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Powder Rangers
Tracking Virgin Snow: Casimiro's team hikes high into the Canadian Rockies in search of unbroken powder.

"This is just above Fernie Alpine Resort [www.skifernie.com], which marks one point of the Powder Triangle and was unknown to pretty much everyone but hardcore powder skiers until four or five years ago. This is really backwater B.C.—Fernie is an old mining town, but a couple years ago the resort got a new owner and doubled its terrain to 2,500 acres. Suddenly it's become a destination. Skiing magazine does an annual poll of the best resorts in North America and last year Fernie was in the top ten. It went from nothing to...boom! Now people recognize that it's a big hill with really good snow.

"To get this shot we took two lifts and then traversed and hiked a bit. It wasn't very long, and though we had to break trail the climb was short. The snow was a little heavy, but the wind was blowing and when you made a turn it would whip up all the snow in front of your face."

—Photographer Steve Casimiro

Photography Notes

  • Camera: Mamiya 645 AFD
  • Film: Kodak E100 SW
  • Lens: 45mm
  • Shutter: 1/500th
  • Aperture: f/5
  • Time of day: 11 a.m.


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