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Matt Bansak Tahoe-Backcountry Skiing

Tahoe and Truckee winter through the lens of the top area photographers

Matt Bansak Tahoe-Backcountry Skiing

This particular backcountry line on the East Shore of Tahoe takes a big snow year and good timing, but when it’s in, it’s spectacular. On this particular day, Miles Clark and I milked every single turn in constant amazement that this is in our backyard.

THE GEAR: Canon 6D
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm
ISO 200, f/8, 1/4000 second


Corey Schlittenhart Hwy 40 gap jump

I have always dreamt of shooting this iconic road gap and Shawn O’Neill always imagined a day he would launch the massive jump over Old Hwy 40. While having the best season of our lives, it felt like no better time. Shawn built the lip the night before and assembled a crew of athletes to join him. This was the first hit of the day and Shawn stuck the landing perfectly. One of those days we’ll never forget.

THE GEAR: Sony A7riii, 16-35mm f2.8 lens
ISO 125, f/9, 1/800 second


Paul Hamill Donner Lake Snowshoe

The hike along Donner Creek out to Donner Lake right after Mother Nature delivers a fresh blanket, has to be one of my favorite snowshoeing locations. Before I pressed the shutter and captured this serene moment of my wife Lynn, I could feel this was going to be magical.

THE GEAR: Canon R5
24-105mm f4.5 lens @100
ISO 800, f/8, 1/800 second


Hurticus On Hogsback Palisades Tahoe - Keoki Flagg

There is no feeling like dropping over the ridge on Headwall’s face onto Hogsback when it is pristine and untracked…It’s a rare gift few have experienced. The privilege of getting to make fresh tracks is one of the best reasons to commit oneself to a tireless and challenging career on Palisades Tahoe Professional Ski Patrol. On this beautiful, bluebird morning, after discharging all of his bombs with his partner, Steve Hurt, Assistant Patrol Director, effortlessly flew by on his way down to the valley below.

THE GEAR: Hasselblad XPan, 30 mm
Kodak EktachromeVS transparency film
F/8, 1/1100 second


Matt Bansak Tahoe Surf

On the windiest days of the year in Tahoe, the swell can kick up enough to surf, and brave souls with thick wetsuits will battle the elements for a chance to ride some waves in the mountains. On this occasion, Tahoe legend Chuck Patterson brought out his prone foil and paddled his way into a memorable session.

THE GEAR: Canon 6D
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 @ 215mm
ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1600 second


Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe skiing

Winter of 2022/2023 was one for the books. This day above Emerald Bay was no different. As we approached the ridgeline to the west of Jake’s Peak, I couldn’t help but smile thinking of our descent. We rounded the corner to sharp granite boulders juxtaposed with the seemingly infinite snowpack. A fast, fun, and certainly scenic ski run back to the car topped off a winter in the Sierra I won’t soon forget.

24-70 2.8 @ 24mm
ISO 100, f/4, 1/1500 second


Chris Bartkowski Tahoe Snowmobiling

As the sun was setting on this epic opening day of snowmobiling, I encountered this field of untracked snow on the way back to the trailhead. I radioed rider Duncan Lee, grabbed my camera, and had him carve a perfect turn against the golden horizon. It was the epitome of seizing the moment.

Sony A7rii, 24-70 f2.8 Lens
ISO 800, f/8, 1/500 Second


Matt Bansak Backcountry Lake Tahoe

Some days you wake up for an early morning ski tour and the weather isn’t quite as expected. Claire Hewitt-Demeyer was keen to get outside despite white out fog and muggy conditions at the beginning of our west shore tour. We were glad we did! Halfway up, as we climbed our way out of the inversion, we were treated to some spectacular sunrise god rays beaming through the trees before opening up to sunny skies and incredible views of a fog-covered Tahoe.

THE GEAR: Canon 6D
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm
ISO 2400, f/9, 1/2500 second