today is Nov 28, 2021

Ming Poon is an award-winning photographer, based in North Lake Tahoe, California. In 2018, Ming received Powder Magazine’s Photo of the Year award, and in 2019, he won the renowned Whistler Blackcomb Deep Winter Photo Challenge. He travels to wild places in remote corners of the world along with today’s most talented skiers and through his images he hopes to inspire a love for the outdoors and a desire to protect open spaces.

“For me, riding powder with friends in beautiful places is what it’s all about. Type-one kind of fun. I love capturing moments of lifelong dreams achieved, but we always come back to the simplicity of powder days. I wish I could include images of all the partners, places and hard earned peaks, but these 5 photos embody what I love most about sliding on snow: friends, powder and surrendering to the flow. I hope you feel inspired to go slide on snow with your friends and enjoy the ride.” — Ming Poon

Cody Townsend. Lake Tahoe, California

Photo Credit: Ming Poon

Cody Townsend. Lake Tahoe, California

This image won the 2018 Powder Magazine Photo Of The Year award. It snowed seven feet, rained a foot and then snowed another 7 feet, setting up a unique snowpack. There was an inversion layer keeping many unmotivated to get out, but I had my sights set on this location. Michelle Parker and Cody are always down to get out and support any creative ideas, so we thought we’d see what we could get. We climbed this peak the day before but couldn’t break above the inversion layer, but we vowed to return! We all believed in the vision, and committed to the process. The next day we were able to get above the inversion to beautiful blue skies and sun! We knew we were in position for something special and waited on top for over 45 minutes for the perfect light. It’s uncommon to have so much time setting up ski shots and we took full advantage. Three friends, ripping pow and creating beautiful memories. Broken down, the simplicity of it is a beautiful thing.

Elyse Saugstad. Lake Tahoe, California.

Photo Credit: Ming Poon

Elyse Saugstad. Lake Tahoe, California.

Elyse Saugstad skiing near her home in Lake Tahoe. This place is what dreams are made of, especially a skier like Elyse who rips big lines top to bottom. Watching Elyse’s explosive style on big canvases above Lake Tahoe is like watching an artist dynamically paint her masterpiece. Brilliant!

Josh Daiek. Lake Tahoe, California.

Photo Credit: Ming Poon

Josh Daiek. Lake Tahoe, California.

Josh Daiek skinning through powder pillows while filming near Lake Tahoe for Seven Stages of Blank. Drones have reached a point where the quality is worthy of any publication or usage. Embracing technology has really opened up opportunities for me to be more creative, which makes me more excited for what's to come.

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. Lofoton Islands, Norway.

Photo Credit: Ming Poon

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. Lofoton Islands, Norway.

Like most things, timing is everything. It was a mostly cloudy day, we put ourselves in position to be lucky, and the clouds parted for a moment revealing this beautiful fjord. Sage dropped in to his line and we came away with this beautiful image. Just minutes after this it started snowing and we retreated to the van parked next to the ocean. For a few months of the year, Lofoten transforms into a ski and snowboard paradise. Fueled by cod, you can climb and ride beautiful peaks and couloirs to the sea where you can then take a dip in the sauna. Like I said, paradise.

Tucker Patton. Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska.

Photo Credit: Ming Poon

Tucker Patton. Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska.

Spot Light! Tucker Patton of Triple Point Expeditions heli-skiing in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska. Playing with light and great snow like this is hard to beat as a photographer. Even as a rider, if I see a pocket of light like this, I just want to blow up the snow in that spot. Do other people get these urges?

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