Snow Shooter: Ryan Creary

Finding the right place to call home is what brought photographer Ryan Creary from coastal New Brunswck to the mountains of interior British Columbia where he now calls home. He believes it is important to stay “centered” and “balanced,” and living and shooting in Revelstoke has helped him on his path to equanimity in art and life. We talked with Creary to find out more about his commitment to life’s Feng Shui.

Snow Shooter: Louis Arevalo

There are people who believe that taking a photo of someone is a way of capturing his or her soul. Photographer Louis Arevalo believes it’s no easy thing to capture the essence of a person or place, but he works hard to achieve this, and while his intensions are not ghoulish in nature, he tries to use photography to convey a deeper meaning.

We talked with Arevalo to discover more about his passion for certain photographic genres and how his action photography and portraiture each present advantages and challenges.

Snow Shooter: Jay Beyer

Travel is part and parcel to being a photographer, but Jay Beyer really gets around. He has been on the road for the last few months, capturing hunting images in New Mexico, Colorado and Montana and has finally settled back into the office, for a little while at least.

We were lucky to catch Beyer at his home in Cottonwood Heights, Utah in between adventures where he is now editing before the winter months. Beyer shared a few of his future plans with us and discussed how he finds balance in his fast paced world.

Snow Shooter: Brian Mohr

Getting the shot is just a bonus for Brian Mohr, whose seemingly unlimited appreciation for family, community and environment continuously bubbles over. As he goes with the flow, he has a camera along for the ride—taking photos as he inspects both the finer and bigger things that cross his path.

Snow Shooter: Tero Repo

No newcomer to big-mountain photography, Finland-native Tero Repo has influenced photography trends and captured images of some of the best backcountry and freeride skiers out there.

Photo Gallery: Hokkaido’s Heli Debate

In “Hokkaido’s Heli Debate,” Whittaker investigates a brewing issue on Japan’s north island, where backcountry and helicopter skiers are squaring off over the shadowy trees and sunny bowls of Shiribetsu-dake (3,632 ft.). “Can there be enough for everyone?” Whittaker ponders.

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Independence

“May was an unreal month,” says Vail, Colo.-based photographer Jeff Cricco, who estimates the state’s high peaks received more than 100 inches throughout the month. And when he drove up Independence Pass, which tops 12,095 feet between Twin Lakes and Aspen, the sight in late May was stunning. “Usually those mountains, even mid-winter, have a lot of rock showing,” Cricco says. “But all you could see were massive faces with no rock. It very much felt like we were driving in Alaska.”

Photo Gallery: Endless Spring

“May finally brought massive amounts of snow and winter weather to Colorado,” says Boulder-based photographer Fredrik Marmsater. Numerous upslope storms filled in the Front Range, bringing the snowpack from low-tide conditions to around 150-percent of normal. For his part, Marmsater calls it one of the best springs in recent memory.

Photo Gallery: Colorado’s Deepest Month

“Since the beginning of May, parts of Colorado have received over three feet of new snow, especially at higher elevations,” says Front Range-based photographer Casey Day. And, he adds, after a winter filled with hit-or-miss storms, skiers are rejoicing across Colorado and fully embracing mid-winter powder conditions in the backcountry this spring. “Multiday upslope storms rolled in one after the next, providing endless supply of moisture. We always seem to have great conditions in the spring here in Colorado, but it’s been years since we’ve had this much snow this late in the season.” Here’s a gallery from Colorado’s deep May, as seen through Casey Day’s lens.

Photo Gallery: Pacific Northwest Promise Land

It was quite the dry season in the Northwest—so dry that some ski resorts didn’t experience “low tide” conditions, while others on the West Coast didn’t even open. In a twisted joke, it took until April Fools’ Day for the first decent storm of the season to arrive, dropping 10 inches on Mt. Hood and the surrounding Cascades and warranting a “sick” day.