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Over the last 30 years, Powder senior photographer, Greg Von Doersten has been pursuing cutting edge ski stories in remote corners of the globe. His story-driven narratives and diverse body of work spans from his home in Jackson, Wyoming to the development of heli-skiing in Alaska and Russia, exotic ski mountaineering stories in the Pir Panjal range in India, and skiing in the Alborz mountains of Iran to name a few.

Greg discovered the Tetons through summer camp in the 1980’s, where he honed his climbing and mountaineering skills that would help to develop his eye for adventure and travel photography. Graduating from the University of Montana in Forestry and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Ski Area Management and Backcountry Ski Guiding would provide an integral path to his upcoming profession.

Returning to Jackson in his early 20’s, Greg began documenting the skiers and mountaineers of the Tetons such as Bill Briggs and Doug Coombs, who would go on to mentor and inspire him to pursue his passion for photography and life in the mountains.

Today, he credits the athletes, friends and mentors that have worked with him over his career to continue to progress the sport of skiing and adventure sports so others may find the beauty of a still photo captured in the mountains and rivers that have been a vital part of his life.

Here’s what GVD considers to be the top 5 of his career thus far. Enjoy!

Doug Coombs. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo Credit: Greg Von Doersten

Doug Coombs. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Friend, mentor and visionary, are some words that come to mind when I think of Doug. He was a force of nature and one of the kindest and most impassioned skiers who would take you to the ultimate ski runs of your life if you let him. This photo of Coombs was part of a portrait series on ski mountaineers during the 90’s who were pushing the sport and its development of big mountain objectives. Bill Briggs, Eric Pehota, Ptor Spricenieks and Troy Jungen were some of the subjects I covered in a year long project shot on a medium format, Mamiya 645, with Kodak 800 Tri-X film.

Jeremy Nobis. Chilkat Mountains, Alaska

Photo Credit: Greg Von Doersten

Jeremy Nobis. Chilkat Mountains, Alaska

It was 1996 and a brash, red headed, US Ski Team member named Jeremy Nobis was ushered into one of TGR's AK productions by Dynastar team manager, Charlie Adams. Adams thought Nobis might be a good fit for AK's big mountain freeride scene. In the early days of AK freeriding many of the athletes would make small turns, tic-tocking their way down the peaks. Nobis opened up a revolutionary new style in big mountain skiing which was balls to the wall, big GS turns to fast straight lines in the out runs which would change the face of big mountain skiing forever.

Chris Benchetler. Haines, Alaska

Photo Credit: Greg Von Doersten

Chris Benchetler. Haines, Alaska

In the Spring of 2012, I teamed up with TGR/Atomic athletes Tim Durtschi and Chris Benchetler to capture the new wave of big mountain skiing which was starting to develop with skiers like Sage Catabriga-Alosa in the late 90’s. The athletes were linking big spins and giant airs with heavy consequences on some of the gnarly lines in AK at the time. What transformed was a new era of Alaska big mountain skiing that is still prevalent today and being pushed by athletes in the 2020’s.

Danny Suarez. Jackson Hole backcountry, Wyoming

Photo Credit: Greg Von Doersten

Danny Suarez. Jackson Hole backcountry, Wyoming

Early morning light is some of my favorite light to work in capturing the action and magenta colored alpenglow light.

Ariana Tricomi. Jackson Hole backcountry, Wyoming

Photo Credit: Greg Von Doersten

Ariana Tricomi. Jackson Hole backcountry, Wyoming

I love being in the mountains, skiing with friends and capturing dynamic filtered light with a playful skier like FWT champion Ariana Tricomi. When the atmospheric conditions align with low density snow and epic backdrops and I'm there to capture a once in a lifetime image that will stand the test of time…this is what I live for.

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