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Winter 2017-18 still a lot of fun despite less snow than we had prayed for

Despite a less than stellar season with epic snow storms being few and far between, we were able to get out and enjoy wonderful skiing when Mother Nature blessed us with the kind of storms we've come to expect here in the Winter Wonderland of Utah.

I created this video for Snowbasin Resort in November 2017 including footage shot during the previous winter. We were all geared up for another amazing winter with tons of snow.

Still waiting for our first big storms in Utah, Mark Lantz and I headed north to the Tetons to enjoy their early season gift of mid-season conditions. We were not disappointed!

Mark in the backcountry outside of Grand Targhee Ski Area.

The first day we bootpacked up The Glory Bootpack at the top of Teton Pass and skied down a valley west of the pass. Luckily, a nice woman pulled over and let us bum a ride back up the pass in the back of her pickup truck. On our next backcountry outing we toured from early morning until mid-afternoon putting in over ten miles and multiple ski laps south of Teton Pass.

Mark enjoying first tracks on the backcountry tour up Mail Cabin Creek.

Dry conditions prevailed in Utah as we started 2018. I put together this drone video to show the extent of the shallow snow pack in mid-January.

DEER VALLEY TURKEY CHILI

We might not have been skiing and shooting quite yet, but I did put together this video for Deer Valley Resort to promote their famous Deer Valley Turkey Chili.

POWDER MOUNTAIN

Emma and I enjoyed a Dad/Daughter day ripping groomers at Powder Mountain.

Emma showing how it's done.

In January 2018 Deer Valley hosted the Visa Freestyle competition leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, and I created a video highlighting the event. In addition, I was able to create a video featuring the newest addition to the Deer Valley Ski with a Champion - Chris Waddell.

SNOWBASIN RESORT

Towards the end of January, the Gods of Snow finally started to smile favorably upon us.

Kaytlin Hughes enjoys the fresh snow after a morning of shooting video at Snowbasin Resort.
Another fun day at Powder Mountain with Emma and Laurie.

Alex Pallas and her husband Max are not only exceptional skiers, but were really good sports during our shoot for Deer Valley Resort later in January. Their enthusiasm was contagious.

As the snow kept falling, we were finally able to get the drone out and get a shot of Laurie making first tracks down Empire. Mike Olson and Laurie helped out as my skier athletes that day as we created a Day Of edit for Deer Valley Resort.

The video of Laurie making first tracks ended up as one of the most watched Deer Valley Resort videos of the entire winter season. You've gotta love it when everything comes together like that.

Dillon Green enjoys the powder after a short walk past the Daly Chutes.

DILLON GREEN!

It was fun spending another day on the slopes with Dillon Green filming him enjoying the free refills of fresh powder during a mid-February storm at Deer Valley Resort.

POWDER MOUNTAIN

"BAM!," said Emma with her skis.

Another primo day with Kaytlin Hughes at Deer Valley Resort.

Kaytlin Hughes

I joined up with Rich Tilton a couple times at Snowbasin to simply rip around and enjoy the snow when it finally decided to arrive. He was even so kind as to take a couple of me.

SNOWBASIN RESORT
Clockwise from upper left: Old Man Morgan, Rich Tilton, and Stefan Pinchak.
Emma skiing out of the Powder Park area with Kessler Peak in the background.

There's nothing better than exploring the backcountry with my family. Emma and I teamed up to go on a tour up the Big Cottonwoods Canyon.

Dizzy Girl Did It! What a fun day!
DEER VALLEY RESORT

More skiing fun as the winter decided to finally arrive and provide us with a lot of good runs.

I love being able to have my daughter join me at "work" and be my athlete for the day.

SNOWBASIN RESORT

Davis Anderson cruised some high speed groomers as we highlighted the on piste terrain at Snowbasin Resort in early March.

The Mountain Collective hired me to shoot athlete Kalen Thorien at Snowbasin Resort, and despite a couple unfortunate accidents (my broken equipment & my broken shoulder), we soldiered on and were able to get some amazing footage.

I can't believe our luck, but we were able to get an amazing amount of footage at Solitude very late in the season. Conditions were perfect, the sky was clear, and the talent rose to the occasion. Not too shabby even for a gimpy filmer with a broken wing.

It has become a tradition to shoot a video of Bob Wheaton to close out the ski season at Deer Valley Resort, and this year was no exception. An amazing leader. An amazing group of people. Deer Valley Resort is a top notch organization and it shows. I'm simply lucky to be able to work with such an outstanding group of people.

SKI CITY SHOOTOUT 2018

Finally, I put together some videos for Ski City for their annual Ski City Shootout Awards. This was the first year they changed the format from a photo competition to a video competition, and it was a lot of fun to meet all the talented videographers.

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