Snowbowl Tuesday

Great day on the Arizona Snowbowl slopes with Yosh, Ryan, Carlos, Alfie and the other rad locals I met along the way. After some fresh groomer laps on the Grand Canyon Express chair we headed up Agassiz Chairlift as the Upper Bowl hike had just opened (patrol was running through avalanche safety procedures prior), so we scored some left-over powder that was sitting there asking to be slashed.

After enjoying the beautiful views of the incoming weather at 11,800 feet (3596 meters) we handled a few runs over on the Humphrey’s Chair, taking advantage of the newly constructed Daydreamer Progression Park, the third and newest terrain park our main man Yosh and his park staff are creating and maintaining.

Not to let the day slip away without additional powder riding, Carlos Daniel invited me up for a splitboard mission in the area of Agassiz peak, so we grabbed the safety equipment, the Burton Family Tree splitboards, let our friends know where we were headed and caught last chair up. Much to our chagrin, the weather had moved in something fierce, making visibility not that rad. Not to be discouraged we charged up to our predetermined location anyway in hopes for a break in the cold dark wind, reassembled the outfits into snowboard mode and waited it out. After an hour kicking it in a protected area, we decided to shred the gnar in the conditions Mother Nature was offering us and we fully enjoyed the ten turns of soft snow, making the mission one-hundred percent worth it.

Overall an epic day of riding the San Francisco Peaks that included everything from corduroy to park features to pow slashing…all things Snowbowl. If you’re in Arizona, get up to the Bowl, you deserve it. Blotto

All images by Blotto ©deanblottogray/blottophotto

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Arizona Desert Snow

When the big storms roll through Arizona it’s a given the northern and eastern sections of the state will receive significant snowfall, but when the temps drop just enough the desert mountains on the east side of Phoenix get their share. It’s a beautiful sight witnessing the Superstition Mountains, Weaver’s Needle, Mazatzal Range and beyond receive Mother Nature’s frozen precipitation, blanketing a region that’s widely known as a hot and dry desert climate. These images were from New Years Day 2015 as a serious cold front moved through the region, so I hopped in the car and shot around Highway 87 and 60 grabbing as many frames as possible during the event.

If you’re in Arizona right now, enjoy this current round of moisture hammering the area and you should consider heading up to Flagstaff to enjoy another weekend of epic powder riding! It’s been really really good at Snowbowl all season long. Blotto

All images by Blotto ©deanblottogray/blottophotto

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Blue Mountain Tones

Over the past couple of days I’ve been posting images from Haines, Alaska, a truly special region of the world in the Southeast portion of the 49th state. The blue tones produced in the months of March and April is something else and capturing that with the contrast of the snow is a dreamy photographic situation. In addition to the scenic photographs, I’m often treated to some amazing snowboarding on these very same slopes, that my friends, is a good time. Blotto

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CHAIRLIFT

‘Tis the season for moving up the mountain on the chairlift while enjoying the pleasant descent back down the mountain engulfed in powder, edging groomers or busting through the chowder. This image from Mammoth Mountain during a great day of edge to edge movement while snapping off the tail whenever possible…Blotto

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Time Photo

 

Nice article over at Time Photo by Josh Raab, outlining ten snowboard photographers to follow on Instagram, including my name on the list, thank you!!! Blotto

10 Snowboard Photographers to Follow on Instagram

Jan 27, 2017

Snowboarding is about pushing the limits. Not only for the athletes but for the photographers who document them.

The sport has its roots in counter culture, but has risen to competition-level where only the fittest and creative prevail. And, again, the same can be said for the photographers who are branching out into alternative processing, creative lighting and layout techniques to elevate their work.

Constantly changing terrain and long hours spent waiting for riders to come down the mountain set the stage for experimentation.

Snowboard photographer-turned-fine art photographer Cole Barash explains that “90% percent of the time you are isolated to environments that are white with nothing else but white. No lines, no color, just white.” It was up to him to change the variables to make his images stand out whether it be by using film, lighting or even by playing with the composition.

Of the many snowboard photographers out there, these are 10 to follow as the winter progresses.

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Pray For Snow Gallery

TheGoodLife! and Fice Gallery put on one heck of a benefit photo show last night! What a great time seeing all the heads roll through, catching up, listening to the solid sounds of Jesse Tré and TJ Mizell, checking out TheGoodLife! photographer collective’s work and enjoying beverages from 10 Barrel Brewing Company, all while raising money for the good folks at POW.

If you couldn’t make it through last night, Fice is open seven days a week and you’re more than welcome to stop in and check the photography (all proceeds going to POW), it’s showing for the next month. They’re located at 2654 Walnut Street in Denver, Colorado.

Once again, BIG UP to all who stopped in and supported the cause! Blotto

Photos in this blog post by Blotto ©deanblottogray/blottophotto

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Cover Archives X Trevor Andrew

Publication: Pleasure Magazin (Germany)

Publish Date: 2008

Rider: Trevor Andrew

Location:  Snowpark, New Zealand

Film Processing: Digital Image

Image by Blotto ©deanblottogray/blottophotto

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PRAY FOR SNOW

TheGoodLife! would like to cordially invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 25th for the opening of “Pray For Snow” at Fice Gallery in Denver!

“Pray For Snow” is a group exhibition featuring renowned photographers Jimmy Chin, Cole Barash, Dean Blotto Gray, Laura Austin, Meg Haywood-Sullivan, and Craig Wetherby. “Pray for Snow” is dedicated to spreading awareness of the decreasing resource of snow on our planet with proceeds from print sales going directly to benefit Protect Our Winters.

“Pray For Snow” was made possible by our friends at 10 Barrel Brewing. Full info below:
Opening Reception
Fice Gallery
2654 Walnut Street, Denver
6pm – 9pm
Afterparty to Follow
10 Barrel Brewing
2620 Walnut Street, Denver
9pm – Midnight
Music by JesseTré & TJ Mizell  |  Hospitality by 10 Barrel Brewing


“Pray For Snow” will run from 1/25 through 2/25 with viewing hours of 11am-8pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday. Come check it out!

About TheGoodLife!
TheGoodLife! is a consortium of artists, athletes, activists, and friends who specialize in creating experiences with unparalleled impact. Join the movement @wearethegoodlife on Instagram and at wearethegoodlife.com.

About Protect Our Winters
Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that engages and mobilizes the outdoor sports community to lead the fight against climate change through educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. Founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, Protect Our Winters works with businesses, athletes and the community to harness the collective power of the outdoor sports industry to take meaningful action against climate change. For more information, visit protectourwinters.org.

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Cover Archives X Danny Davis

Publication: Prime Snowboarding Magazine (Germany)

Publish Date: 2015

Rider: Danny Davis

Location:  Cooke City, Montana, USA

Film Processing: Digital Image

Image by Blotto ©deanblottogray/blottophotto

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