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Shots from the Best Winter Ever

01/05/2024 06:00AM ● By Ski Town Media Staff
(Cover photo: Jason Aronson seeking out untouched powder in a remote the backcountry. Courtesy of Justin Reiter.) 

Featured in Steamboat Magazine Ski Edition 2023-2024

Steamboat Springs, CO - Over 400 inches of snow made last winter one to remember in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Magazine invited the community to share their photos of time spent on the mountain enjoying sunrises and sunsets, fresh powder, groomed corduroy and most of all, epic ski days. These are their pictures and their stories.

Photo by Elisa Maines
Timing is Everything
Ethan Maines, 14, sprays his mother, Elisa Maines, on his way down Heavenly Daze. Elisa says, “Ethan is a Nordic Combined athlete with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. When he’s not training on the Nordic jumps or skate ski trails, you’ll find him seeking out powder stashes. He also really enjoys big mountain skiing. This was a beautiful blue bird day and he was taking huge carving turns….he thought it would be funny to spray me on his way by!”

Photo by Justin Reiter
The first rule of thumb is to set the subject in the left or right third of the frame. Well, rules are meant to be broken, as seen here in this photo of Jason Aronson on Buff Pass.

Photo by Matt Irvin
Groomer Job Perks: Sunset Backdrop and a Freshly Groomed Run
Taken by groomer Matt Irvin at the beginning of February. Matt says, “This is a sunset picture from Storm Peak that I took while I was grooming. It’s not a deep powder action shot but it represents the pristine corduroy that we provide every day and the many beautiful sunsets that we get to enjoy.”

Photo by Zac Hale
Out of this World
Zac Hale is secretive about disclosing his backcountry trip itinerary to anyone besides his close friends. For Steamboat Magazine readers, he made an exception. He told us he was hiking back from Middle Fork when he noticed that the sunset was going to be spectacular. “I started pushing myself to get close to Last Chance where the view opens up enough to get a decent pic,” Zac says. At 6:03 p.m., he was still outside the ski area boundary when he took this shot. “I tend to feel that moments are sent to me from the heavens above by a close family member who passed on a few years ago.”