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Hank de Vre’ was born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland and at age 9 his family immigrated to Newark, New Jersey. His first photographic job was working as an assistant to Lionel Freeman, a top commercial photographer in New York City. In 1972, at age 24, Hank moved west to Lake Tahoe, California and having never skied before, was immediately drawn to the snow covered mountains of Palisades, Tahoe. He learned to ski quickly and fell in love with it, supporting himself with odd photography jobs as he developed his shooting skills on slope.

After a decade of honing his craft, Hank had his first photo published in Powder in 1984. He would go on to become one of Powder’s most prolific photographers with countless images published over a career that continues to this day.

When asked for a short bio, Hank responded, “Just a few words to all you Powder people about this “top 5” project. I mean, how can you do that? There are too many to pick just 5, so I picked 5 images that I think kind of mark some timelines in this ski world we know. I have been so fortunate for all of the opportunities that my photography has given me to travel the world and spend time with amazing people and great adventures, also to have my images appear in Powder Magazine. Thank you to all the athletes that make it happen. Pray for snow! On it!”

Brad Holmes. Palisades, California

Photo Credit: Hank de Vre'

Brad Holmes. Palisades, California

Brad Holmes, 1989 at Cornice II, Squaw Valley. Bad, rad, bumping Brad. He was the first bad boy of skiing. He had the first mohawk, first rad tricks. He was also the baddest in the bumps. A true athlete who set the bar for freestyle. He has been a close friend for many years.

John Treman. Palisades, California

Photo Credit: Hank de Vre'

John Treman. Palisades, California

John Treman at Granite Chief, Squaw Valley 1992 for RAP Productions. John Tremann was such a great technical skier and athlete. So light on his feet and able to get into the air and stay tight, hold that position and always be right where he needed to be to get the shot. John was a special person for me to work with. We worked together and he was a huge part of my photography success. I will always be grateful for his friendship, drive and ski ability.

Suzy Chaffee. Heavenly Valley, California

Photo Credit: Hank de Vre'

Suzy Chaffee. Heavenly Valley, California

Suzy Chaffee, aka Suzy Chapstick, at Heavenly Valley in 1988 for a cover shot for Ski West Magazine. A former Olympic ski racer, she was an amazing athlete, banging out super daffys. She is also a very classy lady with style who shows skiing spirit to people worldwide.

Shane McConkey. Adrenalin Rock, Palisades, California

Photo Credit: Hank de Vre'

Shane McConkey. Adrenalin Rock, Palisades, California

Shane McConkey doing a “ball grabber” off of Adrenalin Rock at Squaw Valley, 2008.  Shane was always pushing the boundaries of skiing even further with the fat skis and big airs. That was him sending it to show us all what you could do on those new skis. Shane was always there for us as a friend, gone too soon. But skiing was forever changed by his spirit.

Daron Rahlves. Haines, Alaska

Photo Credit: Hank de Vre'

Daron Rahlves. Haines, Alaska

Daron Rahlves skiing in Alaska for MSP films, 2009. A US ski team downhill champ, world class athlete, skier and great guy. He shows how we now ski big mountains, ripping it down with more speed and less turns. This shot won the Powder Magazine “Line of the year”. At the end of that day, Daron skied over to me and took my camera pack, also known a the ‘angry midget”. We switched packs and got some pow turns in. Thanks Daron for that!

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