I’m always psyched when my copy of The Ski Journal arrives. But the best one is always their photo issue. They call it their “Photo Book,” and they theme it one way or another each year. This time, they’ve divided the photos up by some regions: Alaska, Kootenays, Appalachia, Alps, Andes. The images are a super mix of ski action, lifestyle shots, portraits, climbing shots, and scenics. Lots of black&white as well. Really really well done, highly evolved photography. If you can get your hands on a copy I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
As a web publisher, I still contend that high quality large-format publishing of awesome photos is the only truly viable niche for ink on paper (and even that is subject to change as electronic readers evolve). Ski Journal embraces ink on paper, and delivers the product in high style.
Oh, BTW, the cover shot is your classic climbing image through the legs and down the hill. Yeah, a cliche, but somehow this one still invokes my emotion. Perhaps it’s the skis on the guy’s back, but seeing the cramponed foot at upper left is key to the composition. Overall, WildSnow three thumbs up!
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.