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Skiing, Carter Mcmillan, Revelstoke, British Columbia

Photograph by Ryan Creary

“Despite all the risks, nothing in the world can compare to the elation that comes from the mix of extreme joy, adrenaline, and exhilaration you feel when you ski away from a trick like this,” says freeskier Carter McMillan, seen here doing a backflip among the “snow ghosts,” trees coated in rime crystals due to high humidity and subzero temperatures, in-bounds near South Bowl at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

While ski touring, McMillan and friends hiked 30 minutes up from the highest traverse in South Bowl to make sure they were alone. “Revelstoke has a perfect combination of incredibly deep snowfalls, endless and easily accessible backcountry terrain, and a dedicated group of riders and friends to shred with,” says McMillian, a Calgary, Canada, native who skied on the last three Freeride World Tours. “I have skied all over North America and have never found better extreme skiing training grounds than we have here in Revy.”

Getting the Shot

“It was one of the standout days of the season, for sure,” recalls photographer Ryan Creary. Shooting in Revelstoke’s backcountry, near Mount Mackenzie, Creary and McMillan found themselves with a perfect day for playing in Revelstoke’s powder-covered terrain. “There are typically only a handful of sunny days in Revelstoke, so any day the forecast is for sun, I try to get out to shoot.”

Snow ghost trees dot the alpine slopes and Creary used them to frame his photo. “Those trees added depth and texture to the image. I set up on the side of the cliff band, and to the side of McMillan, so I could showcase his amplitude and keep the background nice and clean.” The duo shot this flip before sunset crept in. “He stomped the flip clean, first go, and I was stoked with the image,” says Creary.

Creary photographed with a Canon 7D and Canon 15mm, f/2.8 fisheye lens.

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