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Being outside and exerting myself physically is when I’m at my happiest. Add a small group of like-passioned people to that equation and I’m elated.

I learned to photograph before I learned to ski. Photography has always been a way for me to connect with environments and people that I would not have otherwise had the chance to encounter. And making images has been my way to connect the world with these intimate experiences. Winter offers the quietude of a forest canopied in snow, contemplation of the skin track, camaraderie of a common goal, the fun and hilarity of friends, the adrenaline of sport and adventure and the celebration of accomplishment. Images allow me to communicate all of these qualities of skiing and ski culture that enliven me. — Robin O’Neill

Eric Hjorleifson. Pemberton, British Columbia

Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

Eric Hjorleifson. Pemberton, British Columbia

This photo is special to me because it marked the beginning of my professional ski photography career. Nothing is more rewarding than watching an athlete ski the line of his life, something he has had his heart set on while waiting out the weather for three weeks. It also happened to be my first ski shoot, working as the first female photographer to shoot with Matchstick Productions, and my first time in a helicopter. Hoji is one man who has supported me throughout my career and it has made all the difference.

Chris Rubens. Pemberton, British Columbia

Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

Chris Rubens. Pemberton, British Columbia

This image was captured on one of the deepest days of skiing I’ve ever experienced. We went to one of my favorite zones and I got to capture Rubens, soaking in the pure joy of skiing deep tree hallways of bottomless powder. Although this image was turned down by many major publications to print, it was selected as a Red Bull Illume finalist in the “energy” category which was a highlight of my career.

Izzy Lynch. Hokkaido, Japan

Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

Izzy Lynch. Hokkaido, Japan

It looks so peaceful and easy to capture. The final result does not show the two weeks of trying to create images that led up to it. There is nothing in this shot to reveal that it was only made possible with an extra day for us to go up the volcano, after the writer confused their date to arrive in Japan. And it doesn’t show the treachery of wearing boots that changed the shape of my feet for the rest of my life. But it does hold the memory forever of a fantastic adventure with one of my best friends.

Sarah Frood and Izzy Lynch. Hakuba, Japan

Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

Sarah Frood and Izzy Lynch. Hakuba, Japan

Sometimes you just go for a little backyard walk with a camera and a friend and you see something that would make a good image. A little collaboration with a skilled athlete can often create unexpected magic.  I love the simplicity of this image - it reflects the simplicity of the day and the moment.

Austin Ross. Whistler, British Columbia

Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

Austin Ross. Whistler, British Columbia

Sometimes you just go for a little backyard walk with a camera and a friend, and you see something that could make a good image. The athlete and I collaborate to create something from the situation and bring it to life. I like the simplicity of this image; it reflects the simplicity of the capture.

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