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This was a classic stormy Whistler pow day in December 2010. Snow, wind, and epic skiing with lots of great skiers. I met up with Matty Richard at the end of the day. He invited me to go for a hike to the top of Blackcomb Peak. He is the master of getting the most skiing out of a single day. I followed up hoping for the evening clear off to maybe get a few shots. At the top the sun peaked out for a few minutes. We snapped a few shots, waited for it to clear. It didn't, so we skied down.
Matty Richard and I have had some really epic days together in Whistler. We don't shoot a lot together, but the days we do are always fun and productive. He's an amazing skier and knows the mountain better than anybody.
I love simple photos. They are easy to read and see what's going on. This shot just makes me want to be outside with my skis on, whatever the conditions or location. A lot of great days happen without perfect conditions.
Adam Clark is an action sports photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. See more of his work at adamclarkphoto.com.