The cover photo for the Spring issue came courtesy (well, not really, we’re going to pay for it) of prolific ski and outdoor photographer Scott Markewitz. We caught up with Scott in his home in Salt Lake City to find out how he got the shot.
Michael Hernandez is a really strong NorCal road racer—I believe he’s a pro. We were shooting up in the hills above Watsonville, which is near Santa Cruz.
There’s great road riding as well as great mountain biking in that area, especially when you get closer to Santa Cruz, which is a little Mecca for mountain biking. There are a ton of great trails up in Santa Cruz in the hills, on the way back to San Jose, in the Saratoga gap between San Jose and Santa Cruz, and down into Watsonville.
The background with all the fog rolling in looks really cool. I saw that dirt road and thought we’ve got to get that shot. I tweaked it a little to give it the look you see, to enhance the fog and make it look more dramatic.
Spring is when I think about getting out on the trail. It’s not that I put the skis away, but I think more about mountain biking, getting out on the bike, and doing a lot of trail running.
There are so many options around Salt Lake City. I recreate based on the weather. We can have some of the best powder skiing of the season. Two years ago, we had seven feet of snow in April and May, the best snow all season. But lately it’s been 80 degrees in Salt Lake City, great for road biking, mountain biking, trail running, and climbing.
Visit scottmarkewitz.com to see more of his work. Pick up a copy of the Spring issue to see the results of our fat tire test, read about top multisport destinations around the U.S., and get a closer look Denali and protecting a mountain from its people. Are you a subscriber? Click here and use code MTNVAPUR to receive a free gift with a one-year subscription.