Oh, hello NEW SBC SKIER! This pretty little number just hit the stands and mailboxes! Gracing our cover is a frothy shot by the ski photographer legend, Grant Gunderson. Known as the king of powder shots we caught up with him to get the details on how he snagged this stunner.
MEET GRANT GUNDERSON
One of the outdoor industry’s most dedicated photographers, Grant founded The Ski Journal where he served as Photo Editor for over six years. In addition to curating his passion for the mountains, he has shot for every major snow sports and outdoor publications worldwide including ESPN, Outside, Skiing, Backcountry, Aka Skidor, Fri Flyt, and Kootenay Mountain Culture. He currently serves as a Senior Photographer for Powder Magazine and is Photo Editor Emeritus of The Ski Journal. From Iceland to Patagonia, and Japan to Sicily, Grant routinely produces unique deep powder imagery and authentically documents the lifestyle and culture of the mountains. Beyond his editorial work, Grant’s work is featured in ongoing marketing campaigns with respected outdoor brands such as Eddie Bauer, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Patagonia and Salomon. He skis close to 200 days a year and when he is not on snow you can find him on his bike or trekking throughout North America and beyond.
SETTING THE STAGE
Location: Furano Japan.
SBC: Relationship with the skier?
“The very first photo I ever took of Micah was when he was 14 years old and that shot ended up being a two page cover of Backcountry magazines photo annual that year. Since then Micah focuses on his skiing and has only improved his already perfect style. This year we worked with each other quite a bit and ended up with some amazing imagery.” – Grant Gunderson
SBC: New zone or known zone?
“This was all of our first time to Furano.” – Gunderson.
SBC: What did you eat for breakfast?
“Nato, fish, raw egg.” – Gunderson.
SBC: What was it about setting up for this shot that just called out to you?
“I am pretty sure Micah spends more time in the air than on the ground, so we spent a lot of time keeping an eye out for trees that Micah could levitate threw.” – Gunderson.
SBC: Did you get any good turns in?
“Of course! That’s the only reason why I still shoot skiing full time after doing it for 20 years!” – Gunderson.
SBC: Did your camera manage to get any face shots?
“On a typical day, my camera tends to get a face shot or two… not as many as me as I have gotten pretty good at moving it out of the way at the last possible second. Wet glass sucks!” – Gunderson.
AFTER THE SHOOT
SBC: Memorable moments?
“Ask Micah how many Chu Hi’s he can drink.” – Gunderson.
SBC: How long did you put off editing your files?
“I usually try to edit everything the same day, but we traveled to so many locations in Japan this winter I didn’t get a chance to get caught up with my editing until May.” – Gunderson