Skintrack Sketches: Artist and designer Joseph Toney takes an abstract view of the skintrack

Unconfined by the limits of ski graphic design, Toney often hits the skintrack to find his subjects, painting mountains he sees and photographs while skiing or hiking.

Skintrack Sketches: How Eric Pollard balances art and professional skiing

Freeskier Eric Pollard has spent nearly two decades working within in the ski industry, from crafting skis with LINE to starting the film company Nimbus Independent—all while creating illustrations and paintings that capture these experiences.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Jill Pelto documents climate change through watercolor

Artist Jill Pelto loves the natural sciences. From a young age, she worked with her glaciologist father Mauri Pelto in the field while growing up in Worchester, Mass. Pelto got her B.A. in studio art and earth science and went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a Masters of Science in 2018.

Skintrack Sketches: Travis Parr on remaining rooted while pushing his artistic boundaries

For Icelantic Skis’ co-founder and artistic director Travis Parr, the future of his brand lies in its past. Since 2003, Parr has been pushing the boundaries of Icelantic’s topsheet design and ski-related art through lively graphics influenced by his love of world history, exploration and the connection between humans and the environment.

Skintrack Sketches: Skiing, art and loss through the eyes of Sandra Fransson

Hailing from the town of Lulela in Swedish Lapland, Sandra Fransson has been shaped by mountains. From ski instructing in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to chasing winter in the Australian Alps and painting summits and slopes across the globe, she’s chased winter for work and pleasure.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Lindsay Dew counts on memory to create mountainscapes

For Nelson, B.C. resident Lindsay Dew, art is more than a full-time job. When she’s not working as an art therapist or serving on the Nelson District Arts Council’s board of directors, Dew is in her studio creating mountainscapes of her own. Instead of working from photos, Dew uses her memory of past mountain experiences as her main inspiration.

Skintrack Sketches: Vermont artist Jess Graham speaks to her love of lines in painting and snowboarding

Jess Graham looks to mountain biking and snowboarding to inspire her artwork – both as a graphic designer for Alchemist Brewing in Stowe, Vermont and in her home studio. Whether she’s embarking on powder or dirt missions or applying her creativity through acrylic paints and sketching, Graham is always thinking about her lines.

Skintrack Sketches: Artist Emma Longcope paints the public lands she protects by day

Colorado-based artist Emma Longcope, 25, sees art and journaling as a way to slow down and better appreciate her surroundings on the skintrack. And although she considers her art a hobby, Longcope works to bring her artistic side to her day job as the content coordinator for the American Alpine Club by illustrating infographics and other nature-inspired materials.

Skintrack Sketches: ACMG guide Aaron Enns zooms in on geometry to paint a bigger picture

Artist and ACMG-certified guide, Aaron Enns, 40, hails from Golden, B.C., where he looks to his skintrack-based work in the winter and tree-planting vocation in the summer as fuel for his creative juices. Through incorporating the natural, repeating patterns and fractal geometry that appear in the familiar backcountry scenery of his workday, he aims to […]

Skintrack Sketches: Lori LaBissoniere finds her inspiration in the Pacific Northwest’s remote landscapes

For painter Lori LaBissoniere, her artwork and environmental ethos go hand in hand. Through her work on reclaimed wood, she depicts the remote landscapes of the Pacific Northwest that she loves and her feelings about environmental degradation that are threatening her places of inspiration. We spoke to Labissoniere to learn more about her medium of […]