Not many locals pick up Whistler magazine as their main audience are out of town visitors. I have found that it offers a lot of interesting articles about dining, local people, and architecture that I would not be able to find anywhere else. It is an important publication in our community suggesting a variety of activities during summer or winter and also touches on the latest outdoor fashion, where to eat, what festivals to check and gives you an overall feel what our town is about. I am also excited that every year they choose a number of my images to go with their stories. Below are a couple of the images that made it in to the latest issue. If you’ve never picked up an issue before make sure to check it out. Even if you are a seasoned local it’s well worth your time.

Paddleboarding on Alta Lake in Whistler.

The feeling never gets old. It’s like getting your favourite candy as a kid. Actually, it’s like getting a lifetime supply of it! Every time someone sends us a message that we have been published in Bike I feel that exact way. I get so excited and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The guys at Bike do things a bit differently. They never tell you ahead of time when you’re going to have a picture published so when you flip the pages and you see your picture there, it’s always a treat.

This picture is from a November trip to Slovakia to see my family. Since Steve was coming as well, we packed the bikes so we could try and fit in some riding and shooting. With only 5 days to ride and explore the trails around my hometown, Martin, there was no time for Steve to recover from jet lag making for some grueling days. I had arrived 2 weeks earlier and had time to settle in but even I still felt the effects. We’re both very driven when it comes to shooting so 10 hours after Steve had arrived, we were already out on the bikes searching out spots to photograph.

The hike-a-bike is mandatory on almost every ride in Slovakia. Most trails have no access other than walking up what you’ll be riding down. It was during one of these torture fests when we noticed a line far off in the woods covered in deep, red leaves. The leaves were so deep in places it was past our waists. As much fun as it was there was also an element of nervousness since you couldn’t tell if there were any giant rocks or fallen trees underneath it waiting to grab your tire and smash your face. Luckily, nothing was grabbed or smashed and we ended up with some photos we were both happy about.

Mountain biking trails in Slovakia

The theme for the latest issue of Mountain Life Magazine is wheels and water. I am super excited they used my picture of Steve Storey riding in Pemberton as the opening image for the Riding High super-feature. This picture is taken from one of our first photo shoots together and I remember this one very clearly for so many reasons. One of them was meeting Steve’s parents for the first time over dinner later that day. The other being how cold it was. It was early November and most of the wood work was covered in a thick layer of ice. When I pointed my camera towards a steep wooden bridge with icicles and a healthy dose of exposure to a cliff, Steve asked me if I was trying to kill him. I replied – but the photo is so good!. We tried chipping the ice with small rocks to try to make some of the features ride-able which didn’t end up helping much. That photo actually hasn’t been published yet but you get an idea what our day looked like. After a stressful/frightening day of shooting we headed back to Whistler. Turned out I wasn’t able to get home due to the first snowfall of the season in Whistler. The typical long weekend chaos ensued causing 3 crashes between the village and Cheakamus. Soon after they closed the only other road as cars were ending up in the ditch cutting me off from my place completely. Stuck in dirty and wet bike clothing, I ended up borrowing shoes and clothing from a friend of mine who is a size or two smaller to finally make it to our dinner date. Always a nice reward to get more images published from such a memorable shoot.

Steve Storey riding Jack the Ripper bike trail in Pemberton.

I am very excited to share these couple of photos with you. They both have been recently published in Coast Mountain Culture Magazine – I would say my favourite magazine these days. With awesome stories and stunning photography spilling from it’s pages, this magazine is gaining more and more popularity in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Proof that print isn’t dead.

The doublespread in the photo gallery is of Steve Storey riding White Rabbit trail in Squamish. We always try to find new spots to photograph, climbing hills for hours on end searching for something new and exciting but sometimes the beauty is just in front of you. This short trail is right next to the Hwy99 and easily accessible. You can start shooting within minutes of parking your car. Everything is incredibly green and lush in this area during the winter months. After a couple of short sessions shooting there we came back with a handful of keepers including this one.

The reflection picture is from Slovakia, my home country. After finishing a 40km bike ride we came out to a road from some singletrack after a summer storm. The sun just came out and lit the water perfectly while the surrounding ground sent up streams of vapour. We both stopped at the same time to look at this amazing light. Playing to our favour was a big puddle on the road and all I had to do was get off the bike and start snapping pictures. Sometimes the best pictures happen when you don’t expect it. It’s pure luck and simply being at the right spot at the right time. As my friend and amazing photographer Dave McColm said: “You need to get out there to get lucky”. And this time, we did.

Editorial photography in Whistler.

