Winter '18 - '19 Recap

The winter of 2018 - 2019 was a memorable one for those who live in the Lake Tahoe Basin and elsewhere in the Sierra.  After an extremely dry fall and catastrophic fire season, February delivered record-breaking accumulations. Winter storms were powerful and relentless.  With incredibly deep powder and cold temps persisting throughout most of the month, the skiing and riding were as good as it gets, assuming you could get out of your neighborhood.  

"Kaspian Pier Alpenglow"

Here are some highlights from last winter's trips into the Tahoe backcountry with friends:

Anthony Cupaiuolo (

Ty Dayberry ( and Meghan Kelly (

Ty Dayberry ( 

James Tase

Ty Dayberry ( 

Meghan Kelly (

Besides shooting skiing and riding, I focused my photographic efforts on capturing the majestic snow-covered landscape that surrounded me.  When conditions were right, I would often venture out late in the day on backcountry xc skis with a tripod and fully loaded camera pack to access locations that were buried under many feet of snow. 

"Eagle Falls First Emerging after a Big Winter"

"Above and Below East Shore Boulders"

Towards the end of winter, I worked with Travel Nevada on a winter shoot that involved skijoring with our dogs (@EchoandYuba), xc skiing, and winter SUP.  Fortunately, my girlfriend Michelle was happy to work as the human model for these shoots, while Yuba and Echo didn't have much of a choice in the matter.  Around that time I also began a partnership with Xterra Paddle Boards to promote their latest line of inflatable boards.

As I write this newsletter, the first major cold winter storm is bearing down on Lake Tahoe.  By Thanksgiving we will be blanketed in a few feet of snow.  The change of seasons and transition to winter is always exciting when you live in the mountains, but there is also a lot to do to prepare for it.  Who knows what this coming winter has in store (or, in sight), but I look forward to sharing what I capture with you.

"Golden East Shore Light"

"Calm East Shore Waters and Overcast Skies"