We have a winner:
Stewart correctly identified the photo as Bela Vadasz skiing at Ellery Lake. It’s specifically in the line known as “Chute Out.”
The image this was scanned from is in the 1987 Great Pacific (Chouinard) backcountry skiing catalog. The image was also used for the “Ski Yosemite” poster. The photographer is Bela’s then wife Mimi. Well known guides, the two started Alpine Skills International and became known over the years as highly skilled ski alpinists.
According to Bela:
Early June, 1985. It was a good “fat” Sierra snow year as many were in the 80’s. Mimi and I saw the line filled in well clear through the upper section. By then, we had been to Chamonix a few times and had been extremely (no pun intended) motivated by the steep skiing going on. We were still in our Sierra “3pin” era and were on a mission to ski anything steep in “pins.” Our friend, Eric Perlman was along and at this spot in the couloir, both he and Mimi were firing away with motor drives clicking. After I completed the descent, I named it “Chute Out”, a play on the photo shoot we ended up doing. Mimi got the best shot and it won an important award in Photographer’s Annual.
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I don’t know what to do with you guys. We come up with what we think are tough fairly images to ID, and you nail ’em in minutes. Of course with thousands of people looking at this blog every morning, someone is bound to see something familiar. So…. here is another one for your perusal, from decades ago. I hope it takes more than 30 seconds for someone to have the answer as the process is fun. For a free Backcountry Access backpack dropped at your door, who is it and where are they (answer by leaving comments below post)? Photo subject, family members and media please refrain.
|Bela Vadasz on Chute Out, early June 1985, above Ellery Lake, California Sierrra. Photo by Mimi Vadasz.|
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.