It’s been a great month. All the hard work in the last year is finally starting to pay off. Pictures from a hectic 2014 are getting published after a few quiet months. Steve and I are very excited to score a cover on Whistler’s bike magazine, Crank’d, along with 5 other bike and trail building images inside. Crank’d is a free publication and you can find it in various stores and coffee places around Whistler and the Sea to Sky area. The picture on the cover is from a few years ago while out on a scouting mission for the Deep Summer Photo Challenge held annually at the Crankworx festival. Steve Storey, pictured on the cover, helped me find new spots and lines for this amazing event. This photo was taken at the top of the Garbanzo zone at the entrance to the Dave Murray ski run and turned out to be the best version we took. It was a perfect combination of dust, wind, the sun setting, and Steve’s scrubbing skills. It was also a challenge to find something different in the bike park that hadn’t been done yet. We came back a few times to look at the light and session it while trying not to get too much attention from passing bikers. We knew it was going to be one of the strongest images in the show and the fact it had never been photographed before made it that much more special.

Whistler Garbo zone at bike park.

I recently came across an online magazine dedicated to female mountain bikers called Mountain Bike For Her. After reading through the pages I found myself drawn in to many of the articles. Features on becoming stronger on your bike and how to move past fears and conquer them touched on subjects I think about quite often. I instantly became hooked and ended up reading the whole publication front to back. The next day I contacted the publisher of Mountain Bike for Her and we started to talk about the next issue and what she was working on.

The latest issue focuses on female coaches and bike camps for women only. From my own experience, I can tell you that investing into a weekend camp or a few lessons will save you lots of frustration and maybe even some tears. Attending a couple of Dirt Series camps really helped me to improve my skills and conquer those fears. I remember the first time I rode the Whistler Bike Park and I told myself I don’t ever need to do jumps or drops. I simply thought I didn’t like to be in the air. Turns outs that second or two in the air is actually pretty cool, it is the landing that freaks me out. I signed up for the beginner class for drops and jumps and was amazed by the support I received from the coaches and other participants. I was able to overcome that fear of not landing with the skill set I learned from my coaches. I am still successful at avoiding the bigger jumps and drops in the park but I now actually enjoy a few of the airs in the bike park. I make sure to hit them pretty much every day I go there which is a massive step forward from the day I first saw them.

Women mountain bike camps in Whistler

I am very excited to see this picture published. Lisa Mason from Women’s Freeride Movement and Veronika Voracek are awesome local shredders showing the girls that anything is possible. Besides their great personalities they are also coaching and sharing their knowledge with Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps.
This picture was taken during the photo shoot for Dirt Series to create marketing and promotional images for their women only mountain bike camps.
Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps.

Happy new year to everybody out there! I am excited to start the new year with a published travel story about our mtb trip to El Salvador featured in recent January issue of Czech VELO magazine. It was my second trip with bikes to El Salvador and the whole crew got excited to see the familiar faces again. Lot’s of the local riders became our friends and we found ourselves riding together and sharing the bike stories while eating pupusas at local restaurant. It always amazes me how biking brings people together. Poor or rich, lawyer or janitor, young or old, we all have biking in common and forget our problems the moment we get on our bikes. For some, biking is a great adrenaline rush. They love it for speed. For others it’s freedom. For most of the guys in Central America it’s an escape. Escape from the negativity in their life, drugs. It separates them from the problems which they are exposed to. We were lucky to meet a lot of them in Central America, some of them from rich families with latest carbon model, some of them not as lucky riding whatever they can get. Still, they all share the same passion for this young sport and they are all thankful for being able to ride their bikes.
El Salvador mountain biking scene.

Another adventure from Central America made it to print. Freehub Magazine has published a 12 page article documenting our trip to Honduras. It’s a beautiful layout with words written by Steve Storey. Lots of other great stories in there too.
We have only spent one week in Honduras close to Tegucigalpa, also known as Tegus, where we met with Mario Mossi, local biker and owner of Hondubikes. He has been very helpful letting us to stay at his place for a few nights while we built our bikes and got familiar with local trails. Mario and his bike buddies showed us the DH trails they built over the last few years. It’s amazing to see how passionate these guys are about biking and trail building. Los Elotes, one of the trails they built, is one of the best DH tracks around and worth a trip to Central America.

mountain biking in Honduras

Honored to be published in the latest issue of Coast Mountain Culture Magazine’s photo gallery. There are so many mind blowing images and fantastic articles in this issue so make sure you grab your free copy if you live in Sea To Sky Corridor.
This picture is one of a few skiing pictures I have taken and it is from the only mini photo session we have done last year. After watching Deep Winter Competition last January, Steve and I got inspired to go out and shoot even when the conditions were weak. We had ton’s of sunny days in forecast and barely any snow on the mountains. One afternoon we grabbed the camera, just in case. I noticed the sun slowly setting behind the mountain and asked Steve if he can see anything in the area that could look good. I had to underexpose the image so you don’t get to see the skied snow and to achieve the dramatic look at the same time. The toughest part was to stay still and don’t move the camera to get that lens flare right. Moving by an inch and the flare would be more distracting than complimenting the picture. I was hoping that this picture would get published one day and I am really exited to see in print. I love it so much that I ordered a big wood print for our place as well.
Skier:Steve Storey, Whistler.
Skiing in sunset.