UNPLUGGED Roadtrip: Deep Winter in Whistler


Oh hello there!

It is I, Christine McAvoy, switching gears from my music posting and taking over Unplugged for two very special posts…


Somehow I got the incredible opportunity to venture north of Vancouver up to Whistler, BC for 3 days of what the locals call DEEP WINTER. January is storm season in Whistler, which means SNOW SNOW SNOW, and boy did it deliver this year.

To celebrate this time, Whistler-Blackcomb holds a photo contest by the same name, the Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

“Professional photographers shoot in-bounds at Whistler Blackcomb for three days capturing athletes in their natural mountain habitat of powder filled bowls, trees, and après bars. This year’s contenders are: 10-year veteran, Ilja Herb; accomplished snowboard photographer, Tim Zimmerman; Whistler local, Blake Jorgenson; outdoor lifestyle photographer, Robin O’Neill; Snowboard Canada Photo Editor, John Scarth; and up and comer, Andrew Strain.
Their edited slideshows will be played in front of a live audience at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and judged by a panel of industry professionals. A prize purse of $6,000 and the title of “King/Queen of Storms” are up for grabs.” –

SO! WB brought me up there to experience Deep Winter for myself for 3 days and then check out what the pros shot.

Today’s post are some of my photos from the mountains. The weather was kinda of crazy…fog, rain, snow, wind…you name it, it happened. I did not envy the photographers trying to shoot with their gear in that. Check out my photos below to see for yourself, and then come back tomorrow to hear about what happened at the photo challenge!

All Images Copyright Christine McAvoy

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Christine McAvoy is a freelance photographer living and working in Vancouver, BC. She received her B.F.A. from Ryerson University and her work has been published across Canada. Her portfolio can be found here: http://www.mcavoy.ca