the snow was here before and that, most importantly, it will come back.

I’m pretty jazzed to announce that I’m a contributing photographer to Ski Lake Tahoe for the 2012-13 season.   This means that starting in the 2013-14 season you might see some of the photos I took for them on their website, facebook page, or blog.   Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be like LOOK THERE’S MY PHOTO if one ever shows up somewhere and I know, a whole year is an awfully long time to wait but wait we shall.  In the meantime, peek at these images, which I consider to be some of my best adventure photography of 2013.  Accompanying my favorite ski and snowboard photos is a handful of images from the Tahoe Kids Tri and Fun Runs Series, all of which make me smile.



Vote for me!

Hey there!

I’m having a blast at Outdoor Retailer.  It really is a giant party, with a lot of work smashed into a few hectic daytime hours.  I’ll talk all about it when I get home next week.

Until then, head over to facebook via this link and vote for my photo to win the Best of the Lake photo contest.

I’m one of ten finalists and if I win, Buddy and I will get to have a romantic weekend stay at the Park Tahoe Inn, ski at Sierra-at-Tahoe together, get cross-country ski rentals at Camp Richardson, eat dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and a cruise to Emerald Bay from Lake Tahoe Cruises!

Becker Peak

Megs and I are on a mission to get as many awesome photos as we can this year.  We went out twice last week to work on our mutual goal, first to Kirkwood for some sidecountry pow shots, and then again to Becker Peak.

Becker Peak, Meghan Kelly, Tahoe Backcountry, Backcountry Skiing, Powder

We have collectively decided that Becker Peak will be our new playground: it is ideally situated for easy and quick access over Echo Lakes.  There are tons of huge boulders to play on with a great vantage point of both Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness.  It’s a super short easy hike in (great for me when I’m carrying a snowboard and camera gear) and has tons of steep aspects, pillow lines and drops to get photos on.  It was a bit windy the morning we were out but it was a good scouting session for future photo shoots.

Becker Peak, Tahoe Backcountry, Backcountry Skiing, Meghan Kelly, Becker Peak, Desolation Wilderness, Echo Lakes, Tahoe South

Winter Pow

On Sunday I met up with Megan and Tim early at Kirkwood for a morning photo shoot. I haven’t had time to edit them all yet, but here’s one from the selection that I’m pretty pumped on.

Special Christmas Delivery

Santa brought us a shit-ton of white stuff and I don’t mean the kind that the kids at Snowglobe are going to be snorting up their nose this weekend.

There is already so much snow in my yard that the pile is taller than me.  Pretty soon, you aren’t going to be able to see our front door.  I’m not even remotely exaggerating.

We received over five feet of snow in the span of four days and then another two feet or so on Wednesday.  It’s borderline out of control and I love it.  We spent most of the last week enjoying routine powder days like it was no big deal and then spent Christmas Day shredding at Kirkwood with all of our friends.  I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful holiday.  That night we celebrated with a pot luck dinner over at Rose’s house with puppies underfoot and a gift exchange that ended with quite a bit of excitement.

We already have more snow this winter season than we received all year long last season.  WINTER IS BACK.  I am so in love with it all over again that I can hardly ascertain how I managed to make it through last year without this glorious freezing cold white stuff.  It’s SO FLUFFY!

In between all the shredding, Christmas parties, and the retailing of spandex I’ve been doing, we’ve been hanging out almost every night for a week with some amazing Airbnb house guests that I’ve now told are required to be my friends forever.  I haven’t taken many photos over the last week, but here are a few of my favorites.